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    WoollyJumper reacted to Alpha in The Telegraph deserve opprobrium for their association with the gambling industry   
    To be honest I don't really get why gambling is evil. 
    I quite enjoy the odd bet. And if the odd bet becomes betting my house then it's me with the problem not SkyBet. 
    It's not like you don't know what you are getting into. You're not tied into a contract. There wasn't some small print that said they'll keep your money if you win. You know what you can afford and what you can't. 
    That's not to say I have no sympathy for gambling addicts. But the problem is within them.
    It is interesting listening to @Mafiabob and his perspective. I have a gut feeling that like many other topics the 'anti' group consists of people that haven't faced what they are fighting against
    This world has a lot of people who feck their own lives up and look for something to blame. To me that's not a problem. 
    The people that do wind me up are those that say "oh no, you're completely innocent of any poor judgement or wrong doings. In fact you are a victim and although I won't spend my time helping you what I'll do is blame a group of people on your behalf and paint myself as a champion of the common man" 
    Off topic but take a certain pub chain that won't heat baby food. Why? Because they have been sued for a baby being scolded.
    Who is the fecking **** *** that said "well clearly you haven't messed up as parent here. You are the victim and I will campaign on your behalf." 
    Such a blame culture. And poo like this Rooney thing just gives that more momentum. 
    Derby shamelessly advertise betting and this is the reason we have John putting his mortgage on a horse. Poor John.
    Yes poor John. Help John because John is ducked up. But John ducked John up. But you can't say that because then John doesn't deserve help. He did it himself. 
    Can we not just help John anyway because we all duck up. But let's not pretend William Hill ducked him up. 
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    WoollyJumper got a reaction from Will Hughes Hair in Krystian Bielik - Signed 5 year deal   
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    WoollyJumper reacted to Andicis in Ethan Ampadu - Joined RB Leipzig   
    Permanent players don't play for the badge anymore than loan players do. Tell me Tomori didn't care about us or didn't play for the badge. So what, we're Derby County, that doesn't make us anything special. If we want top loan players, then we have to suck it up and accept what comes with it, we don't get to sign the quality of Mount permanent, but we do get to loan them.  With FFP and with top clubs signing the talent, loans are the best we'll get.
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    WoollyJumper reacted to YorkshireRam in Ethan Ampadu - Joined RB Leipzig   
    The point of any good loan though is to get a player that would usually be beyond a permanent transfer... Mount, for example, last season was both: a luxury in terms of quality, and way beyond our reach as a permanent Derby player.
    On top of that, you can avoid having an excess of deadwood if you do go up because buying a player that is promotion-quality in the Championship isn't necessarily a player that is Prem-quality.
    If you were given the choice at this point a year ago, knowing what you do now, would you rather have Josefzoon on a permanent or Wilson on loan for a season?
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    WoollyJumper got a reaction from David in Kieran Dowell - Signed on season long loan & he hates Forest   
    Find it hard to believe that a Forest fan would overate themselves. 
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    WoollyJumper got a reaction from Danelaw Rams in Kieran Dowell - Signed on season long loan & he hates Forest   
    Find it hard to believe that a Forest fan would overate themselves. 
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    WoollyJumper reacted to Angry Ram in Fans Forum @ Nunsfield House in Alvaston 27/3/19   
    All sounds pretty positive.. International football breaks leave the press stumbling around for copy. I take the view that I believe nothing from anyone. 
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    WoollyJumper reacted to Gaspode in Business steps to administraton   
    This is the sort of thread that has caused me to spend a lot less tiome on this board than I used to - I do wonder why some folk bother to follow the club at all....
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    WoollyJumper reacted to Tamworthram in Lampard and the Chelsea job   
    To dangerously, and possibly ominously, quote Steve Mclaren, surely this is just pure speculation. I can't read the full article without subscribing but it appears to be just their own conclusions and not based on anything anyone has said to them.
    I may be wrong but it just sounds like lazy journalism to me: High profile manager of championship club that MAY be sold in the summer. Same high profile manager was a legend with a premier league club that MAY be looking for a new manager in the summer. I know, let's put two and two together and see if we come up with four. 
    I hope I'm wrong but it does look like idle speculation to me. We'll see. 
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    WoollyJumper reacted to David in Mel Morris to put the club up for sale SHOULD Derby fail to win promotion....   
    I’m sure they will be aware of the type of questions that will be asked on the night, they may even prepare for those questions although I fail to see any issues with that if the answers are truthful.
    You will have faced a number of interviews yourself over the years, knowing you would be asked questions such as “What do you feel you would bring to this company”, “describe yourself as a person, what motivates you” did you walk into the interview with a few answers up your sleeve or go completely off the cuff?
