What’s going on?

Sep 16, 2016 | | Say something

We have suffered a poor start to the season that has showed few signs of getting going. A handsome win sooner or later with a couple of goals is needed to pick up confidence & get things going, the trouble is I just can’t see it coming all that soon…. Tuesday night was a massive […more]

New Beginning for Rams

Sep 4, 2016 | | Say something

This week finally signaled the end of the transfer window. It was exhausting just keeping up with the various whispers and deals around the division. Pearson strategy The whole approach by Nigel Pearson this summer was clearly to assess the players he’d got closely before making any sweeping changes. In contrast last season Paul Clement […more]

Burton Defeat & Transfer Activity

Aug 28, 2016 | | 1 comment

Friday night was awful. The players lacked desire, the tempo was slow and it served as a reminder that Derby have a lot of work to do. Burton Albion were incredibly organised and looked a very good side, credit to them, the night belonged to the Brewers and Nigel Clough, however the night may signal […more]

Nigel Clough 

It’s been nearly 3 years since his sacking & finally he meets his old team. I remember at the time feeling the sacking was unjustified and the wrong decision. 3 years on was it the right call? I still feel he deserved more time (sacking him in September was ridiculous) with the team he’d built […more]

Steady Start

Aug 25, 2016 | | Say something

My first post on here since the appointment of Nigel Pearson….I’d have been surprised that only one player (James Wilson) has arrived through the doors in that time. Here are a few points about the start to the season. Signings (or lack of signings) It’s been quite a contrast to last season, in many ways […more]

Nigel Pearson Appointed

May 29, 2016 | | Say something

Earlier this week Derby County announced the appointment of Nigel Pearson on a three year deal. It has been widely regarded as a shrewd appointment and that’s absolutely the way I see it. Pearson has the experience and the authority about him to take on this job. Note that in the official club statement detailing the […more]

Play Off Disaster

May 15, 2016 | | 1 comment

What a disaster. The Rams couldn’t even stay in the tie after the first leg. I wasn’t really sure what to predict but naively I thought we might do it, get a positive result at the iPro and defend for our lives at the KC. Wishful thinking. Derby actually started the game quite well with […more]

On This Day 2 Years Ago

May 11, 2016 | | Say something

Sunday 11th May 2014 It was the Rams’ play-off semi final second leg on home soil. Brighton were the visitors. Derby had a 2-1 cushion from the first leg at the Amex. It was Derby’s to lose, Wembley was in sight. Remind yourself with the video below of that day. Let’s hope for a repeat […more]

George Thorne injury

May 8, 2016 | | Say something

News that George Thorne’s injury is a suspected broken leg came shortly after the game yesterday. Does he have any luck with injuries? When will we ver get to see him and Will Hughes fully fit in the same team for more than a handful of games? It’s a big blow for the coming week. […more]

Brighton 1-1 Rams

May 3, 2016 | | Say something

A great away performance from Derby held automatic promotion chasers Brighton to a draw. Optimism is growing ahead of the play-offs……. Darren Wassall went with what looks like Derby’s strongest XI on paper – Carson; Christie, Keogh, Shackell, Olsson; Thorne, Bryson, Hughes; Russell, Martin, Ince. No resting ahead of the play-offs just yet. It was […more]

Derby’s Midfield Powerhouse

Apr 27, 2016 | | Say something

Craig Bryson has hit some form recently, a good time to do so. His season hasn’t quite been so straightforward with an injury picked up back in August and the money invested in his central midfield position. The impact of that injury isn’t just the time on the sidelines for the Rams midfielder, obviously the team […more]

Rams 1-1 Sheff Wed

Apr 23, 2016 | | Say something

With the Rams having already secured a play-off place on Tuesday night, today’s game was the first of 3 remaining league games to continue building strength for the play-offs and maybe even stake a claim for a 4th place. It certainly didn’t feel like a friendly from a Derby perspective as the Rams clearly looked […more]

Play-Offs Confirmed

Apr 20, 2016 | | Say something
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After last night’s victory the Rams’ play-off place is now confirmed. Exciting times. To be honest, a top six finish was the bare minimum expectation at the beginning of the season. On the whole it has been a pretty topsy-turvy season, after chaotic events post Rotherham it is a relief to get the place confirmed after […more]

Player of the Season 2015/2016

Apr 17, 2016 | | Say something

It’s the time of year again. Last year it was pretty clear that Will Hughes deserved the player of the year title, this year I’m less sure on who to pick. In terms of consistency you can’t fault Stephen Warnock’s contribution to the Rams cause this season, even if has now left on loan. At […more]

