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    enachops reacted to Brailsford Ram in 1971-72 season scrapbook   
    I was discussing this game just a few weeks ago with some old friends who used to go to games with me back in the day. There were some games that stick in everyone's mind from that season, especially on the run in to the season but they had only scant recollection of this one. They all remembered that Steve Powell had come on for his debut but little else. However, this one was up there amongst the games of the season for me. When I explained it, they agreed the importance of it.

    Of course as we discussed last week, we had just lost our first league game of the season, although we had also been knocked out of the League Cup at Leeds the previous month. We had to bounce back to maintain momentum in the league against Arsenal but they were the reigning champions and had clinched the double just five months and about 14 games before with Charlie George's famous extra time winner in the cup final against Liverpool. Looking at their team sheet above, I think it was the same team that played at Wembley except Roberts replaced Simpson but I see that Simpson replaced Roberts at half time in this game.

    So, it was a huge test but we had beaten Arsenal at home in the previous two seasons and our 2-0 victory against them in February was one of only six defeats they suffered on the way to the double.

    Derby removed any fears we might have had that day right from the very first minute. They came out of the traps like greyhounds attacking the Osmaston End and Kevin Hector had a header headed off the line almost from the kick off. I think it was Sammy Nelson that cleared it, but I may be wrong on that. Nevertheless, I well remember the Rams were rampant and the 2-1 margin of our victory was a distorted reflection of our superiority that day. We really did shoot the Gunners down. John O'Hare scored quite early in the game and George Graham equalised for Arsenal with a header at the Normanton End in one of Arsenal's rare attacks. Alan Hinton scored a penalty before half-time. I think Kevin Hector had been brought down and the second half was goalless, to put us back on track. 
    Talking of Steve Powell, my recollection of his family began with my very first game watching the Rams at the BBG on September 16th 1961. We beat Preston 3-2 and Steve's dad, Tommy who was himself a Derby legend, scored the third goal. By that time he was a part-time professional, combining football with a full-time job in the accounts department at the Derby Evening Telegraph. He had retired as a player at the end of the previous season but had agreed to return part-time, despite the fact that the manager, Harry Storer, had a well known aversion to part-time players. In his early days at Derby, he had transferred out several part-time professionals. So, Tommy must have been a bit special. That was Tommy's last goal for Derby. He played just one more league game the following month and retired from the game after a bad injury against Portsmouth in a League Cup replay at the BBG in November of that year.
    In the 1963-64 season, I was the football captain of Ravensdale junior school in Mickleover. We played in the Trent Valley schools league, which was for those schools which at the time sat just outside the borough boundaries before they were later extended. By some way the best team in that league was Littleover Gayton Avenue, who I recall beat us 8-0 and 7-2. I was 11 but in the Gayton Avenue side was the seven year old Steve Powell who was one of the best players in an outstanding side. Many of you will understand that four years was quite a gulf to bridge at that age and I never experienced anyone else doing it so young at that level. But watching him you would never have guessed he was so young unless you knew. His older brother Martin was in the same team and he too was a very good player but any hopes he had of playing professionally were ended by an injury when he was still at school. Also in that team was Mick Fletcher who , as a part-time professional in this championship season played in our reserve team that won the Central League. Roger Davies, Jeff Bourne, Graham Moseley, Jim Walker and Steve Powell were regular players in that side. Mick never played in the first team but went on to have a long and legendary career at Burton Albion.
    When he was at Bemrose grammar school, Steve Powell captained England Schoolboys when he was aged 14 and 15. I might be wrong on this, but I think he is the only player ever  to have captained that team for two years. In those days the annual game against Scotland  at Wembley was watched by a full house of 100,000. It was also watched by scouts from all of the top league clubs and many of the players stepped straight out of the team to sign for league clubs, as did Steve. Thankfully Cloughie got in before all of the other clubs when he turned up unannounced at Bemrose to sign Steve, agains the wishes of the headmaster Dr. Chapman who wanted him to say on to do his A levels. I think Cloughie assured him that Steve would complete his A levels alongside his professional football career.
    When I look back in time now to playing against Steve in 1963-64, it seems incredible that just eight years later I was watching him help the Rams to become champions of England. He played for England U23 but never went on to win a full England cap, only because his progress was hampered by injury. Nevertheless, he played over 400 times for Derby and like his dad he will forever be remembered as a Rams legend.


     
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    enachops got a reaction from angieram in Festy   
    Nah!
    I’ve lost count over the years of suggestions for defensive midfield. He’s an attacking right back/wing back. Leave him there. CDM is a specialist position. He’s nowhere near cut out for it. Bird doing a grand job there.
