Category Archives: General Rams Comment

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

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

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

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