The Top 6 Run In

Apr 14, 2016 | | Say something
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The Rams have just 5 games left. I’ve taken a look at the remaining fixtures of all of the automatic promotion and play-off contenders (including outsiders Ipswich and Birmingham). Any predictions on how the final league table will look? Take a look at the fixtures below (click to enlarge)… There’s a table calculator online which I […more]

Time for consistency

Apr 8, 2016 | | Say something

To use a football cliche, all of the games left are cup finals for the play-offs, yet it hasn’t quite felt like a hugely exciting time to be a Ram despite the possibility of the play-offs. The win over Forest presented a chance for Derby to get things going again by building on the victory, […more]

Olsson, ‘Arry, Hughes, New Boss & Predictions

Apr 1, 2016 | | Say something

I’ve not posted on here since mid-March. The main thing to happen since then of course was the win over Nottingham Forest. Here’s a bit of a Rams round-up…. Olsson So it was Marcus Olsson, the unlikely hero of the East Midlands derby, who took his chance after a lapse in the Forest defence. Forest had […more]

In & out – George Thorne

Mar 14, 2016 | | Say something
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It’s been an odd past few games for George Thorne. He started off on the bench in the game against Huddersfield, later coming on as a sub, then was left out of the squad completely against QPR and most recently started the game at Rotherham. After being left out at QPR it was said that […more]

What’s going on?

Mar 13, 2016 | | Say something

What a crazy game of football. 3-0 up and cruising quickly turned into a 3-3 draw with Leon Best embarrassing his old team mates. How on earth did that happen? The substitutions and formation change clearly played a part. At 0-3 it isn’t a surprise that subs were made, of course with an eye on the […more]

Farewell Warnock

Mar 8, 2016 | | Say something

Yesterday Rams defender Stephen Warnock joined League One side Wigan on loan until the end of the season. This wasn’t too surprising in many ways, he has not even made the bench in recent weeks and it’s clear that Marcus Olsson is the first choice at left-back. Prior to Olsson’s arrival in late January, Warnock was […more]

Is a top 6 finish still on the cards?

Mar 4, 2016 | | Say something

It’s odd to think that Derby County still occupy a place in the Championship’s play-off place, in fact it is fifth place so not even the last available play-off space! After the defeat at Wolves on Saturday when the Rams weren’t even able to close out a draw, I couldn’t see a top six finish […more]

Defeat at Wolves

Feb 27, 2016 | | Say something

What a difference a week makes in football. Victory at Brentford last weekend followed up by a victory against Blackburn left me feeling quite confident today going into this match. Now it’s back to the drawing board. The 2-1 defeat today was very disappointing, particularly after the two consecutive victories. It wasn’t a pretty game […more]

It’s a Cracker – Jacob Butterfield

Feb 25, 2016 | | Say something

Rams midfielder Jacob Butterfield arrived from Huddersfield on deadline day in the summer 2015 transfer window for a reported £4 million. It’s fair to say most Rams fans, including me, saw him as a tidy Championship player but questioned whether he was worth that much money. Butterfield wasn’t an immediate fit into the side, in […more]

Are the Rams back on track?

Feb 23, 2016 | | Say something

“Confidence” is the much-discussed word, it’s what the squad were clearly lacking but now it has hopefully been transformed by three points at Brentford. The belief hasn’t been there from the stands too, unsurprising when you look at how bad the slump in form has been. One of the players most important to having that […more]

Turbulent Week Ends in Disappointment

Feb 13, 2016 | | Say something

What a week. Clement out. Morris in the firing line. Wassall in. MK Dons, routine, home match. Defeat. Madness. I was surprised at the result today, it was a good chance for the new regime to start. But something is wrong, the players don’t look like they’re part of a team at the moment. Steve McClaren […more]

Thoughts on Clement’s Sacking

Feb 8, 2016 | | 1 comment

I’m absolutely shocked at the news that Paul Clement has been sacked and also disappointed, he deserved the whole season as manager in my view. It has come as a shock, he was on the season ticket renewal campaign packages and there had been no rumours, unlike the vast majority of recent player signings the […more]

6 League Games Without a Win

Feb 5, 2016 | | 1 comment

The Rams’ recent form has been very troubling. Confidence seems incredibly low and there is a bad atmosphere around supporters, with some calling for Paul Clement to be sacked and general infighting on social media about whose fault this and that is. I’d like to think that we are just one win away from kick-starting […more]

Who is the Championship’s most consistent team ever?

