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    rsmini reacted to Bob The Badger in As A Derby Fan What Are You Most Bitter About?   
    1. Charlie George getting injured against Stoke and missing the end of what could well have been a double winning season?
    2. Juventus bribing the referee in the European Cup Semi-Final and getting away with it?
    3. The last minute winner for QPR at Wembley?
    4. Paulo Wanchope not getting goal of the month after his brilliance against Man Utd?
    5. None of the above - so come on, what is it then? Let's get bitter and twisted.
    I'm going for #1. That was truly the start of the decline imho.
     
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    rsmini reacted to A Ram for All Seasons in Has your faith in the club been tested?   
    I grew up near the old Baseball Ground with the Normanton end floodlights shining into my bedroom. 
    I experienced the Brian Clough years with the best team in Europe on my doorstep.
    Not be a Derby fan???
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    rsmini reacted to IslandExile in Has your faith in the club been tested?   
    No.
    Silly question for any fan of any football club, not just this one.
    People come and go, the club will continue way beyond any of us.
    Try living through the Docherty or Maxwell eras... This is a walk in the park.
    Besides, with Mel and Cocu, the path is upwards. So many positives far outweighing any of the bad stuff - all exaggerated by the media and the accompanying overreactions on social media.
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    rsmini got a reaction from SKRam in Keogh out for the season   
    That’s a powerful statement from the club. It was an organised evening by the club and ended at 8pm. With club cars available to take players and staff home 
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    rsmini reacted to Dimmu in Keogh out for the season   
    Statement with disappointment and anger. For valid reason.
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    rsmini got a reaction from KCG in Relax, we're in a good place!   
    Agree with the first poster. He is pretty much spot on. But wouldn’t it be nice to start a season at the top of the league rather than playing catch up. 
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    rsmini got a reaction from 86 Schmokes & a Pancake in Relax, we're in a good place!   
    Agree with the first poster. He is pretty much spot on. But wouldn’t it be nice to start a season at the top of the league rather than playing catch up. 
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    rsmini reacted to 86 Schmokes & a Pancake in Relax, we're in a good place!   
    OK – the controversial stuff first; while it’s perhaps understandable that folk are annoyed that we’ve let a winning position slip, some of the criticism of Waghorn and Lowe is unwarranted IMO. Starting with Wagger’s missed pen, it wasn’t good but it wasn’t awful either. Chris Martin missed a few I seem to recall as do most at this level, so perhaps it’s not the foregone conclusion that many seem to think. Consider if you will the England team’s penalty shoot-out record for further confirmation of this point and these being the top players in the country. If we have to play the blame game then it's Phil's fault for insisting a striker take them when really it should be whoever takes them best. I think he’s been brilliant thus far though so he gets a pass from me. I loved Lampard but Cocu is in a different league IMO.
    As for Lowe, some comments are embarrassing. Sorry, they just are! He's been our standout player, Bogle aside, but remains a young and relatively inexperienced one at this level. Maybe he should have stayed on his feet, ok, but if you have to lambaste someone then the cheaty. diving **** and the ref seem much fairer targets. The fact is Lowe didn’t give away a penalty, the ref got conned. Why the vitriol? He’s a kid and has struggled with his confidence before now so let’s cut him some slack, shall we?
    Moving on to the game, overall, yes, it’s disappointing that we've let a winning position slip but to my mind, West Brom are the best team we've played this season and I'd be pretty sure they'll be in the play-offs again at very least yet we were worth a point at least. A draw then, is no disgrace, surely, and was probably a fair reflection of the game anyway. I actually thought we looked pretty polished at times, even in midfield so there are plenty of positives to take forward and our luck, or lack of it, will most likely balance out across the season.
    Looking forwards, Bielik is approaching full match fitness / sharpness as is Jack. We have Jayden and Duwayne to return and a certain Wayne Rooney waiting in the wings. These guys along with Keogh are the most important in our squad and we’ve yet to see them all play together, even once. Cocu and his team will also be getting to grips with what is required in this league so unlike many teams in the div, it can be sensibly argued that we have huge scope for improvement. With even an ounce of luck we could be sitting pretty on 10 points right now chaps, above the likes of Fulham at time of writing, who added £100 million of talent to their squad last season. This after the massively disruptive Lampard debacle, a truncated pre-season, some significant players being out injured and the loss of Wilson, Mount and Tomori. Perhaps then, we overestimate the quality of other teams in the div while judging our own performances rather too harshly? 
    While my detractors will doubtless write my reasoning off as rose-tinted, happy-clapperesque, or my personal favourite, utterly deluded, I genuinely feel much more confident about this season than any since 2015. We'll challenge this season, mark my words. The 'marathon not a sprint' maxim is something of a cliché but it's very true of this league nonetheless and there's a danger of overemphasising the importance of early season form anyway. With most of our players beginning the year a tad undercooked, some significantly so, they'll be a deal fresher than many at the business end. I'd rather this than the Bielsa method of having your squad trained to the minute for game one, but flagging in the last half dozen.  I’m pretty certain we will improve steadily through to mid-season and then finish strongly, injuries notwithstanding, so I’ll not be panicking any time soon.
    So..... My advice to all Rams fans and especially those focusing on the negatives right now is grab a beer, head to the garden to catch some of this beautiful weather, be happy or at least content and dare to dream. All that stress will kill you!
    COYR
     
