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Derby fans on the pitch as they secure promotion back to the Championship

There were thousands of Derby fans on the pitch as they secured their promotion back to the Championship with a 2-0 win against Carlisle.

Following the relegation from the Championship in the 2021/22 season and the financial problems under former owner Mel Morris, Derby fans will be ecstatic with the club’s promotion to the second tier.

Derby fans on the pitch celebrate League One promotion

There were over 31,000 Derby County fans at Pride Park Stadium as they saw off already-relegated Carlisle to secure automatic promotion from League One. When the final whistle went, Derby fans stormed onto the pitch to celebrate the achievement by Paul Warne’s team.

Derby fans on the pitch.
Derby County secured promotion back to the Championship with 92 points – Photo by Icon Sport

@AwayDays_ posted a video of the Derby fans on the pitch on X.com (formerly Twitter). The caption read, “Derby County on the pitch as they secure promotion back to the Championship today…Congratulations to them.” Fans of the Rams were heard loudly singing the ‘If you don’t bounce’ chant, which is a popular chant among Derby supporters.

Derby return to the Championship

The Derby fans on the pitch must have been relieved after last season’s disappointing seventh-place finish in League One. Paul Warne joined the Rams in September 2022 and oversaw last season’s below-par performance, but was able to secure his fourth promotion to the Championship this season.

Derby fans on the pitch
Paul Warne now has four League One promotions on his managerial CV – Photo by Icon Sport

Derby finished five points ahead of Bolton Wanderers, who will now face Barnsley in the play-offs. The other play-off semi-final will be played between Peterborough United and Oxford United.


Will Murray

Freelance football journalist. Experience writing for When Saturday, Comes, Goalkeeper.com, Elite Scholars and Total Football Analysis. Recently finished an MA in Sport Journalism at the University of Brighton. Long-time season ticket holder at the two-time European Champions Nottingham Forest.

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