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Monday, 22nd March 2004
The Coffee Horror show
Coffee cup
The scene of the incident
As the Rams fought their way to a superb 4-2 win over Nottingham Forest, credit must go to Derby's 12th man - a little plastic coffee cup which set up Paul Peschisolido for the second goal.
As Rams fans continue to celebrate victory in the big East Mids clash, much of the attention has centred on the plastic coffee cup which featured so prominently in Derby's second goal.

Coffee cup
The cup was retrieved by ground staff
As the ball travelled back to Forest keeper Barry Roche, it struck the discarded cup and bobbled up, causing the luckless keeper to slice in into the path of Paul Peschisolido who fired the ball into an empty net.

Pride Park ground staff retrieved the cup and the club now plans to auction it off to raise money for a permanent monument to legendary Rams striker Steve Bloomer.

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In Pictures: Rams v Forest

Meanwhile, here's what people have been saying about one of the most bizarre incidents seen at Pride Park this season - and about the win in general.

"The coffee horror show for Forest's keeper Barry Roche was Peschisolido's gain and the Irish keeper's nightmare for the second goal of Derby's three goals in a 37-minute blitz."
Ian Edwards, Daily Mirror

"I'm devastated. I'm sure it will be run and run on A Question of Sport."
Roche talks to the Daily Mirror

"The way they dismantled feeble Forest in front of a full-house crowd of 32,390 suggests the Rams can beat the drop."
Vic Holly, The Sun

"Paul Peschisolido claimed Christmas had come early after a discarded coffee cup helped Derby inch closer to safety."
Daily Mail

"This time last year, Forest thrashed Derby 3-0 at the City Ground, ending John Gregory's managerial career at Pride Park while Paul Hart's young side pushed relentlessly towards a play-off position.

The reversal in fortunes, in terms of performance, could not have been more acute 12 months on. Forest were abysmally bad, Derby abnormally good."
David McVay, The Times

"Derby is a passionate football town. Possibly more so than Nottingham, a more affluent, prestigious and cosmopolitan city, even if Forest only won the English League title once (Derby did it twice).

Even in Division Two, it's a reasonable bet that crowds at Pride Park would not fall far below 20,000. It's historical, it's geographical, it's in the blood. Some places have it, some don't."
Tony Francis, Daily Telegraph

Forest keeper Barry Roche
"Kinnear was right about one thing. If Forest win against Crewe Alexandra on Saturday, this surrender of East Midlands bragging rights will be largely forgotten. What the longer term holds for Clough's old clubs is harder to predict, however, the finances of both being so fragile."
Phil Shaw, The Independent

"Coffee cup or not, Roche should still have put his foot through the ball. His blunder is not a moment he will want to remember but one he will be reminded of constantly."
Derby Evening Telegraph report

"The Rams would have been in serious trouble if Forest had left Pride Park with the points. Perhaps that goes a long way to explain why Derby seemed like the team with more cohesion and, maybe, the determination to ensure it was going to be their day."
Nottingham Evening Post

"I felt really sorry for the keeper. It must have bobbled up as he hit it and he shinned it to me. I turned, expecting him to have the ball, and there it was in front of me so I stuck it in the net."

Paul Peschisolido

Your comments on this story

i think derby is da best 4-ever!
shannon, uk

derby did well 2 win the gme n dey deserved it 2 unlyk forest. i gess we shud sign the coffee cup!!! im late writing all this as it happened about 2 years ago and i remember it very well!!! well forest fans rnt goin 2 b laffin now r they!! theyve bin relegated and we were in the playoffs but unfortuantly didnt get promoted but weve got dis season were we myt mke it!! but if forest get promoted dey will b coming in2 the championship!!! gosh ya rubbish forest!!!bget ya act together n mayb JUST mayb u myt get promoted!!

The cup ruled all!!
Midget Derby

coffee 4-2.crawl back under your stones red dogs

we beat da scum 4-2,4-2 well done lads not the best conditions but u did it.COFFEE CUP

Who's laughing now? Forest are safe, Derby are floundering... beating us was the best thing you could have done... 3 wins, 3 draws, 0 defeats... read it and weep...

Foreset were De cafinated.
chris new york

all the cup jokes are crap
Alex from Giltbrook

Roches favourite biscuits....Mourning Coffee maybe!!!! Football & feeble excuses go hand in hand but to blame a coffee cup just really does take the biscuit!!!!
Matlock Ram

I was at the game. Defeat for Forest was already brewing before this incident. They have no grounds for complaint. Rumours that Costa was involved are not true. Nothing else has filtered through to me.
Chris McLeod, London

A fantastic day for the Club, City & County!
Andrew Warwick, Derby

Derby win 4-2 with a bit of cup glory what a great pass from Kenkosolido 2 set up the goal for Peschisolido.
John Stenson Rd

Maybe derby should think about signing the coffee cup up on a 4 year contract perfect partner for peschisolido.

a real shame but the right team won
dan livesey derby

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