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Ramspace Derby County Advent Calendar 2018

Due to work commitments, the general deluge of quality Rams content on the web and my involvement in the DCFC Podcast and now the Derby County Blogcast, updates to Ramspace this year have been sporadic.

So what better way to end the year than the return of the Ramspace Advent Calender and 24 back to back posts. Read the rest of this entry

Derby County Barometer – November 2018

Every time there is an international break, I always think this is the perfect time to do a Barometer, with no games or major Rams goings on to make your points redundant before you’ve started.

For various reasons this never quite works out, but this time it has, so check out the latest Ramspace DCFC Barometer below. Read the rest of this entry

Bumpy Road Take Me Home – Villa Post Match

After a fantastic few weeks of glorious football and largely positive results, this tough run of fixtures for Derby County ended in disappointing fashion with a, in the end, comprehensive defeat to Villa yesterday.

However, having woken up this morning and checked, more positive news is that The Rams remain 3 points off the automatic promotion spots, Villa have not been crowned champions and George Thorne is still nowhere near the first team squad. Read the rest of this entry

Rotherham Away – When Good Times Go Bad

After what seemed like a very long international break, I think all Derby fans were chomping at the bit for yesterday’s trip to Rotherham.

A relatively local and winnable fixture, The Rams in fine fettle, a sold out away end and the Lampard effect in full motion. Not even a flash train strike could spoil the anticipation.

What could possibly go wrong? Read the rest of this entry

Notts County – Post Match Bullets

Yesterday I went to see The Rams at Notts County in the first pre season friendly of 2018/2019 season and, of course, the first of the Frank Lampard era.

The sun was shining, 4000 Rams fans were in good voice and you will know the team won 4-1. Whilst its clearly stupidly early days, here’s a few thoughts on yesterday’s proceedings. Read the rest of this entry

Gary Rowett Summer To Do List

Following Monday nights defeat to Fulham the focus has swiftly moved to what’s next for The Rams and specifically this summers transfer activity.

Whilst no-one can doubt that Fulham deserved to win the tie over the two legs, it’s also a fair observation that Gary Rowett actually won the tactical battle, but simply didn’t have the quality of player or legs in the final third to execute his plan.

Thus, once again, The Rams enter a summer trying to work out how we turn a decent season into an ultimately successful one. Against a backdrop of stated austerity from Mel, Rowett’s “to do” list is lengthy. Here’s what on it. Read the rest of this entry

Step Up The Morphine

The EFL scheduled season proper has come to a close and Derby have achieved their minimum stated objective of the play offs whilst significantly reducing their net transfer spend.

With a previously all conquering, but now somewhat out of sorts Fulham side due to visit Pride Park on Friday, it’s definitely all to play for in the final sprint. Read the rest of this entry

The Downer Hour

For the first time this season, I really wasn’t looking forward to yesterdays game. Even with no other commitments and a clear run for some pre-match beers, I was fearing the worst but hoping the Rams would prove me wrong.

Unfortunately, the game went absolutely as you would have expected it to, with Fulham racing into an early lead and Derby huffing and puffing but not even blowing down the picket fence, never mind getting anywhere near the house.

Here’s ten points on yesterday and the current state of the Rams nation.
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When Does the Cricket Start?

The Rams stormed into 2018 on a tidal wave of feel good vibes. Carson was biblical, the defence was impregnable, Vydra was on fire and we had the best manager in the league.

But what about Derby’s new year curse? “Not with this team” they said, “Rowett won’t let that happen” they said, “Too much know how” they said.

Fast forward 6 weeks, as Derby stumble into Spring wondering where the next win is coming from, its tough for even the most ardent of Rams fans to not be thinking, “here we go again”. Read the rest of this entry

How Much is that Winger in the Window?

Following last week’s piece on Darren Bent, I’ve all but finished follow up Departure Lounge pieces on JR and Shacks.

I was intending on posting one tonight and another next week. However, over the last few days, post transfer window and post Brentford, I’ve done a few tweets that have had an unusually large (for me) take up in terms of likes and responses.  Thus, in the interests of staying on topic, I’ve pulled some of the thoughts together here in slightly expanded form. Read the rest of this entry