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    enachops reacted to MuespachRam in Festy   
    Bird should already be given player of the season. (Unless Fozzy wants It of course) 
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    enachops got a reaction from Carnero in Festy   
    Nah!
    I’ve lost count over the years of suggestions for defensive midfield. He’s an attacking right back/wing back. Leave him there. CDM is a specialist position. He’s nowhere near cut out for it. Bird doing a grand job there.
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    enachops got a reaction from MuespachRam in Festy   
    Nah!
    I’ve lost count over the years of suggestions for defensive midfield. He’s an attacking right back/wing back. Leave him there. CDM is a specialist position. He’s nowhere near cut out for it. Bird doing a grand job there.
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    enachops reacted to Dethorn in Festy   
    Honestly not seen too much of him but what I have leaves me wondering could he make a decent CDM energy, quick to close down, can pass and those driving runs? 
    obviously a bit of training but I think he has potential in that role
     any thoughts?
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    enachops reacted to Anag Ram in Derby County Administration (with the slight possibility of Liquidation still there)   
    Just mates from his GCSE maths retake class.
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    enachops got a reaction from DCFC1388 in Rams vs Luton Matchday Thread   
    Lawrence scores 1 and creates the other and yet you still pick faults. Unbelievable. He played very well today. 
    2 points dropped though. Very frustrating. We can’t afford missed opportunities like tonight. 
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    enachops reacted to Yani P in Rams vs Luton Matchday Thread   
    That is a tad harsh thought Lawrence was superb tonight...all over the park he scored set up the 2nd and was involved all game..best player on the pitch for me..
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    enachops reacted to S8TY in Rams vs Luton Matchday Thread   
    Lawrence is so frustrating …at 2-1 he had two chances in a couple of mins to play the easy right pass and we have scored to go 3-1 up…decided to cross to CKR when should’ve squared it to two or three running into box and then a min later shot from way out when he had forward runners ….yes Allsop had a mare tonight but Toms decision making leaves a lot to be desired and is sometimes the difference between 1 or 3 points 
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    enachops got a reaction from Inverurie Ram in RamsTV Meets - Mark O’Brien   
    A really good interview. Incredible what he went through at such a young age. Speaks really well, definitely one of the better interviews in the series. He was a good centre half. 
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    enachops reacted to LeedsCityRam in Derby County Administration (with the slight possibility of Liquidation still there)   
    Some parallels with another much-maligned businessman who emerged last time we were in this much trouble - Robert Maxwell in 1984. Maxwell already had a very chequered business record by the time he rescued us & in 1983 had tried to merge Oxford & Reading. Although he was very unpopular by the time he left, he brought Arthur Cox to the club, funded our rise back to the top division & did eventually leave us in a much better state than he found us in.
    Am not a big fan of Mike Ashley at all but he does seem to have a sensible if uninspiring approach to running a football club - exactly what we need. If the interest is true, he will only be investing to sell us at a profit & the only way he does that is by repairing the club & leaving us either Premiership or on the verge (i.e. like GSE left us in 2014). 
    Not especially interested in Newcastle fans' take on this - whatever Ashley's faults, at least he doesn't head a regime that actively persecutes its own citizens & murders dissidents. Their nauseating self-pity over the past few months has really got up my nose too - other than a couple of years in the mid 90s, they've been an irrelevance since the 1950's.
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    enachops reacted to angieram in Tickets on sale   
    Yes, easy if they are in your friends and family. Just tick all the seats you want and click buy, it will tell you you're exceeding the allowed tickets. Click on "assign owners" (it's not very obvious) then you can assign an owner to each ticket you've bought. It doesn't take long once you've got the tickets in your basket. 
    It even works out what price they should pay (if some are oldies/youngies.)
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    enachops reacted to Carnero in Tickets on sale   
    Yes if you have all of those fans IDs linked to your own account as friends & family then you should be able to buy multiple tickets, you just need to assign each seat to an individual owner.
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    enachops got a reaction from angieram in Tickets on sale   
    Amazing - thank you! 
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    enachops reacted to Alpha in Why Do You Love Derby County?   
    I remember going to Leicester in my teens. It was one of the first away games I'd gone to without an adult and with a mate. I stupidly had a Le Coq Sportif coat and Leicester had that as a kit manufacturer.
    Typical Derby game and there was some trouble outside the ground. Me and my mate walked straight into the middle of it as a copper got shoved to the floor in front of us. Few items being thrown about. 
    Anyway this huge bloke Leicester fan grabbed me by my neck and dragged me behind him. He said "get behind me mate" and then started telling "come on then you sheep shagging Bamfords!!" to some Derby fans opposite. There was a bit more throwing and the usual nonsense before the police got a line going. 
