From the other side - Derby County


The MKDSA spoke to Derby County fan David Fowkes ahead of the Rams' visit to stadiummk on Saturday lunchtime.

Who should Dons fans be looking out for in Derby's starting eleven?

There are two players that stick out for the Rams at the moment. Defender and Republic of Ireland international Richard Keogh and the Scottish Midfield international Johnny Russell. Both players have had great starts to the season for the Rams and are a threat to any team. Russells pace and agility on the wings are enough to scare any full back and defence, while Keogh has been a solid factor at the back since Baird took the captaincy for the 15/16 season.


Who have you heard the most about in the Dons’ squad this season?

There are a few names that stick out but for me it has to be the young midfielder Mark Randall. One of the young players from the Gunners to make his way to the football league and make an immediate impression. Randall first came onto my radar when playing for Chesterfield FC and winning the football league trophy. When I lived in Chesterfield, I'd been to a few matches at the Proact and the young lad impressed many Spireites.


Are Derby heading in the right direction under Paul Clement?

The last two seasons their has been a massive improvement here at Derby even though we had the heartbreak at Wembley against QPR and having such a good start to the season in 14/15 and crashing out of the play offs on the last game of the season, the Derby faithful stand together and we know this is our year. As they say third came lucky! Bringing in Paul Clement was well needed, a fresh new approach is what we have needed, we've brought in some class talent such as Ince, Johnson, Butterfield and Shackell. Slow start to the current season, but you'll soon see the fire these Rams have and the damage they can do to any team in this division.


What have you made of the job Karl Robinson has done at Milton Keynes?

Karl Robinson, the second youngest manager in football league history. Some doubted him, but he has well and truly stepped up to the mark as a very good young manager. Still has a lot to learn and needs to learn quick with him being in one of the most unpredictable leagues the Championship. With two strong 5th place finishes in League One and then finishing runners up last season! Plus...

who cannot forget the 4-0 hammering the Dons gave Premier League big boys Manchester United. Robinson is one to look out for the future. Plenty of Premiership potential.


What’s your prediction for the game on Saturday?

Derby County have been performing better away this season, I know results haven't all gone our way and we have failed to show a lack of finishing in the last third of attacks, but I think our squad is just too strong and with the Dons coming off a 6-0 defeat to Southampton the momentum is with the Rams. I am going 2-0 to the Rams with Russell and Martin scoring.


Where do you think the Dons and your Derby will finish in the Sky Bet Championship table come the end of the season?

I believe the Dons are more then capable of a strong mid table finish this season, the squad is young and motivated for the new season in the championship after gaining promotion last season, but they still have a lot to learn. Derby County have the strongest squad in the league, especially in the midfield area, we should be looking at least automatic promotion.

Be on TV this Saturday!!

We have been contacted by the Football League Tonight show, who are looking to get some MK Dons fans to be a part of the live studio audience this Saturday.

If you are over 18, and would like to be in the audience please email me with your telephone number at chair@mkdsa.co.uk and I will pass your details on to the show organisers.

Fans need to get to the studio in Osterley (Brentford) for 7.30 and it lasts until 10.30pm. Apparently they will give you a beer!


MKDSA Open Golf Competition



The MKDSA Golf Competition 2015 will be held this year on Sunday 4th October with the first tee time being at 12 noon.
A hot tea or coffee awaits you at Aylesbury Vale Golf Club and 18 holes of golf for £23.00 for ALL participants.
There are trophies for the MKDSA Members Shield and Best Non Member as well as Longest Drive & Nearest the Pin.
AVGC members will receive a reduction of the green fees on the day whilst none AVGC members will be paying guest rates (plus competition entry fees).

To enter complete the form below, you can join the MKDSA on match days or on the golf day itself to be eligible for the MKDSA Members Shield.
Prizes again supplied by MK Dons FC and small trophies courtesy of MK based on-line themed party suppliers www.partypig.co.uk

See you at the 19th - Dave Gaskell

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