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, April 24, 2016

Another Crazy Sunday Morning

Morning, chaps - we've got a slightly later than usual to proceedings today but plenty of crazy domestic footie action on offer. We start at the Stadium of Light where Sunderland will be scrapping for every point with Arsenal for Premiership survival. Later we got title favorites Leicester trying to capture another precious win toward the end for he season. Oh - and there's a small matter of a Wembley semi-final between Watford and Palace. Join me?

141 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm getting ready for a brunch with Fredonia friends this morning, so I'll be in and out a bit. Sorry about that.

8:43 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Sunderland now have to be favorites for Premiership survival. They’re 18th now but Sam Allardyce is a survival expert, they’ve got a game in hand on Norwich and two on Newcastle, and their fixtures look the kindest on paper.

That said, they'll be happy to pick up any points from today.

8:46 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good morning mate. I'm here to join you on this crazy day

8:58 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Teams in the tunnel at the Stadium of Light now:

Sunderland: Mannone; Yedlin, Kone, Kaboul, Van Aanholt;
Kirchhoff; Borini, Cattermole, M’Vila, Khazri; Defoe. Subs:
Jones, Larsson, Rodwell, N’Doye, Pickford, O’Shea, Watmore.

Arsenal: Cech; Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Ramsey, Elneny; Sanchez, Ozil, Iwobi; Giroud. Subs: Gabriel, Wilshere, Ospina, Walcott, Welbeck, Campbell, Coquelin.

Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

9:01 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Morning, MUR - great to have you board for the craziness.

9:01 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

How was your Saturday evening?

9:02 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Thanks, mate.It was sort of busy. I took Elizabeth back to her parents and then I took it easy because I was tired. How was yours?

9:04 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They're off from the SOL

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

The Black Cats get us underway. Is Fred in attendance for this survival battle?

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

I went to see the new Michael Moore film with a friend. Good night out.

9:06 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Borini is fouled by Nacho

9:06 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The free kick from Khazri is headed out

9:07 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Fred just came out and is now joining me.

9:08 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Iwobi with the first real chance of the match, after a neat one-two with Alexis. Blasts wide.

9:09 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

OH!!! A long range effort from Iwobi is inches wide. Mannone, the former Gunners Academy player , was beaten

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

Good for Fred - Sunderland new all of the support they can get. Corner for them now....

9:09 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Dafoe wins a corner after Cech punched away a long ball.. It's taken short. Not typical of a Fat Sam side.

9:10 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Fred is giving himself a bath. He should have done that once he finished brekkies.

9:10 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sorry about the result at RFK yesterday

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

Not quite up to the pace of the match yet, Fred, eh?

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

I didn't expect much from the Revvies.

9:12 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

My beloved purples are away to the Red Balls this evening. It's on either FS1 or FS2

9:14 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - free header for Mert. But he directed it straight at Mannone.

9:14 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Merte heads a corner from Ozil straight to Mannonne

9:14 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Best of luck to them.

9:14 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers mate. I think I may watch the match. I will make sure sparky has his had his evening walkies.

9:16 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mvila is wide with an ambitious long range effort . Was it meant to be a cross?

9:18 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Koz gave up the ball in a precarious position there. Not a good sign for the Gunners.

9:19 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Khazri was alert to as Gunner's throw, nicked in to steal the ball then had a long range effort deflected for a corner. Khazri takes the corner that is headed away and Cattermole is wide with a decent long range effort.

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

Sunderland are improving after a nervy start.

9:22 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Some relegation issues were decided yesterday. The Fake Dons clinched relegation, so all three relegation spots have been decided in the Championship. Dick York was relegated to the Conference yesterday, so both relegation spots have been decided in L2. Cheltenham have clinched promotion back to L2 after being relegated from there last season

9:22 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Gunners look more nervous than the Black Cats. Fred is napping.

9:23 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kos fouls Dafoe just outside the D. Not very smart

9:25 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - off the angle from Van Arnault.

9:26 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Van Arnholt curls the free kick off the outside of the post and it's out for a goal kick. Nearly Cech mate, mate.

9:27 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Boom boom!

9:28 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers,mate

9:31 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kaboul tackles Ozil for a corner.

9:31 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The corner from Ozil is headed out

9:32 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Sunderland have successfully fended up the offensive challenge of Arsenal. That's at least a start.

9:35 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I agree. The Gooner, dad , and Simon will not be pleased.

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

Good move from the Arse ending with a tame effort from Ozil.

9:36 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Better from the Gunners as they break and Mannone saves a deflected effort from Ozil

9:36 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cattermole is called for a foul on El Neny, who was looking for that. He sure didn't walk like an Egyptian

9:38 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mannone surpebly saves the free kick from Alexis then the rebound from Giroud is blocked for a corner.

9:39 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Massive scramble in the Sunderland box - how did that not go in?

