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, January 09, 2017

The Big One!

The FA Cup 3rd Round comes to its climax this evening with the titanic clash between Cambridge United and my beloved Leeds at my old stomping grounds of the Abbey Stadium. Let's hope we can take the U's to school. I'll be around the office watching on Fox Soccer 2 Go. MOT!!

177 Comments:

Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The 4th Round draw is about to begin in a few minutes.

2:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Leeds have got an away draw with either Sutton or AFC Wimbledon - tasty!!

2:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The teams gathering in the tunnel at Cambridge now:

Cambridge: Norris, Taylor, Legge, Roberts, Adams, Newton, Dunne, Clark, Berry, Mingola, Ikpeazu. Subs: Williamson, Dunk, Gregory, Maris, Pigott, Davies, Darling.

Leeds: Silvestri, Berardi, Jansson, Cooper, Denton, Grimes, Phillips, Dallas, Mowatt, Doukara, Antonsson. Subs: Green, Bartley, Roofe, Wood, O'Kane, Vieira, Coyle.

2:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Not happy with that at all - eight changes to the side that beat Rotherham last week. I'm not sure that Gary Monk is taking this match seriously enough. I understand that we've got Derby on Friday but I don't like it.

2:43 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Off we go on a heavy pitch in East Anglia - both sides wearing their traditional kits.

2:47 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Early fright for us with Berry getting in behind our lot. Corner.

2:48 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We look nervous from the start - don't like it.

2:48 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - that's better. Off the post from Antonsson! He meant to cross but it fooled the keeper Norris.

2:50 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - more frighteners from us. Liam Cooper tried to play out of the back and Ngoye nearly caught out Silvestri at the near post. Phew!

2:52 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Cambridge really closing our backline down really effectively in the early days. Will they be able to keep up the gegenpressen?

2:53 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

If we didn't know before, we know now that we're in for a real battle with this L2 side tonight. You can't take anyone for granted, especially on their own patch.

2:54 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good afternoon, Bob. I will be around for the second half. We were held to a 0-0 draw by the Us in LVGs first season in charge of us.

2:56 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We're gradually working our way into this match. Our passing is getting the better of Cambridge.

2:59 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Afternoon, MUR - thanks for joining me for the second, mate.

3:00 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Free kick chance now as Luke Berry is fouled - he's the danger man.

3:00 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Nice from Berry - well wide. Keep it up, lad!

3:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

MOT!!!!

3:02 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Jansson's got a problem now. I think his hand was trod on by the Cambridge forward. Monk is taking the time to talk tactics with the others.

3:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A quarter of an hour gone and we're still in a battle here. I'd like a goal about now to quieten the crowd.

3:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Some patient build-up but no punch up front so far.

3:07 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Kalvin Phillips dives in and gets a yellow card for it.

3:08 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now Jansson has fouled Berry in a dangerous position. Yellow card for him as well. Come on!

3:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

BUGGER!!!!

I had a feeling that was coming. The Berry free kick was rubbish, but it came free to Ikpezua and he turned Berardi and beat Silvestri at his near post. Really poor from us all around.

1-0 Cambridge

3:12 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now it's Berardi who's into the ref's book. Come on, lads!

3:14 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We're looking really shaky now.

3:18 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Half an hour gone now. We have no rhythm at all. I want Roofe and Wood on for the second half.

3:18 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

More frighteners from Cambridge. I'm sick of this.

3:19 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sorry , mate. MOT!

3:20 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Crikey - that one went straight through the area from the corner. This is dire!

3:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Thanks, mate - we've been shocking so far.

3:23 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I am joining you for the action where it's still 1-0. Garry Monk is not being a friend to Kevin Friend as he obviously disagrees with some refereeing decisions

3:24 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kalvin Phillips fouled Ikpezua off the ball. Thankfully, the free kick came to naught

3:25 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - best moment of the half for us. Mowatt got the ball about forty yards out and hit a vicious dipping shot that Norris did well to tip over.

3:27 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Better from Leeds as Norris tips over a long range effort from Kalvin Phillips.

3:27 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sorry. Mowatt, not Phillips.

3:27 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Cooper met a great corner there and Norris saved really well. Better!

