Curtains Posted February 20, 2012 Share Posted February 20, 2012 Jim Smith appointed former Rams player Steve McClaren as his assistant in 1995/96season. Because Many of Arthur Coxs captures held their value, Smith was able to make profitable exchange deals and was not in the red until Ashley Ward arrived from Norwich in March. Smith signed Igor Stimac from Hajduk Split for 1M5z million in October. From 11 Nov to 5 March the Rams went 20 games unbeaten in the League. We beat Brum 4-1 at St Andrews ( I was there it was brilliant Dean Sturridge was fantastic and scored as did Ronny Willems signed for a snip ,Gabbiadini , and Darryl Powell)Rams 1st victory at St Andrews since 1948. R Rams won promotion to the top league at Jims 1st attempt and didn't spend much money at all by beating Crystal Palace 2-1 with Sturridge and Van der Laan scoring another cheap signing (Captain Fantastic). It was a low budget promotion. With players like Sturridge , Willems , gabbiadini,Powell,Stimac (most expensive) Dean Yates (cheap) Ashely Ward ( brilliant) Lee carsley ( watched him for Derby Reserves loads of times) Sean Flynn ,David Preece, Paul Simpson ( brilliant) Harkes. Rowett( now Burton ) Trollope,Stallard,Wassell (youth team coach Rams now) Steve Sutton ( goalie from Forest) Russel Hoult no1 Goalie. Matt Carbon Defender,Jason Kavanagh (good defender) Steve Nicholson (full back ) Kev Cooper ( was he a winger )Wrack ( believe he eventually went to Burton. Anyway to end Jim Smith was a fantastic manager who got us promoted and history spells out the rest in the Premier League at Pride Park. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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