Boro begin 2019 with a visit to Pride Park Stadium to take on Derby County this afternoon (3pm). Here’s eight players who have represented the Teessiders and the Rams…
Ryan Shotton had a loan move to Derby turn permanent in 2015 after his eight-year stay at Stoke City came to an end. In total, Shotton made 28 appearances in all competitions for the Rams before joining Birmingham City on loan in 2016, with the switch to St. Andrew's becoming permanent. He’s not the only current Boro player to have had a spell at Pride Park, with fellow defender Dani Ayala having a stint on loan in 2011.
One-time England international David Nugent’s goals contributed to Boro’s promotion in 2016, bagging eight as we secured a return to the Premier League. With appearances limited in the top flight for Boro, Nugent joined the Rams in January 2017 and has 17 goals to his name since he joined the fellow promotion chasers, including a penalty last season against his former club in a 2-1 triumph for Boro at Pride Park. The ex-Preston striker came off the bench for County in the 1-1 draw at the Riverside in October.
Republic of Ireland international Cyrus Christie made the switch from Coventry City to Derby in 2014, and he clocked up over a century of appearances at the Rams during his three-year stay at Pride Park Stadium. Christie switched to Boro in the summer of 2017, making 24 league starts for us before moving on to Fulham, who he helped gain promotion to the Premier League last term.
Fabrizio Ravanelli was a crowd favourite during his brief stay on Teesside with Boro, with his goals and shirt-over-the-head celebrations leaving a lasting impression at the Riverside. In his only season with Boro, he notched an impressive 31-goal haul in all competitions, helping us reach the League Cup final. Following our relegation, Ravanelli made the short hop across the Channel to sign for Marseille before returning home to Italy with Lazio. The former Juventus man arrived back on these shores with Derby in 2001, netting 14 times in 46 league matches for the Rams but couldn’t save them from the drop in 2002.
Following Bradford City’s relegation from the top flight and having played in the second tier for the Bantams, Benito Carbone played for both Derby and Boro in the same season having signed on loan from Valley Parade. He first joined the Rams in October 2001, netting his only goal in a 3-1 victory at home to Aston Villa. Carbone returned to Bradford for one game before he headed for Teesside in the second half of the 2001/02 season, making his Boro debut in a 2-2 draw at home to Leeds United. Having made the same number of league appearances for Derby and Boro – 13 – his solitary goal for us was also against Villa.
After appearing for Denmark during Euro 96 in England, Mikkel Beck was snapped up by Boro that summer from Fortuna Cologne. Despite our relegation from the Premier League in his maiden campaign with us, Beck bagged 15 goals during our promotion-clinching season to secure our immediate return back to the top flight. He moved on to Derby in 1999 but couldn’t recapture his goal-scoring form at Pride Park, with loan spell at County’s rivals Nottingham Forest and Queens Park Rangers in a bid to get some game time under his belt. Since hanging up his boots, Beck now works as a player agent.
Son of Derby stalwart and former Boro manager Colin Todd, Andy’s professional career began with us in the early 1990s. Andy played eight times for Boro before he joined Bolton in 1995, with stints at Charlton Athletic and Blackburn Rovers following before he signed for his hometown club in 2007 after the Rams earned promotion to the Premier League via the Play-Offs. He scored in Derby’s opening day draw with Portsmouth, which would be his only goal of the campaign. County finished bottom of the pile that season, and were relegated with the least number of points in Premier League history.
Having started out with Nuneaton Borough, Malcolm Christie’s break came when Jim Smith secured his services for Derby County in 1998. With over a century of appearances for the Rams, Christie found the back of the net over 30 occasions, including 12 during the 2000/01 campaign. Following Derby’s relegation, the former England Under-21s international was joined by teammate Chris Riggott in heading north to Boro, with the pair signing on the dotted line on the same day at the Riverside. With under 50 appearances under his belt for the Teessiders, Christie missed out on the Carling Cup final success through injury, but played and scored in the run to the Millennium Stadium after we overcame Brighton in extra time in the second round.