3:28 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Norris with a kick save from a header off the corner. The next corner is cleared.

3:28 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Welcome, mate - I'm on pins and needles here. We haven't been good so far but could have scored a couple of times there. I'd love to see us peg them back before the interval.

3:29 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Better from Leeds since I turned on the link.A coincidence?

3:29 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. That would be great momentum for the second half.

3:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Antonsson is completely alone up front, given that Doukara is playing so deep.

3:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Leeds played Cambridge in the old Second Division in the 1982-83 and 1983-84 seasons. Were you aware of that?

3:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Two minutes of stoppage time.

3:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A standing ovation for the Us as they lead 1-0 at the half. Hoping for some Leeds goals in the second half.

3:34 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Time's nearly up now - maybe time for one more chance. Now that's the interval. Bugger!

Well, that was shocking. 1-0 down at the half. I've got a few phone calls to make now but I'm hoping that Gary Monk can inspire much, much better in the second half.

3:34 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We're back on at the Abbey Stadium for the second. Come on, you Whites!!

3:49 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The second half is underway from the Abbey

3:49 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Coyle has come on for Berardi then. That's not the change I would have made but I'm hoping that our quality and fitness will win out in the end.

3:50 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Signs that this is a lower vision stadium is evident by the fact that fans are literally inches away from players coming out of the narrow tunnel as Leeds players were poked and fans gave them their tuopence worth

3:51 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We still appear to be taking this one as a training pitch exercise - I don't see any urgency yet.

3:51 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Yeah - that is fun to say. That's my memory of the ground too.

3:51 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I saw that we face Wigan at home in the Fourth Round. Surely , we should win that. Interesting that you could play at Sutton given the quiz question yesterday.

3:53 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Mingola tried one there - well blocked by Denton.

3:53 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Weak punch by Silvestri there but he did well to tip over the rebound.

3:53 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Cambridge could have gone two up as Berardi was forced to punch away a swerving corner then had to tip over a close range effort

3:54 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

At this point, I'd be reasonably content with a draw and getting them back to our patch, even if it does mean adding another match to our schedule.

3:54 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Then Silvestri is pressured into a poor clearance.

3:55 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

You could come from behind as the Gunners did on Saturday

3:55 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

If you go through any chance that you would hit Sutton for half a dozen as back in 1970. Will they break their record attendance that was in that match in 1970?

3:56 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Hey Boys
I am back from school

uh oh

3:57 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I want another change now - nothing is really working yet.

3:57 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Welcome, UWS - this has been absolutely dire so far. I hope you can bring us some Nocito mojo.

3:57 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That could be a tasty draw for us but I'm just concerned about getting through this tie now.

3:58 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I need to tell you about a link Jacquelyn sent me on FB. It asks how much of an asshole are you. It scanned my profile and said 96%. Does that sound right?

3:58 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Good position for a shot from Mowatt but he didn't get anything behind it. Weak effort.

3:59 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good afternoon, UWS. I hope you can be a good luck charm of the Whites. Leeds ha d a couple of chances at the end of the first half.

3:59 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Not at all, MUR - you're a prince among men.

3:59 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

GREAT GOAL!!!


Great cross... great header

3:59 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

YESSSSSS!!!!!!!

That's more like it. Great header from Stu Dallas for the equalizer!

1-1 Game on!

4:00 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!

BERARDI TIES IT UP WITH A WELL PLACED HEADER. THE BALL WAS PLAYED DOWN THE LEFT AND A GREAT CROSS WENT TO BERARDI, WHO OUT JUMPED HIS MARKER.

4:00 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Am I ahead of you?

4:01 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

You did bring us luck, lads - thanks for joining me!

4:01 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Sorry. it was from Dallas, but not Texas.

4:01 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Our pleasure. Now time to make it work for the winner and a possible return to Sutton in SW London.

4:02 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

The stadium has changed a bit
The away end is quite big now...used to be very small
The tunnel didn't used to be at the center circle. It used to further to the right as we look

The goal I ballboyed behind and where Alan Biley stepped on my toe was the goal to the left

4:02 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That was the move I was looking for - Kemar Roofe on for Doukara, who has looked out of sorts tonight. Roofe will terrorize the Cambridge backline.

