Lakenheath Old Boys

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Sunday, May 04, 2014

A Sunday Double Header in Sunny London with not Much at Stake




It's A Sunday double header starting with Arsenal vs West Brom. The Gunners have clinched a CL spot while the Baggies hare all but safe as I expect the Canaries to lose the second match at SB and be all but down. It's a fairly Sunday in the Prem or is it? There is the second leg of the Conference semifinal playoffs  as Cambridge United attempt to overturn a one goal deficit vs Halifax and Gateshead host Grimsby with the scores level.

276 Comments:

Blogger manunitedrules said...

The teams are out on the pitch at a sunny EM .

8:27 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They're off from the EM

8:30 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Just wide by Poldi as Giroud chested down a pass by Ozil

8:36 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Caz has a shot deflected just over for a corner

8:43 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! GIROUD HEADS IN OFF THE CORNER FROM CAZ.

8:44 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Hey
I am around for some the festivities today
I was in the loo for Arsenal's opener

I have Cambridge's playoff second leg match on Radio Cambridgeshire. The U's were one down after the first leg. The second leg started the same time as the match at the Em.
Cambridge scored in the 11th minute

8:47 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

WAY HAY! Cambridge tie it up on agg as they take a 1-0 lead in the second leg.

8:48 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good morning UWS. Great to have you around. Did you miss a goal while on the bog?

8:49 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Did you get Radio Cambridgeshire on line?

8:50 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Yup
From the bbc website

8:50 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Brunt clears out a cross for a Gunners corner taken by Caz and cleared.

8:50 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

It says that something else was on but it is the footer

8:50 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Well done mate.

8:50 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great to know that Radio Cambridgeshire have their priorities straight.

8:51 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Abu Diaby still with the Gunners?

8:52 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Dorrans wins a corner off of Sagna.

8:52 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Aaron Ramsey out injured, but it doesn't seem to have hurt the Gunners

8:53 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jim Morrison with an audacious chip from near the halfway line. More like the musician than the footie player

8:54 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great kick save by Foster from Flamini off a poor back header from a chip by Caz.

8:55 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Dawson down after taking one in the bread basket off a rocket from Flamini

8:59 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sue Sue Suedio got away with one as he pushed a long range effort from Dorrans straight to Berahino, who blazed over as he was flagged offside. Then Berahino curled a shot about a foot over.

9:03 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Foster did well tourn en effort from Caz around the post as Ozil played through the Nacho man

9:04 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The corner was cleared/

9:04 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Still 1-0 at the Abbey

9:09 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kos heads out a cross from Amalfitano for the Baggies first corner that is headed well over by Dawson

9:10 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I would love top see the return of League Football at the Abbey. I passed by it many times during my formative years.

9:11 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

TWO NIL UNITED!!!!

9:11 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

YESSSSSSSSSSS!!!!
Cambridge now 2-1 up on agg.

9:11 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I was a bellboy there!!
Alan Biley stepped on my toe celebrating a goal
United beat Bury 4-0

9:12 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Are you listening too?

9:12 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jin Morrison fouls Ozil about thirty yards out from goal.

9:13 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I've got the Prem o the telly, the Conference on my iPhone and the World Snooker Final on the computer

9:13 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I am not listening. I am following text updates.

9:13 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

You are the master multitasker and the sports affecianado.

9:14 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Two minutes of stoppage time at the EM.

9:15 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Nacho wins a Gunners corner.

9:17 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Half time at the Em

Actually not watching it much

9:17 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Foster punches away the corner and the halftime whistle blows as the Gunners lead 1-0 at the half.

9:18 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Half time
So far so good for the U's

9:21 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Going according to plan for Cambridge U as they have a 2-0 halftime lead and are 2-1 up on agg.

9:22 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Morning, lads - I'm just getting down to it this morning after having a lie in. It's FredFest weekend and we were kept up late by all the students partying in the houses nearby.

9:28 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The second half is underway from the EM

9:33 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good morning Bob. Great to have you around. Were you part of Fred Fest?

9:34 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Morning BD
It was Spring Fling at Cortland this weekend too. Tom didn't want any part of it and came home for the weekend

Matt has a State Cup Quarter Final today at 1 pm
They are playing a team from NYC called PSG. Apparently, they one of the best in the state. The weather today is drizzle,wind and chilly

9:38 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Just tried to take Shadow for a walk
Walking down the street, he just wanted to turn around!

what a wimp

9:39 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

No - I'm sure like Spring Fling at Cortland or "Brock the Port" at SUNY Brockport, the faculty are told to just clear out for the weekend.