Feb 5, 2016 | | Say something

Guest post from Craig Finn of UK Soccer Shop Since its inception in 2004, the Championship has proved a great platform for many teams to catapult themselves into the riches of the Premier League. However, there have been Championship mainstays who’ve propelled themselves into Football League folklore with their staying power. Often described as the […more]

Rams Outclassed in Cup

Jan 30, 2016 | | 1 comment

Derby County 1-3 Manchester United The Rams showed some promising signs at a rainy night at the iPro but were outclassed by the visitors. Paul Clement went unchanged which suggests he is now aiming to bring some stability to the team after a couple of weeks of chopping and changing. On paper it is probably […more]

FA Cup – Welcome Distraction

Jan 28, 2016 | | Say something

Friday night’s game at home to Manchester United is a welcome distraction from the league, which has proved challenging for Paul Clement’s side recently. I’m actually more confident going into this game than I was the game against our bogey side Burnley. This one is the cup and it is a whole different ball game. […more]

Another defeat at Turf Moor


Burnley 4-1 Derby What a weird match last night. Burnley were gifted the match by a combinations of all sorts in defence! It does feel like an annual meltdown as some other clubs’ fans are saying but last night was a better performance. I have to say the first-half performance was very encouraging after the […more]

Clement fuming after 1-1 draw

Jan 13, 2016 | | Say something

“Awful, awful” is how manager Paul Clement described last night’s 1-1 draw with Reading. Derby lacked their usual zeal all game, even an early goal scored by Jason Shackell didn’t get the Rams going. The visitors meanwhile were quick, hardworking and a constant threat. Reading were clearly a better side than their league position suggests, their […more]

Bucko is Back

Jan 8, 2016 | | Say something

So the big news this week is perhaps more about the return of Jake Buxton than the new signings. Not that the new signings aren’t significant, it’s just that signings were expected and Buxton has now not played for a very long time. The match at Hartlepool is a good opportunity to give Bucko a game. […more]

The Opposition View: Middlesbrough v Derby

Dec 31, 2015 | | Say something

Ahead of Saturday’s 1st vs 2nd Championship clash, I have interviewed All About Boro to get to know Saturday’s hosts Middlesbrough better. What do you think of the season so far and has it gone as expected? Well obviously I have enjoyed the season so far because we are top, the perfect Christmas and new year so […more]

2-2 Draw at Leeds

Dec 30, 2015 | | Say something

Leeds 2-2 Derby post-match reflections Rotation was the pre-match word after Paul Clement announced his team. If there’s any period of the season to use the big squad he has it really is now. Some may criticise leaving Martin and Thorne out because Derby didn’t win and then if they did play and Derby won all […more]

Sunday Reflections

Dec 27, 2015 | | Say something

Another three points and another clean sheet. The 2-0 win over Fulham saw the Rams reach the summit of the table, helped by the postponement of Middlesbrough’s game at Blackburn. It is now 9 matches unbeaten at the iPro and that defeat at home to Leeds feels like a very long time ago. The defensive […more]

Banner Trouble

Dec 24, 2015 | | Say something

The recent online knock-about between Derby and Forest fans has been regarding East Midlands Airport, all started by a ‘We Are Derby’ banner displayed. Followed by the airport taking the banner down, claiming it was put up “in error”. I’m not sure how that can be an “error” (the ad was unashamedly and most clearly about […more]

The Opposition View: Derby v Fulham

Dec 23, 2015 | | 2 comments

Ahead of the Boxing Day match at home to Fulham, I have interviewed Andrew Beck of Cottagers Confidential to get the lowdown on the visitors. What do you think of your club’s season so far and has it might your expectations? The season has not met my expectations. I felt talent wise Fulham had at […more]

What to expect in January?

Dec 21, 2015 | | 1 comment

The new year is nearly upon is, which means more than diets and new year resolutions for football fans. What should we expect in the January transfer window? In I think we could be surprised with something. In August the signing of Bradley Johnson was a bit of a surprise and a very good surprise […more]

Sunday Reflections

Dec 20, 2015 | | Say something

Win at Ipswich Great result yesterday at Portman Road. Ipswich are a strong side and always difficult to beat. Derby are becoming very able away from home, look at the win at Hull for example, as they find ways to frustrate the hosts and always pose a threat in attack. Keogh and Shackell continue it […more]

Brighton Preview

Dec 10, 2015 | | Say something

It’s fair to say that Saturday’s game at home to Brighton is the biggest Rams match of the season so far. Unfortunately a victory won’t take Derby top of the table but it would end the Seagulls’ unbeaten start to the campaign and be very significant in the promotion picture. Top of the table Brighton […more]

The Opposition View: Derby v Brighton

Dec 9, 2015 | | Say something
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Ahead of Saturday’s big match against Brighton, I have interviewed Scott of We Are Brighton Has your team’s start to the season surprised you and what do you put it down to?   After the season we had last year when we only survived relegation due to their somehow being three worse teams than us, […more]

Rams held at Hilsborough

Dec 7, 2015 | | Say something

Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Derby County This is the second 0-0 at Hillsborough in a row now between the Owls and the Rams, although I seem to remember last season’s 0-0 having less action. Overall I have to say this is a good point. Sheffield Wednesday have only lost once at home all season and that […more]

Darren Bent, forgotten man?

