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, May 06, 2014

Giggsy's Last Stand?

Join me this afternoon to celebrate the career of Ryan Giggs. The Manchester United player-manager has named himself on the bench today, so it will likely be the last time he appears as a player (and as a manager) at Old Trafford. Although there will be plenty of nostalgia today, there is real business at hand, if one considers Europa League qualification real business, that is. I'll be on hand this afternoon to watch it all with you.

206 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Great atmosphere at OT this evening and NBC is right on it with their coverage.

2:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The really interesting team news this evening:

United - Twilight, Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Buttner, Carrick, Fellaini, Januzaj, Lawrence, Kags, Wilson. Subs: Mata, Giggs, Vidic, Yashley, RVP, Meane, Amos.

Hull - Jakupovic, Bruce, Davies, Figueroa, Elmohamady, Quinn, Koren, Meyler, Rosenior, Long, Boyd. Subs: Fatty, Fryatt, Livermore, Jelavic, Sagbo, Harper, Faye.

2:45 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

United old boy Brucey returns to OT with a Hull side on a real high, with their highest Premiership place and a Cup Final berth.

They're actually resting a couple of players for the Cup Final - Huddlestone, Livermore and probably Jelavic.

2:46 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

On the United side of things, there are two new faces in the side from the youth team - Tom Lawrence and James Wilson up front. Should be fascinating to watch their debuts.

2:47 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good afternoon Bob. I am looking forward to Giggsy vs Brucey.

2:47 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - almost a perfect start from Wilson who nearly got on to a Hair Bear knock down.

2:47 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I noticed those unfamiliar names. Is Giggsy trying to send a message?

2:48 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Afternoon, MUR - your new boy nearly scored minutes into his debut.

2:48 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And now Janu has gone down under Figueroa's challenge. Looked a penalty to me and Trevor Francis agrees with me.

2:49 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great to hear. Sad how Hull City can make the EL, but probably not us.

2:49 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I'm trying to get a link and there it is.

2:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

There it is.

2:52 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Meane must be another one from the youth team while Ben Amos Cookie is the reserve keeper.

2:53 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kags had a shot blocked for a corner.

2:53 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Happy Teacher Appreciation Day, mate. Are you feeling well appreciated today?

2:56 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I thought that both 6 and 7 in the Prem plus Hull would make the Europa - not so?

2:57 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

All this possession and not a bloody shot. Hair Bear waited forever to shoot.

3:00 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Thanks mate. We had a few goodies in the teacher's workroom this morning

3:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Good stuff from Tom Lawrence there - nearly made a quick name for himself.

3:01 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's 5and 6 plus Hull City in the EL this year.

3:01 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think the new manager should start some of the youth team if he can't get replacements for the first team players

3:02 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Vidic to come on as Jones has injured his shoulder.

3:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Got it. That's Phil Jones' day done after he's done his shoulder in. Straight down the tunnel for treatment and we're about to see the last appearance of Nemanja Vidic a little earlier than we'd expected.

3:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Trevor Francis speculates that that injury will keep Phil Jones out of the World Cup. Was he ever considered for the squad? Not mine!

3:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Trevor seems especially cranky this afternoon.

3:05 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I'm home from school as Vidic is about to come on to replace Jones and make his last ever appearance at Old Trafford. Thanks for the great years

3:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

He might have been as a utility player. He might be the 22nd or 23rd player in Woy's squad. Like you and UWS, I would not pick him.

3:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Standing ovation for Vidic as he comes on. Lots of appreciation for him and rightly so.

3:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good afternoon, UWS. I agree with you about Vidic. Not how I would describe Jones.

3:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed, Bob.

3:07 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's true - England managers do love those Swiss Army Knife kinds of players. I've never discovered Phil Jones' best position, have you?

3:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

UWS will be unhappy to hear that United have not played with pace. Lots of possession with no end product.

3:08 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It's not "Boot-ner." It's "Byoot-ner!" Respect the umlaut!

3:08 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Great round of applause for Vidic


I saw your talk about the Europa League spots
England have three spots in the EL. The league only has one spot and both Cup winners.
Citeh won the LC so 6th got the spot. Only if the two of the top four are Cup Finalist

3:09 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'd be fine if Wayne Rooney were rested for the World Cup at this point, wouldn't you? We need him firing on all pistons.