9:40 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Cambridge get the ball in the net but offside

9:40 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Wishing Matt the best. I am sure you will be glad that summer is not far off. It's sunny and supposed to be near 90 here today. Fairly low humidity.

9:42 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Why do players have to cheat and not put the ball in the arc of the corner?
I know that the rule now is that any part of the ball has to be over the line but WHY NOT JUST PUT THE BALLL INSIDE THE DAMN ARC

9:43 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A shame because that would have given them better cushion.

9:43 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

On the ball City…never mind the danger

9:44 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good point, UWS. Do they really gain that much of an advantage?

9:44 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

It just bugs me

Just follow a SIMPLE rule

9:44 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Our version of Fred Fest was Fred being content with a Sunderland win at OT.

9:45 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I agree.

9:45 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Well done Tom.

9:45 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Fred must have been over the moon yesterday after Sunderland basically secured their Premiership safety.

9:46 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

So Arsenal have won the Wenger Cup once again. Is that progress for them? Will Gooners be happy if they win the Cup on top of that?

9:46 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

One game in the Scottish Premiership
Bottom club Hearts hosting second bottom Kilmarnock
A win for Killie would lift them out of the relegation playoff spot and drop Ross County down
Hearts are long gone but have not lost since March

9:47 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think some Gooners will be because that is a double of a sort, but it was a season that promised so much more.

9:48 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Fred seemed pretty content about it. Yellows not so much.

9:48 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Celtic squeaked the title this season
They only managed to sneak by Aberdeen by THIRTY POINTS!!!!

9:49 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The playoffs
Hamilton fresh off a 10-2 win face Falkirk and the second from bottom Prem team face Queen of the South.

9:49 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Arsenal must feel confident as Kim Kallstrom gets a run out, on for Arteta.

9:50 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

First booking of the match as Nacho grabs a hold of Sess.

9:51 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Apparently, the Scottish League isn't done.
There seems to be two more games on the docket so it isn't decided at all

9:51 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Celtic must be exhausted after such a grueling season!

9:51 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The lower divisions are done, but there is a round of matches in midweek, then it concludes next weekend, followed by the playoffs.

9:53 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

That 10-2 win almost had the Accies over take Dundee!


Liverpool could do that in their next two games

9:53 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Rangers won their division by THIRTY NINE POINTS!

9:54 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It was Academic as Dundee got the win they needed and beat the Accies by two points. The Accies are resigned to the playoffs against a team that finished a point behind them

9:55 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Nacho and Berahino down. Nacho seemed at fault.

9:56 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I know but if Dundee only won 2-1 and there was some squeaky bum time !

9:56 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Great crowd at the Abbey Stadium today

9:57 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Rosicky on for Caz.

9:57 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

it was definitely nail biting time. The Dundee Derby will replace the Edinburgh Derby in the SPL.

9:58 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Nail biting time at the Abbey and in Glendale?

9:58 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Dawson heads wide from a corner.

9:59 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Remy in attendance… joining next season?

9:59 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Remy to sign for the Gunners? He's got a top class seat.

10:00 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Both teams playing as if they want the final whistle to blow.

10:00 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Just wide by Ozil as the ball broke to him after ping pong in the Baggies box.

10:01 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Pod has a weak effort that hits the post

10:03 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Off the post by Poldi and into Foster's arms off a poor defensive clearance.

10:03 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

18 minutes left off the Newmarket Road

10:04 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It was sliced with the outside of the boot.

10:04 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It would be nice to see another Cambridge goal

10:05 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Just noticed there is a link for the Cambridge match

10:06 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Vermaelen on for Nacho and Anichebe for Amalfitano.

10:07 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Lovely… I now have a video of the match at the Abbey Stadium… about 15 seconds ahead of my radio


BOY has the away end changed!!!

10:08 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It was considered unsafe by my virus protection.

10:08 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

The home stand… where I ballboyed is still a small stand!!
Why be nice to the visitors

10:08 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I guess it has been modernized.

10:08 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Absolutely!

10:09 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ozil fouled just outside the box by Berahino.

10:09 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

The stand used to be really small but now the away end is a huge stand!

