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!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Ooohh, Yeboah!

See if you can get someone to knock one in with this kind of panache and power, Blue Devil. Good luck.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Premiership Plus Predictions Game - Week 13 Update

Evening, chaps. I'm here as usual on Monday to update you on the goings-on with our humble PPP game. Not a lot of changes to report this week. Chelski are still on top, Hull, Swansea and Sunderland are still on the bottom and Leipzig continue to ruin our scores. The one big change this week was that Sergio Aguero scored a couple and Diego Costa had an off day at the office, so they're level on 10 goal now. That means six points for all of us who picked Sergio.

Here are the current standings, then:

1. The Red Dragon - 45 points
2. The Saint - 42 pts
3. Red Devil 1FCK - 37 pts
4. Yellows - 35 pts
5. United We Stand - 31 pts
6. Blue Devil - 29 pts
-  Someone Said - 29 pts
8. What's Up Wheaton Simon - 28 pts
9. Man Utd Rules - 27 pts
10. Gooner71 - 24 pts
11. Swansong - 22 pts
12. West Ham Rising - 21 pts


Sunday, November 27, 2016

Sunday in the Premier League

A very good Sunday morning to everyone out there in LOB land. I'm getting to the footer a little later this morning, having made the strategic decision to skip the early offering of Watford v. Stoke. Stoke have just wrapped up a 0-1 away win in that one. We still have two other far more interesting matches on offer. We start with Arsenal v. Bournemouth and finish the day with United v. West Ham. Join me for all the usual LOB banter.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Saturday Morning's Alright for Fighting

Morning, everyone! It's a pleasure to join you all today for some Thanksgiving Week footer. I hope all of you have recovered from your turkey comas because the action is going to come thick and fast this morning. We start with City's visit to Turf Moor - can Pep Guardiola's boys get back on the title track after dropping a few points. Then it's the 10am kickoffs, including the top vs. bottom encounter of Sunderland v. Liverpool. Then we finish up at 12:30 with a tasty double-bill - the Chelski v. Spurs grudge match on NBC and Leeds' trip to Rotherham on BEin. It'll be a morning for split-screens. Join me for all the fun, won't you?

Monday, November 21, 2016

Premiership Plus Predictions Game - Week 12 Update

Afternoon, chaps - I'm checking in as usual with the weekly update of our PPP Game. After the latest interminable international break, it was a relief to get back to our normal footer schedules this weekend. After a furious weekend of action (which is still ongoing; WBA leading Burnley 2-0 in a dead rubber of a match this evening), Chelski are on top after pipping Soton yesterday afternoon, with yet another goal from their high-flying top scorer Diego Costa (now on double-digits for the season). That means that Red Devil 1FCK, our only friend to pick the Blues for the title, benefits to the tune of 10 points.

At the bottom, Bob Bradley's Swansea woes continue - they're now rock bottom, as Sunderland picked up points. Newcastle won away at Elland Road (sigh) and continue at the top of the Championship. And the real shocker is RB Leipzig (who?) rising to the top of the Bundesliga - so that's two points off for all of us who picked Bayern to be champions of Germany. All of this means that the youngster Red Dragon remains on top this week and his younger bruvver The Saint is in second.

So here are the standings after 12 rounds of the Premier League, ahead of the CL action this week.

1. The Red Dragon -  40 points
2. The Saint - 36 pts
3. Red Devil 1FCK - 31 pts
4. United We Stand - 30 pts
-  Yellows - 30 pts
6. Blue Devil - 29 pts
-  Someone Said - 29 pts
8. What's Up Wheaton Simon - 28 pts
9. Man Utd Rules - 27 pts
10. Gooner71 - 26 pts
11. Swansong - 22 pts
12. West Ham Rising - 21 pts

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Are Leeds Real Promotion Hopefuls?

My beloved Leeds United are likely on a hiding to nothing today against league leaders Newcastle. But if we can get something out of this match in front of a packed house at Elland Road, I'm going to start to believe we have a chance at promotion. Join me for all the action this morning!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

They're Back!

After a long, bruising workweek, there is nothing I want to do more than settle in and watch a clash of the titans. United v. Arse? Check. Mourinho v. Wenger? Check. That's where we start. Then it's the 10am fixtures, including Citeh at Palace and Pool at Soton. And we end up with a London derby between Spurs and West Ham. Settle in with me here on the LOB, won't you?

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

England v. Spain Friendly Action

I've got a busy afternoon at work scheduled but I'm hoping to catch a bit of the action from Wemberly as England take on the tiki taka merchants of Spain. If you're around, drop in for a wee chat, won't you?

