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    dcfc the 1 4me reacted to Carl Sagan in Cocu and the youth: a great success story   
    When Philip Cocu was brought in the key reason we were given for his appointment was that he would focus on youth and bring the academy youngsters into the first team picture. In order of this season's appearances, this is what we've seen:
    Max Lowe, age 22, season's apps 23, total Derby apps 38. Max has been a star of the academy for a long time, but this has been his breakthrough season and he is establishing himself. He did so well at right back during Bogle's injury and is now first choice on the left.
    Jayden Bogle, age 19, season's apps 22, total Derby apps 72. Already established in the first team after a breakthrough season under Lampard it's easy to forget he's still so young. Has struggled sometimes and been injured but his talent is clear and he will continue to improve.
    Jason Knight, age 18, season's apps 19, total Derby apps 19. Included in the squad for the key games at the end of last season, it's clear to  everyone why. Won't  be long before young Jason is a full Ireland international and one of the first names on the team sheet.
    Morgan Whittaker, age 19, season's apps 14, total Derby apps 14. Top scorer in the EUFA Champions Youth League and just beginning to show what he offers to the first team, with a new contract to take the pressure off. Just needs a couple of goals and there'll be no stopping him. Very, very classy in the U23s.
    Max Bird, age 19, season's apps 8, total Derby apps 17. I had my doubts but over the last few weeks Max has come on strong again and shown he can be a very influential future member of the team.
    Louie Sibley, age 18, season's apps 5, total Derby apps 5. For me the most talented academy player right now. Can score, dribble, tackle and pass, with a great engine. Has everything and my disappointment is he's not had a little more game time to show what he can do. But it's great he's becoming a regular around the first team squad.
    Lee Buchanan, age 18, season's apps 4, total Derby apps 4. Came through at the start of the season and stood up when the club needed someone to play left back. Been injured, but seems one for the future.
    Jayden Mitchell-Lawson, age 20, season's apps 1, total Derby apps 2. Not quite broken through but now out on loan in League Two at Bristol Rovers.
    Other academy players not considered here are: Kelle Roos who's now 27. This season has seen 20 of his 49 Rams appearances; Mason Bennett who's only 23 but has been around the first team since age 15 and has only played 9 times this season out of his 89 Derby matches. Tom Huddlestone is a past jewel.
    Looking at these numbers I think we must consider Cocu a stunning success. Five brand new youngsters have been given their debuts, two others have become more established and while Bogle hasn't wowed as much last season he's not doing badly for a teenager.
    This flowering of the academy must be a record for Derby. I don't believe we'll go on a playoff push this season (but there is a chance) but I do believe the pieces are being assembled for a strong challenge next season as these young boys learn what will be required of them in the Championship. And when we look at the U23s and U18s there's plenty more talent that may yet join them. Sometimes you have to take a step backwards to go three forwards and it seems the future's looking bright.
     
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    dcfc the 1 4me reacted to Zag zig in upcoming gigs   
    SNAP!! (almost 😂)
    Ooh excited now, I’m off to Brum next weekend to see them and got Killers tickets for the Ricoh too.
     
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    dcfc the 1 4me got a reaction from Zag zig in upcoming gigs   
    Went to see Kaiser Chiefs last night with Razorlight supporting. Really good , great sets from both bands, had a feel good factor about it, enjoyed it. Next up for me is The Killers at the Ricoh arena in June with the maniacs as support. Can’t wait for that one. 
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    dcfc the 1 4me got a reaction from mozza in v Barnsley (H) - Predictions   
    Derby 2 Barnsley 1 FRGS Marriott 
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    dcfc the 1 4me got a reaction from REDCAR in v Barnsley (H) - Predictions   
    Derby 2 Barnsley 1 FRGS Marriott 
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    dcfc the 1 4me got a reaction from Premier ram in Late arrival Bielik   
    I was in the club shop this afternoon and Bielik came in buying things. I asked him for his autograph which he duly obliged. I asked him if he was back playing soon and he replied “ maybe in the squad on Saturday, I hope so”. I said that I hoped so too, seemed a really nice bloke.
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    dcfc the 1 4me got a reaction from Squid in Late arrival Bielik   
    I was in the club shop this afternoon and Bielik came in buying things. I asked him for his autograph which he duly obliged. I asked him if he was back playing soon and he replied “ maybe in the squad on Saturday, I hope so”. I said that I hoped so too, seemed a really nice bloke.
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    dcfc the 1 4me reacted to 86 Schmokes & a Pancake in Late arrival Bielik   
    Any day a Derby player 'screeches round a corner' unscathed is a good day in my book. 
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    dcfc the 1 4me reacted to Sean in Late arrival Bielik   
    Was it five minutes before closing time? Disgusting if so.
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    dcfc the 1 4me got a reaction from Inverurie Ram in Late arrival Bielik   
    I was in the club shop this afternoon and Bielik came in buying things. I asked him for his autograph which he duly obliged. I asked him if he was back playing soon and he replied “ maybe in the squad on Saturday, I hope so”. I said that I hoped so too, seemed a really nice bloke.
