Derby County don’t boast many famous fans but they’re probably happy enough that Niall Horan regularly airs his support to his 39 million Twitter followers around the world.
The Mullingar singer has been a Rams supporter since he was a kid and even got to be a mascot for the club as a 13-year-old. He hasn’t had much to shout about in recent years with Derby languishing in the Championship for the past 11 years but this season the team has sprang to life under the management of bonafide football legend Frank Lampard.
Along with famous cup wins over Manchester United and Southampton, the former Chelsea man guided the club into the play-off final only to lose to Aston Villa yesterday. Before this, it was tetchy the semi-final clash with Leeds United that gathered plenty of headlines. Throughout the season, Rams fans and their Leeds counterparts were at each other’s throats and the latter group came up with a derogatory chant about Lampard to the tune of Oasis’ Stop Crying Your Heart Out.
However, after Derby overcame the rivals, the song was adopted by their own support and Horan couldn’t resist a dig by tweeting the Leeds United account with the words ‘Between
@dcfcofficial and I, we’ve played at Wembley more times in the last 12 years than you lot.’
— Leeds United (@LUFC) May 27, 2019
That won’t have gone down well in the Niall camp at all. At least with Derby stuck in the Championship for another season, we can look forward to these two clubs going at it again.