9:39 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Another great save from Mannone from the corner from a close range header at the far post then a couple of goal line blocks before the Black Cats kadoomph it away

9:40 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I'm sure the Gooner is asking the same.

9:40 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Dafoe has a close range effort blocked and wants a penalty for hand ball. It looked a hand ball by Merte.,

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

Big shout for a penalty - I see that as ball to hand rather than Hand to ball.

9:42 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Merte goes to the other end of the pitch and heads wide from a corner.

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

Kate has decided that she doesn't like Fat Sam Allardyce. When I asked why, she said that he "looks like he would be a terrible Husband." LOL!

9:44 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Horrible cross by Yedlin, who looked more like Yeltsin. Great tackle by Khazri.

9:44 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kate is probably correct. I concur.

9:45 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ramsey was booked for an earlier infraction.

9:45 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now another big penalty shout at the other end. Handball on Yedlin?

9:46 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Iwobi has a close range effort blocked by what looked like Yeltsin

9:46 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Yeltsin heads out a cross from Iwobi for a corner.

9:49 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The corner from Ozil is headed out

9:49 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Dafoe concedes a free kick. The free kick from Ozil is headed out by Cattermol;e as there is a minute of stoppage time.

9:50 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's 0-0 at the half. Lots of commitment, but little quality

9:52 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The second half is underway from the SOL.

10:07 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Bellerin is booked for a foul on Khazri.

10:10 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great save by Cech from Dafoe off a long clearance from Kirchoff, then Cech turns around the rebound from Mvila. The corner is cleared

10:12 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cech turns around a long range effort from Khazri as the Black Cats pile on the pressure.

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

I'm back from the shower and see that it's still 0-0 in the second half. Sunderland would definitely take a point now.

10:16 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Getting some sausages together to bring to the brunch.

10:16 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A horrible miss from Iwobi as Mannone was out of position . The volley went horizontally instead of goalward.

10:18 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Welcome back, mate. Squeaky clean and prepared , just like a great football team.

10:19 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Borini is booked for late challenge on Iwobi

10:19 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Yet another Black Cat into the book - that's what Sam has put them out to do.

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

That's what I'm all about.

10:20 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Black Cats had two good chances just before you came. They have done a fair amount of attacking today

10:21 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A corner from Ozil is headed out and Ramsey slices a volley well wide.

10:22 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Yeah - I'm probably not being completely fair to them. Will Fred forgive me? How about if I opened up a tin of tuna for him?

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

Do you think that Arsene will survive the summer at Arsenal?

10:24 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A chip from Dafoe is just wide.

10:26 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think Fred will. It's understandable based on past reputation

10:26 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think Arsene will be around. He will only leave if he chooses to resign

10:27 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I think he might feel a good deal of pressure. This is yet another season without silverware. In the past ten years or so, they've only won the two cups.

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

Oh - Defoe blew a huge chance to play Borini in there.

10:29 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Defoe wins a corner off a nice long ball.

10:29 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kone misses the header from a great corner.

10:30 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I think Arsene will stay because he's untouchable and the board may run the risk of Arsenal declining like United did when SAF retired. At least they know they will be an annual CL team

10:31 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ramsey wins a corner off of Yeltsin. The corner is headed away by Kone

10:31 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Arsenal don't seem especially arsed about winning this one. Here come Welly and Theo, though, to the rescue.

10:32 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A double substitution for the Gunners. Theo for Iwobi and Wellie for Giroud. Almost like for like, but probably fresh legs more than anything else.

10:32 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Naughty by Yelstsin on El Neny, who was prevented from walking like an Egyptian

10:34 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Celtic have taken the lead vs Ross County and Hamilton take the lead at Dundee United. A win would leave the Hoops a win away from clinching the title while a loss for the Tangerines would mean that the best they could do is a relegation playoff spot.

10:35 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Duncan Whatmore is on for Borini. he's more direct.

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

I'm not sure that "walking like an Egyptian" is legal at the Stadium of Light.

10:37 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

El Neny booked for a foul from behind on Mvila. Was that Jay walking like an Egyptian?

10:38 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Jan Kirchoff is replaced by former Gunner, Seb Larsson

10:38 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It might be because El Mohammedy was a right back for the Black Cats

10:39 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Citeh vs the Gunners is being played a fortnight from today. That should be a crucial fixture.

10:40 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great defending by Kaboul, who bailed out Mannone, who was caught out of position for the second time this half.

10:41 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I'm sure the Gooner and your dad must be frustrated.

10:42 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A long range effort from Wellie is straight to Mannone

10:44 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The final roll of the dice from Arsene is a huge gamble as Jack Wilshere is on for his first gunners first team appearance of the season , in place of Ozil

10:45 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mannone makes a great save from Alexis, then the rebound is cleared off a long Gunners possession.

