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About RodleyRam

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    This is our year... or maybe next

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  1. I think this is a really interesting conversation and there's a lot of change and acceptance going on in the world right now. Sadly, there's also a concerning amount of division going on too, which is often fuelled by a lack of empathy and fear of the other. Football has the opportunity to lead the way on issues like this and I'm sure lots of work is being done. Unfortunately though I think sport lags behind in many areas. Humans are tribal. We will always form groups around interests, cultures, preferences and things even more fundamental like gender, enthnicity, age, sexual orientation etc. I'm not sure if it's inclusive or exclusive, it's just how we form relationships attached to our identity, we have an inherent need to 'belong'. The complexity that many people find more difficult to understand is that you can be a member of more than one group, often simultaneously i.e. you are more than just one part of you. You can be LGBT+, Derby and whatever else all at the same time and at other times choose to identify more specifically with one of those groups. Suggesting that LGBT+ specific groups are exclusive is the same as saying being a Derby County fan is exclusive. Of course it is to a certain extent because that's often how people come together, that's the nature of identity. Some elements of identity are more powerful and emotive than others. Im' outing myself as a white, middle-class male. It's often hard for us to see the need for this kind of work, particularly if we are not racist, homophobic etc ourselves directly. The systems are still inherently designed to favour us and we don't always recognise the fundamental need for others to have better access into these spaces. LGBT+ and other groups traditionally marginalised still have a lot of work to do to ensure they are heard and represented in mainstream or traditionally white male dominated domains, where they have been excluded and often abused. As some others have said, there's still a lot of work to do on this. What will really help is if those of us from traditional power bases stand alongiside them and proactively support.
  2. All we have to do is win. We've proven we are capable of that 20 times already this season. I'm back Frank to fire them up an Leeds to wilt under the pressure like a poorly cooked soufflé. Early goal, 3-1 victory, Villa absolutely spank us in the final...
  3. Brizzle 2 - 4 Dizzle FRGS Wizzle Weather - Drizzle
  4. 6th place surely rests on this game. A win for either side should set the precedent for the last couple of games. Stick to our guns. Go for the win.
  5. Haven't played in ages. Kiss of death imminent... 3-1 to us Wilson FRGS
  6. Congrats and thanks to all involved. It's been feast or famine for me over the years with the forum. My most active time coincided with a real period of unhappiness and relationship break-up. The forum was a great escape, brought a smile to my face and allowed me to project my dismay at the world onto a number of unsuspecting members! Sozza. Despite the ranting and disagreements, it's mostly good natured and people seem to be able to see the funny side, which is a stark contrast to the rest of the internet! That's a great achievement all said and done. I agree with the poster (can't be arsed to check who it was) that said the forum's main strength is that it brings different folk together. Too much of the internet operates in a vacuum and you only see people who have views and life experiences that mirror your own or the complete polar opposite, which results in fingers in ears shouting. There's a great mix on here and you can learn a lot by just taking the time to read other's opinions and point of view. I don't post much anymore but I like to check in every now and then to see which transfer targets people have seen in Homebase, what breakfast is available at the training ground and what @froggg has had for his tea... Keep up the good work @David and your minions...
  7. To improve this team... a quality LB and a midfield destroyer. Chris Powell John Eustace There are players with a lot more ability but these guys would fill in some gaps and give us a bit of steel and experience.
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