The Futureheads

I always think that international breaks are blogging Valhalla as it’s the one time you can safely post to your hearts content, without a Rams game two days later or, more recently, a bit of DCFC internal drama to make your whole article irrelevant.

Whilst I always think this, I never really walk the talk so following the double header of U-23 games I went to before the Wolves game, here’s a quick update on the Rams next generation. Read the rest of this entry

I Still Believe In Alchemy

Derby County under the stewardship of Mel Morris is a football club that has, sadly, become only too familiar to change and general turbulence. However, even by the rollercoaster standards of the last 17 months, this last 6 weeks or so has seen new levels of mayhem at our club – only to inexplicably end up exactly where we started, with Stevie Mac at the helm trying to make like its 2013 all over again. Read the rest of this entry

Departure Lounge – Chris Martin

Since Wolves first bid for Chris Martin some weeks ago, debate has raged amongst Rams fans as to whether we should take the opportunity to sell him and freshen up our attacking options.

With Chris now on loan at Fulham for the rest of the season and highly unlikely to wear a Derby shirt again (certainly not under Pearson), Rams fan still seem divided as to whether this was a good move or not. Read the rest of this entry

New Boys -Ikechi Anya

Hot on the heels of his fantastic piece on Matej Vydra, Rams fan and self confessed Watford sympathiser Jon Rodgers gives us the lowdown on our second arrival from Vicarage Road this summer, Ikechi Anya.

Take it away Jon. Read the rest of this entry

Departure Lounge – Jeff Hendrick

The transfer window just closed saw probably the two most high profile departures from Derby County for many years in the shape of Jeff Hendrick’s club record move to Burnley and Chris Martin’s controversial loan to Fulham.

Although both these departures have been done to death, it is tradition on Ramspace to bid farewell to our departing heroes. I also thought that if I’ve given up an hour of my life to review Ryan Shotton’s time at DCFC, then its only right that we put something together for these two. So tonight let’s start with Jeff Hendrick. Read the rest of this entry

New Boys – Matej Vydra

We have for some years now greeted most new signings at Derby with an intro piece knocked together by a fan of the club they have just left.

So with Derby’s recent double swoop on Watford for Vydra and Anya, who better to give us the lowdown than long term Ramspace supporter, regular DCFC Podcast panelist and regular Watford viewer Jon Rodgers.

Here Jon introduces Matej Vydra to the Rams faithful, part 2 on Ikeshi Anya will follow later this week. Read the rest of this entry

Damned if you do, Damned if you don’t

So the dust has now settled on another transfer window. Amongst more minor transactions, Derby have broken their transfer record for a new centre forward, sold an academy produced player for £10m+, loaned our top scorer for the last 3 years to a fellow Championship club (note I don’t class Fulham as a rival) and signed an international winger for £4m.

With all of that, plus an effective cull of our fringe players (Albentosa, Bucko, Warnock, Shots and Grant), it seems strange that the general opinion amongst many DCFC fans is that we weren’t that active. Read the rest of this entry

The Beginning of the Twist

Due to, what ended up being, the best part of a month away from Derbados, I missed all of pre-season and also the first three games. Thus all my Rams viewing up to that point was done via Twitter and YouTube.

This week, I started to play catch-up by attending both the Preston and Villa games. Thus here’s some general thoughts on those games and the progress of the Pearson era thus far. Read the rest of this entry

Departure Lounge – Raul Albentosa

Following on from the last post on Ryan Shotton, herewith our Departure Lounge for Raul Albentosa.

For the sharper eyed of you, you will recognise the majority of this from a post I did on him at Christmas for the advent calendar, which was pretty much a departure lounge piece even 6 months ago. Read the rest of this entry

Departure Lounge – Ryan Shotton

It is widely acknowledged that this summer’s Rams transfer activity may initially need to be more focused on outs than ins.

The current squad contains a significant amount of debris from various misguided recruitment drives and I am sure Pearson will also want to make some space for a few of his own additions.

This week has seen the start of the process with the departure of defenders Ryan Shotton and Raul Albentosa. I don’t think either will be getting a “legends” plaque made anytime soon, but here we firstly review Shots’ (replace vowel to taste) time at DCFC.   Read the rest of this entry