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, April 30, 2014

Happy 8th Birthday, LOB!

Eight years and still going strong! Thanks to all of you who have contributed to Lakenheath Old Boys this year and over the years. We're going into our third World Cup together and I can't wait to live blog some of the Brazil 2014 matches with all of you.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Crunch Time in the Champions League

It's crunch time in the Champions League this evening as Bayern try to overcome a 1-0 deficit from the away leg in Madrid last week. It's also crunch time in the PPP as there are real points on the line in this afternoon's result. Who will outwit whom today - join me from 2:45pm here to find out!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Is Nike ruining the fun in football? Why?

Hey, Davey sent around a link to a new Nike ad for the World Cup and it's great to see the best footballers doing their stupid human tricks in fast-cut, but what's with the tone? I mean, "risk everything" with a skull and crossbones? Why do these new ads, and Nike are supreme culprits here, have this do-or-die tone when it's a bloody game after all. Everything else should be do-or-die, and football should be fun and playful so that we get a break. Do they think we'll forget that these show-pony millionaire athletes are pretty one-dimensional personalities that live and breathe the game? Don't get me started on the tone of the USMNT ads. All I'm saying is wasn't this more fun? And not so long ago? Beat it Nike. Go back to the Gridiron unless you can do this again. Click here for fun

A Really Huge end of Season Sunday Triple Header

It doesn't get any bigger than this bright and early on a Sunday morning as there is a triple header that affects both ends of the table. we start with a relegation six pointer at the SOL as Sunderland hosts Cardiff City, followed by the biggie, at Anfield Where Liverpool hosts Chelsea. The title could be all but decided or it could still be wide open. We conclude with Crystal Pulis vs Citeh , which also affects the title race. A must see!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Late season Staurday Footie Concluding with Change at United

The season is drawing to a close and it's a typical triple header on NBC , starting with Sotton vs Everton followed by Fulham vs Hull City. The late match is United vs the struggling Canaries where Giggsy fills in as manager for the remainder of the season, promising that he will have United playing the United way. Well, watch and see if he does!

Friday, April 25, 2014

"The Other Fooball"

After appearing on a recent panel discussion about the World Cup here at Fredonia, a local documentary filmmaker named Dan Richardson about interviewing for a new film about soccer fan culture in the United States called "The Other Football." I'll be meeting him this afternoon. Here's a teaser clip for his film - enjoy!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Big One...Live!

Real v. Bayern - they don't come any bigger. This one has huge implications for European football and, of course, for our own humble PPP game. Don't miss it. I'll be manning the LOB coverage this afternoon from the office - join me, won't you?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Champions League Semi Finals Live!

All eyes are on the boy Torres as El Nino returns today to the club that gave birth to him and nurtured him to greatness. Mourinho's side have somehow stumbled their way through to the semis and now face Atletico. The Spanish table toppers might well relish this match, especially after the Blues' shock loss at the weekend. Join me for some stirring Champions League action this afternoon from 2:45pm EST onward.

Giggsy In, Moyesy Out

It's all change at Old Trafford this morning, as David Moyes finally walked the plank. Gooner may have wanted him to stick around but most United fans had lost their patience with the fiery Scot. Old Man Giggs with fill in as a caretaker for the last four matches. Your thoughts, gentlemen?

Monday, April 21, 2014

Footie Trivia Question of the Week

Time for the Riddler again, chaps. And this week, it's a real corker:

"Since 1990, five Premiership or Football League grounds ending with the word "Road" have ceased to exist (they've snuffed it and gone to meet their makers; they are ex-grounds). Name as many as you can and the clubs who used to play there."

Good luck!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

A Bloody Early Sunday Triple Header

Yeah I am up bloody early with the roosters to watch  the run in that affects all ends of the table. We start with the Canaries vs Pool followed by the cup final matchup as Hull City hosts the Gunners and we conclude with Moyes and Roon returning to Goodison as the Toffees host United.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

A Hum Drum Saturday Run In Or Is it?

 It's not exactly the most inspiring list of matches today? First up is the  Spuds vs Fulham followed by followed by Cardiff vs Stoke, and  concluding with Chelsea vs Fulham, probably the pick of the lot.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Premiership Predictions Plus Game - Week 34 Update!

Hiya, folks - before we get into the hustle and bustle of another big weekend in English domestic footer, it's high time that we take a look at the current standings in the PPP. With Liverpool still top, The Red Dragon has raced out to a convincing lead in the table and the vaunted LOB Shield seems destined to be on a SUNY Cortland dorm room wall next season. Still, there are four matches left to be played and Liverpool still have to go to Stamford Bridge, so that could change overnight. Here are the current standings:

1. The Red Dragon - 31 points
2. Matt - 23 pts
- Sporting Read Salt Lake United Football Club Juniors FC - 23 pts
- United We Stand - 23 pts
5. The Red Devil FCK1 - 22 pts
6. Man United Rules - 21 pts
7. Gooner71 - 20 pts
- West Ham Rising - 20 pts
9. Swansong - 19 pts
- What's Up Wheaton Simon? - 19 pts
- Chelskilad - 19 pts
12. Yellows - 18 pts
13. Someone Said - 18 pts
14. Blue Devil - 18 pts

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Arsenal v. West Ham Live!