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    rsmini reacted to DavesaRam in v WBA (H) Match Thread   
    Well today could be the day our season started. After Tuesday, I was expecting a pretty miserable time against West Brom, with the only thing to eb decided was by how many they would win. At half-time I was actually looking forwards to a fairly short (for me!) match report because we did all right, and no-one had played badly. 
    The balance of the team was much better today, and we payed the ball around well - Cocu has got us playing little triangle patterns to work the ball around the pitch, and it is working well. It has also got us showing much better movement off the ball. There were very few poor passes in the first half, and we looked pretty comfortable overall, although clear chances were a bit sparse. And we started really well, and really quickly - like walking up to someone in an argument and thumping them on the nose before the argument has really got going. Whether it was tactical or for an injury, their substitution seemed to stem the tide, and the match was pretty even from then onwards
    I was flabbergasted by the ref - he got his obligatory one decision in favour of Derby County in almost straight away, and then kept giving us more - unbelievable! And the second peno was actually given by the lino, not the ref. Even so, I was sure that the customary turn-around would come in the second half. It actually didn't - he continued has leniency, so he will probably get sacked tomorrow for not showing any bias towards the visiting team whatsoever. But as my son said during the interval, he will be looking to even up that second peno decision given even the slightest opportunity, and he duly obliged.
    We created a number of chances in the second half, while pretty much holding the Baggies at bay for most of the second half. I was very happy with both Knight and Buchanan, Yes they showed some inexperience, but what should we expect - they are inexperienced lads! It is fantastic that they are getting a look in. Lowe, as I said in a previous thread went to Aberdeen as a boy, and came back as a man. He looks very good, Keogh continued his excellent form, and Marriott provided the spark of the unexpected. He is also a great link-up player as well. Waggy, despite is penalty miss worked his socks off, doing some great defensive work. Lawrence let himself down by needing to take a touch before he does anything, and Dowell was ok in the first half. Unfotunately he reverted to type for the seocnd half. 
    It is unfair to moan about us not making the automatics after the start to the season we have had, but we shouldn't be daring to think of the autos, we are in transition, and we've been stuffed by Chelsea and Lampard, and are not as far forward as we could have been. But there is good reason for hope going forwards. I reckon this season is going to be way better than we could ever have hoped.
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    rsmini reacted to StockholmRam in Best forward line you've seen play for Derby   
    This by a country mile. I pity the poor fools who didnt get to see it. Close the thread.
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    rsmini reacted to EtoileSportiveDeDerby in Wayne Rooney - Signed on a 18 month deal   
    I wonder if sponsors may have have a little influence on this as well...Imagine you are the MD of 32Red and one of the clubs you are sponsoring is about to sign Wayne Rooney rather than Johnny Nobody from Someteam United...You may be enclined to try to facilitate the former over the line by offering a few incentives. 
    Wayne Rooney brand is 17.1M followers on twitter, in terms of club exposure every media home and some abroad has reported the rumour/news this evening. Potential investors may not know be able to name any of our players but they will have heard of Rooney/Cocu/Lampard/Cole.
    Don't get me wrong I would love to see Wayne wearing a Rams shirt,  but me think there is a bit more to this than football.
    Uncle Mel you are a genius if you pull this off!!
     
