Derby County Supporters' Club London Branch (DCSCLB) has around one hundred members, the majority resident in London and the Home Counties. The London Branch is part of the official supporters' club and has developed an excellent relationship with Derby County over the seasons, which has ensured that match tickets are available very nearly whenever required by our members, both for games at Pride Park and for away fixtures.
DCSCLB was re-formed in the early 1980s after a previous association of London-based Derby County supporters disbanded in the mid-1970s but it was the formation of the new Committee in 1982 that fuelled a rapid growth in interest and the range of activities undertaken. DCSCLB currently competes in the Association of Provincial Football Supporters' Clubs in London (APFSCIL) darts league, whilst during the summer we play cricket on a friendly basis, including fixtures against other APFSCIL clubs.
DCSCLB's main function remains to encourage as many of our members as possible to travel to watch The Rams. We aim to arrange rail trips to all weekend games outside London, often co-operating with other APFSCIL clubs to take advantage of the various rail operators' group travel fares (the current price from St. Pancras to Derby is £32 return for the forthcoming season). Car lifts are arranged to mid-week games when it is not possible to return by train. We try to nominate one pub as our official meeting place prior to all matches. For home games we now meet in The Royal telegraph on London Road (DE1 2QS) which is around five minutes walk from the railway station.
We keep our members in touch with events at the Club and in the Branch by publishing newssheets, which give details of ticket deadlines, London Branch events and travel arrangements, at regular intervals throughout the season. We aim to produce two editions of our Branch magazine, Capital Ram, during the current season. Meanwhile work is underway to upgrade our capitalrams website.
For the 2012-13 season our standard membership fee is £5-00. We offer various memberships including a 'partner' membership for two people and a family rate. Rather than a membership card, we produce a badge that is sent to all members. This season sees the production of the fourteenth such badge. Full details for anyone interested in joining our ranks are available from our Membership Secretary, Peter Roe.
Last updated: January 2013 EC