RAMS ON TOUR in March: Birmingham & Cardiff


Here’s my monthly post on recent away days, gathering supporters’ thoughts on ground visits. This is the article that is all about the fans and their thoughts as they follow Derby around the country.

Cardiff City 1-1 Derby County, Cardiff City Stadium 5.3.13

Rhys’ snap of the Cardiff City Stadium.

The Rams made the journey to Wales to take on league leaders Cardiff. Conor Sammon took the lead with 15 minutes remaining, giving Derby hope of what could be a cracking victory, but hopes were scuppered by an 82nd minute Craig Noone goal.

Rhys Watkinson went to the game and sent in his thoughts.

Overall Day: 10/10

Derby Support: 8/10 on singing but 2/10 on numbers.

Ground Atmosphere: 5/10

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Rhys captured the teams pre-match.

Stadium Overall: 8/10

Honestly one of the best away days, beats Barnsley in play-off season and Blackburn in the Premiership, chanting and banter through out, short trip to the Millennium Stadium, really enjoyed it.

Got there at 2 pm, walked to the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Dragons’ ground, had banter with fans, great ground to visit in terms of visiting places if you’re a sports fan. At the game, the support from such a small amount of fans was terrific! Cheapest tickets for an away game in a while at £13.00.

Birmingham City 3-1 Derby County, St Andrew’s 9.3.13

With Birmingham having quite a poor season and terrible home record up until the game it looked like a good chance for Derby to get a win in the West Midlands, but it wasn’t to be. Ben Davies scored a goal in the first half as the Rams dominated, however the second half was a different story – the hosts upped their game and scored three goals to grab a vital three points.

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My photo of the stadium. As you can see it was a very dull day, made worse by a Rams defeat.

Jeff Hendrick and Craig Forsyth applaud the away support.

Harvey Rai made the trip and sent in his comments.

Overall Day: 7/10 It wasn’t a bad day out , the atmosphere at the ground was poor. Birmingham fans hardly sung until they were 3-1 up.

Derby Support:  6/10 When we were winning, the atmosphere from the Derby fans was very good but it seemed the go quiet after Birmingham had equalised, I’d would like to see Derby getting some better songs.

Ground Atmosphere: 5/10 Awful, there weren’t many Birmingham fans which didn’t help.

Stadium Overall: 6/10 Not a bad stadium but nothing special either.

Thoughts on the day and game…

The game started off very scrappy with both teams trying to keep possession  Derby played better of the two teams in the first half and took the lead, but however Birmingham’s subs changed the game for them. The defence struggled to keep Redmond quiet.

Flagwatch

The giant Super Rams flag follows Derby up and down the country and if you’re a Rams fan then you definitely should be aware of it now!

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As an extra feature to this month’s edition of Rams On Tour, I interviewed super Rams fan Nick Webster.

First of all, huge congratulations on picking up the fan of the year award for the Championship – how pleased are you with that?

Thank you very much on the congratulations… Overwhelmed would probably be the word most suited. Obviously pleased on behalf of all Derby fans to be representing them at the Football League awards show on Sunday. There are many loyal Derby fans that do good things for our clubs such as John Hemsworth, Mick Derby and the late Douglas Else, our badgeman. All fans who have contributed one way or another. Would like to personally thank all those that voted for me, very grateful and believe me it is appreciated!

What are the ongoing plans of improving the atmosphere at Pride Park?

Ongoing plans for improving the atmosphere are always on the move. For next season we have the South Stand open to home fans. Difference being the fans will be right next to the away fans so some good song exchanges should be taking place which is something that is very minimal currently at Pride Park with the layout. You need this to create an atmosphere.

Following a meeting with Sam Rush and our phone conversations I am satisfied that for season 2014-15 he will strongly consider the moving of away fans to the South East corner. Perhaps if Sam had been in control a lot sooner more consideration would have been done for season 2013-14.

The Safe Standing campaign is still going very well. I am convinced in 3 years or so we will see English clubs trialling this model that is so successful in Germany. Again I am pleased that Derby County continue to support safe standing via the media and in person. We must be one of the most active clubs promoting it in this country!

The flag’s purchase was facilitated by Rams Trust in 2007, with supporter donations funding the £1,800 flag. It is  a huge 39ft x 28ft! How long have you looked after the giant flag?

I’ve looked after it for about 5 years now.

On a final note, what’s your favourite ever Rams away day?

My favourite ever Rams away day was the 17 September 2011. Need I say more. Oh go on then…. We only had ten men…….

                                                                                                     

If you ever want a look back at previous editions of Rams On Tour, view the archive by CLICKING HERE. Finally, I’d like to give a huge thank you to all the supporters who contributed to this month’s edition of Rams On Tour.

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