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!

Saturday, May 09, 2015

East Anglia's Big Day!

The footballing world shines a light on our old stomping grounds in East Anglia during this next week. The winners of this tie will meet (likely) Middlesbrough in the playoff final in Wembley. Join me from early doors to find out which side - the Canaries or Tractor Boyz - will take another step closer to Premiership footie.

158 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Morning, chaps! They're calling it "El Agriculturo Classico." I hope it's going to be a cracker. It's the East Anglian Derby live from Portman Road. Don't miss it!

7:03 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good morning Bob. I' here for a very important trip down memory lane.

7:13 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I saw the match Yesterday on the DVR and would think that the Canaries and Jose's AAA ball club will meet at Wembley on Memorial Day.

7:14 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Canaries team that was relegated last May is almost completely intact.

7:15 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They're off from Portman Road.

7:16 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Here are the teams for today's classico:

Ipswich: Bialkowski; Chambers, Smith, Berra, Mings; Bishop, Skuse, Bru, Varney; Sears, Murphy. Subs: Gerken, Parr, McGoldrick, Anderson, Stephen Hunt, Noel Hunt, Tabb.

Norwich: Ruddy; Whittaker, Martin, Bassong, Olsson; Howson, Tettey, Dorrans, Redmond; Johnson, Jerome. Subs: Hooper, Hoolahan, Elliott Bennett, Ryan Bennett, Rudd, O’Neil, Odjidja-Ofoe.

Referee: A Taylor

7:16 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Morning, MUR - we're away from PR.

7:17 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The announcers are Andres Cordado and Gary Bailey.

7:20 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

How was your week, mate?

7:21 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The teams are playing for presumably a place in the final against Chelsea's B team.

7:22 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I had an extremely busy week. It's near the end of the school year , so I worked late some evenings doing tutoring jobs. How was your week?

7:23 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Freddy Sears nearly with the opening goal for the Tractor Boyz.

7:24 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!!!! Freddy Sears nearly put Ipswich in the lead as John Ruddy made a fantastic double save from Sears and Daryl Murphy .

7:24 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Now the Canaries have a free kick in a dangerous position.

7:25 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Sounds like we had similar weeks, mate. Getting set for Finals next week.

7:26 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Bradley Johnson drags the free kick well wide. was that learned behavior from ER?

7:26 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

We still have four weeks of school. I'm sure it will be a relief to have the semester end.

7:27 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The double save was from Freddy Sears and Luke Varney. Sears , just like the ones at the Sears store were not firing on all cylinders.

7:28 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It will be; this was a weird semester with lots of student issues to sort out.

7:29 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

El Agrilculturo Classico is muy agriculturo

7:29 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sounds like a typical year at our school. I'm sure you will be relieved to get a well deserved break or at least a less stressful schedule.

7:30 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It is - with characters like Tetley about, you're going to get some agricultural challenges.

7:30 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Mick is having a go at his own keeper there - already pretty sweary on the sideline.

7:32 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Portman Road is significant for Gary Bailey and family. Dad played for the Tractor Boyz while Gary made his United debut against Ipswich, keeping a clean sheet. He also played in a United team that lost 6-0 despite saving two penalties in that match.

7:32 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Correct. Mick doesn't mean taking the Micky. He's a no nonsense character.

7:33 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Absolutely - I'd love to have him back in the Prem.

7:34 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Some Canaries fans , who made the short Journey were pretty sweary towards Tyrone Mings of the Tractor Boyz.

7:34 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I have a feeling it will be the young , promising Alex Neill or Aidar, the Jose protegee leading their team to the promised land.

7:35 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Johnny Howson heads wide from a great cross by Nathan Redmond, but he was well marked.

7:36 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Love the ads for Greene King beer. That takes me back.

7:37 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

This is still the nucleus of the Norwich side that got relegated a couple of years back, without the fancy dans they bought that season.

7:39 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Canaries nearly took the lead as Tettey had a curler go off the outside of the post for a goal kick.

7:39 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - off the post for Norwich. Close call there.

7:39 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Greene King is definitely the dominant EA beer. Those were great times.

7:40 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

This is actually their first season down, but it is basically the same side that went down last May with the exception of Graham Dorrans. They should stay up if they get promoted.

7:41 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

They were indeed. I remember consuming half a crate of Abbot Ale with "Mellow Milton" once.

7:41 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Luke Varney is down for the Tractor Boyz.

7:41 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Hey Boys
I don't have the derby on the telly
I'll get a link

7:42 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I fancy Boro to go up after their performance yesterday at Brentford. Not sure any of the promoted sides will stay up.

7:42 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

YIKES!!!! I'would be surprised if you got up the next morning without being any worse for wear.

7:43 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Z Cars theme as the teams walk out of the tunnel

7:43 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

If you want to use a reliable link, go to the BEin channel and sign in through Cox Cable. Plug in the following info:

UserID: waynedahlgren
Password g00ner71

7:43 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Morning, UWS - great to have you on board.

