Ahead of today’s clash with Derby, we spoke to Andy Buckley-Taylor who’s now in his 50th season being a Ram.
What’s your most memorable moment against Leeds?
My favourite clash was the 3-2 win where Francis Lee and Norman Hunter had a lunch up. The most important fixtures between us was last season due to the prize on offer should the winners go through and be successful at Wembley. I actually get a real ‘buzz’ when we beat Leeds due to the old Clough v Revie clashes.
What are your thoughts on last seasons dramatic playoff semi-final?
The Playoff Semi final last season; After we went down 0-1 in the first leg, I stated that we were definitely not out of the tie. I think the Leeds we saw looked tired as opposed to the one that was full of energy during the regular season.
The second leg I believed we would pull it off as soon as Jack Marriott scored that first goal. I think a combination of things paved the way for victory. Leeds defence looked nervy, they looked confused by the switch to the diamond and individual errors contributed too! I think the neutrals would have loved the matches as a spectacle and they certainly were a brilliant showcase for the Championship. I’m an older fan and remember the rivalry we had in the 70’s! I don’t mind admitting I went mental when Marriott put that fourth in.
The Play off Final; I had originally predicted Villa to win the play offs and went to Wembley with my son with hope rather than expectation. I think they had too much quality in their squad and they had finally found some form after underperforming for months. Disappointing but I’m glad we were there.
What’s your opinion on losing Frank Lampard to Chelsea?
I understand why and wish him luck. The thing that annoyed me though was the complete lack of respect shown by the media. In my opinion he has moved too early. It’s a massive job and his hands are tied due to an embargo. I think Chelsea will struggle to attain top six. A lot of their fans have a sense of entitlement, but they have to give him a chance. He’s already proving that Mount, Tomori and Abraham can perform at the top level.
Is Cocu a good replacement?
I think this is a longer term project. He is known for blooding young talent. We had the best Under-18 side in the country last season and already Jason Knight is showing promise.
Can you name a prospect currently in the youth ranks?
I believe prospects like Alex Sibley and Jayden Mitchell-Lawson will get their chance very soon and of course there’s some chap called Rooney joining in January.
Who is your top six come May?
very difficult I’d expect Leeds, Fulham and Forest to be amongst the top half dozen (That hurt) our red neighbours have a very good squad and us expect them to be the surprise package.
Who’s your favourites for relegation?
difficult again! I’d still expect Stoke to pull clear, but Barnsley and Wigan I think will find it tough going.
What are your thoughts on VAR?
Its like more correct decisions but I hate the the way the flow of the game us affected. It will come in though for all EFL divisions.
Prediction for this weekend?
Unfortunately I cannot see beyond a defeat for us. I hope we can at least give a decent account of ourselves.
Leeds 3-1 Derby County
Bamford, Costa(2) Waghorn
We’d like to thank Andy for answering our questions and wish him the best of luck for the season.
By Keith Ingham