With the new season starting tomorrow, it’s been an absolute rollercoaster summer with a real crescendo this week of two new signings and all manner of insanity going off at the other end of the A52.
I’m off on holiday tomorrow, so what better way to pull it all together than the old Skool classic that is the Ramspace New Season Barometer. Read the rest of this entry
Since the crushing blow of George Thorne’s injury, there’s been lots of debate about who should take his place in the crucial defensive midfield pivot role, or CDM as it’s referred to on FIFA and Football Manager.
Earlier today I put a tweet out with my view that sparked a, relative, flurry of responses and retweets to the extent I thought it was worth expanding my point a little on Ramspace.
This afternoon I went to my first game of this season, attending the 3-1 victory over Notts County at Meadow Lane.
What ended up being a comfortable victory, nicely rounded off a good few weeks for the Rams prior to the players leaving fro Austria on Sunday. Here’s a few thoughts on today’s game followed by a few more general comments around the state of the DCFC nation.
For the last few years, we’ve been asked the write the Derby County piece for the World Soccer season preview special they release each year.
The format is that they send a generic set of questions to each club and you simply send in the answers. Here’s our submission for this years publication, which by the way is a brilliant sunbed read.
Tomorrow the Derby County players report back for their first pre season fitness tests, the new seasons fixtures are in hand and England’s World Cup campaign is over almost before it even started.
Normally this is a time of great excitement and anticipation, yet with the crushing nature of our defeat to QPR, still fresh in the mind, I’m definitely currently looking at the new season with mixed emotions.
This time next week we will know whether Derby County will be playing their football next season in, the self-styled (with a bit of help from Sky TV), ‘greatest league in the word’ or limbering up for another marathon slog through the Championship.
Rams fans who have attended our last two appearances in the play off final will know this is no ‘good day out’ scenario and appreciate the absolute death or glory nature of the fixture. Read the rest of this entry
After writing last week about the calm before the storm, I had a very similar feeling of ambivalence before yesterday’s game against Watford. Albeit slightly different in terms of it being the last league home game of the season and also feeling a bit hung over from watching The Rifles at Rock City the night before.
However after a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon I felt compelled to drop down a few lines about our fantastic team and their dismantling of Watford. Read the rest of this entry
Prior to last weekends game against Huddersfield I had a strange feeling of apathy towards the days proceedings. It wasn’t the fact I wasn’t looking forward to the game, but more the fact that win lose or draw, there was no jeopardy or glory in the outcome.
What an amazing day it was yesterday with the the Red Dogs and their evil leader vanquished with maximum prejudice by the Super Rams.
I’m sure we will all write and talk about this one for a long time, but here’s a few of my thoughts, the morning after the day before. Read the rest of this entry
On Saturday the Rams entertain our neighbours and local rivals Nottingham Forest at the Ipro Stadium.
With both clubs (at the time of writing) sitting in the top 6 of the Championship with 10 games to play, local rivalry aside, the fixture has not had as much genuine significance for years.