Friday, November 11, 2016

England vs Scotland Version 113... a World Cup Qualifier to boo

Nineteen days short of 144 years since England and Scotland first played a match, they meet today at Wembley in a big qualifier for Russia '18. Luckily  enough for me, it is being played on Veteran's Day so I am home and ready to watch! Will both teams be sporting poppies on their armbands despite it being  a no-no according to the numpties at FIFA. I did also read that Scotland will be wearing their atrocious PINK kit today!! Seriously? White vs blue hasn't clashed for 112 other meetings!!
Let's hope Southgate puts a good side together and we get one over on the Jocks... don't let Kathy know I said that... she's a MacDonald and I could pay for that comment

Join me for the match


Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Election Night Special!

Hello, good evening and welcome to the LOB's live coverage of the 2016 Election Night. I hope that your all settled in, have poured yourself a strong cocktail and will join me throughout the evening for some lively banter as the results come in. Cheers!

Monday, November 07, 2016

Premiership Plus Predictions Game - Week 11 Update

Amid all of the kerfuffle in our own domestic Presidential Election, there was some football to watch over the weekend. And - smash, bang! - it was all change at the top of the Premiership. Liverpool's 6-1 mauling of Watford, along with City's draw with Boro, meant that Pool top the league for the first time this season. That means ten bonus for Man Utd Rules (and, sob, ten fewer points for me and Yellows). But our own table topper now is our current Lancer Cup holder Red Dragon, who now has an almost perfect rota for the European qualifiers and is gaining a whopping 18 points out of that category alone. Diego Costa continues to rattle them in, to no one's benefit (could someone please give him a kick in the balls, please!). But the big, big news this weekend was in the Championship, where the mighty Leeds United are now in the playoff spots for the first time in the modern era. Did anyone pick 'em...erm, no (sigh)....

Here are the current standings as we go into Election Night Special and International Break mode:

1. The Red Dragon - 41 points
2. Blue Devil - 39 pts
-  Man Utd Rules - 39 pts
4. The Saint - 36 pts
-  Yellows - 36 pts
6. Gooner71 - 32 pts
-  United We Stand - 32 pts
8. Someone Said - 31 pts
9. What's Up Wheaton Simon - 27 pts
10. Red Devil 1FCK - 23 pts
11. Swansong - 22 pts
-  West Ham Rising - 22 pts

Sunday, November 06, 2016

A Really Early Start to a Really Busy Sunday

We start with a noon enforced North London Derby. There are four other Prem matches today prior to heading into the international break

Saturday, November 05, 2016

A Late Saturday Start

A very good morning, gents. I hope that you all enjoyed a bit of a lie in this morning. We've got an extra late start to the Premiership fixtures this morning, courtesy of Daylight Savings Time in the UK and FA Cup 1st Round. The Cup matches are on-going right now along with Wolves getting done over by the Rams at Molineux on BEin. The Premiership gets started at the extra late start time of 11am EST and continue on through the afternoon until 3:30pm. The wives may grumble a bit today, but pull up your easy chair and enjoy with me, won't you?

Friday, November 04, 2016

Christopher Guest's New Movie "Mascots"

I had a chance last night to check out Christopher Guest's new mockumentary "Mascots" on Netflix. It's very much in line with his work in "This is Spinal Tap," "Waiting for Guffman," "Best in Show" and "A Mighty Wind." While he's got some Guest regulars in there - e.g., Parker Posey and Jane Lynch - it's the British characters that stand out for me. Chris O'Dowd, who plays "The Fist" and the father and son mascot team for a non-league British soccer team, are particularly brilliant. Check it out!

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Premiership Plus Predictions Game - Week 10 Update

Hiya, chaps! I'm back on Tuesday morning with the usual update on our game. Not much to report, actually. No change at the top or in the European slots. No change at the bottom either, with Hull, Swansea and Sunderland still poised for the drop. Real, Bayern and Juve continue to rule the roost on the Continent. And Diego Costa added an 8th goal - and a super one - to his total to stay on top, with Sergio Aguero and Romelu Lukaku in hot pursuit. The lone change, then, was in Reading replacing Sheffield Wednesday (aka Not a Big Club) in the playoff spots in the Championship. That only affected one played - sorry WHR - who had the temerity to pick Wednesday for promotion. He drops four points to 19 as a result - let that be an example to all of you who choose evil.

Here are the current standings:

1. Yellow - 47 points
2. Blue Devil - 44 pts
3. The Red Dragon - 36 pts
4. The Saint - 32 pts
5. Someone Said - 28 pts
-  United We Stand - 28 pts
7. What's Up Wheaton Simon - 27 pts
8. Gooner71 - 26 pts
9. Man Utd Rules - 24 pts
10. Swansong - 23 pts
11. West Ham Rising - 19 pts
12. Red Devil 1FCK - 18 pts