10:10 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A weak free kick by Ozil easily caught by Foster. Chris Brunt talked himself into the book.

10:11 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

|I wouldn't think away goals count in this playoff… at least not until after extra time

10:11 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Really naughty behavior.

10:11 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Away goals do not count in the playoffs.

10:12 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I know there were just fields… in fact.. I think vegetable gardens behind the away stand

Newmarket Road an the entrance would stop them building up the home stand

10:13 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Vydra on for Mulumbu as Pepe Mel has borught on two strikers

10:13 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I thought I remembered the stadium being in a residential are in the city. Are the fields gone?

10:14 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Inside the last ten minutes

The commentator said it would go to pens
So, no away goal rule in play

10:14 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hearts take the lead vs Killie as they seem intent on playing the roll of spoiler.

10:15 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Correct. That's true for the other divisional playoffs too.

10:16 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

As you came into the City, it was on your left with the home stand close to the road. The road then went to the left and you then went parallel to the ground

10:16 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The EM sounds a lot like the Highbury Library. I can even hear the birds chirping in my back yard.

10:17 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Three minutes of stoppage time.

10:18 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Come on Cambridge UNiTED

Our other two UNITEDS have been crap this year!!!

10:18 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Anichebe's only goals have been against the top three teams.

10:18 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Sounds like this season's Old Trafford too

10:19 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Giroud and Dorrans booked for afters

10:19 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed about the Uniteds.

10:19 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Your description is what I pictured except for the fields. Otherwise, it matches what I was visualizing.

10:20 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Did you hear the comment yesterday after Citeh's win that they are top but have only been there for EIGHT days this season!

10:20 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Arsenal win… ho-hum

10:20 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Stoppage time at the Abbey?

10:20 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

SIX added minutes in Cambridge

10:21 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's 1-0 to the Arsenal in a boring match. If Chelsea win, which they should it shouldn't matter to either the Ginners or the Baggies.

10:21 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

BUGGER!!! Were there injuries?

10:22 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Hope it doesn't go to extra time

Cambridge players are dropping like flies with cramp

10:22 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Not really

10:23 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Arsenal have 76 points, their best points total in six years.

10:23 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Me too.
BLOW UP REF!

10:23 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Keeper coming up for the Shayman corner

cleared

10:23 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Two minutes remaining.

HOLD ON CAMBRIDGE!

10:24 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Cambridge break but fouled and it is free kick… time to waste

10:24 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Goal kick to Halifax

90 secs to go

10:24 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

NOt a smart free kick by Cambridge

10:25 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Cambridge just booting it straight up in the air!

GET IT OUT

Long throw in coming in

10:25 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Shot blocked

Cleared

In again

10:26 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Halifax have another chance… cleared

IT IS OVER

10:26 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Cambridge are going to Wembley…for the second time this season

10:26 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

WAY HAY!
THEY'RE GOING TO WMBUHLAY!

10:27 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Crowd on the pitch… come on Untied… win the final!

You deserve to go up

10:27 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They will face either Grimsby or Gateshead in the final. That will be decided later this morning

10:28 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hearts go two up vs Killie.

10:28 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

THe will take on Gateshead or Grimsby who play later today. Tied at 1

10:28 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

No Hazard for Chelsea today
Put on the bench for badmouthing Jose's tactics midweek

10:30 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

That's right… Chelsea have lost two in a row at the Bridge!!


Will Chelsea take over top spot today?

10:33 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm back for the late one, lads. Anyone else around?

Gooner71 is certainly not happy with this season, high points total or no. He wants Wenger shifted out for a younger manager.

10:37 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hello Bob. I will be around for the late one.

10:39 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The team news out of Stamford Bridge this afternoon:

Chelsea: Schwarzer; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole; Lampard, Matic; Salah, Willian, Schürrle; Ba. Subs: Hilario, Kalas, David Luiz, Van Ginkel, Hazard, Torres, Eto’o.

Norwich City: Ruddy; Martin, R Bennett, Turner, Whittaker; Snodgrass, Tettey, Johnson, Howson, Olsson; Elmander. Subs: Bunn, Bassong, van Wolfswinkel, Fer, Hooper, E Bennett, Redmond.

Referee: Neil Swarbrick.

10:41 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I actually agree with Jose. No player is bigger than the team. He needs to keep his mouth shut and worry about playing, not coaching. That type of behavior is a Hazard to his Chelsea career.

