RAMS ON TOUR in April: Leeds, Blackburn, Barnsley & Blackpool

Another season of away trips has surpassed and April was the month of the away campaign’s conclusion, a busy month on the road to round off the away matches and form the final instalment of Rams On Tour during the 2012/2013 season.

Leeds 1-2 Derby, Elland Road 1.4.13


Boz’s photo at Elland Road. Notice the advertisement to ‘Hold your party here’ – Derby must have took Leeds up on that offer!

A trip to Leeds and another victory. After a less than impressive first period, the home side took the lead through a Ross McCormack stunner on 67 minutes. Little over five minutes later and the Rams were level, Conor Sammon saw his penalty rebound out off the post for the alert Paul Coutts to score. Just two minutes from the end, Jake Buxton won the game for Derby – scoring his second goal against Leeds and subsequently stretching the winning streak against the Whites to nine! Ben visited the match and sent in his thoughts.

Overall Day: 9/10. It was a long day as I didn’t get home till about half 11! So glad we won, all worth it in the end.

Derby Support: 7/10. There weren’t too many Derby fans there but they were in good voice and out sang the home support all game.

Ground Atmosphere: 6/10. Too big of ground when it holds nearly 40,000 and only 20,000 turn up, not much atmosphere at all.

Stadium Overall: 6/10. A big old ground, and just like at Sheffield Wednesday, I had a pole in the way of my view.

Thoughts on the day and game… 

The day was a very long one, I left my house at 12:00 because I live in Leicestershire to get the train and I didn’t get home till late hours that night. In terms of the game, the first half was very poor and left me wondering why I’d travelled all this way when I could have watched at home or the pub. I thought the second half was brilliant and completely different to the first half. When Bucko scored everyone went crazy!

Blackburn 2-0 Derby, Ewood Park 13.4.13

A dismal afternoon in Lancashire highlighted Derby’s faults in both penalty areas. An early Jordan Rhodes spot kick was followed by a Scott Dann goal to complete the scoring. ramsontour_blackburn2

George Whelan was in attendance and was on hand to send in his views.

ramsontour_blackburn1How do you compare the ground to Pride Park?

I did actually like Ewood Park, I thought the ground was very good. What it lacked was fans. Ewood Park’s capacity is just over 31,000, however the ground was only occupied by about 12,500 Blackburn fans. This made for a dull stadium atmosphere.

What did you think of the Rams’ performance?

The Rams were quite good in my opinion, they did everything but put the ball in the back of the net. I thought Kieron Freeman (who came on as substitute) had a good stint on the right wing, I also felt Jeff Hendrick had yet another good game, bar the fact he gave away a silly foul – which resulted in a converted penalty.

Where did most of the stadium’s atmosphere come from – the home or the away end?

The atmosphere came from the Rams fans; the loyal 400 (or so) supporters that are away from home every week, stood at the back of the Bryan Doulas Stand and sung their hearts out (as always). Other than the Blackburn fans standing/sitting to the right of the Derby fans, I don’t think Blackburn ‘faithful’ mustered a chant.

Barnsley 1-1 Derby, Oakwell 16.4.13


Boz’s photo at Oakwell.

John Brayford’s last-gasp equaliser won a point for the Rams after Chris O’Grady opened the scoring early in the second half. Chances on goal missed meant Derby really should have got more from the game.

Daniel Goodman was there and has given me his thoughts on it.

Overall Day: 7/10

Derby Support: 9/10

Ground Atmosphere: 4/10

Stadium Overall: 5/10

Thoughts on the day and game…

Very good away following for a Tuesday night, Derby fans didn’t stop singing for at least 25 minutes at the start!! The game itself was poor and was lacking quality! I have visited Oakwell a few times before and never found it an intimidating place! I got the train to Sheffield and, like last year, decided to have a few drinks there as it seems the norm for most DCFC fans as Barnsley has very little to offer than a sports bar!

The train station is a very short walk from the ground, about 10 minutes at the most. The only annoying thing as far as the journey was concerned was the 90 minute wait in Sheffield as the last train was at 23.55!!!

Barnsley fans were quiet as usual with very little noise generated even when they were winning, the day was far from the one a few years back where we took in excess of 7,000 but still all in all an enjoyable day and a fair result in honesty!!

