Chris, Richard and Tom first met in London before West Ham away in Derby’s doomed 2007/08 campaign. They’ve travelled up and down the country following the mighty Rams, with Chris creating SBW in July 2017. They’ve since recruited Anton and Ryan, and produce Derby County podcasts around once a fortnight during the regular season.
SBW features light-hearted Derby County analysis, opinion, nostalgia and trivia, as well as exclusive interviews with current and former players, commentators, opposing fans and other football experts.
CHRIS PARSONS (ChrisParsons274)
Chris grew up in Staffordshire and followed his brother into supporting Derby, his older sibling having been starstruck by watching Peter Shilton in the flesh after Italia ’90. His earliest Rams memories are watching Ted McMinn maraud down the left at the BBG and crying when Derby lost the 1994 playoff final.
There are a handful of players he could name as his favourite ever Ram from the 90s or the recent Steve McClaren side, but he’d have to give it rubber-limbed Costa Rican Paulo Wanchope for his goals, skills and the fact we’ve never had a player like him before or since.
RICHARD CUTCHER (@RCutcher)
Richard grew up near Reading, and neither of his parents were particularly passionate about one team. One of his uncles, however, was from Derby and a big Rams fan. He started taking notice of Derby County and collected stickers of the 94/95 team featuring the likes of Craig Short and Tommy Johnson. The first season he remembers is the 95/96 promotion campaign, and he was hooked from there.
His earliest Rams memories are watching Derby’s scores on Ceefax, and his first memory of seeing them live is Chelsea away in 1997, when Derby lost 3-1 but took the lead through an Asanovic free kick. He sat in the Chelsea end and got a lot of abuse from the home fans, despite being nine years old. Always fancying himself as a goalkeeper, one of his all-time favourite Derby players is Mart Poom, but he’ll give it to Dean Sturridge overall as he gave us so many glorious goals in that mid-to-late 90s period.
TOM MARTIN (@TomDCFC87)
With his father being from Derby and grandparents living in Littleover, Tom was hooked on Derby County before he even knew what football was. His earliest Rams memory is watching Derby beat Wolves at the Baseball Ground on the final day of the 1992/93 season.
He always loved Paul Simpson and Marco Gabbiadini (and even had a fish called Marco…!), and more recently Bryson and Chris Martin stand out as favourite players – but overall he’d have to go with Igor Stimac. What a player!
ANTON MARTIN (@antonmartin17)
With the whole of his father’s side being black and white and his Dad being from Derby, Anton didn’t have much choice in supporting the Rams. He’s never known football without Derby, having been taken to his first game at four years old.
His earliest memories are being wowed by the Pride Park atmosphere on day trips up from the south east, and his first memory of a live game is, bizarrely, Taribo West scoring an own goal against Spurs in 2001.
In terms of all-time favourite Rams, there are contenders from the 13/14 side, but he always goes back to Malcolm Christie. Being a striker growing up, he was Anton’s first footballing hero – his childhood was complete when he got a photo with Malc when he was mascot in 2002.