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Derby County fan talks about how she is spending her time during the suspension of football

Rams supporter Alex Stewart tells us about her time away from football due to the COVID-19 interruptions.

Hi there,

My name is Alex, I am a huge Derby County fan and follow the mighty Rams home and away with my Dad. Football has become a huge part of my life, it isn’t just about the sport, but there is a huge social benefit to going to football matches.

For some of us football is a guarantee of getting out the house once a week, and for me going to matches is that well needed way to escape the complications of every-day life, it is more than just a game for me and I am certainly missing it.

Alex at Pride Park.


I am considered a ‘vulnerable person’ and have spent the last 2 weeks in self isolation. Luckily I am not alone; my dad is my carer, and my mum is working from home, so it’s a full house – the pets are loving having their humans home all the time! However, I am really starting to miss taking the dog for walks, seeing my friends and going to football every week – weekends are now lacking a focal point.

To fill our now empty Saturdays, Derby have been doing a feature online called ‘Match Day Relived’ at 3pm where fans can watch some of Derby’s most memorable games from over the years. This Saturdays was Norwich away 2018, which ended 4-3 to the Rams and had a 20 minute break in the second half thanks to one of the floodlights failing! I was at that match, so I thoroughly enjoyed reliving it.

Social media is a huge part of my life; I use it as a way to connect with friends and fellow Derby County & other football fans. I have definitely been using social media a lot more the last couple of weeks to connect with others who are in isolation and to help keep each other company.

I have been using this spare time to do the little things I normally don’t have the time for, and I think that is all any of us can do – make the most of this spare time we’ve all been given. I have been doing a lot more cooking and even made the dog some home-made treats (she approved).

Finally, I’ve been doing what I do best – binge watching series on Netflix! If you find yourself needing a football fix, I am currently watching series 2 of Sunderland ‘til I Die and there’s also a new series called The English Game, which is a six-part drama about the birth of professional football.

Although I have been able to keep myself occupied, I am missing football and it is getting to the point where I am considering re-watching the play-off semi-final against Leeds last season, just as a little pick me up!

I hope you are all well and keeping safe – here’s hoping we have football back soon.