To coincide with the monumentous game on Saturday against QPR , Derby have applied to the Football League to change their name from Frank Lampard Derby County to Wayne Rooneys Derby County. TV crews are setting up at the ground as we speak. Rumour has it we will even feature on BBC, ITV and Sky news bulletins.
We are the featured game on that Quest programme as well.
Not sure if you've seen it but the FA have designated this weekend 16-17 November 'Womens Football Weekend'. They are bigging up the North London derby which is being played at Tottenhams magnicent new stadium on Sunday. I'd like to BIG up our own womens teams game this Sunday. Last week Steve Quashie was a guest on Open All R's podcast. Steve came back to the womans set up in the summer to try and revamp their fortunes following what can only be described as 3 years of soul destroying defeats. I hadn't seen them for about 2 years as it was pointless watching a side devoid of any coaching , tactics or direction. Hearing the news of Steves appointment I decided to go along preseason and see if Steves coaching would improve the teams fortunes. To say there was a marked improvement in the quality of the team and the football played would be the biggest under statement in the history of understatements. I was so impressed I've so far been to see them six times. After six league games they have a 100% record. They have played twelve games In all competitions and won eleven of them. Their only defeat came on October 27th when they were knocked out of the FA Cup 2-1 by Leyton Orient in a game that could have gone either way. Leyton Orient have been a bit of a bogey team so far as they also beat us in preseason, the only two defeats in sixteen games so far . They have won all fourteen of the other gameswith not one drawn game. And get this, they even keep clean sheets !!! (5 in 12) . Nothing to shout home about I hear you say?? Its only womens football is another. The previous manager won SIX league games in the previous three seasons !!!He was ousted in the summer and Steve took over as you now know. The previous incumbent now manages Hounslow Womens FC . Or mismanages as the case may be. Last time I checked, they had 1 point in 7 games with a goal difference of -46 . Well this Sunday, we play host to Hounslow WFC at Harlington kick off 2pm . Steve is doing a marvellous job and some of the football they play is a joy to watch. Why not pop along and see for yourself. Maybe you have a daughter, sister, girlfriend who wants to get into womens football. Its free to watch and a couple of the parents set up a tea bar at half time with all hot drinks available. See you there.
.Another episode in the series of 'the worlds gone mad' . Those naughty England rugby players encroached during the Hakka on Saturday. An utter nonsense routine given the right treatment. The idea of intimidating the opposition really worked didnt it ???
with highlights. Notice how they show Benrahmas nutmeg on Leistner then the theatrical dive but the action replay stops before the close up of the dive. Then again with the penalty they don't show the close up replay but you hear the commentator say 'he leaps anticipating the contact'.....
What a two bob club. Up there with the Fulham Broadway pikeys.
This is a short report I wrote for Independent R's Facebook page as requested today....
U23 Professional Development League Millwall 0 QPR 3 Best all round performance by our reserves this season in what turned out to be an ill tempered affair officiated by an idiot. Faisal Bettache scored on 7 minutes following great work by Dalling and Bansal-McNulty down the right. Bettache took aim from 20 yards and found the bottom corner. First half we were the better team and should have scored more with Lewis Walker having a 25 yarder brilliantly saved and then a point blank header was somehow saved as well. But Walker scored on 45 with a penalty following a trip on Domi. The game was getting a bit naughty with some ridiculous challenges going in . The referee was allowing it to happen though. Joe Gubbins was passing out from the back when 3 seconds after a Millwall player went sliding in and clattered him. Yellow card all day long but not if your name is M.Ryan it seems. Two minutes later the same player tussled with Dalling after another late challenge. The ref decides to book BOTH players. HT 0-2. Second half we were the better team for first 15 but couldn't add to the score. Still there were naughty challenges going in. Then on about 70 minutes Bansal-McNulty was fouled 30 yards out and while he was on the floor a Millwall player was literally sitting on him. Amrit then pushed him away and said 'what you pinching me for?'. It wasn't a nice place to be pinched either. Amrit was yellow carded, Millwall player let off.As we were waiting for the ref to sort out the defensive wall Lewis Walker accused a Millwall defender of racially abusing him. He was visibly upset and was remonstrating with the player . This went on for nearly 5 minutes as the ref spoke to Paul Hall and then all QPR players. For the last 20 Millwall put us under a lot of pressure but Brzozowski made 2 good saves and a brilliant point blank save from a header. On 87 minutes our best move of the game saw Shodipo finish a a 5 pass attack and smashed home from 12 yards. There was still time for another naughty challenge. The ball went out for a Millwall corner and as it did a Millwall player decided to smash into Domi who didn't even have the ball! Domi had been booked a minute before for pulling the same players shirt .The most blatant red card you will ever see. Referee lectured the player and gave a yellow card instead. As a result of the 5 minute stoppage for the racism allegation, the referee added just over 4 minutes extra. Totally useless performance from the official but an excellent one from the under 23s in an intimidating game. Team 1. Brzozowski. 2. Williams-Lowe 3. Domi 4. Bettache 5. Gubbins 6. Masterson 7. Dalling 8.Wells 9. Walker 10. Bans all-McNulty 11. Shodipo