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!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Premiership Plus Predictions Game - Week 4 Update

As we enter the International Break, it's time to take stock of another big weekend in the Premiership. With so many surprise packages at the top (e.g., Palace, Leicester) and Chelski still underperforming, the points are still thin on the ground. Add to that, the topsy turvy quality of the European leagues, where the likes of Celta Vigo are top of the pops, and we've got deflated scores. But it's still early doors, eh?

A quick reminder that you've got until tomorrow at the close of business to submit any changes to your initial picks in the major categories. Want to change from Arsenal to Citeh as title winners? Think that Bafetimbi Gomis will end up the Golden Boot winner? Get those changes into me post haste and I'll get you sorted. (Btw, I won't take into account these changes until next week's update).

Here are the current standings:

1. What's Up Wheaton Simon - 18 points
2. The Red Dragon - 15 pts
- Yellows - 15 pts
4. Gooner71 - 14 pts
5. The Red Devil 1FCK - 11 pts
- Someone Said - 11 pts
7. Blue Devil - 10 pts
- Chelskilad - 10 pts
- Man Utd Rules - 10 pts
10. Swansong - 7 pts
11. West Ham Rising - 4 pts
- The Saint - 4 pts
13. United We Stand - 3 pts

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Premiership Sunday Morning

Good Sunday morning, chaps. Welcome to another Sunday morning in the Premiership. The appetizer this morning is Southampton v. Norwich. Our main course afterward is Swansea v. ManYoo. Join me for all of the action, won't you?

Saturday, August 29, 2015

An Early Saturday Morning Double-header to Savor

The fans of Leeds and the Arse must have been really naughty lately, as both teams are on the police enforced early kickoff list this weekend. Brew up some strong coffee and join me here on the LOB for a rather early double-header starting with Derby v. Leeds and then Newcastle v. Arsenal.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Premiership Plus Predictions Game - Week 3 Update

Morning, chaps! Arsenal's enthralling 0-0 draw with Liverpool yesterday wrapped up the third round of domestic matches this week, so it's time to check in with our predictions game standings again. One week on, our current champion Simon is still riding high in the table, but young Red Dragon has stormed out of upstate New York to top him, albeit by one point. Here are the current standings:

1. The Red Dragon - 18 points
2. What's Up Wheaton Simon - 17 pts
3. Yellows - 14 pts
4. Blue Devil - 12 pts
- Chelskilad - 12 pts
6. Gooner71 - 11 pts
- Someone Said - 11 pts
8. Swanson - 9 pts
9. West Ham Rising - 8 pts
10. Red Devil 1FCK - 7 pts
- The Saint - 7 pts
- United We Stand - 7 pts
13. Man Utd Rules - 4 pts

Monday, August 24, 2015

Arsing About on a Monday Afternoon

Afternoon, chaps - it's been a whirlwind first day of the semester up here in Fred-town so I'm bunkering in for the office this afternoon with some Premiership good stuff on the computer. If you've got time for a cuppa and a chat, drop on by, won't you?

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sunday Morning Prem Footie

It's the Third Sunday of the season and it starts with West Brom vs Chelsea on Born in the USA. Chelsea will be looking for revenge after being thrashed 3-0 at this venue at the end of last season. This is followed by Everton vs Citeh on NBCSN with Watford vs Southampton on at the same time, but not televised. Join me for all the action.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

A Rather Interesting Morning

Well, well, well. Isn't this a quite interesting morning ahead of us, chaps? We start with Leeds, who have drawn all four games so far against Not a Big Club. That's followed in short space by an underwhelming, quite un-Manchester United ManYoo side against a Newcastle team led by a Wally with a Brolly. Join me for all the high-jinks, won't you?

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Two Weeks to Go...!

Just a quick reminder that, with two weeks of the Transfer Window gone, you now have two weeks from today to change your minds about your initial PPP predictions. We've seen some surprising results in the first couple of fixtures. Added to that, the big clubs will likely splash some cash around. Just today, Pedro has made the shift from Barca to Chelsea.

Think Leicester is heading to Europe? Think that Sporting Gijon is going to win La Liga? Well, it couldn't be easier - just send me your changes via email and I'll get you sorted.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Premiership Plus Predictions Game - Week 2 Update

Evening, chaps - what a difference a week makes! One week on from that odd first week in the Premiership where most of the big clubs stuttered and the top of the Premiership is starting to look a bit more ordinary, with Citeh on top and United and Liverpool in the frame. Bournemouth have also predictably fallen into the bottom three, which should be familiar terrain for them this year. It means that there are points aplenty bouncing around the game this week. It also means are current champion and "Sepp for Life" Simon is back on top defending his title with a grit usually missing from the midfield of his beloved Gunners. Here are the current standings:

1. What's Up Wheaton Simon  - 22 points
2. Man Utd Rules - 20 pts
- West Ham Rising - 20 pts
4. Blue Devil - 19 pts
- Gooner71 - 19 pts
- Someone Said - 19 pts
7. The Red Dragon - 18 pts
- Yellows - 18 pts
9. Swansong - 16 pts
10. The Red Devil 1FCK - 15 pts
- United We Stand - 15 pts
12. The Saint - 14 pts
13. Chelskilad - 13 pts

Monday, August 17, 2015

Footie Trivia Question of the Week!

Here's a corking trivia question to get us started with our weeks:

"There are 23 different last names for clubs in the Football League (e.g., "United"). How many of the 23 can you name?"

