Category Archives: General Rams Comment
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
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
Tomorrow I, along with 2899 other Rams fans, will be venturing up to Middlesbrough to see the top two teams in the Championship lock horns in what should be a cracking day out and a top game.
With some of the utter pish that Sky have shown from the Championship in the last month, quite how this isn’t on TV is anyone’s guess, but that’s their problem. Read the rest of this entry
The second door on the Calendar is the Rams all action, man of the moment, right back Cyrus Christie.
After starting the season outside the match-day squad and seemingly heading for the departure lounge, he is now well established as the Rams first choice right back and one of our star performers of the season so far. Read the rest of this entry
On Monday night I went to watch the U21’s score a win out of nowhere with two late goals to beat Swansea. This was the second time I’ve seen the 21’s this season following the previous home game against Villa.
On the back of Mel Morris recent statement of his hopes for more home-grown players in the first team, I thought an update on the progress of some of our youngsters would be timely. Read the rest of this entry
Following the signing of Jason Shackell, I wrote a reasoned piece (Shacks to Riches) arguing the positives of DCFC’s new found financial muscle. This was following direct criticism from Shaun Dyche and general scepticism amongst some Rams fans who were not comfortable with our spending.
Following Derby’s spectacular activity on transfer deadline day and Mel Morris subsequent outright purchase of the club, I’m reading another round of articles “urging caution”, asking what’s happened to our recruitment team (I’ll tell you in a minute), questioning the Butterfield fee and warning Mel Morris that soon everyone might hate him.
What the actual Fuck? Read the rest of this entry
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
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
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
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