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!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Europa League Final.... Champions League playoff round

The Europa League Final has lost a bit of luster because the atrocities in Manchester this week. It is right for the Final to be played. I hope the United fans and players will do their best to honor the fallen... Manchester... a CITY UNITED
Took the day off to be here... hope to have some company and United make me happy


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

King Eric: "My Heart is With You"

All of us were feeling for the people of Manchester today, after the terrible events of last night. But leave it to Eric Cantona, celebrated adopted son of Lancashire, to put everything in the right terms. We stand together, indeed.

You can watch the video here:

Monday, May 22, 2017

Premiership Predictions Plus - Week 38 Update

Welcome to the working week, chaps. I'm checking in with the Premiership season ender update. So, what happened to our table after the dust all settled yesterday. Well, not a lot. The main thing that changed in the last week since my last update is that Harry Kane went on an incredible 7-goal streak in the last two Spurs matches, which shot him from 22 goals past Romelu Lukaku (25 goals) to 29 goals for the season. Kane will claim the Golden Boot and Man Utd Rules, Someone Said and Yellows will claim 6 extra points as a result. The other slight detail is that Real Madrid pipped Barcelona at the post to claim the La Liga title, so half of us lost two points and the other half gained two points. There was also a slight shift in the Premiership order with Man Citeh switching places with Liverpool - they'll end 2nd and 3rd respectively. So a few of us either gained or lost a point there.

Here's how it all shakes out:

1. Red Devil 1FCK - 41 points
2. Man Utd Rules - 38 pts
3. What's Up Wheaton Simon - 32 pts
4. Blue Devil - 29 pts
-  The Red Dragon - 29 pts
6. Yellows - 28 pts
7. The Saint - 27 pts
-  Someone Said - 27 pts
-  United We Stand - 27 pts
10. Gooner71 - 25 pts
11. Swansong - 24 pts
12. West Ham Rising - 23 pts

So, going into the last few matches of the season Red Devil 1FCK sits atop our table, but has maxed out with his points. Here's how his rivals could beat him:

Man Utd Rules - 38 points currently (Arsenal win the Cup - +8) = 46 points
The Red Dragon - 29 points (Chelsea win the Cup - +8 and United win the Europa League - +4) = 41 points

It'll go down to the last kick!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Another Season Comes to an End

I always hated this day growing up. Footer was done for the whole summer. We had the Cup Final to look forward to and I always liked watching all the Test Matches but it wasn't the same. My Shoot and Match magazines were still there to read but no tables to look at.
Not much last day excitement to look forward to unlike 1999 and 2012. Pretty much everything is done and dusted except for the Champions League spots... sounds exciting.. except it looks all done there too. The two favorites, City and Pool, have very very winnable games against Watford and Bore respectively ....surely they won't give Arsenal a sniff
My lot have given up on the league long ago.. I HATE THAT! We will be playing a lot of no hopers for the Final... will United get a win at the Theater of Draws to end the season?
Will Kane win the Golden Boot after his four midweek?
Still some questions to answer!
NBC is fantastic showing all of the games... which one shall I watch? Which one will you watch?
Join me


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Rating the Premier League Managers

As we near the end of the 2016/2017 Premiership season, here's an interesting question that's been percolating all week on Five Live: which managers have had successful seasons and which have been failures? Now, obviously Antonio Conte had the most successful season, having taken Chelski to a title, after a disastrous 2015/2016 campaign under Mourinho. And the bottom three managers - Mazzarri, Karanka and Moyes - have all been failures, having guided their clubs back into the Championship wilderness.

But what of the rest of them? Spurs fans seem to be fairly pleased with Potchettino, but what about those below him in the top ten? A lot of Citeh fans appear to think that Pep Guardiola has been a major flop. How about Klopp? Is fourth good enough for Liverpool fans? Fifth place is obviously a failure for Arsenal, who are accustomed to Champions League footer at this point. Wenger out? And UWS and MUR seem fairly irate at Mourinho - in Jose we Trust or Jose Out?

What about the bottom half managers who managed to keep their clubs up? Eddie Howe, Slavan Bilic, Mark Hughes, etc. - successes or failures?

Your thoughts, gents?

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Tuesday Afternoon Action!

Have I mentioned that I'm on summer break? Yes, indeed. I've got my feet up at the Cottage and looking forward to enjoying the Premiership and Championship playoff action this afternoon. Two matches that are crucial to the Champions League race kick off shortly - Arsenal v. Sunderland and Man Citeh v. WBA. Add to that the Championship playoff between Reading and Fulham and it's a cracking afternoon. Join me, if you can.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Premiership Plus Predictions Game - Week 37 Update

Happy Monday to all of you! I'm basking in the beginning of my summer break, with the promise of ten weeks of backyard barbecues, outdoor concerts and tennis matches to come. How about the rest of you? I'm checking in as usual with the update of our PPP game. Well, the domestic season is just about sorted with only fourth place in the Premiership left up in the air. That might well be sorted tomorrow evening, leaving NBC Sports Network wondering why on Earth they're broadcasting anything on "Championship Sunday" next weekend.

You would think, given that picture that our game would also be done and dusted; however, you would be wrong. Red Devil did seem to have an unassailable lead going into the weekend, yet, here's the irony. Arsenal's win and United's loss means that the entire Nocito clan (United fans all) picked up four or five points, which puts them in the picture. Think of it this way: Red Devil is the side that has all the points but no matches to play (that is, with Chelsea's title win, he has officially maxed out his point total - he would need Jamie Vardy to go on a ten goal blitz in the final Leicester match in order to pick up any more points). The Nocito boys (Red Dragon, The Saint) have both picked Chelsea to win the FA Cup (8 points) and United to win the Europa League (4 points), while UWS has chosen Arsenal to win the Cup (8 pts) and Chelsea to lose (2 pts) Here's how that would play out:

Red Devil has 39 points now
Red Dragon - 30 points now (+8 points for Chelsea and 4 points for United) = 42
The Saint - 29 points now (+8 points for Chelsea and 4 points for United) = 41
United We Stand - 27 points (8 points for Arsenal, 2 points for Chelsea and 4 points for United) = 41

It's going to be a nail biter. Here are the current standings:

1. Red Devil 1FCK - 39 points
2. The Red Dragon - 30 pts
3. Man Utd Rules - 29 pts
-  The Saint - 29 pts
5. Blue Devil - 28 pts
-  What's Up Wheaton Simon - 28 pts
7. United We Stand - 27 pts
8. Yellows - 26 pts
9. Swansong - 25 pts
10. Gooner71 - 22 pts
11. West Ham Rising - 20 pts
12. Someone Said - 19 pts