The summer is almost over and the new season is days away, Vital Derby has had a facelift and can now be found on facebook and twitter and we`ve been pestering you to get involved.
The summer is almost over and the new season is days away, Vital Derby has had a facelift and can now be found on facebook and twitter and we`ve been pestering you to get involved. In light if this Vital Derby thought it was time we introduced the existing site contributors and journalists so here we go, first up is RobB who tells us about his favourite Ram, Darren Moore, and where he thinks Nigel Clough’s men will finish this season…
Why did you become a Rams fan?
I was indoctrinated as a baby. I could cheer Derby and boo Forest before I could talk.
What was the first game you attended?
The first match I went to was a 3-3 friendly draw vs. Hearts. At the time I didn’t know much about The Rams (mainly as I was only 5 years old) so I asked my Dad (apparently) whether this was ‘the biggest Derby County in the world. I suppose you could argue that that is the case!
Who is your favourite all time Ram?
Darren Moore, no question. He might seem like a strange choice but there is something beautiful about seeing a player give absolutely everything for the shirt. Ok, Big Dave was about as graceful as a rhino wearing high heels, but he was an absolute role model and Wembley hero as well as a lovely man. Other notable mentions go to Stefano Eranio and Inigo Idiakez.
And from the current squad?
Stephen Bywater is probably my favourite current player. Aside from being completely bonkers, he is a brilliant goalkeeper who was possibly the only player to come out of the disasterous Premiership season with any credit. How many times has he kept us out of trouble over the past couple of seasons?
What is your most memorable Rams moment?
I think that would have to be the win against Forest 3-2 at The City Ground. Total fury to utter elation and a best mate who supported Forest meant I literally burst into tears at the end of the game despite only being in my room with a couple of friends. Completely brilliant. The Wembley win was, of course, brilliant, but there was something about this that just did it for me.
Where do you think The Rams will finish next season?
11th. Top half and an average season. But only if we can get rid of our injury curse.
And who do you think will stand out?
Stephen Bywater just keeps on pulling out brilliant saves so he is one to watch for sure. I also think that Paul Green is primed for an excellent season after his recent international exploits and the lack of recent injury problems.
If you could add any player to the current squad before the transfer window shuts who would it be?
Realistically I’d go for a good proven striker whether we sell Hulse or not. Gary Hooper and Billy Sharp both fit the bill and showed it by scoring against us last season.