4:02 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Bob was hoping for this change as Kemar Roofe is on for Doukarra. He may have scored here last season in the Cambridge / Oxford contest

4:03 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Great memories, UWS!

4:03 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

ooh, almost in again
Decent save

4:03 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Great save by Norris from Antonsson as Leeds are starting to dominate. This is more like it.

4:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - great turn and shot by Antonsson! Super save by Norris to keep it out. He's been brilliant for them.

4:04 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I second that. Fantastic info, UWS.

4:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We need to push for the winner now - plenty of time.

4:04 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

It is.. I slipped over and fell on my butt while kicking the ball back to a keeper... two teenage girls laughed at me
Their dad told them to stop

4:05 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I did see you started this with the 4th Round Draw... Home to Wigan...I'll take that

Not many great ties again

Wonder what Fox will choose

4:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Coyle wins a good free kick chance now. We can float this one in.

4:06 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Leeds with a free kick chance... went short!! Sigh

4:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

More pressure now - and we win a corner.

4:06 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Hate to say this to you Bob but....Leeds are decent side!!!



TWO FOR LEEDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

4:07 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Great first hear...great second touch!!

4:07 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

YESSSSS!!!!!!!

Alex Mowatt rises to nod home!!!

1-2!

4:07 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Now then - Chris Wood was being prepared to come on. He'll likely take a seat again and rest up for Derby.

4:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Thatr leads to a corner and

GOAL !!!! A CORNER FROM DALLAS WAS HEADED ON BY ANTONSSON AND HEADED IN BY MOWATT FROM CLOSE RANGE. NOW 1-2 LEEDS.

4:08 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Shaun Derry isn't a happy chappy any more.

4:08 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

That match vs the Rams is BEIN shown on Friday

4:09 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

my last comment

Great first header and great flick on header

The first header would have been saved off the line

4:09 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

This is more like it. How about some more Leeds goals?

4:09 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

What a good luck charm I am
Been here 10 minutes and there's been two goals

4:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The U's make a change. Dunk on.

4:10 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Conor Newton is on for Harrison Dunk, whose name matches what Leeds have been doing to Cambridge the last few minutes.,

4:10 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I'll miss the first half of tomorrow's semi final
Not on my tv either. Hopefully will find a link

4:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'll have another one, UWS. Cheers!

4:10 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

MoT being sung with gusto

4:11 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

I'll do my best

4:11 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Dunk On because Cambridge have been playing like Dunk On Donuts the second half.,

4:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We must have brought a decent amount of support to East Anglia.

4:12 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ikpeazu with a fender bender on Liam Cooper and not even a ticket.

4:12 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Cooper is limping now so we may have to make a change for him.

4:13 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Mike's comment on WhatsApp said he didn't see many Leeds supporters as he came back from London

4:13 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It looks like the Cooper will need a tune up at the auto shop.

4:13 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

It'll probably be the former Arsenal man Kyle Bartley coming on for him. Chris Wood can have a nap now.

4:13 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

There is room for perhaps 2,000 away fans, which is probably far less than their normal traveling support.

4:14 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It sure is as he proxys since the Mini Copper is at the auto shop

4:15 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Mowatt nearly had his brace there. Straight across the goalline.

4:15 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Leeds will have a return to Sutton where they won 0-6 in 1970 or a rematch against the Real Dons , who held them 0-0 in 1975 before winning 0-1 in the replay thanks to an OG by Dave Basset

4:16 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Offside is called on the free kick by Dunk. Bob will take that

4:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Just about 15 minutes left to see out. We should keep pressing for another one.

4:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bad news about Liam Cooper, who had to be helped down the tunnel.

4:17 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

We must be hosting Wigan on a Sunday or Monday since the second leg of our EFL semi is on a Thursday

4:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Roofe picks up a free kick. Played short (sigh)...

4:17 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Semi second leg is the Thursday before?

Possibly a Monday night tie

4:19 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Roofe did well to deliver a ball over but Antonsson couldn't get any power in the header. You'd have had that one, eh UWS?

