sport news Derby County fans give club huge boost with 12 supporters willing to inject at ...

sport news Derby County fans give club huge boost with 12 supporters willing to inject at ...
sport news Derby County fans give club huge boost with 12 supporters willing to inject at ...

Derby County supporters have stepped up their efforts to keep the club going with 30,000 expected at Pride Park on Sunday for the home game with Birmingham.

And in a response to an appeal from fan groups, Sportsmail understands a dozen benefactors have come forward and offered cash injections of at least £10,000 each.

The City of Derby has rallied round to give the Rams the best chance of survival, with MPs, local politicians and officials also playing a prominent role.

Derby has a deadline of February 1 from the EFL to show it has enough money this season

Derby has a deadline of February 1 from the EFL to show it has enough money this season

Derby MPs have demanded the EFL and the administrators in charge of Derby County end their ‘radio silence’ and issue an update on the club’s immediate future.

The Rams have just six days before the February 1 deadline when they have to tell the Football League how the club will be funded going forwards.

It is believed £5M is needed to see out this term, but those campaigning to save the club now believe as long as there is ‘money in the meter’, the EFL will allow Derby to limp along while any takeover is finalised.

In those circumstances, the extra revenue the club can muster could make all the difference. 

The supporters’ groups have coordinated a campaign to channel more money into the club, urging supporters to buy tickets and merchandise, as well as asking wealthy people to make large one-off donations.

Derby's supporters' groups have mobilised fans to back club and channel much needed  cash

Derby's supporters' groups have mobilised fans to back club and channel much needed  cash

The 12 people to have come forward in response to that request stand ready to inject five-figure sums, or possibly more, if needed.

The supporters groups and administrators are only asking for cash donations of very large sums and are urging other fans to spend money with the club.

Derby is on track for an attendance of 30,000 fans for their home game against Birmingham City on Sunday, with tickets selling at a rate of 600 per day. That would be the highest attendance in the Championship this season.

Shirt sales are booming with the usual supply selling out, but new stock is available for supporters hoping it will not be a final memento.

The club has seen a sharp rise in the sale of hospitality packages and last month secured a six-figure sponsorship deal with the car dealer, Bristol Street Motors, which has a significant presence in the city.

Manager Wayne Rooney has done a fantastic job to deliver good performances on the pitch

Manager Wayne Rooney has done a fantastic job to deliver good performances on the pitch

Supporters plan to march in support of the club ahead of Sundays fixture from the city’s Assembly Rooms to Pride Park, starting at 11.30am.

There were ‘positive developments’ over the weekend, which included the emergence of a new bidder, US brothers Adam and Colin Binnie, who joined other interested parties, the consortium led by former Rams chairman Andy Appleby and ex-Newcastle

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