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
Rams celebrating goal

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
Rams celebrating goal

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
ben pringle

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
leon best

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]

Summer Transfer Window 2015 Summary

Sep 2, 2015 | | Say something

Here are the players that have arrived at Derby this summer and with reported and purported transfer fees. Scott Carson, fee not reported Chris Baird, free transfer Alex Pearce, free transfer Jason Shackell, £3 million Jacob Butterfield, £4 million Bradley Johnson, £6 million (club record) Tom Ince, £4.75 million Andreas Weimann, £2.75 million Darren Bent, […more]

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