Focus On; Archie Gemmill

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Archie Gemmill came to the attention of Peter Taylor, Derby County’s assistant manager. Taylor then told Derby manager, Brian Clough, about Gemmill who had been considering signing for the reigning champions Everton. Clough saw him as a player who could pass well and had the type of energy that would drive an attack forward. Clough drove to Gemmill’s house. When the player refused to sign for Derby (who had never won the league title), Clough told him that he was going to sleep outside in the car. “But my wife invited him in and he stayed the night,” Gemmill said. Clough, eventually, got his man for £60,000 over fried eggs the following morning.

Gemmill scored only three goals for the Rams that season, but they became Football League champions the following year. He was suspended for the 1973 European Cup semi-final, but he became club captain in place of the injured Roy McFarland when the Rams won their second title in 1975. He made 324 appearances in total for the club and scored 25 goals. He left Derby after playing five times for them early in the 1977/78 season.


  • Full Name: Archibald Gemmill
  • Position: Midfield
  • Date of Birth: 24.03.1947
  • Birthplace: Paisley
  • Nation: Scotland
  • Club Career: Derby County
    • Period: 1970-1977
    • League Games, 261
    • League Goals, 17
    • Previous Club: Preston North End
      • Transfer Fee: £60.000
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