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!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

It Starts With the Sunday Dog and Pony Show







We start with Liverpool vs United , which is normally a marquee fixture, but has been referred to as a pub match by the Neviller. LVG is not best pleased about that comment. well , it's sixth vs ninth , so the Neviller has a point. That is followed by the Potters vs the Gunners. A victory for the North London will put them back at the top of the Prem

289 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Morning, MUR - despite what The Neviller says, I'm looking forward to what is still one of the biggest rivalries in English footer, even if they do play like a couple of pub sides.

Thanks for the post!

9:02 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good morning mate. Great to have you on board. Liverpool are improving under Klopp and if they play like they did on Wednesday then they will take us to the dry cleaners with a steam press.

9:03 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The teams now out on the pitch getting ready to get set:

Liverpool: Mignolet; Clyne, Toure, Sakho, Moreno; Lucas, Henderson, Can; Milner, Lallana; Firmino. Subs: Ward, Caulker, Smith, Allen, Teixeira, Ibe, Benteke.

Manchester United: De Gea; Young, Smalling, Blind, Darmian, Schneiderlin, Fellaini; Lingard, Herrera, Martial; Rooney. Subs: Romero, Borthwick-Jackson, McNair, Varela, Pereira, Mata, Depay.

Referee: Mark Clattenburg

9:04 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Fred is along for the proceedings . I wonder how long that will last. He must be impressed by the atmosphere at Anfield

9:05 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They're off from Anfield!

COME ON MAN UNITED!

9:05 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I cannot believe that Klopp is going with one striker alone up front in Firmino, with Benteke on the bench. And at home! Bob Paisley and Bill Shankley would be rolling in their graves.

9:05 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Absolutely. SAF isn't along jumping for joy.

9:07 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A fast start for United here, pinning Liverpool back in their half.

9:08 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kung Fu Panda credits Eric Cantona for his martial arts move . Do you agree?

9:09 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sakho heads away a poor free kick from Blind, who is playing like he is

9:09 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Absolutely - it's one of my favorite United moments.

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

United not getting anyone in the box even on a free kick

9:11 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Phil Jones on his device among the Liverpool fans.

9:12 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Both teams were involved in 3-3 draws in midweek.

9:12 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Morning, UWS - how are you mate?

9:12 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good morning UWS. great to have you along for this dog and pony show.

9:12 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Is that a sign that LVG's players are suffering from boredom.

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

I texted you guys to say I am on my phone to concentrate more on the tellie than the computer

9:13 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A clash between Lucasade and Hair Bear, who takes a knock to the head

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

Listening to 5Live as well. Talksport must have the rights

Pool should be in the lead

9:15 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - first good chance, with Lallana getting foiled by Twilight and then Firmino fizzing the follow-up past the post.

9:15 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

So bad by lingard with a pass

9:15 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

PHEW!!! United caught out by a long ball by Lucas on the break . De Gea saves at the feet of Lallana then Firmino shoots wide of an open goal on the rebound

9:16 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

United don't know how to attack

9:16 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That move by Liverpool reminds of the Foxes goal at Villa Park,. The long ball in that case was by Kasper.

9:16 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Lufc academy attempt there
High wide and horrible

9:17 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They can't defend either. Milner got behind Blind, who has been caught out both times. Fortunately, He shot over from a narrow angle.

9:17 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think Blind was the one out of position on both long balls. Is he living up to his name?

9:18 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I saw the text. I think I was in the kitchen making coffee.

9:19 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

How much of United's excellent defensive record this season - they've only conceded 20 goals in 22 matches - is down to David De Gea?

9:19 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

In the words of Olivia Newton John" Let's Get Physical" . well Hair Bear and Lucasade did. Clattenburg is there to have a calming word or two.

9:20 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Fellaini is an idiot

9:20 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I would say about 90%, mate.

9:20 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Handbags between Lucas and Hair Bear - nothing in it.

9:20 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

He's definitely the best keeper in the Premiership. And that's saying something - Cech has been excellent too.

9:21 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A tad late by Lucasade , who is practically begging for a yellow.

9:21 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Well wide by Henderson with a really ambitious effort.