4:20 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

I'm thinking that our cup tie will be on Sunday because there Prem matches Tuesday and Wednesday that week.

4:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Just ticking off the minutes here, hanging on to the ball.

4:23 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

UWS would have put the cup tie to bed.

4:23 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Playing it about for fun now.

4:24 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Just about ten minutes left to see out. Keep it tight, lads.

4:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Kalvin Phillips concedes an unnecessary free kick

4:25 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Cambridge have a free kick now - don't like it.

4:25 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The free kick is headed away then a shot is blocked for a corner.

4:26 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Yes, unnecessary indeed.

4:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

PHEW!!!! Ikpeazu heads just wide with a free header.

4:26 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Impeazu had a free header there. Jansson just about put him off.

4:26 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The attendance is 7,973. I'm thinking Leeds probably brought about 1,000 fans

4:27 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Biggest crowd of the season for tonight's match.

4:27 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Didn't like that backpass or what Jansson did there. Clear obstruction.

4:28 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

A miscommunication between Antonsson and Sylvestri , but he gathers the through ball just ahead of Ikpeazu

4:28 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Coyle took a knock there as he cleared. We've definitely been in the FA Cup wars tonight.

4:29 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Mowatt is down after being Dunked. He gets up and is able to continue.

4:30 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Sorry I have been on the phone

Leed almost there

Players are dropping like flies

4:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The commentators seem to have lost track of the substitutions now. That's BEin level quality from them. Shocking.

4:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Hang in there, lads!

4:30 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Agreed. This was always going to be a tricky fixture. We needed a replay a couple of years ago.

4:31 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

One last roll of the dice now from Shaun Derry. Clark goes off - Williamson comes on. Attacking move.

4:31 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Bloody short free kicks

4:31 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Ben Williamson is on for Max Clark as the Us make a late change.

4:31 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Free kick played short again (sigh)....

4:32 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Struth....that was close

4:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Crikey - Silvestri made a meal of that one. And Williamson could easily got on that one. Phew!

4:32 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Decent save on second look...lucky with rebound

4:32 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Leeds got away with one as Sylvestri pushed away a bouncing effort. The rebound was cleared to safety

4:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Come on, Marco - pull your finger out. Only a few minutes left!

4:33 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Four minutes of stoppage time.

4:34 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Four minutes of stoppage time to come.

4:34 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Ikpeazu has a shot that came back off the stand!!!

4:35 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

3 more added minutes before a trip to Sutton or Wimbledon...I'd keep away from the fake pitch

4:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Desmond will definitely not come when shots are landing in Row T

4:35 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

How many changes did Leeds make for this match?

4:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Good point, UWS.

4:35 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Great tackle by Jansson - what a hero!

4:35 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It seemed like three or four.

4:36 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Great move leads to a corner, which will eat up some time.

4:36 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Bob Dalhgrenish tackle

4:36 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Corner flag routine comes acropper as Stu Dallas gets flagged for a push.

4:36 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Roofe tries a Pele effort. Nowhere near close enough.

4:37 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

What was Roofe thinking with that ambitious long range effort? He needs to run down the clock.

4:37 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Cheers, mate!

4:37 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Stupid foul...... why give them one more chance!!

4:38 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That was unnecessary from Mowatt. Gave up a late free kick. Keeper Norris will come up.

4:38 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

Late free kick conceded by Mowatt and Norris, the Us keeper is up

4:38 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Last chance saloon...cleared....IT IS OVER

LEEDS ARE THRU!!


Congrats mate

4:38 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's it!!!!!

We're through to the 4th Round and an away tie with either Wimbledon or Sutton United!

4:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

The free kick is headed out and that's it as Leeds hold on to win 1-2 and progress to the Fourth Round. Congratulations, Bob,

4:39 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Cambridge really gave us a fright there but our quality shone through in the end.

4:39 PM  
Blogger manunitedrules said...

It was great chatting. I may be around for the first few minutes of the match tomorrow. CHEERS!

4:40 PM  
Blogger United We Stand said...

Your side is coming good

Congrats again

Now it's our United's turn

COME ON MAN U
COME ON MAN U

4:41 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I'm off home now, lads - thanks for helping us over the line!

4:42 PM  

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