    So we're walking off with all these Leicester fans and I whisper to my mate "we've got Derby shirts on under our coats!!" Meanwhile this Leicester fan is bawling about meeting up with the sheep here and there and catching up to them. 
    My mate comes up with the most stupid idea and we just create a bit of distance between ourselves and the big geezer with his mates. Then we open our coats and start yelling we are sheep shaggers you fat this and that!! Who the feck are you!! 
    We ran like Usain Bolt. The guy didn't even chase us but it weirdly felt like he was right on our heels. We ran and ran until we found Derby fans and then just couldn't stop laughing. We bumped into his Dad's mates and told them what happened and they were laughing and going on about the big fat useless xxxx. 
    We traveled back with them, had a can of beer each and felt 10ft tall. We talked about it at school all week. "Let's go away again!!"
    Two little scrawny idiot kids playing at "lad banter". Cringey I guess. 
    But it was that feeling of belonging, the feeling of being in enemy territory, the feeling of grown men treating us not like kids and feeling like we had to show our Derby pride (at a safe distance) that you don't really get to experience in many walks of life. That real tribal pride. 
    It was like the first time I went to the BBG and was surrounding by adults stood loud and proud. It just felt great to pretend to be one of them. 
    It's just tribal. And I still love football in it's raw form both on the pitch and in the stands. Unfortunately now there's so much bs surrounding it. 
    But Derby will always be my tribe. UTR!!! 
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    enachops got a reaction from jimtastic56 in Mel Morris fan club   
    Something going wrong is an understatement. That man has destroyed this football club. Stuart Webb summed it up - he is clueless about how to run a football club. Administration is enough to judge Morris on. He has left us right in it and put the future of this great club in doubt. Can’t stand the bloke. His rubbish spouted on the wireless made by blood boil. 
    Also, on the academy. Your points are spot on. The academy is currently saving our skin. Sibley, Bird, Buchanan, Knight are really good prospects. But - is it as great as people make out? We never benefit financially from our starlets like other clubs do. Look at an Oli Burke for example. Forest sold him for more money than we have ever got for our products. A successful academy nowadays is about selling your best stars for 20-30 million. We haven’t done that, and so unfortunately our academy isn’t as successful as it could/should have been. Two of our starts left for compo. What’s the point of being Cat A if that happens? So, although folk praise Morris for the academy, even that hasn’t been that successful. 
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    enachops reacted to Carnero in Operation Fill the Ground v Swansea   
    We need to aim to sell out every game. Not just one game.
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    enachops reacted to i-Ram in Mel Morris interview on Radio Derby 1pm   
    Three classic comments from the interview:
    1) My putting the Club into Adminstration gives it a better chance of finding a Purchaser it desperately needs. Mmmh. Really not sure it does Mel. Let’s be honest it is much more the case that you are simply not prepared to put any more money into the club, notwithstanding you are still comfortably in the top 500 richest people in the UK.
    2) No one can continue to put money into the club (£3m pm, down to £1.5m pm more recently) in perpetuity. Mmmh. I wonder who created the income/expenditure imbalance and indebtedness? Any ideas Mel?
    3) I’ve been prepared to sell the club for £15m less than I bought it for. Mmmh. Did the club have a Stadium and a decent team when you bought it Mel?
    I have had little time for this guy since around 2016, and today he confirmed all my worst fears.
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    enachops got a reaction from Ramaway in Notice to appoint administrators   
    I’m afraid this is one of the darkest days in our history. Certain relegation to the third tier of English football and a very bleak future. Especially if it’s an extended transfer embargo. No matter how old you are, this is up there as one of the worst periods of time in our whole existence. 
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    enachops got a reaction from Miggins in Notice to appoint administrators   
    I’m afraid this is one of the darkest days in our history. Certain relegation to the third tier of English football and a very bleak future. Especially if it’s an extended transfer embargo. No matter how old you are, this is up there as one of the worst periods of time in our whole existence. 
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    enachops got a reaction from GenBr in Notice to appoint administrators   
    I’m afraid this is one of the darkest days in our history. Certain relegation to the third tier of English football and a very bleak future. Especially if it’s an extended transfer embargo. No matter how old you are, this is up there as one of the worst periods of time in our whole existence. 
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    enachops got a reaction from Fla Ram in Notice to appoint administrators   
    You mean to say Morris didn’t tell the truth. What a chuffin surprise that is! 
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    enachops got a reaction from Leeds Ram in Notice to appoint administrators   
    You mean to say Morris didn’t tell the truth. What a chuffin surprise that is! 
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