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

Ramspace World Soccer Season Preview

Happy new season everybody! With the players back, the Euros about to end and the transfer market starting to come to life, pre-season is officially underway, so it’s time for Ramspace to return to action as well.

Regular readers will know that each year we write the DCFC contribution for the official World Soccer UK season preview special.  In fact one of my favourite holiday moments was when I was talking football to a scouser in Mexico and he started talking about a Derby piece he’d read on the plane. Imagine the bizarre nature of that chat when I told him I wrote it!

Anyway, there’s nothing you don’t know here, but let’s ease into this season with an un-edited version of this seasons submission. Read the rest of this entry

Turn The Page

With the appointment of Nigel Pearson meeting with widespread approval, it’s been a generally positive week for Derby County.

However after watching Hull squat away Sheffield Wednesday with relative ease to take their place back in the Premier League, there’s more than a slight feeling that, before we all get excited about a(nother) new era, that the only team who beat Derby this season was themselves. Read the rest of this entry

Post Match Bullets – Hull City Play Off

If my relationship with my football club was with a person, Derby County would be branded “a monster” and be banged up for 10 years minimum for the mental torment they have put me (and thousands of other Rams fans) through in the last 3 years.

This season’s catalogue of bad decisions and general suicidal tendencies came home to roost big time in yesterday’s humiliating defeat to Hull.

There’s plenty of time for the “where did it all go wrong”, “what should we do next” “10 reasons to be positive” (LOL) stuff over the coming weeks. But for starters here’s my take on yesterday. Read the rest of this entry

Everything You’ve Come To Not Expect

Friends, it’s been a while. Nothing sinister outside of being busy with work, having no enthusiasm to write about DCFC  and finding it hard to think of anything to say that everyone else wasn’t already saying and thinking.

That said, a Rams brain dump is long overdue so here goes a quick stream of DCFC consciousness. Read the rest of this entry

Close To The Edge

One of the main criticisms of this blog over the years is that it is too positive and looks at all things DCFC through a black and white coloured Kaleidoscope of awesomeness.

Let me say right now, I would like nothing better than to be writing a piece about how we are nailed on for promotion, a comedy piece relating Rams players to Shed 7 B-sides or even a classic Barometer (don’t currently have 5 positives). However with the current situation at our club getting more farcical by the day and impending disaster at Rotherham and, god forbid, the next home game entirely possible, I need to get some things out there. Read the rest of this entry

Paint A Vulgar Picture

In the month of December I wrote a series of articles for this blog as part of the Ramspace advent calendar feature.

Although the topics and people covered were varied, there was a common thread of positivity, underpinned by a clear conviction that the Rams, along with Middleborough, were in the process of storming their way into the Premier league.

This was a very different Rams team and head coach and there was no way we would fall away again, as in previous years.

Six weeks later, Paul Clement is consigned to DCFC history and the Rams are arguably in the biggest state of turmoil we have seen since the horror days of Phil Brown and the 3 Amigos. Read the rest of this entry

Shaun Barker – More than a Footballer

Last week I was asked to write a piece on Shaun Barker for possible future publication elsewhere.

The piece may or may not appear and will almost certainly be edited. However as a welcome break from the troubles of the current Rams, herewith our tribute to Barks. Read the rest of this entry

Crisis, Meltdown, Wobble, Blip

Isn’t it great when the big boys fuck up. We’ve all laughed our arse off at Chelsea’s fiasco of a season, drank in the misery of Man Utd’s laughable transfers and tedious losing football and tell me you don’t love it when Man City get ritually humiliated in the Champions league.

Yes it’s great when the big boys get shafted. Unless of course you support the said big boy in question. Read the rest of this entry

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