Phillip Cocu tastes competitive defeat for the first time as Derby manager… and it wasn’t pretty. Chris and Tom wince over some calamitous defending and wonder if three at the back is the long-term solution for the Rams. There’s also a preview of Derby’s fixtures against promotion favourites West Brom, and Nottingham Forest. Are our…… Continue reading SBW 59: Bristol City & Stoke
Derby County are off and running for the 19/20 campaign, as Chris, Tom and Anton look back on the Rams’ unbeaten start against Huddersfield and Swansea. There’s also analysis of Derby’s new signing, Wayne Rooney (!), as we ask where he’ll fit into the side and chat to MLS reporter Steven Goff from the Washington…… Continue reading SBW 58: Wayne’s World
Another season, another managerial change for Derby County – but the latest Pride Park appointment made history and is seen as a potential Mel Morris masterstroke. Phillip Cocu, Derby’s first ever non-British manager, arrives in England with a stellar playing career and enviable managerial record behind him. The Championship is an unforgiving slog, however -…… Continue reading Derby County 2019/20 preview: Phillip Cocu’s five biggest challenges
The Rams are back! Chris, Richard, Tom and Anton embrace the upcoming 2019/20 Derby County season and with it, Derby’s first ever non-British manager Phillip Cocu. Is Phillip Cocu an upgrade on Frank Lampard? There’s analysis from Dutch football expert Stefan Coerts, a look at the new signings and the Rams’ promotion rivals.
Derby County’s first season under Frank Lampard didn’t end how we’d hoped, but still produced magical memories. The Rams’ new boss had to dip into his squad and would use 29 players in all competitions in 18/19. Here, Ryan Burton ranks every Derby first teamer* based on their performances over the season. Mason Mount -…… Continue reading Season Review: Derby’s 18/19 squad ranked from best to worst
The promotion dream is over for Derby County as Frank Lampard’s men fall at the last hurdle in the Championship Play-off Final. Was Wembley a bad end to an otherwise positive season? Chris, Richard and Tom look back on the 18/19 campaign – the highs, lows, players and goals of the season, and salute Frank…… Continue reading SBW 56: Season Review
Wembley here we come! Frank Lampard’s play-off heroes secure an improbable two leg win after an astonishing 4-2 second leg victory at Elland Road. Was the Leeds triumph the best moment of our Derby supporting lives? Chris, Richard and Tom relive every kick of a memorable night and hail the colossal team performance which got…… Continue reading SBW 55: Wembley beckons!
Chris, Richard and Tom pick the bones out of a disappointing display in the play-off semi-final first leg, which leaves the Rams with a mountain to climb if they’re to reach Wembley. There’s discussion of Lampard’s selection, *that* penalty decision, the headbutt, and more. Can Derby County rewrite history and still make the Championship play-off…… Continue reading SBW 54: Leeds play-off reaction
As Frank Lampard secures a Championship play-off spot for Derby County in his first season as a manager, Tom and Richard look back on the superb win over West Brom which extended the Rams’ season. Then there’s the small matter of Leeds United. Can Derby better a team who battered them twice this season? We…… Continue reading SBW 53: Play-off bound
The run-in does funny things to football teams. Just weeks ago, Derby’s season seemed destined to end at 46 games. But in a month where other teams felt the pressure, the Rams found themselves back in pole position for another crack at the play-off gauntlet. And in a month that has seen us rediscover our…… Continue reading SBW Monthly: Rejuvenated Rams roll on as rivals stumble
An egg-straordinary Easter weekend sees Derby climb back into the tops six with a last gasp win over QPR, as Bristol City and Middlesbrough stumble. We analyse how important those four Easter points could be, and preview the massive away encounter with Bristol City which could decide the Rams’ season.
A fortnight of fluctuating fortunes for Derby as a mixed bag of results leaves Lampard’s men clinging on to the top six race. There’s analysis of the six-goal Brentford thriller, the abysmal Blackburn defeat, and the thrashing of beleaguered Bolton Wanderers. We also chat to Scottish football reporter Gareth Law about Graeme Shinnie, the Rams’…… Continue reading SBW 50: Trotters trounced
On paper, the eight points Derby gained in their last five games suggest a solid but unspectacular March. In reality, it was an emotional rollercoaster – even by our bonkers standards. We started by conceding four, and ended by scoring six. Inbetween there were goal of the season contenders, Frank admissions, and palpable relief that…… Continue reading SBW Monthly: From rock bottom to turning the corner
The Millers are mullered! Chris, Richard and Tom revel in Derby’s six-goal pasting of Rotherham United – was it our best attacking display of the season? There’s also analysis of the Fans’ Forum, and a chat with Stuart Forsyth about his new book, ‘Derby County; The turbulent 80s week by week’.
Are Derby back on track? As three unbeaten games suggest the Rams are still in the running for the top six, Chris, Richard and Tom analyse whether five points should’ve been more, single out Bradley Johnson and Jayden Bogle for praise and assess Harry Wilson’s dip in form. There are also predictions for the rest…… Continue reading SBW 48: Latics, Owls & Potters
Derby’s worst first half performance in years sees an embarrassing 4-0 capitulation at Aston Villa. Richard, Tom and Chris attempt to dissect an abysmal showing and analyse where the Rams’ natural position is in the Championship. There’s also debate on Frank Lampard’s ‘negativity’ comments – is it ever justified to boo your own team?
When February rolls around, the shudders from Derby fans can be picked up on the Richter scale. The Rams undoing several times in recent seasons, the dreaded second month has once again left us wobbling. Derby may be seventh, but the familiar February fear has crept back in. For neutrals, to hold such emotions when…… Continue reading SBW Monthly: Forgettable February could derail play-off push
February eh? Richard and Tom relocated to the pub for the latest East Midlands derby in our first pod recorded directly before and after a Rams game. Forest have the local derby spoils – but how concerned should we be long-term about Derby’s slump in form? There’s also input from other Rams fans in the…… Continue reading SBW 46: Forest post-match special
Derby’s cup dreams are over following a tame last 16 FA Cup defeat to Brighton. The result followed a disappointing draw against bottom club Ipswich, leaving Chris and Richard to wonder if teams are starting to work Frank Lampard’s side out. There’s also a chat with Club 84, the Rams supporters group who want to…… Continue reading SBW 45: Seagulls slump
By Chris Parsons January is a testing month. You’re cold, skint and guilt-tripped into cutting out the booze – and that’s before any football. The first month of the year hasn’t always been kind to Derby either. Three years ago a winless January cost Paul Clement his job, and in transfer windows since there have…… Continue reading SBW Monthly: Playoff credentials tested as Cup magic continues