Dec 2, 2015 | | 1 comment

With the form of Chris Martin it is becoming increasingly difficult for Darren Bent to get game time in current circumstances. It has been a bit of a difficult season so far for Bent. Last season he hit an impressive 12 goals after arriving on loan, of course he played a more prominent role due […more]

Black & White Friday

Nov 28, 2015 | | Say something

Hull City 0-2 Derby County What a wonderful result and performance. There were so many good individual performances last night and the victory is of a lot of importance in the wider promotion picture. Last night was the night that Derby confirmed to the rest of the division that they’re up for the fight. I […more]

Euro delight for Rams

Nov 20, 2015 | | Say something

Richard Keogh has gone from zero to hero in a matter of months. At the back end of last season there were calls for him to leave the club, the club signed two experienced centre-halves in Shackell and Pearce and then he lost the captaincy. Stronger, he returned to the heart of the Derby defence […more]

Bryson steps up recovery

Oct 27, 2015 | | Say something
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Craig Bryson is still yet to play since the opening day against Bolton. His injury has clearly been worse than first anticipated. He concedes that he ‘still has a lot of work to do’ after making a comeback in the under-21 squad but it seems there is light at the end of the tunnel. Since […more]

Derby’s Number Nine

Oct 25, 2015 | | 2 comments

Chris Martin has had an excellent start to the season. I just wanted to take a moment to look at his goal record. 8 goals in 14 matches is his record so far this season. So far so good. Last season his injury troubles meant he played 46 matches, still a high tally. The striker […more]

Martin on top form

Oct 18, 2015 | | Say something

Derby’s second home win of the season propelled the side into the top six today. Two goals from Chris Martin, one from Bradley Johnson and another from Johnny Russell gave the Rams a 4-2 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers. On the whole it was an excellent display from Derby, thoroughly deserving of victory. The hosts started […more]

10 games in, 17 points

Oct 13, 2015 | | Say something

The Championship is ten games old so that’s ten league matches for Paul Clement. Here is a quick review of the Rams’ start to the season… Who’s Hot Chris Martin is predictably Derby’s top goalscorer so far, he has 5 goals to his name. Typically, Martin has been a nuisance for defenders and scoring goals […more]

Third successive away victory & Evans resigns

Sep 28, 2015 | | Say something

What an odd match invloving the Rams and MK Dons on Saturday afternoon. The hosts had control for the large majority of the match whilst the Rams just about stayed in it. Again, it took a while for Derby to get going. It seems that the first whistle catches the players out quite a lot, […more]

Rams looking to beat Burnley for first time since 2007

Sep 21, 2015 | | Say something

January 2007 was the last time Derby enjoyed success over Burnley, something of a bogey team for the Rams in recent years. The Clarets are unbeaten in the last ten matches between the sides. The match tonight is (another) live Sky TV fixture, the fourth for Derby so far this season. Derby have failed to […more]

Rotation, Rotation, Rotation

Sep 18, 2015 | | Say something

It’s very fair to give a new manager chance to explore tactically and find a settled eleven, yet that still seems some way off with Paul Clement’s Derby side, in part due to injuries. Looking at the goalkeeper position it seems very odd to see a different man between the sticks every week. It seems […more]

Butterfield & Johnson Arrive

Sep 1, 2015 | | Say something

There we are then. Here’s today’s business in summary. Jacob Butterfield in on a 4-year-deal for £4 million or as high as £5 million, according to reports Bradley Johnson in on a 4-year-deal for £6 million, according to reports Kelle Roos back at Derby after his loan ended early, today Rotherham signed Lee Camp   […more]

Deadline day scramble for deals

Sep 1, 2015 | | Say something

Today is an odd day, transfer deadline day. A day when anything goes and a lot of business is done. Panic buying and just general last minute scrambling for players, fueled by Sky’s love of the day. It seems that the Jacob Butterfield transfer will go through today and maybe some more business. Last night the […more]

Rams suffer first league defeat

Aug 29, 2015 | | Say something

Derby struggled to get going and were outfought (and out thought!) as Leeds United won their first match at Pride Park since 2002. From the off there appeared to be no fight or imagination, which Leeds exploited well and predictably played a tight game allowing the Rams little to play with. There was no answer to […more]

Keogh given a new lease of life

Aug 26, 2015 | | Say something

It’s fair to say that Richard Keogh’s Derby career seemed over not so long ago. The Rams had dreadfully slipped out of the play-offs under his captaincy, fans lost patience with him, the defence leaked goals horrifically and summer transfer talk translated into two new high quality signings at centre-half in Jason Shackell and Alex […more]

New signings on the way?