3:09 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

SLOW SLOW SLOW

3:09 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jones is kind of like Madeley, playing several positions.

3:09 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Afternoon, UWS - and Happy Teacher Appreciation Day to you!

3:10 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Do these young 'uns look ok

3:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I told Bob the same thing about the EL. Gave the same explanation.

3:10 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Were Giggsy and Brucey all cuddly before kick off

3:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They are not any worse than what we've had playing this season. Worth giving a chance.

3:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I missed that. Bob might know.

3:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I know he is, but what's he really good at? That's what I can't quite figure out.

3:12 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Janu is shouting for another penalty against Figueroa again. Handball this time. No dice.

3:12 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I don't know the answer to that question. A Jack of all trades and master of none.

3:12 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It was hand ball . How was that not a penalty?

3:13 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

First time not in Europe since 1989!

3:13 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Didn't see any cuddles between Giggsy and Brucey before kick-off. Perhaps at the final whistle?

3:13 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

He dove

3:13 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Is OT half empty?

I hope they are just not fair-weather fans

3:14 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Really poor that United are not in Europe.

3:14 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They might be protesting. Hasn't it been full all season.

3:15 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

GOAL

Wilson scores his first goal for United on his debut

Sweet finish

3:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Wilson scores his debut goal - wow!

3:15 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Get a better number James!!

47!!

3:16 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jan wins a free kick that he will take.
GOAL !!!!

HAIR BEAR HEADED ODWN THE FREE KICK FROM JAN AND EIGHTEEN YEAR OLD JAMES WILSON SCORED ON HIS DEBUT

3:16 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Again - Hair Bear is the provider. I don't know why he hasn't been pushed up further this season. Moyes should have known that was his strength.

3:16 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Are you watching Roon, Chicha, and RVP?

3:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

So a win here and a loss for the Spuds in their last match would put you lot into the Europa.

And Gooner would be laughing about that one.

3:18 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

What a stunning comeback yesterday
Suarez was crying in his shirt forever!


NBC's coverage was brilliant. They just stayed at the ground and watched the players' reactions and the fans

3:20 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Spuds host Villa on Sunday. Would they blow that one?

3:20 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Of course, Citeh could think it is all done and lose tomorrow!

3:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I saw some of that - remarkable match and coverage!

I feel for Stevie G. who should have won one title in his career. No sympathy for Suareaz. I hope he's still crying in Brazil in June when England meet Uruguay.

3:22 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I recorded the match. I saw that . I can't believe Pool would blow a three goal against the lowest scoring Prem team with o9nly a dozen minutes remaining.

3:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Villa might still have something to do on Sunday. You never know.

3:22 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I agree 100%, UWS. It's been a really odd season. I agree with Bob about Stevie G and Suarez.

3:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I take that back - I see that Villa are safe on 38 points. Too bad. I'd love for them to nick some points off Citeh tomorrow.

3:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Hair Bear picks up a yellow for a tasty challenge.

3:23 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They might . Away to Citeh and the Spuds. I am betting against the soft serve Vanillas., but you never know.

3:24 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

DId you seen Ronaldo's mule kick goal?

As for La Liga…. who know who will win!
All three dropped points AM 3 Barca 2 and RM 2

AM 88 two to play
Bar 85 two to play
RM 83 three to play

Favorites…. Real Madrid!
Barca host AM on the last day. A win by Barca would put them above AM on head to head and would leave Real to get one more point

3:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Vanillas just might tomorrow. One of my bruvs could be celebrating with vanilla ice cream/

3:25 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

United won't beat the Saints

3:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I sure hope so, UWS. I picked RM in the PPP. Sounds similar to the Prem race.

3:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I am not expecting that they will. Lucky if they get a draw.

3:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Other than the goal, it's been a really boring first half.

3:27 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Saw the Skippy goal - real quality.

3:29 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

United are hopeless going forward!

3:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Not great value for the punters, no.

3:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A friend at work showed me the goal. It was really spectacular and could prove to be vital as made it Desmond late in the match

3:30 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

United don't get it in the box!!!

3:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Two minutes of stoppage time.

3:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Other than the goal they haven't

3:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Naughty by Smalling.

3:31 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Another STUPID foul by Smalling..SMALL BRAINED!

3:32 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Half time

Bloody useless

3:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Halftime and United lead 1-0 thanks to a goal by eighteen year old debut boy, James Wilson.

3:33 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Not a great performance from United but they're leading. 1-0 at the half.

3:33 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Here's another debut goal for United to savor, lads. Remember this one?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdkXPZgb7N4

3:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

You are being too kind on Smalling. You must be in a really good mood today.

3:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Definitely a trip on Jan . United should have had two pens in the first half.

3:37 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Great video of Giggs goal… even though it cuts out before it hits the net
DID YOU SEE THE PACE!!!!

3:39 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Totally agree… definite pen… .scissor tackle that didn't bet ball but did get man

3:41 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Remember, Ryan Giggs used to name… Ryan WILSON

3:41 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

More Giggsy magic. #7 is my favorite.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmHgHgZxM5Q

3:42 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Watching Giggs playing got Salford v Blackburn… Giggs was tall and lanky

3:42 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I remember that he was originally Ryan Wilson. Coincidence?

3:46 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I still believe that United should start some of the youth team players next season to make a point.

3:47 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Away we go

3:47 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The second half is underway.

STOP SUCKING UNITED!

3:47 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Free kick chance for United

3:47 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Meyler fouls young Lawrence just outside the box and is booked for that

3:48 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Hull have made two changes now.

3:48 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Lawrence is lining up this free kick now....

3:48 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Weak effort

3:49 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Wilson tried an acrobatic effort there after Janu played it in.

3:49 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Into the wall by Lawrence then Valencia finds Jan and his cross is hooked just high and wide by wilson

3:49 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

If Giggsy comes on then we would have Old Wilson and Young Wilson on the pitch?

3:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Daniel Mann forgets the Umlaat yet again.

3:51 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Jones taken the the hospital with his arm in the sling…. another stupid challenge by a dumb player!

3:52 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Why does the red of United and the gold and black of Hull not clash in Hull but does in Manchester

3:52 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

SLOW SLOW SLOW

3:53 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed.Jones is a thickhead.

3:53 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great save by Jakupovic from Jan. He catches the corner.

3:53 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Decent effort by Jan


"first save of the match"!!!

3:53 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I'm not sure why the colors clashed.

3:53 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

United were slow in the first half too.

3:54 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

283… where did I come up with that number

3:55 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Put yourself on Ryan and take a pen

3:56 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I agree with Trevor that Giggsy should come on the last fifteen minutes to get a proper farewell.

3:56 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Great run by Janu. He's been the find of the year for you lot.

3:58 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great run by Jan and a slide tackle by Meyler results in a United corner.

3:59 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

He sure has. Next , Wilson and Lawrence.

3:59 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Hasn't played much as of late


Bloody hell… another handball there


Well, where did I get the number 283

3:59 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Dunno - you, MUR?

4:01 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

United still taking ever to get the ball in the danger area

4:01 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

MUR?

4:02 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

RVP warming up...what's the point of that?

GOAL! It's Wilson again - he's got a brace!

4:02 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

GOAL

Felani misses his chance to finally open his account for United but saved and there is Wilson to pop in his brace!

4:02 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

United attacked with pace!

4:03 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JAMES WILSON WITH A SECOND FOR UNITED AS JAN RAN DOWN THE RIGHT PAST CURTIS DAVIES. HE PASSED TO HAIR WHOSE SHOT WAS SAVED BY JAKUPOVIC AND YOUNG WILSON SLOTTED IN THE REBOUND.

4:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Again - Janu and Hair Bear were the providers. Hair Bear probably should have scored but Wilson bagged the rebound.

And now the Stretford End are singing "Wilson for England!"

4:04 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Just for Bob……

WILSON FOR BRAZIL?????

4:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Who needs RVP. We've got Wilson. Are you watching Wellie and Wilson?

4:04 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Last time
283?

4:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I 'm not sure about the significance of 283.

4:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I 'm not sure about the significance of 283.

4:04 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Goal… Fryatt with a nice shot… 2-1

4:05 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Matty Fryatt from out of nowhere!

