That one season return to the top flight is perhaps best forgotten. However, the Rams were an established Premier League side for six years around the turn of the century. Here, we see what some of the fans' favourites from that time are up to now.
Stimac was a firm favourite in his four years with Derby, half of that time spent in the Premier League. He has a lounge at Pride Park named after him and has coached in Croatia, Iran and most recently Qatar since his retirement.
Two seasons at Derby saw the lanky front man initially endear himself to fans with a stunning goal at Old Trafford on his debut. He played all over the world and then coached in his native Costa Rica, including the national side.
Delap played over 100 league games for Derby and was their top Premier League scorer in 1999/2000. He is now on the coaching staff at Stoke City, where he spent a large portion of his career.
Carsley spent five years with Derby, including playing a big role in getting the Rams into the top flight and being a key part of their midfield. He's now part of the England U21 coaching setup.
Powell was named Supporters Player of the Year in Derby's first Premier League season in 1996/97 and left for Charlton in 1998. He is now manager at Southend United.
Italian Baiano was a big hit with Rams fans and is regarded as one of the club's best ever imports. He is now coaching back in Italy, most recently with Varese.
Carbonari earned cult status after scoring goals against Nottingham Forest home and away in the 1998/99 season, as well as for his overall impact. He's now a businessman back in his native Argentina.
Sturridge remains Derby's top Premier League goalscorer with 32 goals from his ten years with the club having come through the youth setup. He's now a commentator for several TV networks at home and abroad.
Ravanelli's only season at Pride Park ended in relegation but he's remembered for his flair and persona, also scoring 14 goals. He's now a coach and was recently sacked as coach of Arsenal Kyiv in the Ukraine.
Johnson had two spells at Derby, the first spent in the Premier League and seeing him earn an England call-up. He retired aged 28 and now runs a property company with former Rams man Steve Howard.
Eranio arrived from Milan in 1997 and was a real favourite in his four years at Pride Park, playing over 100 games. He's now a coach in the youth setup at AC Milan.
Another cult icon at Pride Park, Estonian Poom played 146 league games and was Player of the Year in 1999/2000. He's now the Estonia national team's goalkeeping coach.