Aug 25, 2015 | | Say something

Paul Clement has said that he wants to make an addition or two to his squad before the transfer window closes. Huddersfield’s Jacob Butterfield has been targeted so far. The midfielder has been around the block in the Championship but will he be worth a huge, inflated fee? The Rams have been linked with a lot of […more]

Another draw as Rams move closer to first win

Aug 22, 2015 | | 2 comments

It’s coming, isn’t it? Derby’s first victory must be around the corner now, Leeds next week would be the perfect side to inflict it upon. Last night the Rams demonstrated real promise. Despite taking a while to get into the game and going behind once again, Derby showed how to respond. In the second-half  there was a […more]

Tough test for Rams tonight

Aug 18, 2015 | | Say something

Middlesbrough arrive in Derby tonight for what surely must be the most fascinating fixture in the Championship so far. Last week David Nugent moved from Leicester to sign a three year deal at the Riverside and, with today’s game fast approaching, Rams fans feared a Boro side containing the lethal striker that always seems to […more]

The Opposition View: Derby vs Boro

Aug 17, 2015 | | Say something

Just three games into the season two of the league’s biggest promotion favourites meet in perhaps a taster of what’s to come at the top of the Championship table. Ahead of Tuesday’s match against Middlesbrough, I have spoken to All About Boro (@NewsForBoro) about the club and the game. After a great campaign last season and […more]

Early Days

Aug 15, 2015 | | 2 comments

Three games into the season it is clear that Paul Clement is still experimenting with his squad, learning about the players and pondering what’s best. Jamie Hanson was a surprise name in the starting eleven against Charlton and Clement reverted to Derby’s tried and trusted 4-3-3 from the McClaren days. It worked under McClaren to an extent, […more]

Post Pompey

Aug 13, 2015 | | 2 comments

A first round exit of the League Cup, particularly to a lower league opposition, is disappointing, no matter how much it is dressed up as a chance to focus on the league. Last night Derby were poor and never really got going, it took going behind to get the Rams to show glimpses of what […more]

Sunday Reflection

Aug 9, 2015 | | Say something

The Rams are a bit light in midfield The injury to Will Hughes, although the full extent of it is yet unknown, seems to be serious. Craig Bryson also picked up an injury yesterday. Suddenly, in the central midfield department, Paul Clement’s squad looks light. A loan signing would seem to be the likely route […more]

Selection Dilemma

Aug 4, 2015 | | Say something

Under Nigel Clough, combining the talents of Will Hughes, Jeff Hendrick and Craig Bryson proved difficult. Selection difficulties appear to have reached a new level with the strength of Paul Clement’s squad. Here’s a look at who Clement could pick this weekend. Formation In pre-season a few different formations have been tried but you get […more]

New Season

Jul 30, 2015 | | 1 comment

Long time, no post. In fact, my last post on here was after the 1-1 draw with Brentford at the back end of last season – how things have changed! Sorry, who is Steve McClaren? …………… The club has demonstrated huge amounts of ambition this summer. If Mel wants him, Mel gets him, as per […more]

Dire performance but Rams gain a point

Apr 11, 2015 | | 3 comments

Derby 1-1 Brentford It was horrible from beginning to end with the only highlight being the Darren Bent ‘right place, right time’ poacher’s finish. I don’t know how Brentford didn’t win it 5-0, the Rams really were that poor. The away side played like the home side for the first-half. Possession at half-time was over 60% […more]

Disaster at Wolves for Derby

Mar 21, 2015 | | 2 comments

Wolves 2-0 Derby What to say? Let’s start with the different set-up. McClaren went for 4-2-3-1 with Hughes and Bryson as the two, Ince, Lingard and Russell as the three and Bent returning to the side. It was an interesting change and, going forward, for a large chunk of the game it worked. Derby played […more]

Rams promotion hopes take huge blow

Mar 18, 2015 | | Say something

Derby 0-1 Middlesbrough The Rams just weren’t good enough on the night. Boro deserved their three points, they got their goal & held firm. As you’d expect, Patrick Bamford scored. He kept his cool in front of goal to score & no doubt relished that as a boyhood Forest fan. Bamford had the last laugh. […more]

The Opposition View: Derby vs Middlesbrough

Mar 15, 2015 | | Say something
Patrick Bamford

Ahead of Tuesday’s vital game against Middlesbrough, I have asked Everything MFC how things are at the Riverside to get a glimpse into the game and the wider promotion picture. 1) Has the season so far gone how you expected it to? Given Aitor Karanka’s additions in the summer transfer window I was quietly confident that […more]