4:05 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Wilson off for RVP

4:05 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

BUGGER!!! MATTY FRYATT SCORES A WONDER GOAL FOR HULL CITY. THEY ARE BACK IN IT AT 2-1.

4:05 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

James Wilson trudges off after scoring a brace. Fantastic night for him.

4:06 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

OK 283 is the sum of all the United shirt numbers on the pitch!!!

4:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Wilson with a magnificent debut, is replaced by RVP. I hope RVP got some pointers.

4:06 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Nice one, UWS.

4:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Young Wilson is off. Will Old Wilson come on?

4:07 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Ryan starting to warm up

4:07 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The man of the evening is warming up now.

4:07 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

He's warming up to the delight of the United fans. I would love to see him come on.

4:08 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

AND score

4:09 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

He is coming on as he's taken off the tracksuit.

4:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Absolutely.

4:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Janu sets up Hair Bear once again and he blows another one.

4:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Useless by Hair Bear after a great run and pass by Jan.

4:11 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Hibs fall behind at Ross County… they could be joining the Capital rivals going down


Useless effort by Felani

On comes Giggs!

4:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Young Tom Lawrence coming off to be replaced by the player/manager.

4:12 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The old for the new as Giggsy is on for Tom Lawrence in what may be his farewell appearance at OT.

4:12 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I want a pen and RVP better insist that Giggs takes it

4:13 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I agree.

4:14 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

RVP has done naught.

4:14 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Giggs is appealing for a penalty there.

4:15 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Penalty again!
Great run by Giggs….. shot blocked with the hand

4:15 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Giggsy has a shot deflected off a one with Kags and Jakupovic beats Hair Bear to the ball.

4:15 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Definite handball by Young Brucey.

4:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Young Brucey would only get a game in the Premiership for a team managed by his dad.

4:18 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed, Bob.

4:19 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Lovely rendition of "Giggs Will Tear you Apart" by Joy Division at the Stretford End there.

4:20 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hull City counter off a useless United short corner.

4:20 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

This rendition of United will try their best to blow this one

4:20 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Great save by De Gea and luckily the rebound didn't find a Tiger

4:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Twilight saved United's blushes there denying Meyler.

4:21 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great save by De Gea from Meyler as El Mohammedy got past Giggs and his cross was headed away before the save.

4:21 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

RVP… wide… what a horrible season by Robin

4:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Twilight saved United's blushes there denying Meyler.

4:22 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Just wide by RVP on the following possession.

4:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Wow - an LOB stutter sandwiching two comments. I think I set a record there.

4:22 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jake Livermore on for El Mohammedy.

4:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm off, lads - it's been good!

4:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think that is a record sandwich. Excellent!

4:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers Bob. Have a great afternoon. It was great chatting with you.

4:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

RVP straight at Jakupovic.

4:25 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Take care Bob

4:25 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Hull's last point at Old Trafford… 1924!

Another record to fall?

4:27 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Useless by Kags… can't make a three yard pass

4:28 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

GOAL

RVP WITH THE GOAL

Assisted by Giggs…. great pass

4:28 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

YESSSSSSSSSSSS!!!! RVP FINALLY SCORES. NICE PASS FROM GIGGSY , RVP HAD A SHOT BLOCKED BUT PUT THE REBOUND AWAY.

4:29 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

United lead 3-1 with three minutes plus stoppage time remaining.

4:29 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Smalling does his best to score an OG… saved by De Gea

4:30 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

3 added minutes… come on Ryan

4:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Horrible stamp by Meyler on Jan. He could have been sent off and will surely will be suspended for the beginning of next season and possible the Cup Final

4:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Figueroa fouls Kags just outside the box

4:33 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Myler is just a modern day footballer

IGNORANT!!!

4:33 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Free kick chance for Giggs… come on!!

4:33 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Tipped over…. bloody hell Keeper… let it in

4:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jakupovic superbly tips over the free kick from Giggs.

4:34 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

party popper indeed

4:34 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Fellani SUCKS

4:34 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

United going backwards

4:34 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Stupid foul by RVP



same old same old

4:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's over and United win 3-1 thanks to a brace from debutant, James wilson

4:36 PM  

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