Blackpool 2-1 Derby, Bloomfield Road 27.4.13

The final away match of the season is often a party atmosphere and this was no different as the Rams faithful headed north to sea-side town Blackpool. Unfortunately the game did disappoint, with an injury time winner by the Seasiders condemning  Derby to yet another defeat on their travels. Gary Taylor-Fletcher opened the scoring with a goal inside the first 20 minutes but Derby substitute Ben Davies bagged an equaliser, only to be cancelled out by Ludovic Sylvestre’s late winner.

Boz's photo at Blackpool.

Boz’s photo at Blackpool.

Joe Draper was among the 1,700 away supporters and told me about the day.

Overall Day: 9/10

Derby Support: 9/10

Ground Atmosphere: 8/10

Stadium Overall: 4/10

Thoughts on the day and game…I thought a point for both sides would have been a fair result, Derby pretty much dominated possession after equalising but their winner proved deceitful and pretty much summed up our away from this season.


The giant Super Rams flag has now become part and parcel of Derby on their travels and here’s the latest gallery.

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Now all of the Rams’ away matches for the 2012/2013 season have concluded it’s a good time to look back at the away record:

4 wins, 6 draws and 13 defeats. It’s by no means a record to be proud of. Tom (AKA Boz The Ram) gives his thoughts on a bad season on the road.

What was your favourite away day?

Favourite away day has to be Forest for obvious reasons! Leeds was great coming from 1-0 down in a matter of minutes to win 2-1. Rivalries aside, I really enjoyed Ipswich away, atmosphere was good for saying only 300ish went! Last minute winner was awesome!

What was your worst away day?

Worst away day in my opinion would be Leicester, stuffed away from home once again! Not a fan of late kick offs either. Another rubbish one was Blackburn, poor performance, not a great atmosphere and it started chucking it down to top it all off.

What was the best ground to visit?

Best ground to visit would have to be Brighton, the AMEX is really nice and it’s got a decent atmosphere from the home fans!

What was the worst ground to visit?

Worst ground to visit has to be Burnley, the ground feels like it will fall down, the wooden seats are awful and the area isn’t nice either.

Lastly, how do you summarise the season’s away days on the pitch and off?

Away days (for me) off the pitch are normally great, a good sing song on the train/bus with a few beers in the pub! On the pitch, pretty dreadful away record! There’s been many games we didn’t turn up to and some we’ve gone ahead and thrown it away!

Either way, roll on next season’s away trips!

Nick Webster has also followed the Rams up and down the country this season, here’s his views.

What was your favourite away day?

My favourite away day for season 2012/2013 would probably have to be Peterborough away. What an atmosphere and I don’t think that kind of atmosphere will be repeated for some time sadly due to their relegation. Singing Dale Cavese for an hour and for the entire half-time period was amazing. Peterborough fans and Derby players were impressed and we still remain the ‘best fans’ to have ever visited London Road. Something we should be proud of.

What was your worst away day?

My worst away day personally would probably have to be Middlesborough on a Tuesday night. Awful game and no atmosphere. Even if we had won I don’t think it would have made a difference!

What was the best ground to visit?

Best ground to visit would be London Road. Purely because they have standing. Something that we want to introduce at Derby County in the formal of ‘safe standing’.

What was been the worst ground to visit?

Worst ground to visit would be the Riverside. Obviously the same as Pride Park but with about 15,000 fans inside. Empty seats everywhere and just a boring ground to visit.

Lastly, how do you summarise the season’s away days on the pitch and off?

This season our away performances have not been good enough and this needs to be addressed. If we had won another 3 away games we would have been up there due to our excellent home record. I am sure this is something that will be addressed though over the close season.

Off the pitch there has been some epic atmospheres but clearly we need to take more away from home. We may not take many but those that go give it their all and we often out-sing the home support.

For the flag it managed to get to 20 away games from 23. Missing Forest and Wolves due to being banned and finally Huddersfield because it got left behind at Moor Farm! It was a mix up between the team coach driver and myself! Also, it did 1 bridge in Ipswich and 1 pier in Blackpool.


If you ever wish 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 and those that have got involved over the course of the season.

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