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Rinse, No Repeat – Part 2

It wasn’t too long ago that a Derby midfield three made up of Hendrick Hughes and Bryson, in his pomp, was widely regarded as one of the best in the division. When Steve McClaren added George Thorne to the mix it seemed like the final piece of the jigsaw.

A few years, a few managers, some awful injuries and some even more awful recruitment later, our midfield is simply a mess and the number one area for refresh over the close season.

In part 2 of this short series, we pick the bones out of the Rams Midfield and what needs done this summer. Read the rest of this entry

17th – Will Hughes

Today we have another guest post. This ones from the hardest working man in the Derby County blogosphere and the creator of the original and best Derby County Podcast. Its DCFC Podcast head honcho, Joel Clyne.

Popping out from behind Joel’s day on the Ramspace Advent is none other than our injured midfield maestro, Will Hughes. Read the rest of this entry

Summer Spending Should Be Met With Euphoria and Heavy Drinking

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

Ramspace World Soccer Season Preview

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

Derby County Barometer – January 2015

I think it’s fair to say it’s been a rollercoaster few weeks for the Super Rams. I’ve had loads of articles in mind good to go but it seems there’s been stuff happening almost daily and the general mood has swung more than Paul Jewell on a night out with Billy Davies!

Coming to the conclusion there’s never a right time to post about DCFC, here’s a Rams Barometer which from 9.30pm on 28th January to when Steve Nic fires up his laptop tomorrow morning is about as relevant as I can make it.  Enjoy. Read the rest of this entry

The CDM Debate

Since the crushing blow of George Thorne’s injury, there’s been lots of debate about who should take his place in the crucial defensive midfield pivot role, or CDM as it’s referred to on FIFA and Football Manager.

Earlier today I put a tweet out with my view that sparked a, relative, flurry of responses and retweets to the extent I thought it was worth expanding my point a little on Ramspace.

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Post Match Notts County & General Rams Thoughts

This afternoon I went to my first game of this season, attending the 3-1 victory over Notts County at Meadow Lane.

What ended up being a comfortable victory, nicely rounded off a good few weeks for the Rams prior to the players leaving fro Austria on Sunday. Here’s a few thoughts on today’s game followed by a few more general comments around the state of the DCFC nation.

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Style Plus Substance Equals Success

With three wins out of three on the road for the Super Rams so far this season, it would be a natural conclusion to assume we have become “a tougher nut to crack” or have learnt how to better “manage games” away from home.

However widespread reports of “beating Brighton at their own game” and “passing Yeovil to death” would suggest we’re basing our promotion bid on a different way of winning. Read the rest of this entry

World Soccer Pre Season Review 2013

I’ve been a subscriber to World Soccer magazine now for as long as  I can remember. It’s a great read and never seems to lose its quality.

Over the last few years I’ve been asked to answer some questions about Derby for World Soccer’s guide to the new season in England. The nature of the beast is these are short and sweet but herewith my contribution to their 2013-14 guide. Read the rest of this entry

Derby Youth Cup Win Post Match Thoughts

It’s job swap month at Ramspace, so following SSpaceram’s recent barometer herewith my thoughts on tonight’s 3-2 win over Ipswich in the FA Youth Cup at a bitterly cold Pride Park.

If you want a match report, you can get that from the DET or the official site, but here are some general thoughts. Read the rest of this entry