    These events run for an hour or two, I’m sure some fans would love the club to go deeper into certain areas, but others will have many questions from WiFi at the stadium to how much exactly do we have to spend in the summer, some even use the opportunity to have a pop at a few players and share their tactical advice with Frank.
    With thousands of fans, enjoying the game in many different ways with their opinions it’s going to throw up all types of questions, do I have any interest in WiFi at Pride Park? Not at all, but I won’t mock another that’s matchdat experience is ruined with the 3G reception.
    I think some expect a tailored to their interests and the club to reveal everything event, right down to the pennies and Lampard’s inner thoughts that keep him awake at night which simply can’t happen as some details need to remain confidential for obvious reasons.
    Never understood the criticism to be honest, as I said earlier we’re actually quite lucky to have this access to the club, many others are left completely in the dark. So whilst the answers may not fully satisfy the need to know everything, we should at least be grateful for what we do have.
    As for a review of what was said when we visited Moor Farm, no I haven’t, clearly some things have changed over the years for example the shift back from head coach to a manager, but I’ve never felt the need to sit hear and go through a list he said this but that, why did we appoint him with hindsight.
    Sure the club has made some poor transfers, poor appointments, but show me a club that hasn’t, even the best of the best have made some horrendous calls that went against the clubs philsophy.
    Situations, circumstances change over the years, people have left the club, people that were trusted and we have had to adjust but what hasn’t is this club throughout Mel’s tenure has been genuine promotion contenders, competing at the right end of the table which when you strip everything away, is that not what we want when supporting a sports team, trying to be the best?
    I don’t miss the summers of dreaming for a Shaun Barker type fee and getting giddy at the thought of finishing 10th with Theo Robinson, I enjoy going into the summer with players that are amoungst the best in the league, having genuine hope that this year can be ours knowing that we have an owner which was true to his word, he will always back our manager 100% until the day they leave the club.
    That’s my review right there, straight off the cuff. 
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    WoollyJumper reacted to ossieram in 1 month to save the fans..   
    I'll be there next season and every season after that as long as I'm physically able to attend or can afford to attend.
    As much as I love to see Derby play attractive winning football, that doesn't have any bearing on my support for my club or I would have quit in the late 70's, early 80's.
    I would suggest that people that only want to support a winning stylish team go and support Man city or whoever takes over from them in the future.
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    WoollyJumper reacted to AdamRam in 1 month to save the fans..   
    Is it?
    Some people haven’t got a choice and can’t attend matches due to geninue ill health, therefore I’m off the opinion that if the reason you want to go is solely because of success then duck off now please. Football is not about 90 minutes for me, and if the negative poo coming out of posters if this results in FL being sacked will have an impact on my overall enjoyment at the game, therefore thanks for coming and take your half and half scarf with you.
    I mean, what if next year is our year, seriously, have a thought for all them Notts county, or Accrington Stanley fans, and once again if it’s guaranteed success you want... 👋 
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    WoollyJumper reacted to LazloW in 1 month to save the fans..   
    If you aren’t enjoying it (and don’t think you will) don’t buy a season ticket; if you are enjoying it (or think you will) then buy a season ticket (assuming you can afford it... and if you can’t then don’t ).  Not that complicated.
      I want to see us do well, but my buying of a ticket is not predicated on where we are in the league, what league we are in, what my expectations are, how much information the club is giving me about their plans, whether or not we are bringing youngsters through, whether we’ve signed too many old/young/loan signings, how much or little we’ve spent etc.  I buy a season ticket because I support DCFC and I enjoy going to the footy.  Until I’m too skint, too old or too far away to enjoy it anymore then I’ll be getting one.
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    WoollyJumper reacted to Alpha in There’s always next year   
    Leave him to figure it out. I’m more bored of the answer to all our problems walking through the door every 2 minutes. 
    Just leave someone to build a team. Tbh I don’t care if that’s Frank Lampard or Frankie and Benny’s. Just let it be done
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    WoollyJumper reacted to BOB BIGGS in Bogle   
    Defenders make mistakes, always have. There’s no guarantee that a replacement would be error free, in fact quite the opposite. It’s even worse for goalkeepers.
    Midfielders and forwards make mistakes too, always have. However, their mistakes tend not to lead to goals against.
    It has always been this way. Supporters used to accept that the game was being played by humans and thus mistakes would happen. That’s changed and it’s now  a steward’s inquiry into every goal against. Thanks to the media experts for that ( particularly those pundit defenders who used to make mistakes when they were playing😀).
    I just accept it as part of the game, particularly from those just learning the ropes. I don’t like it but there’s not a deal that can be done with the squad we have. We are a mid table Championship team, striving to improve against all kinds of difficulties. Not Barcelona, not PSG, not Manchester City. Just good old Derby County.
