This article chronicles the seasons of Derby County Football Club from their formation in 1884 to the present day.
Details of Derby County's final league position is given (from the 1888–99 season, when The Football League was founded), along with which round they made it to in both the FA Cup, the EFL Cup (which began in the 1960–61 season) and any European competitions that Derby had qualified for.
|Season||League||FA Cup||EFL Cup||Europe / Other||Top goalscorer(s)|
|1884–85||There was no League football until 1888.||R1||N/A|
|1892–93||Div 1||30||9||9||12||52||64||27||13th||R1||John Goodall||14|
|1907–08||Div 2||38||21||4||13||77||45||46||6th||R1||Alf Bentley||28|
|1912–13||Div 1||38||17||8||13||69||66||42||7th||R1||Harry Leonard||15|
|1914–15||Div 2||38||23||7||8||71||33||53||1st||R1||Jimmy Moore||22|
|No competitive football was played between 1915 and 1919 due to the World War I|
|1919–20||Div 1||42||13||12||17||47||57||38||18th||R1||Noah Burton||13|
|1921–22||Div 2||42||15||9||18||60||64||39||12th||R1||Jimmy Moore||17|
|1926–27||Div 1||42||17||7||18||86||73||41||12th||R4||Harry Bedford||26|
|1938–39||42||19||8||15||66||55||46||6th||R3|| Ronnie Dix |
|1939–40||Abandoned due to World War II|
|No competitive football was played between 1940 and 1946 due to the World War II|
|1945–46||Suspended due to World War II||W||Raich Carter||12|
|1946–47||Div 1||42||18||5||19||73||79||41||14th||R5||Raich Carter||21|
|1951–52||42||15||7||20||63||80||37||17th||R3|| Johnny Morris |
|1953–54||Div 2||42||12||11||19||64||82||35||18th||R3||Hugh McLaren||11|
|1954–55||42||7||9||26||53||82||23||22nd||R2|| Jimmy Dunn |
|1955–56||Div 3 (N)||46||28||7||11||110||55||63||2nd||R2||Jack Parry||27|
|1957–58||Div 2||42||14||8||20||60||81||36||16th||R3||Reg Ryan||14|
|1962–63||42||12||12||18||61||72||36||18th||R4||R3|| Bill Curry |
|1964–65||42||16||11||15||84||79||43||9th||R3||R2|| Alan Durban |
|1965–66||42||16||11||15||71||68||43||8th||R3||R3|| Alan Durban |
|1969–70||Div 1||42||22||9||11||64||37||53||4th||R5||QF|| Kevin Hector |
|1970–71||42||16||10||16||56||54||42||9th||R5||R4||Fairs Cup||Ban||John O'Hare||15|
|1972–73||42||19||8||15||56||54||46||7th||QF||R3||European Cup||SF||Kevin Hector||23|
|1974–75||42||21||11||10||67||49||53||1st||R5||R3||UEFA Cup||R3||Kevin Hector||21|
|1975–76||42||21||11||10||75||58||53||4th||SF||R3||Charity Shield||W||Charlie George||24|
|1976–77||42||9||19||14||50||55||37||15th||QF||QF||UEFA Cup||R2||Charlie George||16|
|1980–81||Div 2||42||15||15||12||57||52||45||6th||R3||R2||David Swindlehurst||11|
|1984–85||Div 3||46||19||13||14||65||54||70||7th||R1||R2||Bobby Davison||26|
|1985–86||46||23||15||8||80||41||84||3rd||R5||R3||All English Clubs banned from|
European competition due
to the Heysel Stadium disaster.
|1986–87||Div 2||42||25||9||8||64||38||84||1st||R3||R3||Bobby Davison||22|
|1987–88||Div 1||40||10||13||17||35||45||43||15th||R3||R2|| Phil Gee |
|1991–92||Div 2||46||23||9||14||65||51||78||3rd||R4||R3||League play-offs||SF||Paul Williams||16|
|1992–93||Div 1||46||19||9||18||65||57||66||8th||QF||R3||Anglo-Italian Cup||R/U||Paul Kitson||24|
|1993–94||46||20||11||15||73||68||71||6th||R3||R3||Anglo-Italian Cup||DNQ||Tommy Johnson||19|
|1994–95||46||18||12||16||66||51||66||9th||R3||R4||Anglo-Italian Cup||GS||Marco Gabbiadini||13|
|2002–03||Div 1||46||15||7||24||55||74||52||18th||R3||R2|| Malcolm Christie |
|2004–05||Champ||46||22||10||14||71||60||76||4th||R4||R1||League play-offs||SF||Grzegorz Rasiak||17|
|2006–07||46||25||9||12||62||46||84||3rd||R5||R2||League play-offs||W||Steve Howard||19|
|2011–12||46||18||10||18||50||58||64||12th||R4||R1|| Steve Davies |
|2013–14||46||25||10||11||84||52||85||3rd||R3||R3||League play-offs||R/U||Chris Martin||25|
|2015–16||46||21||15||10||66||43||78||5th||R4||R1||League play-offs||SF||Chris Martin||15|
|2017–18||46||20||15||11||69||48||75||6th||R3||R2||League play-offs||SF||Matěj Vydra||22|
|2018–19||46||20||14||12||69||54||74||6th||R5||R4||League play-offs||R/U||Harry Wilson||18|
|2019–20||46||17||13||16||62||64||64||10th||R5||R2|| Chris Martin |
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