Wilson made his fortune in the energy sector, is a former member of the Dragons’ Den cast and a prominent angel investor. But he sounds anything but angelic when he talks about this weekend’s match. He is confident that the Rams will book their tickets to the Premiership by beating QPR on Saturday.
“I’ve been going to sleep and waking up with increasing levels of confidence,” Wilson said before getting on a plane. “It’s not corny, as someone who doesn’t observe one single faith, it’s not prayer. But I have a very good feeling about the game. We are going into the game with a high level of confidence. I’d rather be going in with a 6-2 aggregate win, which is how we beat Brighton, than coming in on a 2-1 score after extra time that you had to claw and scratch to win, like they did over Wigan. They are going to have the mindset that they’re happy to be there, while we feel that we have shown we deserve to be in the Premiership.”
Wilson owns a quarter of Derby County; he’s part of a U.S.-Canadian consortium that also includes North Vancouver-born Jeff Mallett, a Whitecaps’ investor and principal owner of the San Francisco Giants. This trip will mark the fourth time this year he’s headed to England to watch the club.
Derby County finished third in the Championship table, which put the Rams into the playoffs for a spot in the Premiership. In England, the top two teams in the Championship each earn automatic promotions to the Premier League, while teams three through six play in a bracketed playoff system, with the winners of the first round going on to play the sudden-death match at Wembley.
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