Derby County Ladies Football Club

Main Stand Banter Blog

Main Stand Banter Blog - By Nigel Wright

Our first “New” Blog will be from a fans perspective as Nigel Wright will be tackling everything about Derby County Ladies on a regular basis, giving his thoughts on where the club has come from, its current guise and where we want to be.

To some of you, Nigel is known as the Club Announcer, and at every home match you will no doubt here him perform chants on the terrace for the Derby County Players.


Well Happy New Year,

Sorry that it’s been a while. What a great comeback against Forest, yet again we’re proving that we will never say die, and it was great to hear the supporters getting behind the team.

I’m writing this on the day that the men play in the FA Cup. I do love the cups as they can give you teams that I have never seen us play before. So with 6 teams in the men’s cup that I haven’t seen the Rams play I was disappointed that we drew Manchester United.

It is strange how draws can work. I remember that the men signed one of my heroes Mel Sage as they saw a lot of him one year due to forever being drawn to play Gillingham.

For the ladies, we already knew that we were due to play Brighouse Town in the League Cup away, and then the FA Women’s Cup gave us our first meeting with them this weekend (1pm), with the League Cup moving to the week after the FA Cup tie, not long to wait for that second meeting.

So far the Women’s Cup is giving us new opponents, albeit very tricky ties as both Brighouse and Hull City are battling it out for promotion to the Northern Division. Hull did indeed make it tricky for us in the previous round, snatching an equaliser and taking us to penalties.

Now, which was your favourite Sarah Morgan save? I know the first one, flying high to her right was spectacular, but I thought the second was better as the opponent was being clever, low and down the middle, however Sarah may have dived but her feet stayed where they were to kick the ball clear, so that’s where my vote goes.

As debuts go, to score the winning goal is a dream, how cool was Anita Gaspar when she stepped up, appearing not to feel any pressure as she slotted home and then walked back to the arms of a mad bunch of delighted Derby players. All in a days work. Well done Derby County ladies, here’s to more victories.