August’s football travels began on the first day of the month in East Belfast, as Linfield continued their pre-season preparation with a defeat against Harland and Wolff Welders.
On the plus side, I spent a lot of the evening chatting to friends, visited a ground i’d never been to, and got some good shots.
The picture of the guy sitting on his chair (I think he’s a H and W official) relaxing and watching the football is what it is all about. He is probably the happiest man in the world.
My next game, came at Easter Road for the Edinburgh Derby between Hibs and Hearts.
I go to Edinburgh every year, and usually try to watch a game while i’m there, so it was pure luck that it happened to be that game when I was there.
Having been to Tynecastle twice in 2011, it was always going to be the case that the fixture computer would give me a trip to Easter Road.
I was actually hoping that it would be against Dundee United as I could tick them off my UEFA 100 Club list.
Was an enjoyable game with nice weather and got some good shots, so it was all good.
My next visit came three days later for the international between Scotland and Australia, played in a downpour of rain, the most Scottish weather possible.
While checking the Northern Ireland score that night, it was announced that Arsenal and Manchester United had done a deal for the transfer of Robin Van Persie.
Interestingly enough, the only other time I was at a Scotland home match, I got a text to say that Mikael Silvestre had joined Arsenal.
It appears that when I go to a Scotland home match, Arsenal and Manchester United do a transfer.
Upon my return to Belfast, it was Windsor Park bound for the matches against Coleraine and Donegal Celtic, my first domestic games of the season.
It was great to be up and running.