Shacks to Riches

This week’s glorious re-signing of Jason Shackell and the subsequent bitter attack on the Rams transfer policy by Shaun Dyche has thrown up an interesting debate among some Derby fans.

Whilst the words of the flame haired, gravel voiced, legoman were heavily laced with bitterness, there is no doubt that the Rams are leading their peers in the transfer market to a level not seen since Lionel Pickering first took over the Rams in the early nineties.

With ticket sales, optimism and general positivity around the state of the club off the charts, what’s not to like? Yet there is definitely a certain genre of Derby fan to whom the current spending spree does not sit comfortably. Read the rest of this entry

What Went Down – Grimsby Away

Today I had a thoroughly enjoyable family day out at the Seaside wrapped around The Rams first public game of season 2015/2016 (and the first of the Paul Clement era) at Grimsby.

You can read a match report on the official site, DET and a few other blogs, but here’s my key observations on the days proceedings. Read the rest of this entry

Ramspace World Soccer Season Preview

For the last few years, we’ve been asked to write the Derby fans view for the World Soccer season preview special magazine. The nature of the beast is that every club answers the same set questions, so the answers are more for the general football public rather than being news for Rams fans.

This however did manifest itself gloriously in Mexico last year when a scouser I was chatting to started talking about a Derby article he’d read on the plane. Halfway through the chat, I had to tell him I wrote it!

Anyway, here’s this years submission. Read the rest of this entry

The Case For The Defence

It’s been an exciting start to the summer for Rams fans with a new head coach and new signings flying in left right and centre.

With the promise of more new faces, a topic that is regularly starting to crop up is how the team will shape up under Clement. With two new centre halves signed already, a bid rejected for Shacks and links to a couple of right backs (Lowton and Jaz Richards), the defence is of particular interest to me. Read the rest of this entry

London to Paris to Madrid to Derby

A month ago I wrote that I felt Steve McClaren’s position as head coach of Derby County was untenable. Although it took a little longer than we all thought, Steve is now history and we await the formal introduction of Paul Clement on Thursday.

In the last few years, chopping managers became unfashionable with the word “stability” thrown around a lot. However I think what you now see is a new culture where the “stability” required is more outside the football department and the Head Coach/Manager get a shorter contract and are more dispensable than ever. Read the rest of this entry

“I Blame Keogh……”

Derby County’s season is over and we have not been promoted to the premier league. In the end we couldn’t even make the play offs. Thus if that was the minimum requirement (as has been stated by everyone many times) then the season has been an abject failure.

However, as all Rams fans know, the statement of the facts only tells a very small part of the story.   Read the rest of this entry

Heroes to Zeros

Updates on Ramspace have been sparse over the last 6 weeks or so. Some of this is because I’ve been busy with work, some of it is because you don’t need me to tell you in a smart arse way what you can see for yourself, but mostly it’s because I’ve been so gutted after almost every game recently I just didn’t fancy writing about it.

With the last chance of automatic promotion disappearing on Friday night with yet another example of the Rams having no idea how to win a game, it’s time to ask some questions. Read the rest of this entry

Its Tough At The Top

After finally achieving some daylight with back to back home wins, the Rams were dragged right back into the pack this week with a pair of crushing away defeats to struggling Fulham and Brighton.

Were it not for Norwich’s inexplicable  defeat to UKip Athletic on Wednesday we would have been out the top two completely with no games in hand.

We all know the championship is a tough league where anyone can beat anyone, but 2 points and 9 goals shipped in the last 4 away games (3 of which were against struggling sides) is a worrying trend. Read the rest of this entry

Post Match Bullets – Rotherham

Last night I went to Rotherham. With Bournemouth’s slip at the weekend this was a great opportunity, in front of a massive away support, to get ourselves ahead of them for the first time in months.

Unfortunately it didn’t quite go to plan. Here’s my thoughts. Read the rest of this entry

Derby County Barometer – January 2015

I think it’s fair to say it’s been a rollercoaster few weeks for the Super Rams. I’ve had loads of articles in mind good to go but it seems there’s been stuff happening almost daily and the general mood has swung more than Paul Jewell on a night out with Billy Davies!

Coming to the conclusion there’s never a right time to post about DCFC, here’s a Rams Barometer which from 9.30pm on 28th January to when Steve Nic fires up his laptop tomorrow morning is about as relevant as I can make it.  Enjoy. Read the rest of this entry

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