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, August 16, 2017

Guest DJ Week on All Songs Considered

The pundits at All Songs Considered are off on their summer holidays this week, but there is still excellent content to be had. Instead of their usual offerings, they're revisiting some of their best Guest DJ spots from over the years. They've already done Roger Waters and Randy Newman and today's guest is Bjork. Check it out at iTunes or from the All Songs website here:

http://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/163479981/our-show

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The First Tuesdsy of the Season

We've barely recovered from the first weekend of the season and suddenly we've hit another full slate of Championship fixtures as well as several key Champions League qualifiers, one of which involves Liverpool up against Hoffenheim. If you've got the time to drop by and have a cuppa with me this afternoon, join me here on the LOB!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Premiership Plus Predictions Game - Week 1 Update

Greetings, PPPers! What a first week of the Premiership we had, eh? Some wild and woolly matches indeed. At the end of it, we were left with some surprising sides at the top - e.g., Huddersfield - and at the bottom - e.g., West Ham. Lots of goals around, as well, so there are five different players on two goal each now.

The main beneficiaries of all of this were the Nocito clan, who all picked ManYoo to win the title (natch!) and thus gain 10 points right off the top. Two of them also picked their new hero Romelu Lukaku to pick up the Golden Boot, so that's 6 more points. But top of the heap so far is last year's holder Yellows, who starts with a whopping 36 points. He's got four of the five top sides in the Premiership, one of the relegated sides, Lukaku as top goalscorer and also guessed correctly with Lacazette as the first goalscorer. That's an impressive marker to lay down in Week 1. He's the one to beat so far lads - what will happen next?

(By the way, I did allow in one late entry - Red Devil 1FCK - who was in the midst of a big move to Long Island when the PPP deadline came due). 

Here are the current standings:

1. Yellows - 36 points
2. United We Stand - 27 pts
3. Red Dragon - 26 pts
4. The Saint - 20 pts
5. Gooner71 - 14 pts
6. What's Up Wheaton Simon - 13 pts
7. Red Devil 1FCK - 11 pts
-  Someone Said - 11 pts
9. Man Utd Rules - 10 pts
-  Swansong - 10 pts
11. MOT the Hoople - 8 pts
-  West Ham Rising - 8 pts
13. Blue Devil - 7 pts
 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

First Super Sunday of the Season

We've had a great start to the season these last couple of days. Twenty-Five goals in the first 8 games(including a nil niller) and with two of the most attractive games still to come. Our opener is way go up north to newly promoted Newcastle taking on one of the title favorites Spurs. Can Spurs go one better than last season and with their first title since 1961? A lot of you on PPP think they will. The first weekend definitely brings to mind...Saving the Best for Last!!  My beloved Manchester United host the Hammers. Can United get off to a flying start and get the leg up on Chelsea and Liverpool?

Join me
UWS

Saturday, August 12, 2017

The First Saturday of the 2017-2018 Premier League Season



  What a start it was to the new season with that wild match at the EM yesterday. Let's hope that's a sign for the new season. There are seven matches to day , starting with the Hornets vs Liverpool and concluding with the newly promoted Seagulls vs Citeh.

Friday, August 11, 2017

IT'S BACK....WE ARE PREMIER LEAGUE, WE ARE PREMIER LEAGUE!!

Our summer is almost over which is always a bummer BUT on the bright side... The Premier League is BACK!!! We start on a Friday this season as Arsenal host Leicester City. Can Arsenal start a title challenge on the front foot? Can Leicester regain their title lost last season?
This season sees two newcomers to the Prem. Brighton and Huddersfield become the 48th and 49th different team to play in the league since its inception in 1992-93... Premier League... A Quarter of a Century Old!!

Join me for our opener
UWS

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

The European Super Cup

So, the European Cup winners Real Madrid take on the Europa League winners Manchester United with the first trophy of the season up for grabs. Strange place to have this match but we are all off to Macedonia!!
Join me for United's first trophy of the season!