10:48 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Black Cats win a late corner

10:51 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Four minutes of stoppage time.

10:52 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kaboul snacks on some Nachos for a corner

10:52 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The corner from Khazri is headed out and Kone is over with a bicycle. kick

10:53 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kos fouls Whatmore about thirty yards out

10:53 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Khazri is booked for fouling Wilshere on the break

10:54 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It finishes 0-0 at the SOL. The Black Cats move out of the drop zone, ahead of the Canaries on goal difference. The Gunners remain in fourth, behind Citeh on goal difference

10:57 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Sorry to abandon you during that last bit of the match. 0-0 draw in the end. Works to Sunderland's advantage, really. That gets them out of the drop zone, at least temporarily. Norwich drop back in. Arsenal stay in fourth for this week.

10:58 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The sausages are ready to roll and we're heading off to the brunch. Over and out for me, today, mate.

10:59 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Next on NBCSN is The Foxes vs the Swans while I'm watching the Cup semi between Palace and Watford on Gooner's link so that I don't have to listen to the idiots in the Fox studio.

10:59 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cheers mate. Have a great day

11:00 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!! BOLASSIE HEADS PALACE INTO THE LEAD WITH A FREE HEADER AT THE FAR POST AS A CORNER WAS HEADED ON.

11:07 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The corner from Cabaye was headed on by Delaney

11:10 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

An incredible atmosphere at the KP as the teams are out on the pitch

11:11 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

They're off from the KP

11:15 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! THE FOXES TAKE THE LEAD THROUGH MAHREZ THANKS TO A HORRIBLE DEFENSIVE ERROR FROM ASHLEY WILLIAMS

11:25 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

An unusual error from Ashley Williams , who basically passed to Mahrez , who then cut inside Williams and beat Flappy with a great finish

11:27 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Capoue is down injured for the Hornets and it looks like he will have to be replaced.

11:28 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Capoue is down again

11:30 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mario Suarez is on for Capoue, who was stretchered off.

11:33 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!!LEO ULLOA HEADS IN A FREE KICK TO PUT THE FOXES TWO UP.

11:45 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A superb free kick from Danny Drinkwater and Ulloa superbly placed the header.

11:45 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

While the Foxes were scoring, Palace should have had a penalty as Ake handled in the box

11:46 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Fernandez heads a free kick from Siggy inches over.

11:48 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Palace is one up at the half

11:50 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kasper does well tot turn around a deflected free kick from Siggy

11:57 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The Foxes are two up at the half

12:01 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

While I was taking Sparky walkies , Watford scored to make it 1-1

12:22 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! CONNOR BLOODY WHICKHAM HAS HEADED PALACE INTO A 2-1 LEAD.

12:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!! LEO ULLOA PUTS THE FOXES THREE UP OFF A SOLO RUN AND FLUFFED CHANCE BY SCHLUPP. A LONG CLERANCE BY KAPSER SAW SCHLUPP GO ON A SOLO RUN OFF AN ERROR BY ANGEL RNAGEL AND HIS MISS HIT SHOT /[ASS WAS PUYT AWAY AT THE FAR POST BY ULLOA

12:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Now the Foxes are three up with about a half hour remaining. If this result holds then the Foxes are a mere five points from clinching the title.

12:34 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Fernandez is booked for a foul on Mahrez just outside the box off a chipped pass from Danny Drinkwater

12:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Flappy superbly turns around a long range effort from Schlupp

12:38 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Damari Gray is on for Okozaki

12:44 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ayew heads a corner from Ki just wide with a free header at the far post

12:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Andy King is on for Leo Ulloa as there are five minutes if stoppage time at Wemberley

12:51 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mahrez does well to put Andy King through on the break and forced a great save from Flappy, but his shot lacked power. A poor clearance gave him another chance that he shot just high and wide.

12:53 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The final roll of the dice from Claudio as Marc Albrighton is on for Schlupp.

12:53 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

GOAL !!!! MARC ALBRIGHTON SCORES MINUTES AFTER COMING OFF THE BENCH . A GREAT SOLO RUN DOW THE RIGHT BY DAMARI GRAY . HIS CROSS WAS HEADED ACROSS THE GOAL BY ANDY KING AND FLAPPY FORCED A GREAT SAVE BY GRAY. THEN ALBBRIGHTON SMASHED HOME THE REBOUND TO PUT THE FOXES FOUR UP.

12:57 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's over at Wemberley and Palace have defeated the Hornets 2-1 and will face United in a repeat of the 1990 Final, their only other Cup Final appearance. Bob will not be pleased that Connor Bloody Whickham scored the winner.

12:59 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It's over at the KP and the Foxes thrash the Swans 4-0. The Foxes are just two wins from clinching the title. That's it for me.


CHEERS!

1:06 PM  

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