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  1. v Brum (H) - Predictions

    Derby 2 Birmingham 1 Lawrence first goal scorer
  2. The decline of Radio Derby (?)

    I think the level of commentary and debate is about what you'd expect from a local radio station. It's not terrible but it doesn't set the world alight. Having said that, I realise now that for my first 15 to 20 years of being a Derby supporter I was being spoiled in being treated to Graham Richards every week.
  3. Bristol City v Derby County

    I stick by my midtable prediction for this season. Far from the worst side in the league but not promotion quality yet. We are a work in progress and it will take another couple of transfer windows to get there...
  4. v Bristol C (A) - Predictions

    Bristol 1 Derby 2 Lawrence first goal scorer
  5. Joe Ledley Signed - Until January

    I'd agree with you as a creative footballer, but those players occupied a different role in the team. I think Hughes is more of an Eranio/Asanovic/Kinkladze type player and, for me he doesn't get in ahead of them. Don't get me wrong I'm a fan of Hughes and hope he does well but until he proves himself consistently at the top level it's hard to argue he should displace players that have done that.
  6. Joe Ledley Signed - Until January

    It's all down to opinions. I just don't think he belongs in that company quite yet.
  7. Joe Ledley Signed - Until January

    Hughes is probably the most talented player we have had over the last five to ten years but he would not have broken into the top level sides fielded by Arthur Cox or Jim Smith. He was a big fish in a mediocre Championship pond. We will see if he can cut it at a higher level.
  8. Kieftenbeld..... has he really signed?

    I meant more for the player. He must be feeling awful...
  9. Kieftenbeld..... has he really signed?

    Very harsh if true...
  10. Kieftenbeld..... has he really signed?

    I wonder if we will now be in for Ledley? (Assuming it is a feasible move?) We appear light on both quantity and quality in the middle of the park. Hope Thorne is close...
  11. v Hull (H) - Predictions

    Derby 2 Hull 2 Lawrence first goal scorer
  12. FFP

    I have mixed feelings towards FFP. On one one hand I entirely understand the urge to protect against future 'Leeds' or 'Portsmouths' from happening. Nobody wants a repeat of those scenarios. However, in a sense FFP was introduced far too late. The gap between rich and poor/big and small clubs was already a chasm by that point and all FFP does, or seems to do, now is cement the current hierarchy in place.
  13. Are we a stronger and better team?

    I think that old chestnut 'not worse just different' probably applies here...
  14. 17/18 - Summer Transfer Window

    As others have said, it's Rowett's team and he needs time to build it to his 'spec' and style. That will probably take another couple of windows. For me, we still need another quality 'wide' player (depending on how the system/formation is viewed). I also think we need a little more creative quality on the ball through the middle although perhaps Rowett does not see this as a priority for his pattern of play. Time will tell and we will see!
  15. Maikel Kieftenbeld - Never signed.

    If he means throughout both his playing and managerial career then that is some statement!?!

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