7:44 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Varney is being stretchered off!

Not good

7:44 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's hard to say. It will be really close. I think the teams are comparable to the Foxes. Watford's wealthy Italian owners claim that they will put a lot of money into the team, Bournemouth is hard to figure and either playoff team should do just enough to stay up.

7:45 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good morning UWS.

7:45 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

They're off at Goodison

7:45 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

This would be a huge loss for Ipswich - Varney has been a big part of Ipswich's success. We've missed him this season.

7:45 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Paul Anderson came on in his place.

7:48 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Cheers for the link but I already have one up and running

7:49 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Unfortunate haircut for Nathan Redmond.

7:50 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

You got it, mate.

7:50 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

He's the joker in the pack, so I guess that includes the Barnet

7:51 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Everton don't seem to be playing as well as their last home game.... BUGGERS!

7:52 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Leon Osman was not far off with that effort.

7:52 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Why are you supporting the Toffees this morning?

7:53 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The EA Derby has been disappointing up to this point.

7:54 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

He wants the Toffees to win to show that United lost to a great team, not because they were pathetic that day.

7:54 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Bassong heads out for a Tractor Boyz corner.

7:55 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The corner from Tyrone Mings was headed out by Tettey

7:56 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - that makes sense....I guess.

7:56 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Bloody hell

7:57 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Bloody Leeds academy

7:57 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! JOHNNY HOWSON SCORES WITH A GREAT FINISH OFF A RUN AND PASS FROM CAMERON JEROME.

7:57 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! LUFC Academy pops home Norwich City's opener and the crucial away goal.

7:57 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Quality finish there from Jonny. Took it with aplomb. The Canaries fans are going potty.

0-1 Norwich!

7:58 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I am pleased since I picked the Canaries to get promoted via the playoffs. I have a chance for a mid table finish

7:58 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Panti did well to rush out and block from the Chunk then Leon Osman shoots just wide.

7:59 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It wasn't the best defending from Skuse as Jerome made that great run down the left

7:59 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I like the name that one of the web sites named this game

Glasgow has the Old Firm derby
East Anglia has the Old Farm derby

8:00 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Well in, mate. Sevilla are giving me an outside chance of reclaiming the Shield.

8:00 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Into the last minute here at Portman Road. Advantage Canaries.

8:00 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

six minutes of stoppage time.

8:01 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bradley Johnson looks as if he's been living in the woods this season.

8:01 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Ipswich have a late free kick chance now.

8:02 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great description, UWS. It's rather agricultural.

8:02 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Tyrone Mings has a free kick deflected for a corner.

8:03 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! The equalizer comes from Paul Anderson right on the stroke of half time!!

8:04 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

YES!!!!!!!!!!!

1-1!!!!!!!!!!!

Varney's replacement scores

8:05 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The blame has to go to Ruddy who bobbled Freddy Sears' shot into the path of the Ipswich man.

8:05 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!! PAUL ANDERSON SCORES A REBOUND OFF A FUMBLED SHOT FROM FREDDY SEARS THAT ALL POOR CLEARANCE FROM RUSSELL MARTIN . IT'S 1-1

8:05 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I don't think away goals count in the playoffs

Maybe after ET of the second leg but not before

8:06 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Old Farm Derby has come to life.

8:06 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Correct . They count after ET,

8:07 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Christohe Berra should have given Ipswich the lead as he headed over with a free header off a great cross from Bru.

8:07 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

half time at PR

COME ON YOU BLUES!!

8:08 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's 1-1 at the half of the first leg of the EA playoff derby. A slow start that ended with a bang.

8:08 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

MUR, did you see my post about the Giggs movie on Netfilx

8:08 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Defoe has a shot deflect off of Whickham for a goal kick.

8:12 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I did see it. I definitely want to watch it. Thanks for the post.

8:12 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

do you have netflix

8:13 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I don't . I need to set up an account.

8:18 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The second half is underway from Portman Road.

8:23 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A corner from Baines is headed out by Whickham for another,

8:23 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Dorrans is booked for as poor tackle from behind on Paul Anderson, who won a great tackle and was headed out on a break.

8:25 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great block by Panti from the Chunk off a great pass from Barkley then Panti saves a side footed effort from McCarthy to keep it at 0-0/

8:27 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Wes Brown has been booked for the Black Cats.

8:27 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ross Barkley wins a corner off of Wes Brown.,

8:28 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Back for the second half after a refreshing shower. Kate and I are preparing for a shopping road trip today down into Western PA to an outlet mall town.

8:29 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Whickham has a tame effort easily caught by Timmy.

8:29 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I hope you have a great trip. Is it near Erie?

8:30 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

So you'll be missing United struggle against Palace
I won't be around all day either

8:30 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A minute of stoppage time at Goodison.

8:30 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Unfortunately, yes. I'm hoping that you lot can stop the rot.

8:31 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Me either. I have to leave at the end of the EA Derby. I got hired for a summer program at school and orientation is today.

