December 18, 2007

Derby to become Mickey Mouse club?: Roy (nephew of Walt) Disney's Shamrock Holdings investment group is reported to be heading a US consortium that is seeking to buy bottom-of-the-EPL Derby County. New Rams chairman Adam Pearson denies holding talks with them or with the Walt Disney Co., of which Roy Disney is "director emeritus". Pearson also thinks calling Derby a "Mickey Mouse club" is "cheap and potentially damaging."

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 06:28 PM - 12 comments

This rumor is just Goofy.

posted by worldcup2002 at 06:29 PM on December 18, 2007

You know, I've often dreamed of a rich foreign buyer for the Rams, so we can rightly regain our place among the English game's elite. Founder members of the football league, twice champions, European Cup semi finalists, FA Cup winners... Fantasy Land.

posted by owlhouse at 07:26 PM on December 18, 2007

Dopey scandals are sure to follow...

posted by bobfoot at 08:36 PM on December 18, 2007

Sounds like the makings of a Cinderella story.

posted by lawn_wrangler at 09:19 PM on December 18, 2007

[obligatory Disney joke here] On the subject of Championship teams, my lot had their 32,000,000 debt wiped out yesterday by their new owners and there is, apparently, more to come in January to enable Jimmy Mags to buy another 10 attacking midfielders. It's not exactly Roman Abramovich and the Deep Pockets of Doom, but I'm very happy this week. We now return you to your regularly scheduled Ramming.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:21 PM on December 18, 2007

All these foreign buyouts are making me grumpy.

posted by trox at 09:57 PM on December 18, 2007

An new ownership group might make the Rams supporters Happy.

posted by tommybiden at 10:33 PM on December 18, 2007

To the Champions League... and beyond!

posted by JJ at 05:34 AM on December 19, 2007

These puns were making me sick, so I had to call the Doc.

posted by lil'red at 08:26 AM on December 19, 2007

I think what Derby really needs more than this is Aladdin the back four who can actually mark the opposing side's top scoring threat with some measure of success.

posted by holden at 09:26 AM on December 19, 2007

Can't hurt since so far this season Derby play has made me Sleepy.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:12 PM on December 19, 2007

I'm far too bashful to comment.

posted by Howard_T at 08:44 PM on December 20, 2007

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