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Derby County are to honour the contribution to the club of former owner and chairman, the late Lionel Pickering.

A memorial, the Lionel Pickering Entrance, is being constructed at Pride Park Stadium and the opening game of the new Championship campaign against Peterborough United on Saturday, August 8, is to be “Lionel Pickering Dayâ€Â.

The memorial is a construction of the old entrance to the Baseball Ground, using the same bricks and components from the original.

It will be situated at the north west corner of Pride Park, between the ticket office and Starbucks.

“We are celebrating the life and work of many Derby County legends during this season, as part of our 125th anniversary,†said Rams’ President and chief executive, Tom Glick.

"Lionel, as a former owner who dedicated his life and much of his fortune to the Rams, is as deserving as any.

"The love and warmth our supporters still have for Lionel is incredible and it is their desire to see him recognised that has led us to set up these special events.

“Lionel Pickering Day, the opening day match against Peterborough United, will be a wonderful occasion where everyone can come together and pay tribute to a man who was Derby County through and through.â€Â

Pickering (pictured right), who died in September 2006 at the age of 74, supported the Rams as a young boy.

An Ashbourne man and a sports reporter on the Derby Evening Telegraph, he emigrated to Australia before returning to make his fortune in founding and running a free newspaper group.

He became the club’s majority shareholder in 1991 and his cash enabled the Rams to go on a spending spree.

They splashed out on the likes of Marco Gabbiadini, Paul Kitson, Tommy Johnson, Mark Pembridge and Craig Short.

Pickering took over as chairman in 1994 and the following year he appointed Jim Smith as manager, who guided the club to the Premier League in his first season.

During the season, plans were announced to move to a purpose-built new stadium on Pride Park and Pickering had the honour of laying the foundation stone of the new ground.

The Queen officially opened the new stadium in July 1997, one of Pickering’s proudest moments, and the Rams recorded two top-10 finishes in the Premiership.

But Derby struggled to stay up in 1999-2000 and 2000-2001. Smith lost his job in October 2001 and the Rams were relegated the same season.

Financial troubles struck and Pickering was removed in October 2003 after the club fell into a brief receivership and changed ownership.

But now the many good times under Pickering are to be remembered and celebrated.

Work on the Lionel Pickering Entrance is being completed by local building specialist Ian Hodgkinson.

A full timetable of events for “Lionel Pickering Day†will be released soon.

On the day, the players will wear armbands with the initials LP.

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Heres an idea, why not build a Derby County museum next to Pride Park?, fill it with images and replica trophies from the Clough era and other Derby heros. Leave Pride Park as it is and let it rewrite it's own history. No matter how much BBG memorabilia we bolt onto Pride Park it will always be Pride Park.

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I love the idea of celebrating the past hero's - that's a great idea - but what are they trying to do - in a few years will P.P. be pulled down and a bbg replica be in it's place, leave P.P. alone - A museum is a good idea David.

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Originally posted by David;25302

Heres an idea, why not build a Derby County museum next to Pride Park?, fill it with images and replica trophies from the Clough era and other Derby heros. Leave Pride Park as it is and let it rewrite it's own history. No matter how much BBG memorabilia we bolt onto Pride Park it will always be Pride Park.

There is a Derby County museum. It's in Pear Tree.

I think Pickering day is a good idea. He has made a good contribution to this club.

I did work experience at his free newspaper company which was pretty good.

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I hear they are closing all the catering outlets in the east stand and opening 1 at the rear of the stand like the one in the old popside. Then they will rip out all the seats so that you have to get there at 12.30 to get your spot just in front of the support bars, so you didn't get squashed against them.

Slowly we will get this stadium how we want it.

They have ditched the scoreboard and gone back to the old system of letters that corresponded with matches printed in your programme.

Pissing where you stand, or in the pocket of the next guy is to be encouraged.

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Just found these pics on COYR, credit goes to Mucker1884. Personally i think it's looks daft, stands out like a saw thumb. I agree with Kungfooman should of been built between the flag poles, would of been a much better position.

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Originally posted by Boycie;25689

I hear they are closing all the catering outlets in the east stand and opening 1 at the rear of the stand like the one in the old popside. Then they will rip out all the seats so that you have to get there at 12.30 to get your spot just in front of the support bars, so you didn't get squashed against them.

Slowly we will get this stadium how we want it.

They have ditched the scoreboard and gone back to the old system of letters that corresponded with matches printed in your programme.

Pissing where you stand, or in the pocket of the next guy is to be encouraged.

happy days Boycie, these youngsters on here havent lived have they?

nothing better than some bloke peeing up your leg on a cold winters night against Gillingham on a nice open terrace.

i do miss those days and you can keep your seats its the terraces for me brother

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