9:22 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Neither team has touched the ball inside the box

9:23 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

How many of these Liverpool players will be playing in the FA Cup replay on Wednesday?

9:23 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Useless passing by Fellaini

9:24 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think Pool did once when the shot from, the LUFC Academy went high and wide and but for De Gea, Lallana would have. Pool showing far more ambition

9:24 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hair Bear will be determined to do well. Pool have been the enemy for him both at United and with the Toffees.

9:25 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hard to believe 20 minutes have been played. It seems like the match just started

9:25 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Everyone hates Fellaini
United fans included
How about Liverpool fans with his United and Everton ties
Rooney and Fellaini have the full monty

9:26 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

De Gea clears an awkward back pass from Darmian. I was guilty of one or two of those in the day

9:26 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

His was just inside

9:27 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I'll give him the full Monty. Good point.

9:27 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

All this attempting to keep possession
They go sideways backwards and then have de Gea pump it long to Hair Bear

9:28 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

If LVG thinks he can't affect play then shouldn't he resign?

9:28 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

United are clueless going forward
Win possesion and give away a throw in

9:28 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I wish United and Liverpool would swap managers. I thought I would never say this, but I like Liverpool's manager better than ours.

9:29 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Roon miss controls and is tackled by Lucas. The Pool counter comes to null.

9:30 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

ChelskiLad says hello
Watching match on iPad

9:30 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Hiya, Chelskilad!

9:31 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Can you believe there have been THREE 3-3s inside a week on three separate days

9:32 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Henderson has a shot blocked by Blind. Better defending

9:33 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

No shots by United coming up to 30 mins
Forget about on target

9:34 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's incredible . Two of them involved these two.Tony must have been excited yesterday. I think the final goal in all three matches was in stoppage time./

9:34 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Horribly wide by Herrera as he scuffed a shot with the outside of his boot.

9:34 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Henderson is just wide with his effort. It's a good thing that the Liverpool haven't had their shooting boots on this morning.

9:35 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!!! Inches wide by Henderson. Four nice one touch passes, the final a cheeky pass by Firmino. It was inches wide by Henderson , who should have hit the target

9:36 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. We're hanging on by a thread.

9:36 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Even thought Everton were horribly robbed yesterday - JT was a mile offside when that equalizer went in.

9:36 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Liverpool have so much space down their right
Where is Darnian going

9:36 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Henderson half volleys over as the United defense were caught out again.

9:37 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

LVG won't like that so one of the genius moves will be replace a right fullback

9:37 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. How did the linesman miss that.

9:37 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Tony definitely said it was undeserved

9:38 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The same thing happened to Everton as at dean Court.

9:38 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hair Bear heads a Roon cross for a corner.

9:39 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Useless cross by Roon

9:39 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sakho heads out the corner from Blind.

9:39 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Is there any chance of LVG losing his job if he loses this? If so, come on Pool

9:40 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Yashley struggles to defend against Henderson, but just about gets away with it.

9:40 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think he's around until the end of the season in which time the silly season starts unless that will be delayed until after the Euros.

9:41 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Roon has no change of pace

9:42 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kolo Toure tackles Roon for a corner.

9:42 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I can't imagine that - United have lost easier matches than this one.

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

Sigh

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

Useless corner followed by a useless cross

9:43 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Milner clears the corner from Blind then catching practice by Minnie , who starts a Pool break. Then Firmino theatrically flops in the box.

9:44 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Firmino gets brushed over by Martial and claims a penalty - Clattenburg thinks not.

9:44 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Another 0-0 draw for United?

9:44 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Yashley is down . will he be able to continue?

9:45 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Can't stand these guys who talk if something was a pen or not
They say 'there was contact'

ITS A BLOODY CONTACT SPORT

9:45 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Yashley goes down and must surely need to be substituted.Disgraceful behavior by the home fans cheering an injury. I never understood that

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

Well first change is for right back
Young is out

9:47 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Yashley seems to be done here - it's the kid Borthwick-Jackson on for him.

9:47 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Borthy is on for the injured Yashley. This will be a massive test for the younster

9:47 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed, UWS. The announcers are clueless about that aspect of the game.