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    rsmini got a reaction from SunnyRam in RamsTV Feedback   
    Worked fine for me today. Happily paid the £7.99, logged into the DCFC website using the browser on my smart TV and watched in full screen with no buffering at all. Well done to DCFC and Owen Bradley for decent commentary. Just a pity about the result
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    rsmini got a reaction from OwenB87 in RamsTV Feedback   
    Worked fine for me today. Happily paid the £7.99, logged into the DCFC website using the browser on my smart TV and watched in full screen with no buffering at all. Well done to DCFC and Owen Bradley for decent commentary. Just a pity about the result
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    rsmini got a reaction from Boycie in RamsTV Feedback   
    Worked fine for me today. Happily paid the £7.99, logged into the DCFC website using the browser on my smart TV and watched in full screen with no buffering at all. Well done to DCFC and Owen Bradley for decent commentary. Just a pity about the result
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    rsmini reacted to Zag zig in Worst football decision   
    Derby - easy, Tommy Docherty, greatness went to circus merry go round and mediocrity; ruined my childhood.
    Others - Coventry City ownership change and stadium debacle. EFL or whatever it was called allowing Wimbledon to move to M.K, completely sacrificed the true Dons fans (whatever their small number, they deserved better).
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    rsmini got a reaction from uttoxram75 in It's in your DNA, youth   
    What a great thread. 
     
    I was was born in a council house in Littleover, Derby in 1961. The ambulance couldn’t get through a very heavy snow storm but somehow the midwife got through and I was born in the front bedroom. 
     
    My late mum and dad were both Derby through and through and I can trace my Derby roots back at least 120 years. My family have always bled black and white. I can not recall any family member supporting any other team. 
     
    I recentky posted this this on twitter on the same subject “My grandad died when my dad was 3. He was brought up on Ossie Park Road and often sent to live with his aunt as his mum couldn’t cope, still went to the BBG. some question why #DCFC say “it’s in your DNA youth” well this is why 🐑🐑” 
    i used to walk from Littleover to the BBG via the Cavendish just before the glory days. That was a brilliant time to be a supporter. 8-2 against Spurs. Roger Davies 5 against Luton, European nights at the BBG were something to behold. My daughter and nephews are all Derby fans. It’s brilliant to see the DNA continue. 
    The poem read out last season before every game really got to my emotions as I  everything about Derby and it’s heritage is just so important to me. That might sound daft but Derby is firmly entrenched in my DNA 
    My wife was born in Goole and her family are from Aberdeen  They settled in Derby in the mid 60’s after her late father left the RAF and got a teaching job at Wilmorton Tech  They all tend to keep up with what’s going on with Derby 
     
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    rsmini got a reaction from archram in It's in your DNA, youth   
    What a great thread. 
     
    I was was born in a council house in Littleover, Derby in 1961. The ambulance couldn’t get through a very heavy snow storm but somehow the midwife got through and I was born in the front bedroom. 
     
    My late mum and dad were both Derby through and through and I can trace my Derby roots back at least 120 years. My family have always bled black and white. I can not recall any family member supporting any other team. 
     
    I recentky posted this this on twitter on the same subject “My grandad died when my dad was 3. He was brought up on Ossie Park Road and often sent to live with his aunt as his mum couldn’t cope, still went to the BBG. some question why #DCFC say “it’s in your DNA youth” well this is why 🐑🐑” 
    i used to walk from Littleover to the BBG via the Cavendish just before the glory days. That was a brilliant time to be a supporter. 8-2 against Spurs. Roger Davies 5 against Luton, European nights at the BBG were something to behold. My daughter and nephews are all Derby fans. It’s brilliant to see the DNA continue. 
    The poem read out last season before every game really got to my emotions as I  everything about Derby and it’s heritage is just so important to me. That might sound daft but Derby is firmly entrenched in my DNA 
    My wife was born in Goole and her family are from Aberdeen  They settled in Derby in the mid 60’s after her late father left the RAF and got a teaching job at Wilmorton Tech  They all tend to keep up with what’s going on with Derby 
     