Added time disaster & looking ahead

Mar 9, 2015 | | Say something

Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Birmingham felt like a defeat. For the entire game, Derby dominated. The midfield were comfortable, the defence rarely troubled and, typically, Johnny Russell was working his socks off but in the more unusual position as the central striker as the attack’s focal point. I just couldn’t envisage a situation where Birmingham […more]

Rams fans ripped off at Norwich but welcomed to Wolves

Feb 22, 2015 | | 20 comments

Browsing the official club site, I was struck by the prices for both the Norwich and Wolves away games – they couldn’t be in greater contrast. For the game at Norwich, adults are charged £40 – yes, £40 for a Championship match! Over-65s are £30, under-17s are £25 and under-12s are £17. For the game at […more]

Rams Go Top

Feb 22, 2015 | | Say something

Derby 3-2 Sheff Wed It’s the Chinese New Year of the Ram as fans at the game yesterday found out at half-time, let’s hope that translates into promotion, and the match showed exactly why there’s still plenty to be optimistic about. Steve McClaren surprisingly kept the same back four after the dire defending at Rotherham […more]

Reading dump Rams out of the Cup

Feb 15, 2015 | | Say something

What a great Cup tie – for the neutral that is. Rams fans left feeling disappointed but by no means disheartened. First of all, Steve McClaren made a whole host of changes for the tie. It was certainly a side that was capable, the nature of the squad means that ringing the changes doesn’t hugely weaken […more]

Top Goalscorers

Feb 9, 2015 | | 2 comments

The season is progressing quickly so here’s an update on the Rams’ top goalscorers and their tallies (in all competitions).

Dream Debut for Ince

Feb 8, 2015 | | Say something

Derby 4-1 Bolton The Rams began the match with just one change from last week’s win at Cardiff, in came Tom Ince for Simon Dawkins. The scoreline doesn’t reflect the match for a large part of the first-half, Bolton were in the match and not totally on the back foot. Derby’s first goal arrived just […more]

Promotion Race Hots Up

Jan 31, 2015 | | Say something

My confidence about the Rams getting promoted has naturally fluctuated throughout the season. Recently it has grown – I believed after the Forest defeat that it was a bit of a blip and hoped that a repeat of the second-half won’t be returning (there’s time yet!). I have to say I’ve been slightly surprised at […more]

Mac fails to rule out Newcastle job

Jan 3, 2015 | | Say something

UPDATE: Sam Rush speaks out, says there have been no approaches and claims Mac ‘completely dismissed it’. After today’s 1-0 win over Southport, Rams boss Steve McClaren was asked repeatedly to rule out the vacant Newcastle United job. He didn’t rule it out but insisted it was ‘pure speculation’. I can’t have been the only […more]

What does 2015 hold?

Dec 31, 2014 | | 1 comment

Hello again after a brief hiatus on here. A bit has happened since my last post, including the long-awaited return of John Eustace. All hail the Eust! 2014 has been an eventful year for the Rams, who have dazzled the Championship. Wins over Forest and Brighton, as well as other demolitions will live long in […more]

Toughest game so far this season on the horizon

Dec 10, 2014 | | 2 comments
Patrick Bamford

It’s Middlesbrough away on Saturday. The Rams are top and Boro are closely behind in fourth. Since things have settled in the table, both sides have been a constant figure at the top. Middlesbrough’s home record isn’t brilliant, their away form is much better (the best in the division, in fact). Derby’s away record is […more]

Rams outdone by Leeds

Nov 29, 2014 | | 3 comments

Leeds 2-0 Derby I was feeling very confident ahead of this one. After all, Leeds never beat us, do they? Well, not for nine years. Here are few post-match points. Leeds were very physically strong. The hosts got in the Rams’ faces and made any neat football difficult. That really is something Derby struggle to contend […more]

Top Goalscorers so far this Season

Nov 26, 2014 | | 1 comment
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The Rams are the joint top goalscorers in the league, not forgetting the fact that Derby are, of course, league leaders by three points. Here is an update on the team’s scorers this season (in all competitions).   Which goal has been your favourite?