    I find my tendency towards realism has helped me a lot over recent seasons😀 I actually think Frank might be the best chance we have in the short to medium term and that the likes of Bogle, Sibley, Thomas and a few other young ‘uns are our best hope of improvement. It’s some way off though.
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    WoollyJumper reacted to Derbyram1 in Tom Lawrence   
    The amount of abuse he gets is embarrassing, glad he stuck his fingers in his ears....would of done the same thing myself to be honest.
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    WoollyJumper reacted to Coconut in The pitch   
    Last season we were the local rugby team.
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    WoollyJumper reacted to Wolfie20 in Jacob Butterfield - Joined Bradford City on loan   
    Sanctimonious rubbish - you'd do exactly the same in their position.
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    WoollyJumper reacted to Warren Hobhead in Jacob Butterfield - Joined Bradford City on loan   
    Because anyone with sense and decent eyesight will look back at his appearances with us and accept that whilst he’s not been a great purchase in hindsight, he did start very well and has since been - like others - the victim of our club’s decisions to keep changing manager/style of football. 
    During Butterfield’s Rams career he’s had: 
    Clement - signed him, played him regular, scoring goals, top of the league in a rather slow, possession-based system. Abandoned at the first sign of trouble.
    Pearson - old skool, agricultural football was introduced, a disciplinarian installed, the likes of Butterfield played out of position. Abandoned even quicker.
    Mac - back to a more pleasing on the eye style of football, with possession the key and a ridiculous run of clean sheets and wins at one point, with Butterfield a regular. Abandoned bizarrely.
    Rowett - back to thoughtless, kick and rush football and whilst effective in the main, it wasn’t enough against genuine football sides, with Butterfield and other ‘footballers’ surplus to requirements. 
    Lampard - another u-turn, more attractive football but played at pace in two thirds of the pitch but looking a little lacking defensively especially against certain opposition, with Butterfield and others ostracised from day one.
    Even in between all that, the lad had one caretaker who ignored him (Wassall) and another who played him (Powell). And, he went to Wednesday as a Carvahal (attacking style) recruit who was not long after replaced by a defensive coach in Luhaky. 
    He’s been an average player for us when called upon. Had some great moments, some good, some bad, but mainly average. He’s never been useless or horrific. Just average on the whole and totally undeserving of the stick he gets. 
    It’s my opinion (which means nothing) that he should be in our first team because he’s better (in my opinion) than at least one of the regulars. 
    However, I accepted in the summer that it wasn’t going to happen. And God knows why. 
    I hope he gets a move and we all move on. 
    And play Bird and Sibley, allowing us to shift on the likes of Johnson, Huddlestone and Bryson who have been no better than Butterfield if people are looking at things honestly. 
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    WoollyJumper reacted to Paul71 in Who will be the new central defender?   
    Every year there are suggestions we will fall foul of FPP and we never do. If we were close to the line there is no way Mel would have sanctioned the signing of Waghorn.
    Derby are just taking a sensible approach after having their pants pulled down with certain signings, including those you mention.
    Still think FFP is garbage. It is a good idea in theory but should allow owners who have no expectation of having a loan repaid to them to put as much money in as they choose.
    Why should a championship club be restricted yet Chelsea can spend and spend but be in debt to Abramovich by over 1bn?
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    WoollyJumper reacted to rynny in Crazy Keogh hating   
    If Tomori doesn't know he needs to mark the striker, be goal side of his man, and needs Keogh to hold his hand for 90 minutes he might as well hang his boots up now because he will not be going very far in the game. 
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    WoollyJumper got a reaction from jono in Will Vaulks   
    Has Bris been posting on their site?
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    WoollyJumper reacted to Sparkle in Ethan Ampadu - Joined RB Leipzig   
    I agree with the sentiment but the reality is that we gave four year contracts to both Butterfield and Anya ( and spent £10 million ) for example who have in all reality we have had one season out of Butterfield and not even that from Anya so a loan that is of high standard and fully motivated is perfectly acceptable 
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    WoollyJumper reacted to Jourdan in No more Chelsea loans please   
    It’s days like today when the injuries to Davies and Forsyth are really telling.
    Anyone who saw Tomori’s debut vs Leeds knew what we were in for. We simply have to take the rough with the smooth. Some days he’ll look top class, other days he’ll look like trash. He’s 21 and still very much developing on every level.
    From day one it has been evident that he needs a real leader and wise old head to play alongside him, otherwise he’ll be exposed.
    As much as I like Keogh, he is not the player to marshal a defence and lead young players. History shows he is at his best when he has an experienced partner to play with.
    As for Mount, he’s had a few moments but has been disappointing on the whole. But maybe our expectations were a tad unrealistic and we were all guilty of being sucked in by the hype.
    Usually we wouldn’t expect a 19-year-old loanee to come in and have such a massive influence. Why was Mount so different?
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