10:41 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Great to have you on board, MUR. Chelski would go top again with an expected win today.

10:42 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I don't expect Chelsea to make it three on the trot. Sorry Yellows.

10:42 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nothing more than a win will do for Norwich today. Yet, they've gone with Johan Elmander up front alone. Where's Becchio?!

10:43 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ta, bob. They could and Pool are not guaranteed a win at Crystal Pulis.

10:43 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I guess they have lost confidence in Becks. I would go with Hooper. He's their tops corer despite being around for only a half season. At the rate he's scoring he would have finished with a dozen goals if he'd been around the whole season.

10:45 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I am around for a bit
I have to take Matt to his match
Off to attempt a walk with Shadow again.. he wasn't pleased with the drizzle and wind on the first attempt

10:50 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

back just in time for the late match

11:01 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sparky loves the cooler weather. Not a fan of the hot weather.

11:01 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We're away from the Bridge - go on, you Canaries!

11:02 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hearts three up vs Killie at the half. They should have done this earlier in the season.

11:02 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Don't Call Me Shirley with an early pop at goal.

11:03 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Killie in the dreaded playoff spot, three points from safety and looking set to face queen of the South in the playoffs.

11:04 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

What's Cashley trying to do with his hair these days?

11:05 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cashley wins a corner. Ba down injured.

11:05 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Demba is down for the count. Something happened off the ball and he's miming an elbow.

11:06 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I love it. Canaries fans giving Lamps stick as the corner was headed away then offside was called.

11:07 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hazard could sure use an elbow to the chops.

11:08 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Norwich doing a lot of defending right from the start.

11:08 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It'll be enjoyable to welcome our former midfield back to the Championship at Elland Road next season.

11:09 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

WAY HAY! LEVANTE TAKE THE LEAD VS ATHLETICO!

11:09 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I'm sure you're looking forward to it. I have a feeling Malky will be in charge of the former LUFC midfield players.

11:10 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Olsson down and that should have been a penalty and a red card either to JT Or Cashley. Yellows will not be pleased.

11:11 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hearts four up vs Killie, who look set to face Queen of the South in the playoffs.

11:14 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Snoddy getting treatment for a nose bleed.

11:15 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Chelski not reslly pressing forward for an opener.

11:16 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Russell Martin sure felt it as he blocked a shot from Schurrle Temple.

11:17 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

What's Chelskilad's opinion of Mourinho these days, UWS?

11:17 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Gooner will be hoping for a Canaries win as the Gunners have a very slim chance of finishing third

11:18 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Bag for only a few ticks until I have to leave again!

11:18 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hearts FIVE up vs Killie.

11:18 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Think he stills like him

11:19 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Welcome back.

11:19 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

What if he wins them nowt this season?

11:19 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Decent cross from Olsson, but Snoddy , well marked, could not connect

11:20 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A really tedious attack from Willian through Ba...and out.

11:21 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Jose used to sport smart Italian suits on the touchline. Now he's in trackies and casual shirtsleeves. What happened?

11:21 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

What can he win this season? Won't not if.

11:22 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

not sure about his fashion sense.

11:22 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Well, only the title now. It's still on.

11:22 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

JT heads a corner straight to Ruddy,

11:23 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That's true. Thanks for reminding me. I guess I'm still in the PPP race

11:24 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Neil Adams has made the same fashion change as Jose.

11:25 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

IT will be an unusually interesting promotion race to the SPL next season as both Hearts and Rangers will be in the mix

11:27 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I am off boys

Have a good day

11:27 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Cheerio, mate! Enjoy it!

11:28 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Norwich defending a lot more steadfastly than they have in recent weeks.

11:30 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jose will not be pleased. will he bring on Hazard at the half?

11:30 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers UWS. Have fun.

11:31 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH ! OFf the post by SCHurrle Temple and desperately cleared.

11:32 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Matic won the ball and fed Schurrle , who turned a defender then nearly scored.

11:33 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Canaries giving Chelsea a taste of their own medicine.

11:34 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The problem is that if that one goal does come for Chelski (if Shirley's goal had gone in off the post, say) then I don't think that the Canaries have a Plan B.

11:34 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ruddy holds on to a powerful shot from Schurrle Temple.

11:35 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

True. The Canaries just don't have the talent for Plan B.

11:36 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Well over from Cashley from long range . Poor.

11:37 AM  

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