9:47 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

To be honest, A vast majority of the goals scored in this fixture have come in the second half. This match looks true to form.

9:49 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Liverpool fans laugh at BJ for not being able to hold the ball

9:49 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A long ball from Smalling with no United players up in attack

9:49 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

There is absolutely no creativity by United
NONE

9:50 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Martial has a shot blocked

9:50 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Kung Fu Panda with a great burst of pace and run, but should have pulled the trigger earlier.

9:50 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Two minutes of stoppage time as Kung Fu Panda made his first solo run of the match and his shot was blocked by compatriot, Sakho.

9:51 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

As we near half-time, neither of these sides are risking enough to score and win this match, and consequently we're still at 0-0.

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

I'm still looking at my phone more than the telly
I have to watch the match more!!!

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

It's sad that is rather watch Stoke than either of these teams
Ht.... Not bloody good enough

9:52 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And that's that - it's been a furious pace and lots of industry but precious few chances for either side.

9:52 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's 0-0 at the half , which was dominated by Liverpool.

9:52 AM  
Blogger Chelskilad said...

Hi Guys . Still trying to make this blog work . Just don't know how to do it on my phone .

9:58 AM  
Blogger Chelskilad said...

Think that might have worked . Please say Hi if it did .

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

Well done Tony!!'
Welcome

10:03 AM  
Blogger Chelskilad said...

I am now officially Ex-Chelskilad ! Think that relegation couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of lads .

10:04 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good morning Tony. Welcome.

10:06 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Welcome back, lads - United in white getting us going at Anfield for the second half.

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

Off we go for the second half

10:07 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The second half is underway

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

No change
Not good there by Martial

10:08 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Arlo mentioned that various David Bowie songs were played at the half. If they played those at OT my request would be "Changes."

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

Keep commenting Tony

10:09 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Lingard wins an early United corner

10:09 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sorry it was Pool. The corner from Milner was headed away by Smalling

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

So bad from Roon
Have a break
Useless

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

He never goes on his left

10:10 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Roon did well to anticipate a long ball ahead of Clyne and did well to pick out the karate kid, but he dwelled on the ball far too long.

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

Bring on D3.14

10:11 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Pool have Beneteke and Ibe on the bench. Much better than anything we have.

10:11 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That's about all we have.

10:12 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Twilight bails out United one more time there. Can should have scored.

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

He is not dangerous
I don't want him with three lions on this summer
Pool almost in
De Gea saves United again

10:13 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH !!! Can was put through and a kick save from De Gea keeps it at 0-0. Corner to Pool. United struggle to clear the corner from Pool.

10:13 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Great to have you on board, Tony!

10:13 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I agree. His time is up. I would prefer Vardy

10:13 AM  
Blogger Chelskilad said...

It is so annoying . Every time I do a new comment it goes back to the beginning and I have to flick through all the previous comments to read it . Takes ages each time. Pain in the ass .

10:14 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kolo wins a corner off of Blind.

10:14 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Liverpool with a bit of momentum now.

10:15 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The corner is cleared then Clyne has a shot land in Row M of the KOP

10:15 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Real two up inside 9 minutes
Ex Red and one that should have been
Bale and Ronaldo

Look what happens when you shoot at a big rectangle at the end of the pitch

10:15 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sorry Tony. It must be the phone. We're just glad to have you on board. How have you been?

10:16 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It helps that Zidane is their manager and has the right philosophy.

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

Have United made Minny make a save?
55 minutes

10:17 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Can anyone explain Clyne's barnet to me? I don't understand.

10:17 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Not yet. I thin k he had to catch a cross and take some goal kicks.

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

They refuse to get it into the box
Finally a ball in a Roon whiffs
Martial hits one wide
Still not on target

10:18 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Kung Fu Panda should have scored there. He took advantage of a terrible bit of Rooney control to burst through to an acute angle. Had the goal gaping.

10:18 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A burst of pace from the karate kid, but he shoots wide with just Minnie to beat

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

Jones Carrick and Rojo all in the stands
Is this some Dutch mastermind

10:19 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Phil Jones, Carrick, and Rojo the Red are in the away end.

10:19 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Two players went down there
Pen?
Roon is so bad

10:20 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Not sure. Also , where is the Pig Stick?

