Got a showbiz exclusive for you folks (Except of course, if you follow me on Twitter, in which case, you may have already read it this afternoon) that Ellie Goulding’s concert at the Ulster Hall has sold out ………. because I purchased the last ticket today.

This is going to be my STLFTEM for November, which will be a whole lot more exciting than the Northern Ireland v Morocco game, which I am going to, and prior to today, was my STLFTEM for November.

Having entered the Four Four Two photo awards, I wanted to keep the weekend of the concert free in case I had to go to London in my misguided confidence/arrogance.

Thus, having heard nothing, I can assume I can make alternative plans, so I purchased a ticket for Ellie.

Though she might have “Broke through” in 2010, it was her debut single in late 2009, ‘Under The Sheets’ which grabbed my attention and is well worth checking out if you haven’t already heard it.

Despite my lack of enthusiasm in comparison with Ellie Goulding, I am looking forward to the Northern Ireland match on Wednesday night, though a much bigger match awaits the IFA on Thursday, as they make their pleas concerning proposed bills in Stormont, the most notable concerning drinking at grounds and various other criminal bills which single out and stigmatise football, as was covered in this week’s Sunday Life.

Though the alcohol ban doesn’t affect me as a non-drinker, it would be foolish not to be concerned by it, due to the loss of revenue streams for clubs.

Hopefully, the IFA can lobby successfully and ensure that football and it’s member clubs get a fair deal.

Football has already suffered this season due to new Health and Safety legislation restricting attendances, with Linfield fans being the most affected regarding away games.

The big test, will be the first ‘Big Two’ game since this was passed, which isn’t far off.

After Saturday, Linfield only have one home game before Boxing Day, and that is the week before.

In short, those in charge need to get a move on with the match arrangements in order to ensure that people are able to get a ticket for what is likely to be the biggest attended match of the season.

(Not only that, sod the first viewing of the ‘Holidays Are Coming’ Coca-Cola ad, the Christmas countdown only really starts when Linfield v Glentoran, Boxing Day tickets go on sale)

Having previously applauded Linfield for ensuring early release of tickets for trips to Portadown and Crusaders, the club need to continue this, especially with ticketed matches away to Cliftonville and Donegal Celtic on the horizon as well, to ensure that supporters aren’t inconvenienced when wanting to watch their team.

The situation is best explained in this blog on Linfield supporters site, South Stand Says.

After reading that, why not enjoy ‘Under The Sheets’, courtesy of Ellie Goulding.

12 days and counting.

Ellie Goulding : Live In Liverpool (Reviewed by a mate)

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