Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Derby lost again last night. This time to Birmingham. Once again an ex- Derby player, Lee Carsley scored against us. (My sister bought his old house - he had very dodgy curtains)
I remember Tom Huddleston played over a 100 times for Derby and never scored a goal. He then went on loan to Wolves and in the game against us, guess what? He scored his first ever goal.
The club's cursed, I'm convinced of it. When Derby moved to the Baseball ground the club allegedly moved some gypsies off the site, who cast a curse on the club and said that they would never win a major trophy. I'm sure they're responsible for the ex-players' goals.
Monday, January 26, 2009
On Sunday I completed my first 10K run of the year in Epsom. Because of the heavy rain, parts of the run were completely waterlogged. However, managed to complete it and the rain kept off during the race itself. My time - as ever - was really slow, but I didn't finish last which was the main goal.
Am keen to do some more this year. Once again my New Year resolution is trying to get fit. For about the 20th year in a row.
The man in charge of the PA system at Pride Park has a sense of humour. As the crowd were leaving last Friday night after the game he was playing Joy Division's 'Love Will Tear Us Apart'. Summed up the mood of the Derby fans. We should have won. We were 1 nil up and all over them in the first half. Then Robbie Earnshaw ex-Derby striker - who was rubbish when he played for us - scores a great goal to equalise. Typical. Even our ex-keeper (Mart Poom) has scored against us.Then their goalie saves them near the end.
Great atmosphere. Exciting game. We'll just after beat Forest at their ground and play...yes, Man United again at Pride Park in the next round. I bet they're feeling nervous.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
The Dream's Over
Last night Derby lost 4-2 to Man United and were knocked out of the Carling Cup semi-final. The final outcome was inevitable, but it does feel like a missed opportunity. We could / should have taken a bigger lead to Old Trafford from the first leg. We let in soft goals in the first half and left ourselves with too much to do.
Still, we avoided humiliation and its great to see Barnes back in action. On Friday I'm going to Pride Park to see Derby v Forest in the FA Cup. Should be a great atmosphere. If we win, all will be forgiven.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Mae's A Tween
Mae turned eleven on Thursday which using marketing-speak makes her a tween - that hard to reach, yet highly influential demographic between child and teenager. Next stop - mobile phone.
On Saturday morning I had the frightening experience of taking 4 children on the ice rink at Somerset House to celebrate her birthday. Managed to stay on my feet - just about. Still think this is the nicest ice rink in London. Not sure how long its going to carry on for, but still worth a visit.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Young Nigel is now boss of Derby, replacing Paul Jewell who resigned over Christmas. So...another chapter in the turbulent history of Derby County begins.
Its going to an interesting few weeks - Man U in the semi-final of the Carling Cup, followed by Forest in the FA Cup - now managed by former Derby boss and former hero, Billy Davies
Will Nigel come anywhere close to emulating the success of his father? I very much doubt it. He's only ever managed a non-League team. But you never know. Maybe he's inherited his father's magic touch. Watch this space.
Sunday, January 04, 2009
Over Christmas you need a good book to dip into as a break from the non-stop eating, rubbish telly and games of Monoply. This Andrew Marr book is just the job. Its over 600 pages long and is perfect for dipping into. Its got the perfect balance of fact, observation and insightful commentary that makes it engaging and informative. Really enjoyable.
I'm up to 1970 where Heath has just been elected. What strikes me so far is how many of the issues we debate today stretch back many generations: our relationship with America and mainland Europe, the decline of our manufacturing base, how to handle immigration, Rhodesia / Zimbabwe, our education system, etc. Its clear that all the post war governments - all the way back to Attlee and Churchill - have tried and ultimately failed to resolve them.
Its also obvious that although we're in the midst of a recession today, Britain always seems to be teetering on the brink of disaster. Rationing continued for many years after the war and in so-called Golden Era of the 60s our economy was a disaster we had to devalue the pound. We always seem to come through it.
It may be viewed as a little superficial for hard-core historians but I'm loving 'A History of Modern Britain'. Highly recommended.