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, July 29, 2014

Rare Tap Footage

Here's some rare footage of Spinal Tap in the studio that UWS unearthed on YouTube. Even though I've got the double-disc anniversary edition of the DVD, I've never seen this stuff before and it's fantastic. Enjoy!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

United's New Shirt Commercial

So, here is the commercial for Man Utd's new shirt. I have found at least NINE ex-United players in this video… how many can you spot


Roon as England and United Captain?

Okay, let me get this right. Wayne Rooney plays absolute pants at the World Cup and has just been named United skipper by Louis Van Gaal and is odds on to replace Steven Gerrard as England captain as well. How does that happen?

Your thoughts, gents?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Just How Crazy is Massimo Cellino?

I think that any fan of the Football League knows well at this point that Massimo Cellino, Leeds United's new boss, is a thoroughly corrupt gangster who only passed the FA's "fit and proper" test by backing a Securicor truck full of cash up to Lancaster Gate. If that were the extent of it, however, he'd merely be Roman Abramovich's Italian cousin. But with every passing day, Massimo is proving himself increasingly barmy. So - just how crazy is Cellino? Consider the evidence:

* Cellino shopped Paddy Kenny, one of LUFC's key players in the past two years, due to his "unlucky" birthdate.

* Cellino has told Leeds players to bring their own sandwiches to training.

* Cellino hired David Hockaday, whose only previous managerial experience is at Forest Green Rovers.

* Cellino has demanded that all playing staff live in Greater Leeds.

* Cellino referred to managing director David Haigh as a "f--king devil" before sacking him.

* Cellino has decided that Leeds players will have to buy their own match-day socks.

Your thoughts, gentlemen?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Python Tribute Takes London By Storm!

A giant fiberglass parrot has been unveiled in Potter's Field near Tower Bridge as a tribute to the Monty Python troupe. It is a dead parrot. It has ceased to be, etc, etc. That said, it's a remarkable bird, the Norwegian Blue - beautiful plumage!

Read the full article here:

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

All the Summer Transfer News

Guess what, lads? We're only a month away from the start of the Premiership season, which gets up and running on Saturday, August 16th. If you're as excited as I am about the beginning of the new season, you can keep up with the transfer news on Football 365's excellent site here:

So far the big moves are:

Alexis Sanchez to Arsenal for £35 million
Cesc Fabregas to Chelski for £30 million
Diego Costa to Chelski for £32 million
Adam Lallana to Liverpool for £25 million
Ander Herrera to United for £29 million
Luke Shaw to United for £27 million

So who's got the best deal so far? Your comments please, gentlemen.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Brasil 2014 Predictions Game - Final Update!

Congratulations, Chelskilad! I think it's appropriate that the oldest Lancer among us is the inaugural winner of the Lancer Cup - our new and vaunted trophy for the World Cup and European Championships. He won it by edging out his brother UWS at the final holder by correctly predicting the Germany would win Brasil 2014. As you'll see from the final standings below, some of you also gained an additional eight points from this round for predicting that Lionel Messi would (somewhat inexplicably) grab the Golden Ball (FIFA MVP) alongside Manuel Neuer, who won the Golden Glove for best keeper. None of us had the foresight to correctly predict the James Rodriguez would be Golden Boot (top scorer at the tournament) on six goals.

As holder, Tony will have the Cup for two years until France 2016. I trust that he will find a suitably public space in his abode to display it. Well done, mate!

Here are the final standings:

1. Chelskilad - 80 points
2. United We Stand - 78 pts
3. The Red Devil FCK1 - 68 pts
4. What's Up Wheaton Simon - 60 pts
5. Man Utd Rules - 59 pts
6. Blue Devil - 57 pts
7. Gooner71 - 56 pts
8. West Ham Rising - 54 pts
9. Swansong - 51 pts
- Yellows - 51 pts
11. Matt - 50 pts
12. AZ Kicker - 48 pts
13. Someone Said - 42 pts
14. The Red Dragon - 36 pts

