Three formations Frank Lampard’s Derby could use in 18/19

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

SBW 27: Pre-season with Curtis Davies

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: Derby’s former psychologist on why teams fall apart in February

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 on coffee cups, ‘perfect’ Billy Davies and one ‘arrogant’ teammate

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

‘I couldn’t watch football for three years’: Malcolm Christie on his injury nightmare and going from supermarkets to stardom

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 on Jim Smith’s foreign revolution, battling Vieira and Keane and playing at France ’98

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

From Bolton to Barcelona: Frank Lampard’s career-defining moments

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

SBW 25: Rowett walks

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.

SBW 23: Play-offs here we come!

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.

SBW 18: Reading and Leeds

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.