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    1968/1969 Division 2 Champions – 50 years on

    Where has the 50 years gone? I was just 16 yrs old, just left school and about to start an apprenticeship at RR. Although I'd been going to the BBG since 1962, this was the first time I could afford a season ticket, which was for the Popside, which was just a brilliant place to be on a Saturday afternoon watching, in my opinion, the best team Derby have had in the subsequent 50 years. Went to every home match as well as several away games, with the game at Blackpool bringing back some good memories, not only the fact we won 3-2, but we were on BBC Match Of The Day for the first time. Just a great time to be a Rams fan.
  2. Is the football still being shown in The (British) Club in Abu Dhabi? How many screens have they got now, as I think there must have been at least six in the lounge bar alone? Had many, many good nights there as I was working in AUH airport from 1997 to 2003 before moving up to Dubai.
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    family tree/ancestry

    I also wish to add to my previous post on this subject, it took over 5 years and several hundred pounds to obtain the information on our family tree.
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    family tree/ancestry

    My brother and I have researched our family on several websites, as well as having our DNA analysed. On the family tree we have taken two directions: 1. Mother's/Grandfather's side we reached all the way back 1699 and this line originated in Ireland, then Newton Heath Manchester in about 1800, followed by Staffordshire in the 1850's, then Derby around 1900. Most of this part of the family worked in the cotton mills as machinists or labourer's. 2. Mother's/Grandmother's side we reached back to 1740, and they were a combination of Liverpool, Manchester and one line from Wilshamstead Bedfordshire, then to Yieldersley, Derbyshire around 1850, and were mostly agricultural workers. One interesting point from this line is that a seven generations back one cousin went to America and was with Brigham Young in Salt Lake City, Utah. 3. On our father's side, he was from Poland and we can only go back to 1900 as the majority of those records were lost in WWII. As for the DNA we have in our blood as follows: (a) 37% East European (obviously because of our father. (b) 32% Scandinavian (Norway/Sweden - Danelaw?) (c) 22% Balkans (Greece/Bulgaria - no idea where that's come from?) & (d) 8% Irish, with no 'pure' English blood indicated. That raises a good question - that after so many generations, with invasions, wars and immigration, who has a true English heritage? And note, every time you marry and you have a child then it then dilutes the blood line.
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    Rowett signings settling?

    Jerome looking 'knackered' by the 70th minute and I would have took him off and put Nugent on, as well as leaving Weimann on. Also, Palmer had no impact whatsoever and playing at left wing-back was totally wrong. Davies was just immense yesterday and made some tremendous tackles.
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    Rowett signings settling?

    As I said, it's all about opinions!!
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    Rowett signings settling?

    I left Villa Park at 5.00 pm and walked to Witton Stn and joined the queue which stretched along the road, up the station ramp and on to the platform. Following cancelled trains and one that went past half-full, without stopping, I eventually got on the 6.20 pm train to Birmingham New Street, so it was actually 80 minutes since leaving the ground. I would have thought the rail company would have realised that Villa was hosting their biggest attendence of the season and have provided more trains or at least better communications that there would be long delays. But there you go, who cares about football fans?
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    Rowett signings settling?

    After the match yesterday, as I waited 90 minutes for a train at Witton Stn. I was speaking to a Villa fan who though Lawrence was one of Derby's best players and liked the way he ran at the defending players. It's all about opinions!!
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    Do we really want to go up this year???

    What a ridiculous question / statement. Of course we want to get promoted. Whenever I played, and that was up to semi-pro level, I never, ever, walked out thinking we were going to lose and always strived to play the best I could with either a promotion or cup final at the end of the season to look forward to. One season in the premiership would see Derby receive in the region of £160 million (x1 Premier season at £100m + x4 Championship seasons at £15m each). This type of money would enable any manager to build a team, even if relegated, in a similar manner to Burnley and Leicester in te past.

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