Category Archives: Derby County Advent Calendar 2014

Goodwill To All Men…….Apart From This Guy

I don’t think anyone wants to read anymore about yesterdays surrender at Boro, so at this time of year it’s always nice to take a moment and spare a thought for those less fortunate than ourselves. Perhaps those who are currently out of work and maybe those who are almost unemployable.

That said, if the individual in question has only himself to blame for his predicament due to an insane, maniacal, self obsession and has caused you deep mental strain for several years – you may as well boot him when he’s down.

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Patrick Bamford – Respect

Today the Rams take on Middlesbrough in a cracking pre-Christmas top of the table clash at the Riverside.

Adding an extra twist on an already interesting fixture is the presence of Patrick Bamford  in the Boro forward line. Read the rest of this entry

Trainspotting with Johnny Russell

With his ever growing hair & beard, increasing array of tattoos and fundamental Scottishness, my brother commented after the Brighton game that “Johnny Russell looks more like a character from an Irvine Welsh film (or book) every time I see him.”

A couple of texts later that evening and I arrived at this.   Read the rest of this entry

From Russia With Not So Much Love

Sam Rush has said many times that one of the key reasons Derby can attract such top youngsters is that our Head Coach is viewed by Elite managers/coaches as being one of their club.

No doubt there will be lots of mutual appreciation going on between Mourinho and Steve next week (unless of course we happen to beat them, then it will get awkward quite quick!) and Brendan Rogers also speaks well of us.

This guy though maybe needs some advice from Steve, more than we need him.

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The Boys from Espana!

The Rams have not had many players from Spain over the years but the ones we have had have always been top quality. No one needs reminding about how good Inigo Idiakez was, but Alberto Bueno is also worth a shout for producing a fair few bits of magic in an otherwise dismal period.

This year we have two quality Spanish youngsters in the shape of Ivan Calero and Omar Mascarell.

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The Curious Case of Saul Deeney – Part 28

Here’s something you don’t see very often. Ramspace favourite ‘Saul Deeney’ and ‘World Class’ in the same sentence.

deeney tweet

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DCFC Player Issue with Santa

Santa has officially branded X-Factor Buffoon Stevi Ritchie a “Knob”.

Writing on his blog, the Father of Christmas wrote “people think that being bad or naughty gets you on my shit list, which of course it does. However, in my view, being an utter twat makes you equally undeserving of receiving any festive cheer from me. Some folks clearly can’t help this; however if you are willing to act like a knob for the entertainment of others, then you can get to fuck as far as Rudolph and I are concerned”.

News of this harsh line immediately set off alarm bells in the Keogh household. Read the rest of this entry

Post Match Brighton Pre Match Boro

Not really an advent calendar post but we were knocking a few things around yesterday which I thought were worth sharing.

Thus here’s a few thoughts on yesterday’s romp and also some pre match thoughts on what now looks a cracking game at Boro next week. Read the rest of this entry

Since I Was Young

For a long time I’ve wanted to write a piece that sums up the essence of supporting DCFC. I got close to it with the pre Forest piece last season but have never quite cracked it.

Earlier this year I read the book “Richer than God” by David Conn. In short, this essentially charts the journey of supporting Man City from when they were good to when they were really shit to Sheikh Mansour and the associated emotional struggle around the same.

In the book there was a short passage which really struck a chord with me in terms of my life supporting the Rams and, I guess, the essence of the song ‘since I was young’. Thus I’ve reproduced a slightly amended version of David Conn’s words here for you all to enjoy. Read the rest of this entry

High Five, Five Star, Five Alive etc etc

Well its the fifth of December today so what else did you expect me to post?

It’s also Friday so, before you do any work, make yourself a brew, order your breakfast cob off the girl in accounts, take five (sorry) and lap up one of the best day of the year/ever.

Get in you Super Rams! Enjoy. Read the rest of this entry