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!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

England v. Lithuania Live!

A very good Sunday morning to all of you in the LOB community. We reach the climax of the March International Break with England's vital Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley. Gareth Southgate's men come into this one having suffered a narrow defeat against Germany in Dortmund on Wednesday, but in reasonably confident mood. Join me for all the action from noon onward on Fox Sports 2.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Football's Worst Sitters

Adam Lallana's massive clanger at the death of this past weekend's Man Citeh v. Liverpool clash got me thinking about famous misses. Of course, there is that classic Ronny Rosenthal miss for Liverpool, where the striker rounded the keeper only to somehow contrive to hit the bar with his shot.

I thought you might enjoy this compilation of great footballing sitters. Cheers!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Premiership Plus Predictions Game - Week 29 Update

As we head into the March International Break, it's time to check in on our PPP Game standings. The major happening in the Premiership over the weekend was Arsenal's loss at the Hawthorns, which dumped the Gunners out of the top five for the first time this season, with Liverpool benefiting. That meant that all of us who had backed Arsenal to win the Wenger Cup again this season lost three or four points. The only person who didn't suffer (and actually gained a point this week) was Red Devil, who is looking increasingly like Chelsea as a presumptive winner. It's still a little too early to measure the wall space for that shield, Alex, but it's quite likely now that you'll be receiving a special package this May.

Here are the current standings:

1. Red Devil 1FCK - 41 points
2. Man United Rules - 32 pts
3. Blue Devil - 27 pts
-  Someone Said - 27 pts
-  Yellows - 27 pts
6. The Red Dragon - 24 pts
7. West Ham Rising - 23 pts
-  What's Up Wheaton Simon - 23 pts
9. The Saint - 22 pts
-  United We Stand - 22 pts
11. Gooner71 - 20 pts
-  Swansong - 20 pts

Monday, March 20, 2017

You Pick the England Team!

As we head into the International Break this week, it's time to turn our focus away from the domestic game and toward England's fortunes. The Three Lions have a difficult friendly fixture on Wednesday with the Old Enemy - Germany. That's followed by an honest to goodness World Cup 2018 qualifier against Lithuania at Wemberley on Sunday afternoon tea time.

Here is the squad that England caretaker boss Gareth Southgate has picked for those matches:

Goalkeepers - Fraser Forster, Joe Hart, and Tom Heaton

Defenders - Ryan Bertrand, Gary Cahill, Nathaniel Clyne, Phil Jones, Michael Keane, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling, John Stones and Kyle Walker

Midfielders - Dele Alli, Michail Antonio, Ross Barkley, Eric Dier, Adam Lallana, Jesse Lingard, Jake Livermore, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Nathan Redmond, Raheem Sterling and James Ward-Prowse

Forwards - Jermain Defoe, Marcus Rashford and Jamie Vardy

Now, since this squad was announced on March 16, West Ham's Michail Antonio has pulled out of the squad through injury. Otherwise, though, these are the choices. So, you know what to do - pick your starting XI for Germany and Lithuania. I'll look forward to seeing your ideas.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sunday Feast

Three big matches on tap today. First up, a 'tired' Manchester United who will 'probably lose' according to Jose visits the Riverside. We then have Spurs hosting Southampton and then our finale is the biggest match of the weekend as the blue half of Manchester host the red side of Merseyside
Join me

Saturday, March 18, 2017

A Fascinating Saturday

A very good Saturday morning, chaps. Welcome to another weekend of big Premiership footer action.  We get started a wee bit later than usual this morning, due to the four-hour time difference, with Arsenal traveling to the Hawthorns. It's a big day for the Gunners and Arsene Wenger, who's living on borrowed time. We then move on to the regular 3pm GMT kickoffs, including title favorites Chelski at Stoke. Finally, there's a rubbish lower-table fixture between Bournemouth and Swansea at 1:30pm. So, why not tune in to Brighton v. Leeds on BEin. It's going to be a cracker! Make yourself a cuppa and settle in.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Premiership Plus Predictions - Week 28 Update

Greetings from Cleveland, where Kate and I are enjoying a mini-break this Spring Break week. I'm checking in with with this week's PPP update. No lot to report, really. Most of the top clubs were involved in the FA Cup Quarterfinals this past weekend, so the top of the Premiership remains largely the same. Of the top teams picked by all of you, only United went crashing out. In the Champions League, Leicester eked their way through, while Citeh were knocked out.

Here are the current standings:

1. Red Devil 1FCK - 41 points
2. Man Utd Rules - 37 pts
3. Yellows - 34 pts
4. What's Up Wheaton Simon - 33 pts
5. Blue Devil - 29 pts
6. The Red Dragon - 28 pts
7. The Saint - 27 pts
-  Someone Said - 27 pts
-  United We Stand - 27 pts
10. Gooner71 - 25 pts
-  Swansong - 25 pts
12. West Ham Rising - 23pts