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08.04.2017… Birm v Derby…

Birmingham City 1 Derby County 2

St. Andrew’s… Saturday April 8th… 3pm

Attendance: 19,381

Ticket: £30 – Programme: £3

Late heartache for Birmingham City, losing a match that they really should have won…

Five games left, and looking over their shoulders…

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Pre Match: A Sunny Afternoon in Birmingham…

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Second Half: Derby in Possession…

Birmingham City; Kuszczak, Bielik, Shotton, Robinson; Nsue, Gardner, Tesche (Frei 64), Davis (Gleeson 90), Grounds; Adams, Jutkiewicz (Donaldson 78)

Not Used; Legzdins, Kieftenbeld, Dacres-Cogley, Keita

Goals; Adams (68)

Derby County; Carson, Baird, Keogh, Pearce, Olsson, Bryson (Bent 77), Johnson, Ince, Butterfield, (Hughes 63) Russell (Anya 70), Martin

Not Used; Mitchell, Christie, Camara, Vydra

Goals; Kuszczak (og 3), Ince (90+2)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

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08.02.2017… Leics v Derby…

Leicester City 3 Derby County 1

King Power… February 8th… 7.45pm

Attendance: 31,648

Ticket: £15 – Programme: £3.50

A 3-1 victory in extra time for Leicester City. Two cracking goals from Wilfred Ndidi and Demarai Gray, clinching it…

More words to follow…

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Pre-Match: Outside the King Power Stadium…

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Second Half: Leicester Attack…

Leicester City; Zieler, Amartey, Wasilewski, Benalouane, Chilwell, King, Mendy (Ndidi 91), Albrighton, Kapustka (Mahrez 81), Gray, Musa (Slimani 91)

Not Used; Drinkwater, Hamer, Okazaki, Fuchs

Goals; King (46), Ndidi (94), Gray (114)

Derby County; Mitchell, Christie, Shackell, Keogh, Lowe, Butterfield, Johnson (Vydra 53), De Sart, Camara (Russell 74), Blackman (Nugent 82), Anya

Not Used; Carson, Ince, Baird, Pearce

Goals; Camara (61)

As usual, more pictures to follow on flickr…

04.02.2017… Derby County (h)…

Newcastle United 1 Derby County 0

St. James’ Park… Saturday February 4th… 3pm

Attendance: 52,271

Ticket: £35 Programme: £3

A very welcome, and deserved, three points. Regardless of what Schteve McClaren may have thought…

Much better atmosphere too. Louder, and less negativity. And the usual quota of inexplicable refereeing decisions…

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Friday Night: Newcastle Central Station…

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Saturday Afternoon: St. James’ Park…

An interesting journey back on Sunday too…

Left home at 15.00, first train boarded at 15.15. My second train left Newcastle at 15.40, and was fine until Wakefield before slowing down and sitting just outside of Sheffield for roughly 2 hours. Anyway, eventually we moved, going through Rotherham a couple of times (backwards and forwards) before finally making it into New Street at 23.03. I think that runs in at 7 hours and 23 minutes, or 4 hours late, whichever you prefer…

After that, the 23.14 to Coventry arriving there at midnight(ish). Before finally, and following a taxi courtesy of Cross Country trains, making it back for 01.10. Just in time for the Superbowl Halftime Show…

I then made the mistake of going to bed when the Falcons went 28-3 ahead…

Newcastle United; Darlow, Yedlin, Hanley, Clark, Dummett (YC), Ritchie (YC), Shelvey, Hayden (Perez 49), Gouffran (Lascelles 90+3), Diame, Mitrovic (Ameobi 84)

Not Used; Lazaar, Elliot, Jesus Gamez, Murphy

Goals; Ritchie (27)

Derby County; Carson, Baird, Keogh, Pearce, Olsson, Butterfield, Johnson (Anya 76), Bryson (De Sart 46 (YC)), Ince, Bent, Russell (Camara 64)

Not Used; Christie, Shackell, Vydra, Mitchell

Goals; None

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

20.09.2014… Derby v Cardiff…

Derby County 2 Cardiff City 2

The iPro Stadium…

Saturday September 20th… 3pm…

Attendance: 27,251

Ticket: £32 – Programme: £3

Derby County versus managerless Cardiff City…

A chance to watch a game as a neutral observer, although black and white always takes preference. A stress free afternoon after last weekend’s trip to Southampton…

The Ground…

Only my second ever visit to Pride Park, sorry, the iPro Stadium, and my first since Boxing Day 1997. It’s definitely bedded in over the intervening years (all 17 of them, scary) but suffers from the same curse as a number of other modern grounds, i.e. location, being stuck in the middle of an industrial estate…

Looks good on the inside (a fantastic choice of seat colours), a situation helped by the fact that it was almost full, with the exception of a few small gaps in the corners. The atmosphere was pretty good too, especially during the second half. The Derby fans really got going after the interval whilst the Cardiff fans were noisy throughout…

A small observation… not too keen on the level of sponsorship, numerous hoardings attached to the outside of the ground as well as announcements during the game stating ‘substitutions sponsored by…’, ‘goal time sponsored by…’. A little bit too much for me but I guess that’s just the nature of the modern game at all levels…

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Outside the iPro Stadium…

The Game…

Derby dominated the first half, without some great goalkeeping from David Marshall the game could have been over by half time. The general expectation was that Derby would kick on in the second half and win the game rather comfortably, it didn’t happen…

Within ten minutes of the restart they were 2 goals down. The first came from a hooked effort by Aron Gunnarsson from the edge of the six yard box following a corner; the second, a rocket shot from 15 yards to the top right from Peter Whittingham…

Substitute Jordon Ibe got one back for Derby from close range soon after coming on, gradually the noise and the Derby pressure began to build. With 6 minutes left Johnny Russell fired in an equaliser from 20 yards out, via the post, and the comeback was complete. Derby could have won it in the time remaining but, even taking the first half into consideration, it would have been harsh on Cardiff…

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Inside the iPro Stadium…

In summary, a great game played out in front of a large and noisy crowd, and one that could have gone either way. It’s good to see that despite the best efforts of the Premier League, the Championship is still in a healthy place; and given the likelihood that it’s where we’re going to be playing next season, that’s definitely good to know…

Derby County; Grant, Keogh, Whitbread, Christie, Forsyth, Hughes, Eustace (Best 59), Bryson, Martin, Ward (Russell 79), Dawkins (Ibe 53) Not Used; Naylor, Roos, Shotton, Mascarell

Goals; Ibe (61), Russell (84)

Cardiff City; Marshall, Ecuele Manga, Brayford, Ralls, Connolly, Gunnarsson (YC) (Maynard 72), Pilkington, Noone (Le Fondre 63), Whittingham (YC), Adeyemi, Jones Not Used; John, Daehli, Javi Guerra, Moore, Morrison

Goals; Gunnarsson (51), Whittingham (55)

As usual, More pictures on flickr…