Sunday, July 13, 2014


So… after a month of games we are down to the LAST one.
The 20th World Cup Final… sort of.. 1950 had no final!
A Final that we have seen before. A repeat of the 1986 and 1990 Finals. Both teams each got a win in those two, who will get the tie-breaker?
Germany have impressed many during the tournament… no more so than their opening game thumping of Portugal and their crushing of the hosts in the semi. Can they continue this form?
Argentina won all their group games and two knockout games but all by one goal and snuck thru on penalties in their semi.  They have not looked impressive at all… will that change?
Will Argentina really rub it in to all the Brazilians and win it on their own turf or will Germany become the first European nation to win the World Cup in South America

Of course, there is the small matter of the Lancer Cup… it looks like a Battle of the Brothers. I would think Bob is my corner… it costs $15 to send a box of stuffing across the Atlantic! How much will it cost to send the Cup… Good luck having Tony pony up the money in two years to send it back!!!!! May the best man win!!!

Join me


Saturday, July 12, 2014

3rd/4th Place Match - Brazil v. Netherlands

Morning, chaps! Let's be honest - no one wanted to be in this match today. And yet they have to play out the string like professionals. Goodness knows what the Brazilian side is going to be thinking today, as they try to exorcise the national tragedy of Tuesday's drubbing at the hands of the Germans. On the up side, these matches tend to be open, high-scoring affairs, so we're unlikely to see a repeat of Wednesday's bore-fest between the Netherlands and Argentina. So, tune in with me to see the goals flying in this afternoon.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Which World Cup Player Are You?

Anyone else jonesing for a bit of footie action today? If you are, take a moment and complete this fun Guardian quiz. Apparently my World Cup doppelganger is James "Elland Road legend" Milner. Who's you twin? Find out by cutting and pasting the following link into your browser:

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Brasil 2014 Predictions Game - Semi-final Update

We couldn't have had two more different semi-final matches, could we. One eight-goal shocker followed by a 0-0 snoozer ended with the damp squib of penalty misses by the Dutch. The results have turned our predictions game upside down. Very few of us predicted that Brazil would be slaughtered the way that we did, so only Chelskilad and Simon got the full 12 points for predicting a Germany v. Argentina final. That leaves us with a two horse with the original Lakenheath Old Boy Chelskilad and his younger brother UWS tied on 70 points. As fortune would have it, both have predicted a German win, so it will come down to the supplementary points for winning goal, Golden Boot and MVP as the tie-breaker. Here are the current standings:

1. Chelskilad - 70 points
- United We Stand - 70 pts
3. The Red Devil FCK1 - 60 pts
4. Man Utd Rules - 59 pts
5. Blue Devil - 57 pts
6. Gooner71 - 56 pts
7. West Ham Rising - 54 pts
8. What's Up Wheaton Simon - 52 pts
9. Swansong - 51 pts
- Yellows - 51 pts
11. Matt - 50 pts
12. AZ Kicker - 48 pts
13. Someone Said - 42 pts
14. The Red Dragon - 36 pts

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

World Cup Semi-Final #2… ARGENTINA vs HOLLAND

So, after yesterday's shocker… what do we have in store today? A repeat of the 1978 World Cup Final!
Another SA v Euro match up… will the Dutch set up a repeat of the '74 Final or will the Argies set up a repeat of the '86 and '90 Finals.
Even though I picked Argentina to win the whole thing, I am all ORANGE today… if the Dutch do win, it will guarantee a European winner in SA for the first ever time

Join me


Tuesday, July 08, 2014

World Cup Semi Final #1.. BRAZIL vs GERMANY

So gentleman, we are now at the Semi Final stage. Both matches are South America vs Europe
Will one continent get the bragging rights over the other or will it be a draw? I predicted an All- South American final but I am rooting for an All- European.
Today's match has a wounded Brazil vs a healthy Germany
I will be around for the first half but then I have to go to my college… bummer
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UWS… the old one… well not as old as Steve, Bob…and many others

Monday, July 07, 2014

Happy 50th, UWS!

