Derby players’ drinking session happened after game of ‘foot golf’ was cancelled, as video of Mason Bennett being sick emerges

27 Sep

What was supposed to be a game of ‘foot golf’ descended into a heavy drinking session, a car crash and the captain sustaining a serious knee injury.

Two of Derby County’s senior players – Tom Lawrence and Mason Bennett – were charged with drink driving this week and skipper Richard Keogh suffered his injury in the crash.

Derby captain Keogh has made more than 350 appearances for the club since joining in 2012
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Derby have condemned the incident, while manager Phillip Cocu said plans to play foot golf as a team bonding session after training were changed because of the rain, so the squad went bowling instead, followed by a team meal.

The Rams have revealed Keogh was among those who continued drinking and Cocu admitted his captain is ‘extremely down’ and ‘feels responsible’ for the incident.

Cocu, who has yet to decide whether Lawrence and Bennett could feature against Birmingham on Saturday, said: “The first idea was foot golf but the weather was really bad so we changed plans and went bowling.

“After that there was a team dinner where the team sat together for some bonding. Most of the players left around 8pm and a small group stayed and continued at the bar.

Phillip Cocu was not at the dinner that led to two of his players arrested and his captain out for the season with injury
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“Due to an alcohol-related incident we’ve lost our captain for the rest of the season, so in the end it was bad news for the whole team.

“It’s bad news and a bad situation for everybody at the club.”

A video later emerged showing 23-year-old Bennett downing a pint and being sick in a toilet.

Someone can be heard shouting ‘get it all out, Mas’ as the forward throws up.

Another is heard saying: ‘F***ing three pints of Peroni are f*****g strong these days’.

Bennett was filmed by his team-mates drinking pints
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The 23-year-old was then seen vomiting into a urinal
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‘I’ve had more than three’, he is heard saying to team-mates who goad him as he wipes his mouth clean
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Cocu, who was not present at the meal, suggested there will be disciplinary action taken against those involved but is eager to establish exactly what went on first.

Asked whether 33-year-old Keogh’s injury could even be career-threatening, the Dutchman simply reiterated it is ‘a very serious injury’.

“I’ve spoken to him. He was [at the training ground] for a short moment and I spoke briefly to him because there’s a lot going on.

“He’s extremely down, of course, because he realises what’s going on for him personally and of course as a responsible player, as captain, to not be part of the team any more does something to you.

“I think he feels responsible, yeah.

“The more senior players always have to step up and take responsibility and it’s now had a huge effect on him personally. It’s a lot to deal with for him.”

A statement from Championship club on Tuesday condemned the incident.

“The players were out as part of a scheduled team-building dinner with staff and while the majority of them acted responsibly and left at around 8pm and were not involved, a small group, including the team captain Richard Keogh, continued drinking into the night. They should have known when to stop and also ignored the opportunity to be driven home using cars laid on by the club, and chose to stay out.

“The players involved in the incident on Tuesday evening will be subject to a rigorous internal investigation under the club’s code of conduct and disciplinary procedures, but over and above any punishment they receive we will be expecting them to become involved with the excellent work the Community Trust does helping the communities we serve.

“We have been very clear about our attitude towards alcohol and the players know that at certain and specific times of the season they are permitted a drink together as a group in a controlled environment.

Rooney will link up with Derby in January under manager Phillip Cocu
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“Those involved in Tuesday’s incident know they will pay a heavy price for their actions, but also that we will support them with their rehabilitation back into the squad and team.

“We fully support the work of our partners at Drinkaware and the unsanctioned actions of this small group of players is totally at odds the stance that both Drinkaware and Derby County Football Club take regards alcohol. We will be using this situation to redouble our efforts in highlighting the dangers posed by alcohol.

“We would also like to thank the emergency services for their swift help.”

In August, Derby announced they would complete the shock signing of England and Man United legend Wayne Rooney as player/coach.

The 33-year-old said the opportunity to return home was too good to refuse and the Rams will need all his experience to lift them from 18th in the table and get their promotion bid back on track.

Richard Keogh ruled out for season with injury suffered in car crash which saw Derby team-mates charged with drink-driving

26 Sep

Richard Keogh has been ruled out for the season after being involved in a car crash with Derby team-mate Tom Lawrence earlier this week.