Rams hit 5 in incredible win

Nov 10, 2014 | | Say something

Derby 5-0 Wolves (8/11/14) This was the Derby we know. The Derby of the back end of last season that devastated oppositions. The side we have, in spite of good results, longed to see again. It arrived. In style. Yet, still, the 4-1 play-off semi-final win over Brighton is still narrowly my favourite win under […more]

Lions frustrate Derby in 0-0 draw

Oct 5, 2014 | | 1 comment

Yesterday, fans endured a frustrating afternoon against Millwall. It all ended 0-0. Here are a few points about the game. Derby began the game very positively but let things fizzle out a little in the second-half. Still on home soil the Rams struggle to get an early goal to ease the difficulty presented by the […more]

Rams Round-Up

Sep 28, 2014 | | 2 comments

After two 2-0 wins in a week, Derby have the comfort of a week containing two home games. 2-0 wins Both victories have been good, polished victories. One very pleasing thing has been the two clean sheets, the Rams hadn’t kept a clean sheet since August. Richard Keogh, after a few pre-season jitters, is looking […more]

Rams into the final 16

Sep 24, 2014 | | Say something
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Last night the Rams met Reading for a place in the League Cup last 16. Only one side really looked like winning and that was Derby. It was a 2-0 win, through a great Johnny Russell strike and an own goal, along with a good all round performance. You can’t ask for much more than […more]

Frantic second-half sees Rams held

Sep 21, 2014 | | Say something

On the 10th anniversary of Brian Clough’s passing, Derby County and its supporters paid their tributes to Old Big ‘Ed. An applause was held on the 10th minute, just like at last weekend’s trip to the City Ground. Prior to the match I read a fascinating article on the BBC Sport site and I do strongly […more]

Derby Day Draw

Sep 14, 2014 | | Say something

Today’s East Midlands derby had it all; typically fiery, goals and a red card. Beforehand I would’ve taken a point and, in the end, it was a fair result. On the way, Bobby Zamora’s face was littered on signs. I’m glad it has been of amusement to our foes down the A52. Enough of that […more]

It’s Nearly Here

Sep 13, 2014 | | Say something

The East Midlands derby is almost here. It is more than a game but everybody knows that, so, what will happen tomorrow? Will there be goals? Last season it was Pride Park that hosted a goal feast that Rams fans will not forget in a hurry, yet, in actual fact, it is the City Ground […more]

Who should start for the Rams?

Sep 5, 2014 | | 7 comments

Next up is the big one. Yes, it’s Nottingham Forest away in just over a week’s time. Stuart Pearce’s side are riding high at the top of the table and will no doubt be confident of achieving revenge from March’s extraordinary 5-0 Rams win (I just had to mention that win!). The team selection has attracted […more]

Rams play out stalemate at Hillsborough

Aug 17, 2014 | | Say something

Last season Derby were involved in just two 0-0 draws, yesterday they clocked their first of the new campaign through a hard-fought draw at Sheffield Wednesday. The Rams lined up in the usual system with Will Hughes continuing in the defensive midfield role, Jake Buxton returning to the side after being rested in the League […more]

The Opposition View: Sheff Wed Vs Derby

Aug 15, 2014 | | Say something

Tomorrow the Rams travel to Sheffield to take on the Owls. Ahead of the game I have sought the views of Matt Savage at the SWFC Armchair Fan blog. How would you assess your team’s campaign last season? Last season for Wednesday was a bit of a mixed bag, we started off with low expectations […more]

Rams open season with three points

Aug 9, 2014 | | Say something

Today the Rams welcomed the fiery Steve Evans’s Rotherham United side to Pride Park to kick off the new season. The headlines from the team news was Jake Buxton’s return from injury and Will Hughes retaining the ‘Thorne role’ after looking assured in the Rangers friendly last week. The two loan signings of the week, Leon […more]

The Opposition View: Derby Vs Rotherham

Aug 6, 2014 | | Say something
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Ahead of Saturday’s season opener against newly-promoted Rotherham United, I have asked Richard Gaynor of Millers Mad a few questions about his team. Was last season’s promotion what you were expecting at the beginning of the season? Well, we kinda knew we would be having a good go at it, the chairman’s an ambitious bloke and […more]

Rams Round-Up

Aug 5, 2014 | | Say something
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Here’s a summary of a few developments regarding Derby County and my thoughts. Leon Best arrives Blackburn Rovers striker Leon Best has joined Derby on a season’s loan. Clearly he is a huge upgrade on Conor Sammon as cover for Chris Martin. The ex-Newcastle man fills the gap of the club needing another striker. Without […more]

Rams beat strongly-supported Rangers

Aug 2, 2014 | | 1 comment

Today presented the final chance to see the Rams in action before next week’s season opener against Rotherham United. Rangers provided the opposition today. Although I moaned about this friendly, I went along anyway. First of all, it must be said that Rangers’ support was nothing short of magnificent. To provide over 8,000 fans for […more]

Fans’ Season Preview

Aug 1, 2014 | | 1 comment
Chris Martin

The new football season is just around the corner. It is time once again for the Rams to do battle in the Championship. Last season’s bitter end was tough to overcome for supporters but now it is time to look forward to what many believe could be a successful season. Here I have sought the […more]

Rams Round-Up

Jul 28, 2014 | | 1 comment

Here’s a summary of a few developments regarding Derby County and my thoughts. Scottish Invasion Firstly, I wanted to discuss this weekend’s friendly against Rangers. The ticket prices are adults £15, seniors £12, juveniles £10 & under-12s £5. Meanwhile Sheffield United are charging adults £12 for tickets to see two friendlies, one against Huddersfield and […more]

Kelle Roos, Derby’s number 1?