8:31 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Half time at Goodison
Sunderland are better than United

8:31 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's 0-0 at the half at Goodison.

8:32 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Are you going to be gone all saturdays now MUR?

8:32 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Indfense yes, but not in attack.

8:33 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's great news, MUR. Not that you'll be MIA not the LOB but still great that you're getting the work.

8:34 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

No. just today. I will be working for just a few days. The program will be Monday through Wednesday the weeks off June 15th , June 22nd , and July 6th. I'm working half the days

8:35 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers mate. Ta very much. Another good point is that it doesn't conflict with the trip to Richmond.

8:36 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cameron Jerome booked for an off the ball foul on Berra.

8:36 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Bialkowski saves easily from Bradley Johnson

8:37 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Cam Jerome has already failed in the Prem with a couple of other sides.

8:38 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

He has. If promoted, Alex Neill will need to look for a proven goal scorer at the highest level.

8:40 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

At least it will be great weather for outdoor activities such as a picnic.

8:40 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Davie Moyes has a thankless task as his Sociedad side visit the Nou Camp later today.

8:41 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Gary Bailey said that Bradley Johnson has scored fifteen goals this season. That's impressive for a middie. He's been their key player this season.

8:42 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Freddy Sears heads high and wide off a cross from Strange Bru. Just like the store, the striker was well off target.

8:44 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We definitely missed that scoring potential at the Elland.

8:44 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Just wide by Bradley Johnson. It took a deflection for a corner.

8:47 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The second half is underway from Goodison where Barkley, the seventh beetle,and Whickham are also missed at ER.

8:48 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Wes Hoolihan - another player who has failed in the Prem - is on as a sub.

8:49 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Strange Bru coming off now.

8:49 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kevin Bru is off as he failed to cook just enough for a successful recipe and is replaced by Jay Tabb.

8:49 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Toffees win a corner and it ping pongs just wide off the Black Cats goal. Two more corners for the Toffees.

8:50 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Free kick chance now for the Canaries. Cam Jerome sets up Johnson.

8:51 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Panti tips over a free header from Jags. The fourth Toffees corner is finally cleared.

8:51 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I thought Hoolihan did okay. The Canaries had a slump the second half of the season. Prior to that they did OK. If promoted they should do just enough to stay up.

8:52 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Another Toffees corner and it's headed wide by The Chunk.

8:53 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's 1-1 with fifteen minutes plus stoppage time remaining.

8:53 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jonathan Parr, not Jack, is on for Teddy Bishop. The final roll of the dice from Mick.

8:54 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Advantage Norwich, wouldn't you say?

8:54 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! VERGINI HAS GIVEN THE BLACK CATS A PRICELESS LEAD AGAINST THE RUN OF PLAY

8:55 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It was actually Danny Graham with a first time side footed effort in the corner from 25 yards out. a rare , but possibly priceless goal from Graham Cracker.

8:56 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That could be the savior for Sunderland.

8:57 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

If it finishes 1-1 then I would say it's advantage Canaries. Will there will be late winner as there was yesterday?

8:58 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

think that moves Fred's team ahead of their rivals and puts Brucie's Tigers back in the drop zone ahead of their fixture vs Burnley

8:59 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That could have been 0-2 Black Cats as Pat Van Arnholt went on a solo run, but sliced wide with just Timmy to beat

8:59 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mccarthy, not Mick, fouls Van Arnholt.

9:00 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Fred will be delighted.

9:01 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Lee Cattermole fouls MccArthy about 30 yards out.

9:01 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The fizz has gone out of the EA Derby

9:02 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Hull are in real trouble now. Apart from today, they've got a hell of a run-in. They need maximum points today.

9:02 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The free kick from Baines was headed out then headed wide by Leon Osman.

9:03 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Gary Hooper is on for Cam Jerome, who is on a yellow. Mirallis is on for Gareth Barry in an attacking move.

9:04 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A win would put the Tigers on 37 points, which may not be quite enough.

9:04 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Naughty by Jordi Gomez as the ref plays the advantage. It may be a booking in a minute or so.

9:05 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Nice solo , skillful run by Coleman, but the final touch was just wide by the ball juggler.

9:06 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's a corner as Jordi Gomez is booked for the earlier foul and the Black Cats clear as the ball was ping ponging. The Toffees win another corner and now Defoe has been booked.

9:07 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Bialkowski tips over a header by Redmond.

9:08 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Three minutes of stoppage time.

9:08 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A rare Sunderland corner.it's headed away and the Toffees counter. Cattermole clears off a poor touch from Lennon.

9:09 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Chunk wins a corner for the Toffees.

9:11 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It finishes 1-1 at Portman Road. Advantage Canaries.

9:11 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That's it for me. I have to run a quick errand then off to work. It was great chatting. Enjoy thew resat of your day and hope to chat with you tomorrow .

CHEERS!!!

9:14 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

As I leave , MccArthy nearly ties it up as he has a shot come off the post.

9:15 AM  

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