Hello, hello, hello - we've got another LOBer who's hit his half century. Many happy returns on your 50th, UWS. Doff that cap today and take the applause upon hitting the milestone. i hope you had a great one.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Brasil 2014 Predictions Game - Quarter-final Update

Is there anyone else out there who is getting the sinking feeling that this tournament, which started off with such a bang, is slowly but surely getting more boring as it goes on? The four quarterfinals this weekend produced few fireworks, but they certainly did add drama to our predictions game. UWS is still top of the pops but has now had his lead reduced to two points, with his brother Chelskilad closing in. Could the Lancer Cup be winging its way back to Blighty in a week's time? We'll see what the semi-finals bring us. Here are the current standings:

1. United We Stand - 64 points
2. Chelskilad - 58 pts
3. Blue Devil - 57 pts
4. Gooner71 - 56 pts
5. The Red Devil FCK1 - 54 pts
- West Ham Rising 54 pts
7. Man Utd Rules - 53 pts
8. Swansong - 51 pts
- Yellows - 51 pts
10. Matt - 50 pts
11. AZ Kicker - 42 pts
- Someone Said - 42 pts
13. What's Up Wheaton Simon - 40 pts
14. The Red Dragon - 36 pts

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Brasil 2014 …. Quarter Final… The Last One

So, we are down to the last five of the 20th World Cup.
Can Holland tie it up between the Eastern and Western Hemispheres or will Costa Rica upset all the odds and make the World Cup Semi Final!!!
Not many games to go in this tourney….only four to go after today!
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Brasil 2014… Quarter Final #3… Argentina vs Belgium

 South America vs Europe
After a day of Europe vs Europe and South America vs South America, now the two major continents go head to head for the third spot in the semis.
I hope today's games are better than yesterday's. I need Messi to get some goals!
News out of Brazil is that Neymar is out of the tournament with a broken vertebra! Sadly, when he went down, it didn't look any different than the 20 other times he went down writhing in agony(but not hurt). These players should be embarrassed with themselves… but what can be done?
I am watching the Ladies Wimbledon Final as I type as they try to win the LOB PPP Shield
Join me for the matches


Friday, July 04, 2014

Brasil 2014… Quarter Final #2


So, it now South America's time to take center stage. Can the hosts keep the country's hopes alive by making the semi final. Will Colombia be a party-pooper like Uruguay many years before
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Brasil 2014 - Quarterfinal #1 - France v. Germany

Morning, chaps. Wahay! It's quarter-finals day. The first one couldn't get any bigger: France v. Germany. The old European foes. Benzema v. Mueller for Golden Boot. I'm all a-tingly about it. Join me for all the action and the chatter this afternoon.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Happy World Cup Rest Day, LOBers!

Happy World Cup Rest Day, LOBers from the Blue Devil and UWS. Rest up today because the action starts fast and furious tomorrow at noon EST with Germany v. France. It doesn't get bigger than that.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Brasil 2014 Predictions Game - Round of 16 Update

Whew! We're through the Round of 16 matches and now have a couple of days to rest up, mourn the US exit to Belgium yesterday and take stock of our predictions game. Each of you received three points for each correct Round of 16 winner that you predicted. My weekend host United We Stand has jumped out to a healthy six point lead due to his correct predictions of six of the eight quarter-finalists (and not because of Mrs. UWS' delicious chicken parm, I hasten to add!) for 18 points. That gives him an advantage as we head into the latter stages on Friday, but there are still plenty of points to play for. Gooner71 picked up two valuable additional points for correctly predicting that Brazil v. Chile would feature the first penalty shootout of the tournament. Here are the current standings:

1. United We Stand - 52 points
2. Chelskilad - 46 pts
- The Red Devil FCK1 - 46 pts
- West Ham Rising - 46 pts
5. Blue Devil - 45 pts
6. Gooner71 - 44 pts
7. Man Utd Rules - 41 pts
8. Swansong - 39 pts
- Yellows - 39 pts
10. Matt - 38 pts
- Someone Said - 38 pts
12. AZ Kicker - 35 pts
13. The Red Dragon - 32 pts
14. What's Up Wheaton Simon - 28 pts

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Round of 16…. THE LAST MATCH

Seven of the final eight have been decided with one more to go… Can the USA beat all the odds and make the Quarter Finals? Will Belgium make it four out of the last eight coming from Europe.
Whichever team goes thru, won't be too worried about the Argies!!
I will be around for the first half and then off to college


Round of 16… Match #7

So, we are almost done with the second round with two big matches today!
We open with a South America v Europe clash followed by Europe vs North America
Join me for the first match of the day.. I will have to be absent for the second half of the US game because of bloody college!