One of Frank Lampard’s first Derby County changes saw a return to 4-3-3, with the Rams lining up in a variation of that shape for every pre-season fixture. But which players will Lampard use in this system, and what are his other options? Ryan Burton studies the 4-3-3 variations and offers three possible line-ups for…… Continue reading Three formations Frank Lampard’s Derby could use in 18/19
We’re back! Chris, Richard and Tom return for the ‘difficult second series’ ahead of Derby County’s 18/19 campaign. In our pre-season preview, we analyse the Rams’ squad, and get the lowdown on new boy Mason Mount from Goal.com’s Chelsea correspondent. There’s also an exclusive, extended interview with Curtis Davies, who gave SBW his thoughts on…… Continue reading SBW 27: Pre-season with Curtis Davies
Dan Abrahams worked as a consultant psychologist for Derby County in 2016 and 2017 after being hired by Mel Morris to assist Darren Wassall. SBW spoke to him to find out how he found working for Derby County, and the psychological reasons why teams fall away in the second half of the season. Below is…… Continue reading Dan Abrahams: Derby’s former psychologist on why teams fall apart in February
Paul Peschisolido arrived at Derby County in 2003, and quickly established himself as a fan favourite during a four year spell which featured two relegation battles and two promotion campaigns. The Canadian played nearly 100 times for the Rams, scoring crucial goals along the way. SBW met ‘Pesch’ in Episode 20. Part of the transcript…… Continue reading Paul Peschisolido on coffee cups, ‘perfect’ Billy Davies and one ‘arrogant’ teammate
Malcolm Christie was a non-league player who stacked supermarket shelves before he joined Derby County in 1998. The Lincolnshire-born striker transferred from Nuneaton Borough to Derby for just £50,000, but went on to score in the Premier League, make more than 100 appearances for the Rams and even score the winner against Manchester United. We…… Continue reading ‘I couldn’t watch football for three years’: Malcolm Christie on his injury nightmare and going from supermarkets to stardom
Darryl Powell was a key part of Jim Smith’s 1990s Derby County revolution which saw the Rams promoted to the top flight. SBW caught up with the former Jamaican international to reflect on his seven years at the club. Below is a part of the transcript from SBW Episode 7 – you can listen to…… Continue reading Darryl Powell on Jim Smith’s foreign revolution, battling Vieira and Keane and playing at France ’98
Welcome Frank! The Rams announce Lampard as their new manager, and with it a whole host of questions we probably can’t answer. Will our playing style change? Have Derby fans’ expectations gone up or down? Will Tom get ‘Terry 26’ on the back of his shirt? Our final podcast of 17/18 is also a season…… Continue reading SBW 26: Let’s be Frank
As Premier League legend Frank Lampard becomes Derby County’s new manager, Ryan Burton looks back on the midfielder’s glittering playing career and picks out Lampard’s defining moments. 1999: West Ham’s highest Premier League finish It can be easy to forget that there was a time before Frank Lampard and Chelsea. After breaking through the West…… Continue reading From Bolton to Barcelona: Frank Lampard’s career-defining moments
Goodbye Gary – Derby are left searching for their seventh managerial appointment in less than five years after Rowett departs for Stoke City. Chris, Richard and Tom discuss whether Rams fans should feel let down, look back on how Rowett’s reign will be remembered, and analyse the leading candidates for the Pride Park hot seat.
We analyse some of the leading candidates for the Pride Park hotseat.
The Rams are halfway to Wembley thanks to a gritty 1-0 first leg play-off win over Fulham – but the hard work has only just begun. Can Derby grind out the away leg in West London to reach the final? Who should start Derby’s biggest 90 minutes of the season? Chris, Richard and Tom salute…… Continue reading SBW 24: Advantage Derby
As Derby County cruise into the play-offs with a 4-1 win over Barnsley, the SBW trio look back on the Rams’ comfortable final day. There’s also ex-Fulham and Derby man Paul Peschisolido on the phone, and a semi-final chat with our podcast friends at Fulhamish to preview this weekend’s clash.
Derby County’s rollercoaster run-in continues, with the Rams now just one point away from finishing in the top six. What changed between Boro and Cardiff? If Derby do make the play-offs, should it be the Bluebirds or Fulham in the semi-finals? We also look back at the Aston Villa draw and Gary Rowett’s new 3-4-2-1…… Continue reading SBW 22: Villa and Cardiff
A disastrous away day in Burton severely damages Derby’s promotion hopes, with the Rams tumbling out of the top six as a result. Chris, Richard and Tom provide the Pirelli inquest and wonder what’s happened to a defence which was so solid before Christmas. Can Derby still make the playoffs? We also assess the run-ins…… Continue reading SBW 21: Burton balls-up
SBW sat down with Canadian fans’ favourite Paul Peschisolido to look back on his four seasons with Derby County. Pesch, who scored 20 goals in 90 appearances for the Rams, talks coffee cups, promotion, dressing room jokers, and Billy Davies during our in-depth chat. Pesch also talked at length about Derby’s current manager, Gary Rowett,…… Continue reading SBW 20: Paul Peschisolido
Derby County’s winless run continues. Was the City Ground stalemate a point gained or two dropped? And with injuries and suspensions kicking in, who plays in midfield against Cardiff? There’s also a fascinating chat with former Derby County psychologist Dan Abrahams, who lifts the lid on working at Pride Park and tells us why teams…… Continue reading SBW 19: Forest & QPR
Nothing worth having ever came easy, right? Chris, Richard and Tom discuss the Rams goal-filled recent draws against Reading and Leeds and ask, what exactly’s going wrong at the back? There’s also a preview of Derby’s crunch clash with Fulham as we chat to the Fulhamish podcast.
Derby County move down to third in the Championship after their 12-match unbeaten run ended at Hillsborough. Chris and Richard discuss what went wrong at Wednesday, what should should change against Leeds, and give reasons to be cheerful. There’s also a more in-depth look at Aston Villa, Derby’s automatic promotion rivals, with the help of…… Continue reading SBW 17: Owls, Canaries, Bees
Derby County cling on to second spot in the Championship – for now, but have the chasing pack closing in. Chris, Richard and Tom analyse the south London stalemate at Millwall and try not to panic. Elsewhere, as the January transfer window closes, the SBW gang say farewell (for now) to Johnny Russell, Chris Martin,…… Continue reading SBW #16: Millwall and Deadline Day
The Rowett Revolution continues at Derby County, as despite being knocked out the FA Cup, more superb form on the road sees the Rams still very much in automatic promotion contention. Richard, Chris and Tom analyse the seventh away league win of the season at Birmingham, try to find a suitable verb for Matej Vydra’s…… Continue reading SBW #15: Brum blitzed