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    Ellafella reacted to David in Derby Ram Trail   
    Up for auction? Yikes, Mrs @loweman2 has no idea what’s arriving in her front garden very soon 😂
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    Ellafella got a reaction from Carl Sagan in Anyone live in Wilford Notts?   
    I lived in WB for 20 years @Carl Sagan…it’s possible our paths may have unknowingly crossed in a sort of “black hole” kind of way. 🤷‍♂️
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    Ellafella reacted to sage in Anyone live in Wilford Notts?   
    Just put a Derby flag in your window and the neighbour who doesn't throw a brick through it, is the Ram.
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    Ellafella reacted to loweman2 in The Spiritual home of Derby County FC   
    I posted some of these yesterday on the Baseball Ground memories post but I think that they warrant a post of their own for the fans who don’t live around Derby or those who do who have never revisited the old BBG area, the surrounding roads etc and may have wondered what it now looks like.
    The names are all the same but the view is very different.
    I took a walk around, first time i had done it, I could feel the hairs on my neck start buzzing as I walked down Cambridge Street, it has such an image etched in my memory of the floodlights at the Osmaston End and the welcome to the Baseball Ground sign, Shaftesbury Crescent columbo St, Vulcan St, the names forever associated with those walks to the ground, the smells of beer and fags from the pubs along the way that filled the air, the locals stood on their doorsteps to protect their windows, the scuffles that would break out, the police horses being used to skilfully control the crowd, the chants that would echo around the close knit roads, all of those memories of a time gone past are held in these photos.


























