Was at Windsor Park last night for my last match of the season, the Harry Gregg Testimonial between Manchester United and an Irish League XI.
It was a nice novelty to not have to fly or take an 8 hour bus journey through Scotland and England when going to see United.
The match saw a full crowd, with proceeds going to charities of Gregg’s choice. United brought a full strength team for the game, despite their season ending 48 hours earlier.
Despite being a United fan, I was hoping the scoreline would end up respectable for the Irish League XI, and a 4-1 defeat (After being level at 1-1 at one point) was more than respectable.
Technically, an Irish League XI is twice as good as Arsenal. But we all knew that anyway.
It was the third time (to my knowledge) that United had faced an Irish League XI, after a 3-0 win in 1990 (to celebrate 100 years of Irish League football) and a 0-0 draw in 1987.
It was my third time seeing United at Windsor Park, having been on their previous two visits in 1995 v an International Select (a fundraising friendly for a charity called Co-Operation Ireland) and 1993 v Aston Villa (Memorial Game for former Irish League Secretary Mervyn Brown)
The match itself wasn’t the best, typical exhibition match stuff, but it was more about the occasion I guess, allowing the Northern Ireland public the chance to pay tribute to Harry Gregg, who was greeted with a Green and White mosaic which read ‘HERO’
Was in the South Stand for the first-half which gave me a good view, if not a great shooting position, before heading over to The Kop for the second-half.
Managed to get some OK photos. Only two and a half weeks until my first match of the 2012-2013 season.