Finally, this season is over.
I was at Windsor Park today for the match between Linfield and Crusaders. To be honest, if it wasn’t for the fact i’d already paid for it with my Season Ticket, I wouldn’t have bothered.
So, I arrived, hopeful of ending a horrible season on a high. How wrong I was.
It was the final match for Linfield for William Murphy, who was captain today and got a guard of honour pre-match. It was disappointing not to see Crusaders form part of it, especially as both teams took part in one for Jeff Spiers in 2007, and Coleraine players joined their Glentoran counterparts in doing one for Colin Nixon.
Murphy’s release, sadly, is correct, as his best days are behind him. It was also handled in the right way, to allow the player and fans to say goodbye to each other.
The first-half, wasn’t that bad actually. Linfield played some good stuff (at times) and were the dominant side, leading through Michael Carvill, before Gary McCutcheon got his customary goal against us this season (Five in eight since you ask) to level.
McCutcheon’s goal saw Linfield revert back to being awful in the second-half, going 2-1 down within five minutes, and not looking like scoring, Crusaders being comfortable at 2-1 up.
Rare good moments, but mostly awful, no belief, and didn’t look like scoring. A season summed up in a match.
It started awful, it ended awful, and it wasn’t much better inbetween.
Five defeats in eight games to Crusaders this season, after eight wins in ten games over the previous two seasons.
In other related news, the redevelopment of Windsor Park will begin on September 9th, which means there will be a few more games in the South Stand.
Not sure where home fans will be based at Windsor Park next season, but hopefully, somewhere which is photo friendly. At least, I can spend next season, and the season after that, doing a photo diary of the Windsor Park redevelopment, even if the football isn’t up to much.
Not sure if today was my last match of the season.
If Bangor v Tobermore United next Saturday is a relegation decider, I might pop along to that. For that to happen, Bangor need to beat Carrick on Tuesday night.
At the other end of The Championship, Warrenpoint Town are in pole position for a play-off spot. Seemingly, they wouldn’t play at their home ground if promoted, which is why i’d prefer Institute to get promoted, especially as i’ve never been there.
Worth keeping an eye out for, starting Monday, is Photo Diary Of A Football Season, a month by month look back at the season just passed.
So, thank goodness for that, the season is now over.
So, I shall sign off with a pre-season wishlist, hopefully away games against Stranraer, PSNI, Dundela, Ballyclare and Larne.
But what I really want in pre-season, is that the overhaul of the playing squad that needs to happen, happens