Lawrence was, along with Mason Bennett, charged with drink-driving following a collision on the A6 in Derby, with the Wales international’s Range Rover Sport understood to have hit a lamppost.

According to the Telegraph, Keogh was in the back seat of Lawrence’s car which struck the lamppost, and he’s been left with injuries as a result of the incident.

Derby captain Keogh has made over 350 appearances for the club since joining in 2012
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Derby announced on Thursday that club captain Keogh sustained a serious knee injury which will keep him sidelined until the end of the season.

The Championship club have launched an internal investigation into the incident, which occurred following a night out sanctioned by the club.

A Rams statement read: “The players were out as part of a scheduled team-building dinner with staff and while the majority of them acted responsibly and left at around 8pm and were not involved, a small group, including the team captain Richard Keogh, continued drinking into the night. They should have known when to stop and also ignored the opportunity to be driven home using cars laid on by the club, and chose to stay out.

“The players involved in the incident on Tuesday evening will be subject to a rigorous internal investigation under the club’s code of conduct and disciplinary procedures, but over and above any punishment they receive we will be expecting them to become involved with the excellent work the Community Trust does helping the communities we serve.

“We have been very clear about our attitude towards alcohol and the players know that at certain and specific times of the season they are permitted a drink together as a group in a controlled environment.

“Those involved in Tuesday’s incident know they will pay a heavy price for their actions, but also that we will support them with their rehabilitation back into the squad and team.

“We fully support the work of our partners at Drinkaware and the unsanctioned actions of this small group of players is totally at odds the stance that both Drinkaware and Derby County Football Club take regards alcohol. We will be using this situation to redouble our efforts in highlighting the dangers posed by alcohol.

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“We would also like to thank the emergency services for their swift help.”

Following the incident, Derbyshire Police released a statement reading: “Two men have been charged with drink driving after a collision involving a Range Rover Sport and a Mercedes GLC at the junction of Burley Hill and the A6 at Allestree, last night shortly before midnight (Tuesday, 24 September).

“Mason Bennett, 23, of Whaley Thorns near Mansfield and Tom Lawrence, 25, of Duffield were arrested at the scene and charged earlier today. They are due to appear at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court on Tuesday, 15 October at 9.30am.”

Derby County home kit 2019/20: Umbro unveil new Championship strip and fans are divided

7 Jun

Derby County have released their new home kit for the 2019/20 season.

And it is fair to say Umbro’s design for the Rams has divided supporters due to the bold patterns featured on the arms.

The new Derby County kit has divided supporters
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Inspired by the kit from the promotion-winning season of 1995/96, the kit has managed to reinvent a new intricate graphic that also showcases the iconic stanchions that adorn the skyline of Pride Park.

The unique design feature is placed on the sleeve to offer a different focal point of the home shirt, which also features the wording “EST 1884” in the club’s personal Baseball Ground typeface wording on the back of the neck.

Jonathan McCourt, Umbro’s UK Marketing Manager, said: “We’re really excited about Derby County’s new home kit.

With its 1990’s graphical feel, and referencing the 1995/96 season shirt which the fans will know so well, we hope that the new strip will be one the supporters can identify with given its roots whilst also creating new and lasting memories on and off the pitch.”

Richard Keogh’ acting skills were put to the test in the video
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Featuring the unique acting talents of skipper Richard Keogh, Derby will be hoping this kit can inspire them to finally get out of the Championship.

Check out what fans had to say below!

Derby vs Leeds: Rams players mock Championship rivals with ‘I spy’ tweets and Niall Horan makes Wembley joke after play-off win

16 May

Derby County made sure Leeds knew they were beaten.

In the Elland Road changing room following a brilliant 4-2 win, the players sang a song created by Leeds fans to mock manager Frank Lampard, which makes numerous references to the ‘spygate’ scandal that erupted earlier in the season.

Frank Lampard celebrates Derby’s sensational play-off victory against Leeds
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And on Twitter, along with Derby fan and talkSPORT regular, Niall Horan, players laughed at their Championship rivals.

Mason Mount and Martyn Waghorn were among those who tweeted ‘I spy with my little eye something beginning with W’, while Horan tweeted United between him and his beloved Rams, they’d played more times at Wembley than them in the last 12 years!

 

Derby will now play Aston Villa for a place in the Premier League when they contest the Championship play-off final on Monday 27 May, which will be live on talkSPORT at 15:00.