UWS

Monday, August 07, 2017

The Shield is Deep in the Heart of Texas

Hiya, PPPers. The good news is that the legendary LOB Shield has now arrived back Stateside and is in the grateful hands of last year's champion, Man Utd Rules. That's our prize for this year - who will snatch the Shield out of MUR's hands?

In order to do so, you'll need to send me your predictions in the following categories before Friday:

1. Premiership Champions - 10 points
2. European Qualifiers (Choose #s 2-5 in the Premiership) - 4 points each plus a bonus point for the correct order)
3. Relegated sides - 3 points each plus bonus point for correct order
4. Promoted sides - 3 points each plus bonus point for correct order
5. League Cup winner - 6 points
6. League Cup loser - 2 points
7. FA Cup winner - 8 points
8. FA Cup winner - 2 points
9. Europa Cup winner - 4 points
10. Champions League winner - 6 points
11. La Liga champions - 2 points
12. Bundesliga champions - 2 points
13. Serie A champions - 2 points
14. Premiership top scorer - 6 points
15. First Goalscorer in the Premiership (2 points for actual first goalscorer; 1 point for first goalscorer in the PPP pool)
16. First Player to Get a Red Card (including two yellow cards) in the Premiership - 2 points
17. First Premiership Player to Get an FA Ban for an Off-Pitch Incident - 2 points
18. First Premiership Player to Get a Second Yellow Card for a Silly Offense - 2 points
19. First Premiership Manager to Get a "Vote of Confidence" (shortly before getting the sack) - 2 points
20. First Premiership Manager to Get Sacked in the Premiership - 2 points
21. First Two Premiership Managers to Get into a Touchline Fight - 2 points

Sunday, August 06, 2017

The Traditional Curtain Raiser... The Charity Shield!

The Football season is finally back. Even though it was an odd number year and no WC or EC to follow...we still had quite a lot of footer to follow during the summer but the real stuff starts this weekend. The Charity Shield(still) gets us going with the League Champs Chelsea take on Cup Winners Arsenal. Can the Arse beat Chelsea at Wembley again?
Of course, Mighty Leeds visit newly promoted Bolton for the nightcap
Join me

UWS

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Saturday is Back!!

Yes, folks, the long, lonely summer is over. It's safe to come back into the living room and sit on the settee for several hours on a Saturday morning, because football. is. back. Well, at least Championship football is back on Saturdays. Well, at least you can access the Championship on ESPN3 this morning. If you have FlashPlayer on your device. So, okay, it's a bit of a disappointing return to football. But - football is back! Join me if you're around this morning. It's Fulham v. Norwich at 10am on whatever device you've got nearby.

Friday, August 04, 2017

Two Championship Matches To Start the Football League Season











It may still be Summer, but the Football League season has just kicked off with the Black Cats vs the Rams and Forest vs the Evil Lions. The match from the SOL is on Watch ESPN

Thursday, August 03, 2017

The Guardian Football Weekly sans AC Jimbo!

The Football Weekly pod crew are back, but with one notable absence. For the first time, James "AC Jimbo" Richardson is no longer at the helm. He's been replaced by regular pod sub host Max Rushdon. They've still got the likes of Baz Glendenning and Sid Lowe, so it will continue to be a must listen, but I'll miss Jimbo.

This week, they've got a preview of the Championship season as well as some lively banter about the astounding price that Neymar has fetched to go to PSG. Check it out here:

https://www.theguardian.com/football/series/footballweekly

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

PRE Season Footie Highlighted by Manchester United vs Sampdoria


   With the regular season around the corner, United are in the final stages of preparation. They get a decent test as they face Sampdoria at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin with kickoff at 2:45 PM EDT. There are a couple of Audi Cup matches as well as some preliminary round CL and EL matches. It's a great opportunity to enjoy some Summer Time Footie.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Guardian Premier League Previews

As you're busy compiling your predictions this week, you might want to consult the Premier League previews written by the boffins over at The Guardian. They started with Arsenal at the weekend and have worked their way through Burnley at this point. Check it out here:

https://www.theguardian.com/football/series/premier-league-2017-18-previews