Lakenheath Old Boys

We are all former students at Lakenheath High School and other public schools in East Anglia. We were in school in the 70s and 80s and drank deeply from the well of British culture of those decades - the pints, the telly, and of course the footie!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Champions League Begins!

A very good Tuesday afternoon to all of you in LOB Land. The Champions League group stage begins this afternoon with a couple of real crackers. In a few minutes, Barca kick off against PSV and Inter against Spurs. Later in the afternoon, the marquee match of the afternoon - Liverpool v. PSG - will grace the stage.

In addition, we've got a full slate of Championship matches on, including Leeds hosting Preston North End. When we met with them in the League Cup at the beginning of the month, they did us over. I'm hoping that the first team can redress the grievance.

Unfortunately, I'll be observing a colleague's class this afternoon, so I'll miss the first half. Join me if you're able to.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Premiership Plus Predictions Game - Week 5 Update

Hiya, boys - domestic footie resumed its regular schedule after a long two weeks off for Nation's League nonsense and I'm back in order to update us all on our PPP game. It was all change this week. Man Utd ended Watford's improbable winning streak, leaving only Chelsea and Liverpool at the top with perfect records. The Blues have edged out the Reds on goal difference now after an Eden Hazard - now top scorer - goal spree. Bournemouth and Watford are still cluttering up the top six, which means a lot of points lost for all of us. At the bottom, West Ham's win over Everton meant that they lifted themselves off the bottom, dumping Huddersfield back into the drop zone. In the Championship, my beloved Leeds are still on top, despite a second draw on the trot, just edging out Brentford and Boro.

All of that means that there is a new Dahlgren on top of the pops. Here are the current standings:

1. Gooner71 - 30 points
2. Man Utd Rules - 25 pts
3. Swansong - 24 pts
4. West Ham Rising - 22 pts
-  Red Dragon - 22 pts
-  The Saint - 22 pts
-  United We Stand - 22 pts
8. Bee's Knees - 20 pts
-  Blue Devil - 20 pts
-  MOT the Hoople - 20 pts
11. Red Devil 1FCK - 19 pts
12. What's Up Wheaton Simon - 17 pts
13. Someone Said - 15 pts
-  Yellows - 15 pts

Sunday, September 16, 2018

(Not So) Super Sunday

I can't say that I'm that ensued about this morning's offerings, as all of the big sides played yesterday. So, today we've got newly-promoted Championship winner Wolves, who've had a good start to the season, against boring Burnley. Later, it's disappointing Everton against train wreck West Ham. Could  have been a morning to get some Sunday chores done, but I'll be here nonetheless. Join me?

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Premiership Football is Back!

Phew! That was an especially interminable international break. Fortunately, we're back with a bang this morning, and I can't wait. First up is Spurs and Liverpool. It doesn't get better than that, does it? Then we've got the 10am kickoffs, including Citeh on NBC Sports and Chelski on CNBC. In the Championship, Leeds make a trip to the Evil Den to meet Evil Millwall. We finish then with unbeaten Watford against Man United. So get yourself some brekkies and pull up a chair, eh?

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

UEFA Nation's League Round-up

With this afternoon's fixtures, including the crushing 5-0 defeat of Croatia by Spain, the Nation's League creaked to the end of Day 2 of play. So, what do we make of all this, Not a lot, to my mind. The League A matches, with the exception of England's thrilling 1-2 (should have been 2-2) match with Spain on Saturday, they were uniformly dull. Germany v. France - a goalless draw. Italy v. Poland - a drab 1-1 draw. Portugal v. Italy - a really boring 1-niller. The League B matches were a bit more fun and free scoring but who really cares whether Turkey pulled out a 2-3 win over the Swedes? In any case, here are the current standings for the League A groups:

Group 1

France - 4 points from 2 matches
Germany 1 point from 1 match
Netherlands - 0 points from 1 match

Group 2

Switzerland  - 3 points from 1 match
Belgium - 3 points from 1 match
Iceland - 0 points from 2 matches

Group 3

Portugal - 3 points from 1 match
Poland - 1 point from 1 match
Italy - 1 point from 2 matches

Group 4

Spain - 6 points from 2 matches
England - 0 points from 1 match
Croatia - 0 points from 1 match

Saturday, September 08, 2018

England Begin their Nation's League Campaign

Who's ready for some Nation's League action, chaps? Let's hope our England boys. They start their campaign against European powerhouse Spain this evening at Wemberley. I've had the first lie in for a month or so, so I'm well rested and ready to enjoy some footie today. There are also some undercard matches on at noon. And if that isn't enough for you, there is an enticing US friendly with Brazil tonight at 6:30.

The Nation's League action is on our new favorite - ESPN+. The US friendly is on Fox Sports. My dear Kate has just left for a couple of weeks in Virginia, so I hope you'll keep me company on the blog today.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

The UEFA Nations League - What the Hell is It?

The UEFA Nations League - it's the footballing elites' latest attempt to confuse and annoy loyal fans. But what the hell is it, anyway? Is it a replacement for European Championship qualifying? Is it a new and superfluous tournament in off-years? Well, LOB stalwart United We Stand came across a video on the Independent of London website that answers some questions. According to the following video, the Nation's League is the attempt to solidify national teams by increasing the competition between them. Each team will be pitted against peers rather than having to play matches against minnows. There are four "Leagues," with the top teams in League A, the second-tier sides in League B and so on. Then within each league, there are four groups of either three or four teams.

England is of course in League A and in the fourth group, alongside Spain Croatia. Their upcoming fixtures are:

Saturday, September 8 - England v. Spain
Friday, October 12 - Croatia v. England
Monday, October 15 - Spain v. England
Sunday, November 18 - England v. Croatia

From there, each top team will be thrown into semi-finals to be played in June 2019, with a 3/4 place game and a final to follow.

You can find the video here:

And fortunately, the matches appear to be covered on ESPN+, making my $4.99/month investment even better value.