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!

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

The Leicester Thing: Why it's important!!

Just got this in an email from brother Mike. It was written by a friend of Phil Thornalley. Martin Stockman plays five-a-side with Phil. Well written and SPOT ON.  I agree with every one!!

1. It's not about money
2. It's not about stars - it is about Team ethic .. the alchemy of a group of players coming together and being greater than the individual parts .. a collective beauty that is a world apart from the ego of the individual
3. Football is not about possession. Leicester averaged 43% possession (keeping the ball) throughout the season. Dull teams like Van Gaal's United or any Mourinho team obsess about passing the ball around in the hope that an opening develops; Leicester played with gay abandon, firing the ball forward with pace and intelligence, shooting early and accurately ...
4. Lower league players can excel in the top flight
5. Managers don't have to be arseholes - Claudio is not only quietly intelligent, he's also a very nice man. Despite all the pressures he never criticized referees (a modern curse) nor engaged in "mind-games" with other managers / teams.
6. Premiership footballers can be small - Kante, Mahrez and Vardy were considered too thin / weedy / small by Big Sam types throughout football. Perhaps the best thing about footie is the fact that all shapes and sizes can play ... which brings me to ...
7. Centre-backs can be huge ungainly units like Huth & Morgan! 
8. People who have been thugs - Vardy and Simpson have done stupid thuggish things - deserve a second chance 
9. Football can unite a diverse community
10. It's not about money

Your thoughts?



Blogger manunitedrules said...

Those are my exact thoughts. I think the Foxes winning the Prem title is the best thing that could ever happen to the Prem, which has been going stale the past few years. I think this will give the Prem the shot in the arm it needs. Hopefully , this is the start of a new era. The problems listed have been ongoing for the past twenty years and it's time for change. I hope that this causes the various Prem teams to rethink how they are running their organizations, such as tactics, scouting , personnel ,etc. Great for the Prem and for the game in general.

12:38 AM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Also add to the list that teams like Villa and United are clueless as to how to evaluate players:

1) Albrighton not good enough for Villa. As if they found a better replacement and as if they have done better without him.

2) Huth not good enough for Stoke . Who exactly is his replacement. The Potters haven't exactly improved since he left.

3) Danny Simpson and Drinkwater not considered good enough for United while Jeff Schlupp twice failed as a trialist for United. We really have some brilliant scouting at United. Are the players that are playing their positions doing better than them. Drinkwater never palyued a single first team match for United while Simpson played abut six to eight before going to the Tooon, who may regret replacing Simpson with brilliant Janmaaat.

4) Wes Morgan didn't play in the Prem till past his 30th birthday and is a Jamaican international because he was surplus to Woy's requirements. The Three Lions would love to have him in their lineup this summer.
5) Jamie Vardy rejected as an apprentice by a Not Very Big Club. Well they are with that kind of inept judgement. He worked his way up from the 8th tier to the Prem.

I'm sure there are other reasons to include.

12:47 AM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Thanks for the post, UWS - I can't agree more with Mr. Stockman.

I particularly like his third point - after having watched the tedium of the Champions League matches this week, I'm sick to death of the tippy tappy possession nonsense that has overtaken top-level footer. While I'm excited as usual by the upcoming EURO 2016, I fully expect the top teams to employ this tactic. My secret hope is that an England team full of Leicester and Spurs players might upset the applecart.

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

Totally agree Bob but England try and play like all the others instead of playing the English way.
England won the European Cup six years in a row and 7 out of 8 but what did England do during that time... failed to qualify for the World Cup!

I wish they'd play the English way.... everyone else would hate it

3:13 PM  

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