10:20 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Why aren't they traveling with the United party?

10:20 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Rooney is your main liability. You've got a guy on a huge contract with a huge reputation who is clearly past his best. A hard decision has to happen there.

10:21 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Neither a pen

10:21 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Firmino shoots firmly high and wide.

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

Back to Roon
He is flat footed everyt time

10:22 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed, Bob. I think we're stuck with him for the next few years. Once he leaves that changes the chemistry of the team in a beneficial way

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

I hope he leaves
BEFORE he overtakes Sir Bobby

10:23 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kolo cuts out a pass from Roon for a United corner

10:23 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Blind to swing a corner in - a bit of momentum now for United.

10:23 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Damian with a wild swing at goal - still no shots on target.

10:24 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Skaho heads out a corner from Blind then way off target from Darmian

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

Useless corner again
Over an hour gone with NO shots on target
How does LVG get away with it

10:24 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Martial seems to want to beat the entire Liverpool side every time he gets the ball, as if he doesn't trust his teammates.

10:24 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Henderson straight at De Gea off a run and pass from Firmino

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

Useless defending in the corner
Hendo with a weak effort right at dg

10:25 AM  
Blogger Chelskilad said...

I think Barton Mills v Mildenhall Town would have been a better game to watch .

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

Mata to come on for Lingard
Why not Roon

10:26 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Part of the problem is that none of his teammates have made an attacking run and he has nobody to pick out

10:26 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Mata to come on for Lingard.

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

I think you're right bruv

10:26 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I agree with you, Tony. This has been dire.

10:27 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Smalling booked for a ,foul on the break.

10:27 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

BOOM BOOM TONY! I would prefer to watch that too.

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

Only one more chance for D3.14 to come on

10:28 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Lingard was completely anonymous today - I had forgotten he was playing.

10:28 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mata on for Lingard, probably meaning that LVG wants more United possession.

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

Great shot by Can and great save

10:28 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Twilight with a terrific double save there first from Can and then the follow up.

10:28 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Superb double save from De Gea. First a shot from Can headed for the upper 90, then the rebound from Firmino

10:29 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

De with some great keeping is keeping is in the match

10:29 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Horrible sliced miss there by Lallana at the end of a decent Liverpool move.

10:30 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Well wide by Lallana from long range on the break

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

Both these teams are mid table no hopers

10:30 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Clyne wins a corner off of Borthy

10:31 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The corner is cleared and United counter. Moreno tackles Roon.

10:32 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

So bad by Roon at the top of the box
Can't control it

10:32 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Of the two teams, Liverpool have shown more improvement as the season has progressed.

10:32 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Only 1 0-0 er in the Prem era between these two

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

I don't understand how these two managers can look at this stalemate and just do like for like changes. If you want to win a match, you have to make an attacking move!

10:33 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hopefully D Pi doesn't play like a pork pie.

10:33 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

D Pi on for Herrera

10:33 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Here comes D3.14 for Herrera
Roon stays on again

10:34 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

3.14 looks really cold, shivering like a little kid waiting for a bus as he comes on.

10:34 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed, Bob. It just doesn't make sense.Both teams should go for a win.

10:34 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

D3.14 is just like DiMaria
LVG is freezing him out

10:34 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sakho heads a cross from Milner well wide at the far post.

10:35 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Ozil not even on the bench today for the Arse

10:35 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

BOOM BOOM , BASIL. Nice analogy

10:35 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

HB can't control it

10:36 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Is he injured?

10:36 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

If Di Pi is frozen out then would it be like a frozen pork pie or frozen British Rail pie?

10:36 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Hair Bear goes into the books for a trademark stamp. Nasty.

10:37 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Hair bear booked for afoul on Henderson or it could be for cumulative fouls.

10:37 AM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

HB in the book
Stupidity
Caused by rooneys patheticness

10:37 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ibe on for Lallana. That shows more intent on going for the win

10:38 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

By the way, that all came about because Roon coughed up the ball (again!) with some poor control. How does he get 90 minutes every weekend?

10:38 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Lucasade goes down under a challenge from Roon and Clattenburg waves play on.

10:39 AM  

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