While largely unknown to the world, Derby County are perhaps the most successful comedy/magic combination act of all time. Formed in 1883, the original cast of 10 sheep and a village idiot proved a huge hit with easily pleased, dimwitted locals.
Fuelled by their early success, by 1884 the group looked to take their act to a wider audience. For an unfathamoble and as yet unexplained reason, it was decided the best way to do this would be to masquerade as a football team.
This left County with a problem, as fielding a team with 42 legs went against League regulations. Attempts to get around this by removing the rear legs of each sheep proved a rash and unpopular solution, as not only could the sheep not play football, it also made intercourse far more difficult for the good citizens of Derby.
Axed from the group and traumatised by their experiences, yet unwilling to go quietly, the sheep went on to form the Derby County Supporters Club. Their influence can still be seen today in the delusional, stubborn and sexually maladjusted Derby fans.
Replaced with nine mental institution outpatients and a cauliflower, County became masters of irony. Famous gags include being the holders of the 'worst Premiership season ever' title while simultaneously performing their shows at a venue known as 'Pride Park' and their ability to charge inbred Derby residents exorbitant prices for one dire performance after another.
Did you go to the Derby County game on Saturday?