Derby County still sit top in East Midlands battle with Nottingham Forest and Leicester City

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They may not be the reigning champions, but Derby County are still historically the East Midlands’ best side.

We have crunched the numbers and the Rams have finished as the East Midlands’ highest-placed team more often than their neighbours at Nottingham Forest and Leicester City.

Since the first league season in 1888-89, Derby have been the region’s top dogs on 44 occasions.

In comparison, Forest have ‘won’ 36 times, Leicester have triumphed on 30, and Notts County’s early form saw them pick up 11 ‘victories’.

Many of the Rams’ region-topping seasons came in the late 1800s and then throughout the 1930s and 1940s.

By the mid-1950s and throughout the 1960s, Forest and Leicester dominated, but Derby hit back in the 1970s, when they claimed their two league titles.

From the mid-90s to 2010, no side dominated. Derby’s last ‘win’ was in 2009, despite them finishing 18th in the Championship. Forest finished a place further back with Leicester down in League One.

For the past nine seasons, Leicester have been the East Midlands’ champions and will be so again next year after both Derby and Forest failed to earn promotion to the Premier League.