|Sav Wants To Finish With A Twirl As He Passes 600 Again!!|
Sat 30th Apr 2011 12:39 by Daniel J Sewart
As Robbie Savage steps onto Pride Park today for his final home appearance he once again passes 600 matches – this time around it is 6 centuries of club appearances. To make the moment memorable he has asked Derby fans to give him a wave.
In total Sav will surpass 630 matches which includes his international caps for Wales but it is only today that he passes the 600 mark for club football. It is another milestone for the Rams Captain who has pretty much seen and done it all.
There is no doubt throughout a career filled with both class and controversy things were no different at Derby for the flashy midfielder. His biggest achievement perhaps is that he won over the Rams fans that at one stage seemed like they would never warm to him.
One of the greatest moments of his Derby career was an away win in the FA Cup over Forest in which he enraged the reds but delighted the travelling Rams with some scarf waving antics.
Sav hopes that as a final Pride Park bow the massive crowd expected today will recreate that moment for him:
"The majority have taken me to their hearts and I thank them for that, and hopefully I have been a great ambassador for their club. I have continued to spread the good word of all the clubs I have been at in the media and I just hope people can be proud when they say 'Robbie Savage played for us.”
"I won't go down in the list of legends like Dave Mackay, Colin Todd and Roy McFarland but I hope what fans will say is that I was someone who cared for the club."
"At the end of today's game, I'm not sure what the gaffer will do but as a mark of my greatest moment as a Derby player, away at Forest, I am going to take my shirt off and swing it above my head."
“That photo of me twirling a Derby scarf at Forest is symbolic with me, so if everyone gets their scarves going, it will be the perfect send off."
Hopefully Robbie and his Rams can give the long suffering home fans a great result over Bristol that will have fans in the mood for giving Sav the Pride Park send off he deserves.
He may not have been everyone’s cup of tea but a player who gives as much heart and soul for his club is becoming a thing of the past. Sav has given Derby more exposure and attention than the club could have ever paid for and whatever he has been paid the Rams has received ten times that in media mileage.
The list of inspirational Derby Captains may not find at the very top but he did bring some light to what has been a very dark period for the Rams. Good, bad or otherwise Derby has had the privilege of being a part of the Robbie Savage experience.
So if your packing your things and heading off to the game make sure you pack your scarf and are ready to give it a twirl for Robbie.
As a Ram fan Down Under I will be listening online but I won’t let that stop me from giving mine a twirl - even at 2am in the morning!
Not everyone will agree but I think he has earned it!
Will you miss Sav? - Will you give him a twirl?
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Daniel J Sewart