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  1. Rather use a piece of dog poo for bubble gum.
  2. Bar Wisdom in his first spell, think he was probably our best full back in the last 15 years or so.
  3. Sure some posters on here will remember when clubs(when Derby had some) like the Pink Coconut and Molly Magoos would send those birthday vouchers out for you and five friends with a free bottle of champagne on arrival. Well we all knew it was far from champagne and was actually White Lightning in a green bottle. That was Prosecco the only time I drank some . Grim stuff. Couldn't place the acrid flavour at first, Then my brain started bringing out 'Two can play that game' and 'show me love ' in an effort to clear my confusion and place it.
  4. The giants of football who were closing stands only three years ago, as they couldn't flog tickets to there own fans you mean .
  5. Based on the below he was a big favourite at Watford. Column by a fella called Richard Murphy Wasn't the worst player I've seen play for us . But certainly not in my top 20- probably better than Harkes and Kuhl who took his place in the squad mind. There really was only one Craig Ramage. From the moment that he made his effortless first touch in his debut at Charlton, there was incredulous excitement that Glenn Roeder had unearthed such a veritable gem. And all for just £90,000? This footballing god was priceless! Probably Watford's most naturally gifted player in the barren years between GT's two reigns, he had the touch, vision and, most importantly, the nonchalant swagger to mark himself down in WFC folklore. His middle name should have been 'Showboater' rather than just 'Darren', and, as a result, he inevitably polarised opinion amongst fans. Perhaps, off the pitch, he did fall in love with the idea of the playboy footballer lifestyle, and, on the pitch, he was frustratingly wasteful at times. But, whilst some disliked him for being a casual poser, many more loved him for virtually the same reason, as he really was 'worth the entry money alone'. Suddenly, after years of huffing and hoofing, the unlikely source of Derby had delivered the Vic a saviour who would show us a glimpse of the beautiful game. In his first full season, 94/95, Ramage inspired a seemingly relegation-threatened side to within a whisker of the play-offs, proving that, for all his sumptuous style, he still provided the substance of an end product as well. Employed through his career as a striker or in midfield, he really sparkled at the top of Roeder's diamond formation that season. Despite the dodgy cloth of which the Hummel shirt was cut, he made the Glory Horns look good playing football again.He ghosted past players with the shimmy of Gazza, threaded through impossible passes with the vision of Cantona, and curled free kicks into the top corner with the impudence of Zola. Even the Derek Payne five-yard pass was made to look incisive when it ended up on the end of Craig's twinkling toes. He scored eleven goals that season and had many more assists, guiding Watford to finish in an unforeseen seventh place. With such a mercurial talent, there were those who said it would not last. And they were sort of right. After a well-deserved holiday, he came back into the 95/96 season a little unfit and overweight. But with 'tracking back' not part of his Derbyshire dialect, what did it matter? Still, he was dropped for the whole of August. Rumours that he took a swing at Glenn Roeder but couldn't get his arm past his stomach didn't help. But, he made the perfect riposte to Roeder in his first home game of the season against Stoke City: in a virtuoso performance, he bagged a brace, with a signature freekick in front of the Vic Road End to whom he rubbed his bulging belly with glee. However, without a proven goalscorer to feed, Ramage could not prevent Watford sliding to the bottom of the table in a difficult season. GT's arrival brought a Ramage-led renaissance for the team, including a classic hatrick in a 6-3 pulverising of Grimsby, and in this season of struggle, Ramage still ended up with more goals than the previous season. But even Craig couldn't pull off the miracle and Watford were relegated on the last day of the season at home to Leicester City. The Second Division arenas of the Recreation Ground and Gigg Lane were not appropriate stages for such a performer and Ramage never really looked happy in his new environment. But injury blighted his season anyway before a petulant sending off in his penultimate game brought an ill-fitting end to his Watford career. But the appeal of Ramage's footballing wizardry was supplemented by his unique relationship with the fans. That belly rub to the Vic Road End against Stoke or his cheeky little thumbs up to the travelling fans against Wimbledon turned him into the impudent legend he was, leading to the fanzine's popular 'As Cool As Craig' T-shirts. His persona was perfectly encapsulated in the image of him mockingly smoking a cigar in front of the delirious Watford fans after slotting home the fourth in the rout away to Southend. When that sort of imperious swagger was matched by his artistry on the pitch, you had to love him. Underneath all his on-field strutting, he seemed like a really decent bloke as well. He always had time for the fans away from the pitch, and never forgot the relationship he had built up, exemplified when he sent one of my friends a twenty-first birthday card years after he had left the club. Even Glenn Roeder, who had a notoriously rocky relationship with him, received a letter of goodwill from Ramage following Roeder's brain tumour scare. With the natural talent he had, perhaps Craig Ramage should have had a career in the Premiership. But, whilst the player himself admits he could have knuckled down some more in his early days where he got caught up with being a young footballer, ill-timed injuries as much as attitude meant he never played at the highest level, leaving his England U-21 appearances as his greatest honour. Like the great man himself says, "It was great three-and-a-half years, I don't regret any of it". Me neither, Craig, me neither.
  6. Maybe try Daryll Powell. He seems to have a bit of personality.
  7. I think we will see liquidation of a number of clubs in the next 10-15 years if money being laid out isn't reduced . players with natural ability will always have it . Maradona was playing keepy up with a couple of ping pong balls when he was five. It will also stop the monopoly of 4-5 clubs stuffing there academies year on year with the best young players and using them as cash cows.
  8. They'll all save money I suppose
  9. I assume it would be more complicated but I would consider that a saving. Sure Mel would like to keep the six million a year .
  10. What is going here, have I just stepped into a Monty Python sketch.
  11. I don't know a great deal about American football, but always thought there draft selection system has merits . If football adopted a similar system regarding young players, would that not reduce the money spent on players and give a fairer playing field overall. Just a thought. Maybe impractical, don't know the intricacies.
  12. I believe Wenger also did something similar and kept his job. Was a while ago so don't remember the exact jist of what he said.
  13. To be honest I'm feeling for the bloke. Put into context if he said this in your normal everyday workplace it's certainly not right and could result in dismissal. . But the vitriol he's getting on social media is awful . As far as I can gather from his time on air his two best mates in football are Paul Williams and Darren Moore who seem to regard him very highly. I would be more interested in there viewpoint than someone elses with no real knowledge of him as a person.
  14. No employer lets you leave work and come in when you want without reviewing it on a regular basis. No employer allows you to take a year off at will without valid reason. No employer would pay you to go to the pub every Thursday or ring constantly having days of with no notice. The government would not give someone a payoff at 57 unless it was closing a department and it was in lieu of a lump sum It would not be economical . As his employer is the government he is entitled to a payoff if made redundant within the terms of his contract same as everyone unless it through an official receiver. Lets not forget as a taxpayer himself he pays as much of a contribution to his own payoff as anyone else. I think your relative is winding you up somewhat . I can tell you with certainty that ground level civil servants have been properly shafted over the last ten years . There departments do still offer good sick pay if they have to but I'm sure that will change over time.
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