Good lad, chaps!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Early Morning Arsing About

Arsenal fans came into the new season with fresh hope soon dashed by an opening day loss to the Hammers. Can they bounce back at Palace this morning? Jose Mourinho was arsed off at his medical staff on the opening day. Today, his Chelski side have their first big test against high-flying Citeh. It looks to be a fantastic day in the Premiership. Join me for all the action.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

The Second Saturday of the Season

 I'm up early for the start if another slate of fixtures, starting with the Saints vs the Toffees. There are two televised fixtures at 10 AM: The Spuds vs Stoke on NBCSN and The Hammers vs the Foxes on USA. There is not a late Prem match this Saturday. Time to wake up!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Villa vs United on a Friday Night

It's a Friday night Premier League fixture and it's neither Boxing Day nor New Years Day. It's a rarity , but the match kicks off from Villa Park at 2:45 EDT. Join me if you can.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Capital One Cup Live Action!

I'll be on today as my mighty LUFC boys begin their (hopefully long) Capital One campaign this season with an away day at our Yorkshire cousins Doncaster Rovers. It's BEin broadcast live, so join me here from 2:40pm onward for all the action. MOT!!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Premiership Plus Predictions Game - Week 1 Update

Welcome to this season's PPP. It's officially silly season in the Premership (and consequently, here at the LOB). That means that we have the likes of Leicester, Palace, West Ham and Villa in the top five and Arsenal in the relegation zone. This all means that the points are thin on the ground. Gooner71 has raced out to an early lead, but there's no need to get Mrs. Gooner measuring the wall space for that shield quite yet. We'll be seeing quite a bit of position shifting in these early stages.

Here are the current standings in our game:

1. Gooner71 - 9 points
2. The Saint (formerly STRose) - 7 pts
3. Man Utd Rules - 6 pts
- Red Devil 1FCK - 6 pts
- West Ham Rising - 6 pts
6. United We Stand - 4 pts
7. Blue Devil - 3 pts
- The Red Dragon - 3 pts
- Someone Said - 3 pts
- Swansong - 3 pts
- What's Up Wheaton Simon - 3 pts
- Yellows - 3 pts
13. Chelskilad - 0 pts

Monday, August 10, 2015


NBC and the Premier league announced today that a new TV rights deal has been reached for the next SIX YEARS!!!! Matt said it best... why can't they broadcast the World Cup

Here is the BBC story

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Footie Trivia of the Week!

Here's a cracking footie trivia morsel to get the season started:

"Who are the seven players who have scored hat-tricks on the opening weekend of the Premier League?" (Bonus points if you can remember the years that these happened!)

Best of luck, chaps!

Sunday, August 09, 2015

The First Sunday!

Join me this morning to see the Arsenal start their Premiership campaign with a London derby against the Happy Hammers. Are Arsenal the title contenders that the pundits are predicting they might be? We'll see next. Join me for a Sunday cuppa, won't you?

Saturday, August 08, 2015

The 2015/2016 Season Starts Here!

Are you ready for some football, lads?! Well, I'm up at the crack of dawn to ring in the new season. For the first time in my memory, all of the domestic leagues are starting in earnest on the same day, which adds an extra element of excitement to the morning. We start in about an hour with two police enforced early, early kickoffs in the Championship, including my beloved kicking off at the sacred Elland Road against Burnley. That's followed quickly with United's opener against Spurs. At 10am, we get a look at all three newly promoted sides. Finally, the titleholders kick off at 12:30 at Swansea. Join me for all the action this morning.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

The Curtain is Raised!

It's time to raise that curtain again. Without a World Cup or Euro to watch this summer, it seems like ages since a ball was kicked in anger. That all changes this morning as we get a chance to view the prospects for the current champions Chelski and the FA Cup holders Arsenal. Join me from 10am EST for all of the fun, won't you?

Saturday, August 01, 2015

2015/2016 Premiership Plus Predictions Game Invitation

It's that time again, boys. We're a week off the brand spanking new season and I'm all a-tingle about it. So, you know what you need to do this week. Take a look at all of those season previews and put your thinking caps on. As Simon the Avenger proved last season, he's a tough title holder to knock off his perch. After some review and revision, here are this season's categories:

1. Premiership champions - (10 points)
2. European qualifiers - (Choose #2-#5) (4 points for each correct answer plus one bonus point for correct order)
3. Relegated sides - (3 points for each of the three correct plus one bonus point for correct order)
4. Promoted sides - (3 points for each of the three correct plus one bonus point for correct order)
5. League Cup winner (6 points)
6. League Cup losing finalist (2 points)
7. FA Cup winner (8 points)
8. FA Cup losing finalist (2 points)
9. Europa League winner (6 points)
10. Champions League winner (8 points)
11. La Liga champions (4 points)
12. Serie A champions (4 points)
13. Bundesliga champions (4 points)
14. Premiership top scorer (8 points)
15. First goalscorer in the Premiership (2 points)
16. First player to get a red card in the Premiership (2 points)
17. First player to get an FA ban for off the pitch offense (2 points)
18. First player to get a second yellow card for a silly offense (2 points)
19. First manager to get a "vote of confidence" from his board (2 points)
20. First manager to get sacked in the Premiership (2 points)
21. First two managers to get into a touchline scrap (2 points each)

You'll notice some new, fun categories courtesy of Gooner this season, which we hope will add a bit of excitement to the game. Please try to get your entries in to me either here or via email ( by Saturday morning at 7:45am EST. As usual, I'll allow any changes that you like to the first 14 categories until the end of the Transfer Window at the end of the month.

Good luck, lads!