JUST over a week ago, Derby County hosted both Leicester City and the Sky TV cameras.
Recent clashes have seen the big spending Foxes dominate the fixture, but this time saw a different outcome.
The visitors have spent millions over the past few seasons and have employed many different managers since being taken over by the King Power Group in their efforts to get promoted to the Premier League.
Despite their determination and spending power, they have so far failed to get to the promised land.
Big spending Leicester were out muscled and lost 2-1 in a scrappy affair against a patched up Derby side who must have cost a fraction of our visitors.
It was reported last week that Leicester once again suffered massive losses in their quest for Premier League football and that their debts now stand at an estimated £84m.
Failure to achieve their goal this season or next could have serious consequences for the club in the longer term.
Financial Fair Play means that time is running out for them to sort out their balance sheets in order to comply with the new rules.
Our main rivals Nottingham Forest have made some big money moves into the transfer market, but the ownership has resisted to go on a similar spending spree to Leicester. Preferring to take a more calculated approach to buying new players.
The Leicester game is regularly covered by live TV, unlike the ‘main’ East Midlands Derby which the majority agree is The Rams v The Reds.
Despite the attempts by the media to hype up the game, it can’t compete with the ‘Brian Clough Trophy’ clash.
When Derby play Forest home or away, the game is a sell out. Even on the rare occasion that it receives live coverage on TV, tickets are rapidly snapped up. 28,000 fans pack the City Ground and 33,000 fill Pride Park.
Only 23,000 witnessed the Leicester game on Saturday. There were 1,800 visiting fans in comparison to the 4,000-plus that made the trip from Nottingham for the main East Midlands derby.
In geographical terms, Saturday’s game was a local derby, but both Rams and Reds fans just don’t seem to give Leicester the same attention as they do the match between Derby and Forest.
I myself treat this game the same as a fixture like Blackpool or Barnsley rather than like a rivalry. There’s just no big game feel to it!