Jul 24, 2014 | | 1 comment

Kelle Roos, the Dutch goalkeeper with such slick hair, joined Derby back in January from Nuneaton Town. It seemed that he was a man in demand and it was revealed that he even had a trial at Liverpool. Unsurprisingly, he failed to break into the side when Lee Grant was performing exceptionally well in the […more]

Martin hits hat-trick in 3-1 win

Jul 19, 2014 | | 1 comment

Derby ran out 3-1 winners against Notts County at Meadow Lane today. Chris Martin bagged all three goals for the Rams, boosted by the arrival of George Thorne. Unfortunately Thorne didn’t play today but that was not a problem considering the long saga we endured! The rain poured down in the first period, the players […more]

Fan Polls – July 2014

Jul 3, 2014 | | Say something

Here are some polls for you to cast your vote and see the results.          

Rams pin down leading stars

Jul 3, 2014 | | 2 comments
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News of Derby County’s key players signing new contracts has flooded in over the past couple of weeks. Will Hughes, Craig Bryson, Craig Forsyth, Jake Buxton and Jeff Hendrick have all signed new deals. Wonderful. All, especially Bryson after all the interest and panic surrounding an alleged contract clause, send out a huge message; the Rams […more]

An interesting summer ahead

May 26, 2014 | | 4 comments

The events of Wembley at the weekend are still sore but I’m sure all Rams fans will agree that we can be optimistic about the coming season. Where exactly should the Rams strengthen? Firstly, it’s absolutely key to keep hold of the squad’s permanent members that have been the nucleus of all things successful this […more]

Cruel end to magnificent season

May 25, 2014 | | 9 comments

How cruel does it get? It really thought it was the day, Derby’s time, but it really wasn’t our day. Horrific traffic meant I arrived at my seat in the nick of time; just as the Rams walked out onto the pitch. I was met with a tremendous view. What a lovely ground. Craig Bryson […more]

Newslinks: Pre-Play-Off Final

May 22, 2014 | | Say something

Here are many of the articles publsihed on the Rams in the national media ahead of Saturday’s match. I’ll update this with more links when more articles appear. Just click the headlines! THE GUARDIAN Chelsea’s Patrick Bamford aims to make his mark for Derby against QPR DAILY MAIL Jake Buxton determined to help Derby County […more]

Rams geared for battle at Wembley

May 20, 2014 | | Say something

It’s coming. It’s the talk of the town. It’s almost the play-off final. How to describe the feeling? A healthy mix of nerves, excitement, confidence and fear – and that’s just me! ‘Arry’s mishmash bunch, that, I must say, seems to have settled down and there is a strong ever-present nucleus, on mega contracts is […more]

The Opposition View: Play-Off Final – Derby Vs QPR

May 19, 2014 | | Say something

Ahead of this weekend’s play-off final, dubbed ‘the richest game in football’, I have asked QPR Report a few questions about the Rs. How would you sum up your season and has it matched your expectations? Pre-season: All scenarios seemed possible: Automatic promotion; playoffs; Relegation/Relegation struggle. In truth, once we got off to our good […more]


May 13, 2014 | | Say something

Derby 4-1 Brighton (6-2 over two legs) Sunday was a day to remember. At the beginning of the day, Wembley was within touching distance and, as if there were ever any doubts, the Rams booked a play-off final place in ruthless form. Perfect. As the team news filtered through, I was disappointed to hear about […more]

Rams go out with a fight

May 18, 2016 | | Say something

The season has been a failure, the damage had already been done but last night Derby County put on a real show and gave the fans something to be proud about. All I hoped for after the disaster of Saturday was a battle to restore some pride so the show the Rams put on exceeded anything […more]

The Opposition View: Play-Off Semi Final Derby vs Hull

May 10, 2016 | | Say something

Ahead of the upcoming play-off semi-finals against Hull City, I have interviewed Rick from the Tigers blog From Boothferry to Wembley. First of all, how has the season gone and has it matches your expectations?Strangely. We started slowly, hit great form in the autumn and then had another outstanding spell sandwiched between two poor runs. […more]

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