The conclusion after chatting to Bobby Davison recently about Derby County's climb through the divisions in the mid-eighties was where has the time gone. Is it really 35 years since Derby were rolling along on an 11-game unbeaten run in the old Third Division with goals plentiful - seven against Lincoln City, four past Wolverhampton Wanderers and three against Doncaster Rovers?
Also during the enjoyable sequence there were big wins in the FA Cup against Crewe Alexandra 5-1 - a couple of goals each for Davison and Christie- and 6-1 v Telford United - a hat trick for Jeff Chandler and two for Gary Micklewhite.
Arthur Cox had been manager 18 months and his diligent team building, eye for a bargain and impact on the team, and the club, was beginning to bear fruit.
To fully appreciate the job Cox did at Derby it is necessary to set the scene.
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