Norwich City, as division champions, and Sheffield United have already secured their place in the top flight and Lampard said after the celebrations, focus will turn to Villa.

“It’s easy to say we shouldn’t celebrate because there is another game but we need that,” he said.

“When they perform like that, and when fans travel here into this hostile atmosphere, then we deserve our moment. Thank you to the fans because we can’t do it without you.”

Mason Bennett goal for Derby v Wigan like Gareth Bale’s Champions League final overhead kick v Liverpool, says Frank Lampard

6 Mar

Derby boss Frank Lampard has compared Mason Bennett’s wonder goal to Gareth Bale’s stunning strike in last season’s Champions League final.

Bale scored one of European football’s greatest ever goals to help Real to a third successive Champions League crown.

Mason Bennett scored a sensational goal

And Bennett’s moment of brilliance that brought Derby level as they came from behind to beat Wigan 2-1 on Tuesday reminded Lampard of Bale’s overhead kick against Liverpool.

Gareth Bale scored one of European football’s greatest ever goals in the 2018 Champions League final

He said: “Mason’s strike was incredible and I was saying the last time I felt like that at a game was the Champions League final when Gareth Bale scored the overhead kick.

“I think that goal was similar in terms of the adjustment at the last second and to score from an impossible angle is a special goal for Mason and he should savour it.

“Some cynical people will say he didn’t mean it but I think he certainly did, the intention was there and his adjustment in the millisecond made that goal possible.”

Bennett’s skill to improvise with the ball behind him and find the back of the net came at a vital time for Derby.

The Rams were trailing thanks to Gavin Massey’s first-half strike before goals from Bennett and Scott Malone stopped a run of three straight league defeats for Lampard’s side.

The result leaves Derby outside the play-off places on goal difference with 11 games to go.

Derby County 2-1 Wigan Athletic: Mason Bennett wonder goal sees Rams come from behind at Pride Park

5 Mar

Mason Bennett’s sensational second-half goal saw Derby County come from behind to beat Wigan Athletic 2-1 at Pride Park.

The flash of brilliance inspired the Rams to turn the game around after Gavin Massey had given the visitors the lead in the first half.

Mason Bennett scored a sensational goal

Scott Malone completed the comeback to see Frank Lampard‘s side end a run of four straight defeats in the Championship to reignite their play-off push.

Malone had provided the cross which set up Bennett as the left back went from villain to hero after his mistake led to Wigan’s goal.

He also cleared a Nick Powell header off the line and Wigan could count themselves unlucky to see their five match unbeaten run come to an end.

After the 4-0 defeat at Aston Villa on Saturday, it was no surprise Derby made six changes for a game that saw skipper Richard Keogh make his 600th career club appearance.

Both teams had early openings, Wigan twice getting caught on the break from corners with Derby unable to take advantage although Harry Wilson fired over from just inside the area.

When Derby won a corner in the ninth minute, Bradley Johnson arrived late at the back post but his header was pushed out by Jamie Jones and Wigan scrambled the ball clear.

Derby County manager Frank Lampard

There was a scare for Derby when Wigan broke down the left and Malone was close to turning a cross into his own net but generally it was the home side asking the questions until the visitors landed a sucker punch in the 25th minute.

Malone lost the ball just outside the Wigan area and Michael Jacobs raced away to play in Massey who slide the ball through Scott Carson’s legs.

Derby could have conceded again four minutes later when Nathan Byrne’s superb cross from the right gave Leon Clarke a free header at the back post which he put wide.

Martyn Waghorn had a header easily saved in the 44th minute but Derby had to improve in the second half and it was no surprise when they made a double substitution in the 57th minute which immediately paid off.

Malone’s cross in the 62nd minute was behind Bennett but he span and hooked a shot from 12 yards over Jones and inside his left post.

Jacobs almost restored Wigan’s lead with a cross shot that fizzed just wide and after Duane Holmes was denied by Jones, Malone rescued Derby by clearing Nick Powell’s header off the line.

It was a big moment because Derby went ahead in the 78th minute when Malone showed quick reactions to turn in a Jayden Bogle shot that looked to be going wide.

Waghorn struck a post and although Wigan pressed hard, Derby’s defence held firm as they moved level on points with sixth place Bristol City.