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    rsmini got a reaction from SKRam in Phillip Cocu, Chris Van der Weerden & Twan Scheepers   
    Just said the same on Sky Sports News on the telly. Presenters said he was a top player with Barcelona and already has a good pedigree as manager. Also said his only concern could be the small squad and lack of funds. But I bet Mel has that covered
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    rsmini reacted to Kernow in Lampard and the Chelsea job   
    Well his time here is finished regardless. I feel like we're the only ones coming out of this with any form of respect here. Chelsea have been silent, as has Lampard. We don't know exactly what he's been told, or how much blame can be placed on him, so I don't want to directly accuse him of whatever.
    But from the outside it does appear as if he's been talking to Chelsea and knew he was going back. Why else would all his pundit mates be talking about him as if he already was the Chelsea boss? He's stayed on holiday, and now needs to be excused from his current job so he can go and sort out terms for his dream job because that couldn't be done until he'd finished his holiday.
    It does leave a bit of a sour taste, and the bond he's built with the fans and the club is probably ruined now, so staying isn't really an option even if the Chelsea job did fall through. Take the compensation and get Cocu in then let's move forward and forget all about Frank Lampard.
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    rsmini got a reaction from EnzaRam in It's in your DNA, youth   
    What a great thread. 
     
    I was was born in a council house in Littleover, Derby in 1961. The ambulance couldn’t get through a very heavy snow storm but somehow the midwife got through and I was born in the front bedroom. 
     
    My late mum and dad were both Derby through and through and I can trace my Derby roots back at least 120 years. My family have always bled black and white. I can not recall any family member supporting any other team. 
     
    I recentky posted this this on twitter on the same subject “My grandad died when my dad was 3. He was brought up on Ossie Park Road and often sent to live with his aunt as his mum couldn’t cope, still went to the BBG. some question why #DCFC say “it’s in your DNA youth” well this is why 🐑🐑” 
    i used to walk from Littleover to the BBG via the Cavendish just before the glory days. That was a brilliant time to be a supporter. 8-2 against Spurs. Roger Davies 5 against Luton, European nights at the BBG were something to behold. My daughter and nephews are all Derby fans. It’s brilliant to see the DNA continue. 
    The poem read out last season before every game really got to my emotions as I  everything about Derby and it’s heritage is just so important to me. That might sound daft but Derby is firmly entrenched in my DNA 
    My wife was born in Goole and her family are from Aberdeen  They settled in Derby in the mid 60’s after her late father left the RAF and got a teaching job at Wilmorton Tech  They all tend to keep up with what’s going on with Derby 
     
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    rsmini reacted to Ewe Ram in Mel Morris on melSport with Jim White   
    I’ve only just finished listening to it all. I’m wondering, after hearing Mel and some time having passed, if those who ripped him to bits over ‘storming into the dressing room’ would still hold that view? This man is Derby custodian and will be a fan till he departs this earth, that manager and those players are just passing through. 
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    rsmini reacted to VulcanRam in Suggestions for the next Derby manager   
    Tbh I've not heard a single name that excites me. 
    I feel utterly fed up by the whole business. 
    From euphoria at Elland Road and the feeling we were building something special to this; mucking up promotion, losing the manager and being in a state of chaos. Again. 
    Only at ducking Derby. 
     
     
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    rsmini got a reaction from BramcoteRam84 in Suggestions for the next Derby manager   
    He also mentioned Holland on BBC East Mids news. Could be a good call, he has connections with Chelsea and the England u21’s. Would continue using the younger players in the team 
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    rsmini reacted to Carnero in Lampard and the Chelsea job   
    No thanks.
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    rsmini reacted to Van der MoodHoover in Lampard and the Chelsea job   
    Its possibly quite an important factor in Frank's thinking.........yes, we all know he will expect to manage chelsea someday, but if theres greater investment available now at Derby, he might just see staying to complete his education with a higher likelihood of some success as being attractive
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