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    Ellafella got a reaction from 48 hours in Baseball Ground Memories   
    I know...it's probably been done to death but...oh it was special...
    How apt: the very final game at the famous old Baseball Ground was against the Arsenal. I am minded of a game some years earlier against the same opposition, for it was an occasion that really brought home to me just how special the place was; a true theatre of football:
    The date: 8th September 1979. A sultry sunny September Saturday of an Indian summer. Sweat, cig-smoke and the smell of alcohol-breath fused with hot-dog onions filled the Pop Side air. Arsenal were in town, a side replete with silky, star-studded names that dripped from the tongue like golden syrup: Pat Jennings, Liam Brady, Sammy Nelson-the bum-show-er, O’Leary, Hollins, Rix, Talbot, Stapleton and Alan Sunderland, all perm and moustachioed; the latter two had, in May, ripped the FA Cup from Man Utd in the final of the century. For Derby there was no longer a Gemmill, a Hector, a McFarland or Todd, or even a Charles George. In rapt contra-distinction we had a ring of Irish: Aiden McCafferey, Vic Morland, David Langan, Andy Crawford, and a liquorice-assortment of stalwarts like David Webb, Steve Powell and Steve Buckley, all honest triers but in truth it was thoroughbreds v also-rans, giant oak trees against mere saplings.  We did though have John Duncan, Scottish International all handsome and broad, and neat, and the winger called Gordon Hill, who had killed Rams at Hillsborough in the FA Cup semi just 3 years before. The Baseball Ground was synonymous with trench mud but even that was no more. But there wasn’t a blade of grass either. Instead the surface was 35 tonnes of hard golden sand; had the ref entered the arena carrying a beach-ball nobody would have batted an eye lid. In the pre-match kick-in, wisps of disturbed sand danced on the air. The first half was a foregone conclusion long before 45 mins was up with Arsenal commanding a 2-0 lead.
    Then during the break, something strange began to occur. As sun and heat and alcohol combined, the Pop Side found its voice and songs of deep Derby irony began to fill the air...”You need SAND to hold a lit-tul bay-bee, you need SAND to wipe away a tear...” and “Mr SAND-Man,  bring me a dream (bung, bung, bung bung...”). At first, it was a mere ironic acceptance of the Derby team’s fate, but as the 2nd half kicked-off, with Rams attacking the Ossie End, what started to unfurl was a truly remarkable 45 mins. If only we could get one back. Suddenly, Buckley, with lump-hammer left peg, drove the ball at Jennings from 30 yards. The ball, zipped, and dipped, and hit the ground, leather travelling and bouncing on sand, and, smacked the back of the net with Jennings flapping on the floor; 1-2, Pop Side all erupting in Vesuvian delight, a deafening Derbyshire din of high decibel noise. The sound became a continuous stream; the sun, sand and black and white, wall-to-wall volume, a crescendo-ing cacophony of a collective consciousness was stirring the Rams to gargantuan efforts. Arsenal began to cower and fear took hold. I don’t remember Vic Moreland’s equaliser, but I do remember the rocket-propelled roar and the terrace surge as pure pandemonium broke out in the Pop Side. Now, with clock ticking down, 43 minutes had flashed by, we sung to kingdom come. Last minute, Langan...to Carter...Carter in the corner, crosses to Duncan and bullet-header...Jennings’s dustbin-lid sized hand parries...on to the post... and out for a corner....Ohhhhhhh! How we re-coiled....
    But wait...Carter’s corner, inch perfect...Duncan again...bullet forehead, ball bulges onion-bag...Goallllllllllllll, the roar again...3-2...mayhem....Final Whistle....Oh fffffff...foot-balll!
    As I walked from the ground, outside an Arsenal fan exclaimed, “Liam Brady walks on water, but he can’t run on sand!”. I’d been to the Baseball Ground many times before, but now as a 14 year old, I properly realised how the combination of the architecture – tight, compact stands that trapped the sound, sending it ping-ponging around the entire ground, the proximity of the pitch, and how the fanatical Rams fans, touched by the memory of magic, Real Madrid floodlit nights, - could all combine to fuel an energy that transmitted from the terraces to the men in white just yards away.
    Outside, I watched as the Gooners’ team coach drove away...Pat Jennings saw me stare from his front window seat and tipped me a wink. Monday’s Daily Mail match report described how Arsenal bemoaned that Derby had transmitted the sound of the 16,429 fans through the PA system, in amplification. As if... It was just a special place; and I was there.
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    Ellafella got a reaction from hintonsboots in Baseball Ground Memories   
    I know...it's probably been done to death but...oh it was special...
    How apt: the very final game at the famous old Baseball Ground was against the Arsenal. I am minded of a game some years earlier against the same opposition, for it was an occasion that really brought home to me just how special the place was; a true theatre of football:
    The date: 8th September 1979. A sultry sunny September Saturday of an Indian summer. Sweat, cig-smoke and the smell of alcohol-breath fused with hot-dog onions filled the Pop Side air. Arsenal were in town, a side replete with silky, star-studded names that dripped from the tongue like golden syrup: Pat Jennings, Liam Brady, Sammy Nelson-the bum-show-er, O’Leary, Hollins, Rix, Talbot, Stapleton and Alan Sunderland, all perm and moustachioed; the latter two had, in May, ripped the FA Cup from Man Utd in the final of the century. For Derby there was no longer a Gemmill, a Hector, a McFarland or Todd, or even a Charles George. In rapt contra-distinction we had a ring of Irish: Aiden McCafferey, Vic Morland, David Langan, Andy Crawford, and a liquorice-assortment of stalwarts like David Webb, Steve Powell and Steve Buckley, all honest triers but in truth it was thoroughbreds v also-rans, giant oak trees against mere saplings.  We did though have John Duncan, Scottish International all handsome and broad, and neat, and the winger called Gordon Hill, who had killed Rams at Hillsborough in the FA Cup semi just 3 years before. The Baseball Ground was synonymous with trench mud but even that was no more. But there wasn’t a blade of grass either. Instead the surface was 35 tonnes of hard golden sand; had the ref entered the arena carrying a beach-ball nobody would have batted an eye lid. In the pre-match kick-in, wisps of disturbed sand danced on the air. The first half was a foregone conclusion long before 45 mins was up with Arsenal commanding a 2-0 lead.
    Then during the break, something strange began to occur. As sun and heat and alcohol combined, the Pop Side found its voice and songs of deep Derby irony began to fill the air...”You need SAND to hold a lit-tul bay-bee, you need SAND to wipe away a tear...” and “Mr SAND-Man,  bring me a dream (bung, bung, bung bung...”). At first, it was a mere ironic acceptance of the Derby team’s fate, but as the 2nd half kicked-off, with Rams attacking the Ossie End, what started to unfurl was a truly remarkable 45 mins. If only we could get one back. Suddenly, Buckley, with lump-hammer left peg, drove the ball at Jennings from 30 yards. The ball, zipped, and dipped, and hit the ground, leather travelling and bouncing on sand, and, smacked the back of the net with Jennings flapping on the floor; 1-2, Pop Side all erupting in Vesuvian delight, a deafening Derbyshire din of high decibel noise. The sound became a continuous stream; the sun, sand and black and white, wall-to-wall volume, a crescendo-ing cacophony of a collective consciousness was stirring the Rams to gargantuan efforts. Arsenal began to cower and fear took hold. I don’t remember Vic Moreland’s equaliser, but I do remember the rocket-propelled roar and the terrace surge as pure pandemonium broke out in the Pop Side. Now, with clock ticking down, 43 minutes had flashed by, we sung to kingdom come. Last minute, Langan...to Carter...Carter in the corner, crosses to Duncan and bullet-header...Jennings’s dustbin-lid sized hand parries...on to the post... and out for a corner....Ohhhhhhh! How we re-coiled....
    But wait...Carter’s corner, inch perfect...Duncan again...bullet forehead, ball bulges onion-bag...Goallllllllllllll, the roar again...3-2...mayhem....Final Whistle....Oh fffffff...foot-balll!
    As I walked from the ground, outside an Arsenal fan exclaimed, “Liam Brady walks on water, but he can’t run on sand!”. I’d been to the Baseball Ground many times before, but now as a 14 year old, I properly realised how the combination of the architecture – tight, compact stands that trapped the sound, sending it ping-ponging around the entire ground, the proximity of the pitch, and how the fanatical Rams fans, touched by the memory of magic, Real Madrid floodlit nights, - could all combine to fuel an energy that transmitted from the terraces to the men in white just yards away.
    Outside, I watched as the Gooners’ team coach drove away...Pat Jennings saw me stare from his front window seat and tipped me a wink. Monday’s Daily Mail match report described how Arsenal bemoaned that Derby had transmitted the sound of the 16,429 fans through the PA system, in amplification. As if... It was just a special place; and I was there.
    What's yourn?
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    Ellafella got a reaction from jimtastic56 in The Pitch   
    I saw Mel in B & Q and he was enquiring about rolls of artificial lawn. He asked the assistant how much it was but the chap in the red T-shirt said he didn’t know...
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    Ellafella got a reaction from uttoxram75 in Stadiums reopening, will you be attending?   
    Yes I’ll be there. It’s been a huge void. Can’t wait to be part of that Pride Park noise. I’m exceptionally optimistic about Wazza’s next season. With Bealik back and some astute loans/buys I think we’ll compete again at the top. Can’t wait to wear my retro 1923 Rams away shirt ...

