In a podcast we never thought we’d record, Chris, Richard and Tom react to the devastating news that Derby County are entering administration and will plummet to the bottom of the Championship following a 12 point deduction. How terminal will the situation become for our proud club, an institution of English football, and where do…… Continue reading NEW PODCAST: ‘Administration’
Two contrasting away performances see Derby pick up a dogged, impressive point at table-topping West Brom, having been bullied into a 2-0 defeat at St Andrews last week. Chris, Richard and Anton discuss Derby’s latest defensive masterclass from Davies and Jagielka, dish out well-deserved praise for Kelle Roos… and try to decide once again: Should…… Continue reading NEW PODCAST: ‘Blues & Baggies’
Chris, Richard and Tom assess a positive start to Derby’s season, despite multiple dropped points already – the latest coming against Nottingham Forest. Why are Derby failing once again to kill games off? There’s also chat on the Rams’ missed penalty shouts against their local rivals – how many spot kicks should Derby have had…… Continue reading SBW 115: Fourth Forest stalemate
What will the 2021/22 season bring for Derby County? With significant concerns both on and off the pitch, Chris, Richard, Tom and Anton reconvene to analyse the Rams’ chances in what could be the most testing campaign in a generation. There’s discussion on Derby’s paper-thin playing squad, the triallists who could come in, Tom Lawrence…… Continue reading SBW 113: Calamity Wayne
What a season, eh? After an infuriating, relentless but ultimately relief-filled campaign, Chris, Anton, Tom and Richard look back on Derby County’s woeful 20/21 struggles in the hope we never have to endure a season like this again.Was this year as bad as 07/08… if not worse? Who did we select for our Player of…… Continue reading SBW Season Review 2020/21
It’s over! After a chaotic shambles of a season, Derby County have stayed in the Championship by the skin of their teeth. A jubilant Chris, Richard and Tom give a collective, ‘Thank god that’s over’ as we discuss the incredible six-goal final day rollercoaster and assess whether Derby’s escape merely papers over the cracks of…… Continue reading SBW 111: Survival
With Derby County’s irreversible slump in form leaving them just four points above the bottom three and relegation looming, Chris, Richard and Anton discuss whether the Rams really are doomed to the third tier for the first time in 35 years.There’s also inevitable chat on ‘Rooney Out’ – whether Derby’s inexperienced manager should swallow his…… Continue reading SBW 110: League One looms
Chris, Cutch and Tom review the Rams’ narrow defeat to Norwich and assess Derby’s survival prospects. They also debate the known pros and cons of Erik Alonso’s pending takeover of Derby County and what the future might have in store.
Signed by Jim Smith in December 1999, Branko Strupar was a European top goalscorer who arrived in England as ‘The Belgian Beckham’ due to his freekick prowess, with Rams fans hoping he’d rejuvenate a side struggling to score.However, despite a formidable goals-per-minutes record when he was fit, Strupar’s time at Derby was ravaged by injury…… Continue reading SBW Meets: Branko Strupar
Remember when football was fun….? As Derby slip to a seventh game without a win, leaving relegation a distinct possibility, Chris, Richard and Anton look back on the lifeless loss at Stoke, along with the credible point at Brentford and where it leaves the Rams’ survival chances. We also catch up with the Daily Telegraph’s…… Continue reading SBW 107: Wayne’s winless woe
Chris, Cutch and Tom unpick Derby’s downturn in form that included away defeats to Cardiff and Coventry City. What is going wrong, and will they have enough to stay clear of relegation as the season enters its final phase? They also discuss the importance of Derby’s latest stand against discrimination and play some Rams geography-based…… Continue reading SBW 106: Cardiff & Cov calamity
The Rams edge another couple of games closer to survival, despite a 2-1 defeat away at Watford, off the back of resilient wins over Wycombe and Middlesbrough. Chris, Richard and Tom look back on the loss at Vicarage Road and rue more poor officiating, salute Andre Wisdom’s late winner and hail CKR’s right foot. There’s…… Continue reading SBW 105: Hornets & Chairboys
As a three-game winning streak lifts Derby away from trouble (for now), Richard, Tom and Anton salute the key players behind Rooney’s Rams’ new-found resilience. It was also a manic January Transfer Deadline Day… but with five new faces, how many will actually get game time, and who will be most important?
Tom and Chris caught up with 2005/06 Player of the Year Tommy Smith to hear his favourite memories from his two-year spell at Pride Park. From spotting George Burley in a nightclub during a pre-season tour, to playoff heartache, Phil Brown’s ‘1000m Club’ and surreal contract negotiations with Billy Davies, it’s a fascinating chat with…… Continue reading SBW Meets: Tommy Smith
Yet another woeful attacking performance sees Derby remain in the bottom three on goal difference, after losing 1-0 at home to fellow strugglers Rotherham United. With relegation now a very real threat, Richard, Tom and Anton dissect Rooney’s first game as permanent Rams boss and ask the simple question, ‘Will Derby stay up?’ There’s also…… Continue reading SBW 102: Dogfight disaster
In typical Derby County fashion, the Rams see off the trash fire that was 2020 by climbing out the Championship bottom three… only to end up back in it on January 2. Chris, Tom and Anton look back on the triumphant 4-0 win at Birmingham, along with the infuriating away defeat at Sheffield Wednesday as…… Continue reading SBW 101: Owls & Blues
Chris, Cutch and Tom unpick Derby’s recent improvements, who the stand out players are and whether Wayne Rooney should be given the manager’s job full time. In their 100th episode, they answer listener questions on ‘Peak Derby County’ moments, worst players of the decade and best away day experience. There are also special messages from…… Continue reading SBW 100: Rooney’s Ram revival
Derby have finally won again! After nine long weeks, Chris, Tom and Cutch are able to bask in the glory of three precious points, as Jason Knight’s second half goal proved enough to move the Rams off the bottom of the Championship.There’s discussion too on the sickening scenes which saw Millwall fans boo players as…… Continue reading SBW 99: Knight tames Lions
Chris, Cutch, Tom and Anton dissect another crazy two weeks for the Rams and a defeat to Bristol City in the first outing for the managerial foursome that is Wayne Rooney, Liam Rosenior, Justin Walker and Shay Given. How will we remember Phillip Cocu’s reign and where does the club go from here?
Bleak. Abject. Excruciating. Just three of the more polite words we can use to describe Derby County’s start to the 2020/21 campaign, as yet another defeat (that’s seven in 11 games) leaves the Rams propping up the Championship. Chris, Richard and Tom are joined by Ryan Conway from The Athletic to assess just how on…… Continue reading SBW 97: Rock bottom Rams