I'm taking the afternoon off to enjoy this afternoon's Premiership action - and it's a crucial one when it comes to that vaunted fourth spot in the Premiership. The Gunners, once top of the pops for much of the early part of the season, are now chasing Everton for that one. Tune in to a clash between continental flair and dinosaur football. I'll be waiting for you....

Monday, April 14, 2014

Footie Trivia Question of the Week

If it's Monday, it's time for a brain tickler. Here's one for this week:

"Ten players have made more than 500 Premiership appearances. Six of those have played for either Merseyside team - Liverpool or Everton. Name those six players."

Best of luck, lads!

Sunday, April 13, 2014


If you want a biggie… you got one! This match will go along way to deciding the destination of this year's championship. There's a small other match going on… an FA CUP SEMI FINAL as well. This one is actually going to be on the telly.
I am taking Matt to a game this morning so I won't be around for most of the big one but will be around later.
Join me


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Semi-Final Saturday

The FA Cup used to have a weekend to itself - no more. Now, the oldest knock-out competition in the world shares the Saturday afternoon in April with a full schedule of Premiership and Championship matches. It's the league up first, including the relegation dogfight between Norwich and Fulham first and then its followed at 12:07 by Arsenal v. Wigan from Wemberley. Join me for all the action!

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Champions League and Europa League Semis

First the Champions League Semis:

Chelsea vs Athletico Madrid
Bayern vs Real

The Europa League Semis :

Benfica vs Juventus
Valencia vs Sevilla

There are some interesting matches in store that will influence the outcome of the PPP table.  The first leg of the Champions League semis will be on April 22nd and April 23rd while the second leg  will be played on April 29th and April 30th. The first leg of the Europa League semis will be played on April 24th with the second leg on May 1st

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Champions League Tuesday Live!

It's crunch time at Stamford Bridge tonight as Mou's side will attempt to overturn a 3-1 deficit from their first leg in Paris against moneybags PSG last week. Tune in for the CL and Championship action. I'll be looking for you round about 2:45 pm EST.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Chris Hughton Walks the Plank

Yet another BPL manager walked the dreaded plank as Delia Smith and Co. decided that Chris Hughton was a recipe for disaster. After a poor run of form, Norwich have been sucked into a relegation battle with an extremely tough run-in. Their remaining  run is a relegation six point pointer at the Fake Cottage followed by matches  against Liverpool, Man United , Chelsea, and Arsenal. It looks bleak for the Canaries. Was this decision made too late?

Saturday, April 05, 2014

A Tough Early Start for Bob's Team

Leeds have a tough early match at the DW . Kickoff time is at 1215 as Leeds take on an in form Wigan side. The early Prem match is Citeh vs Sotton followed by The Toon vs United , Chelsea vs Stoke. Come join me for all the action.

Premiership Plus Predictions Game - Week 32 Update!

I thought I'd post a quick one before we get into another whirlwind Premiership weekend. And what a change we've had. With a red-hot Liverpool squad now sitting on top, we've all lost points. So it's all change to our table, with Red Dragon now sitting on top. If Liverpool keep winning, you may need to start measuring the dorm room wall at Cortland for the LOB Shield, Thomas. Meanwhile, I'm on the bottom - what else is new? Here are the current standings"

1. The Red Dragon - 31 points
2. Sporting - 24 pts
3. United We Stand - 23 pts
4. The Red Devil FCK1 - 22 pts
5. Gooner71 - 20 pts
- Man Utd Rules - 20 pts
- West Ham Rising - 20 pts
- What's Up Wheaton Simon - 20 pts
9. Matt - 19 pts
- Swansong - 19 pts
11. Chelskilad - 18 pts
- Someone Said - 18 pts
- Yellows - 18 pts
14. Blue Devil 14 pts

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Champions League Quarter-finals!

Hold on to your hats, lads - it's Champions League Quarter-finals time, starting today. And the matches don't get any bigger than Bayern Munich coming to Old Trafford to meet United. Sure - Bayern just wrapped up their Bundesliga title with months to spare while Moyes' United are mired in mid-table obscurity this season. But this is football - and anything can happen, right? Tune in to see for yourselves this afternoon (btw, the UK is back on daylight savings, so it's a 2:45pm EST start again).