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    Ellafella got a reaction from cstand in Stadiums reopening, will you be attending?   
    Yes I’ll be there. It’s been a huge void. Can’t wait to be part of that Pride Park noise. I’m exceptionally optimistic about Wazza’s next season. With Bealik back and some astute loans/buys I think we’ll compete again at the top. Can’t wait to wear my retro 1923 Rams away shirt ...

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    Ellafella got a reaction from The Scarlet Pimpernel in Stadiums reopening, will you be attending?   
    Yes I’ll be there. It’s been a huge void. Can’t wait to be part of that Pride Park noise. I’m exceptionally optimistic about Wazza’s next season. With Bealik back and some astute loans/buys I think we’ll compete again at the top. Can’t wait to wear my retro 1923 Rams away shirt ...

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    Ellafella got a reaction from Derby4Me in Stadiums reopening, will you be attending?   
    Yes I’ll be there. It’s been a huge void. Can’t wait to be part of that Pride Park noise. I’m exceptionally optimistic about Wazza’s next season. With Bealik back and some astute loans/buys I think we’ll compete again at the top. Can’t wait to wear my retro 1923 Rams away shirt ...

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    Ellafella reacted to Addingham Ram in Stadiums reopening, will you be attending?   
    Now that's a thing of beauty Ellafella
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    Ellafella got a reaction from TexasRam in Stadiums reopening, will you be attending?   
    Yes I’ll be there. It’s been a huge void. Can’t wait to be part of that Pride Park noise. I’m exceptionally optimistic about Wazza’s next season. With Bealik back and some astute loans/buys I think we’ll compete again at the top. Can’t wait to wear my retro 1923 Rams away shirt ...

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    Ellafella got a reaction from loweman2 in Stadiums reopening, will you be attending?   
    Yes I’ll be there. It’s been a huge void. Can’t wait to be part of that Pride Park noise. I’m exceptionally optimistic about Wazza’s next season. With Bealik back and some astute loans/buys I think we’ll compete again at the top. Can’t wait to wear my retro 1923 Rams away shirt ...

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    Ellafella got a reaction from Rev in Stadiums reopening, will you be attending?   
    Yes I’ll be there. It’s been a huge void. Can’t wait to be part of that Pride Park noise. I’m exceptionally optimistic about Wazza’s next season. With Bealik back and some astute loans/buys I think we’ll compete again at the top. Can’t wait to wear my retro 1923 Rams away shirt ...

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    Ellafella got a reaction from NG2Ram in Stadiums reopening, will you be attending?   
    Yes I’ll be there. It’s been a huge void. Can’t wait to be part of that Pride Park noise. I’m exceptionally optimistic about Wazza’s next season. With Bealik back and some astute loans/buys I think we’ll compete again at the top. Can’t wait to wear my retro 1923 Rams away shirt ...

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    Ellafella reacted to Anag Ram in The new ‘we are Derby’   
    Maybe on his ukulele?
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    Ellafella got a reaction from Gee SCREAMER !! in The Pitch   
    I saw Mel in B & Q and he was enquiring about rolls of artificial lawn. He asked the assistant how much it was but the chap in the red T-shirt said he didn’t know...
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    Ellafella reacted to Anag Ram in The Pitch   
    Won't be long before he's working there. 
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    Ellafella got a reaction from Anag Ram in The Pitch   
    I saw Mel in B & Q and he was enquiring about rolls of artificial lawn. He asked the assistant how much it was but the chap in the red T-shirt said he didn’t know...
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    Ellafella got a reaction from 48 hours in The Pitch   
    Good idea to dispense with the goals. We won’t score but at least we won’t concede any either.
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    Ellafella got a reaction from rynny in **DCFC Fans Player Of The Season**   
    I don't think @rynny's a berk @Carnero
     
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    Ellafella got a reaction from Carnero in **DCFC Fans Player Of The Season**   
    I don't think @rynny's a berk @Carnero
     
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    Ellafella reacted to 1of4 in **DCFC Fans Player Of The Season**   
    Shinnie.
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