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    dcfc the 1 4me got a reaction from Mucker1884 in Late arrival Bielik   
    I was in the club shop this afternoon and Bielik came in buying things. I asked him for his autograph which he duly obliged. I asked him if he was back playing soon and he replied “ maybe in the squad on Saturday, I hope so”. I said that I hoped so too, seemed a really nice bloke.
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    dcfc the 1 4me got a reaction from angieram in Late arrival Bielik   
    I was in the club shop this afternoon and Bielik came in buying things. I asked him for his autograph which he duly obliged. I asked him if he was back playing soon and he replied “ maybe in the squad on Saturday, I hope so”. I said that I hoped so too, seemed a really nice bloke.
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    dcfc the 1 4me got a reaction from RoyMac5 in Late arrival Bielik   
    I was in the club shop this afternoon and Bielik came in buying things. I asked him for his autograph which he duly obliged. I asked him if he was back playing soon and he replied “ maybe in the squad on Saturday, I hope so”. I said that I hoped so too, seemed a really nice bloke.
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    dcfc the 1 4me got a reaction from TimRam in Late arrival Bielik   
    I was in the club shop this afternoon and Bielik came in buying things. I asked him for his autograph which he duly obliged. I asked him if he was back playing soon and he replied “ maybe in the squad on Saturday, I hope so”. I said that I hoped so too, seemed a really nice bloke.
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    dcfc the 1 4me reacted to AndyinLiverpool in Cocu   
    The performance wasn't dreadful or naive
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    dcfc the 1 4me reacted to RadioactiveWaste in Cocu   
    He wasn't under pressure and it should've been a routine pass back across to Evans, he just made an inexplicable mistake. That's not style, system, coaching, it's just a brain fart that on this occasion cost the only goal of the match. What can you do? Junk the plan that's just starting to gel and go for hoof it? Write Bogle off as a player?
    This one has to go down as "poo happens"
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    dcfc the 1 4me reacted to DarkFruitsRam7 in What Are You Listening To?   
    Sam Fender's new album. Brilliant.
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    dcfc the 1 4me got a reaction from SKRam in Forest (A) Match Thread   
    Is anybody thinking this game  might be called off with all this rain we’re having? They postponed their game with Reading recently and I think we’ve had a worst week  weather wise than then. I really hope not but it’s forecast more rain tomorrow and Saturday.
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    dcfc the 1 4me reacted to DarkFruitsRam7 in Forest (A) Match Thread   
    Reading the ‘Forest tickets’ thread is depressing. People are saying that there’s no point going because we’re crap away from home and Forest are half decent this year.
    Do people not understand football? How many times have teams been written off before coming back to surprise everyone? How many Norwich fans were kicking themselves for not bothering to go to their game against Man City this season, simply because they thought they would get battered? How many Derby fans were kicking themselves for not going to Elland Road last season? I remember one clown on Twitter essentially mocking anyone who thought we had a prayer in that second leg. Of course we had a prayer - we were only 1-0 down for duck’s sake!
    Forest are 4 points above us. Four bloody points. It’s hardly Belper Town travelling to Real Madrid, is it? Plus, we’re off the back of a good win, so optimism should be high. 
    What’s the point in only going when you think we’re going to win? Nothing is better than getting victory when you least expect it, as we showed at Old Trafford, Carrow Road and Elland Road last season. It goes back to what I was saying after Wembley - I really do question the mentality and moral fibre of some people. Don’t down tools at the slightest sign of difficulty (financial considerations aside), but carry on as you were and you might just witness something special.
    I for one can’t wait for Saturday. Let the Forest fans throw bottles, coins and piss at us all they want. It will be all the more sweet if we win.
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    dcfc the 1 4me reacted to Carl Sagan in Loan watch 2019/20   
    I couldn't find a thread on this season's loanees, so thought I'd start one.
    George Thorne came on for Oxford Utd tonight on the 67th minute, with them 0-2 down to Millwall in the League Cup. The game ended 2-2 with Oxford winning on penalties.
    I believe it's George's Oxford debut.
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    dcfc the 1 4me got a reaction from Squid in Bonding with the players   
    Waghorn is doing his best, was at the south stand having photos etc with fans before kick off, then playing headers with a young lad at half time, think it was a ball boy, top bloke!
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    dcfc the 1 4me got a reaction from Ken Tram in Bonding with the players   
    Waghorn is doing his best, was at the south stand having photos etc with fans before kick off, then playing headers with a young lad at half time, think it was a ball boy, top bloke!
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    dcfc the 1 4me got a reaction from DarkFruitsRam7 in upcoming gigs   
    Yes it is, been playing it all the time, can’t wait to hear it live
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    dcfc the 1 4me got a reaction from DarkFruitsRam7 in upcoming gigs   
    Looking forward to seeing Sam Fender at Rock City in November, then kaiser chiefs in January
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    dcfc the 1 4me got a reaction from ram1964 in Bonding with the players   
    Waghorn is doing his best, was at the south stand having photos etc with fans before kick off, then playing headers with a young lad at half time, think it was a ball boy, top bloke!
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