PHOTO DIARY OF A FOOTBALL SEASON – JANUARY

New year, same routine, off to watch Linfield.

My first game of the month came on the first day, Linfield’s first New Year’s Day game since 2009, against Cliftonville, a 3-1 win against the league leaders.

Usual Windsor Park phototaking arrangements. Got some ok photos.

Windsor Park was a second home for the start of January, as the following weekend, Linfield beat Coleraine 5-2. Plenty of goal celebration practice.

The following week, came the Irish Cup. The fact that I was attending a 5th Round tie for the first time since 2006 was an indication of how big the match against Crusaders was.

A goal inside 12 seconds, a red card, and a midfielder in nets, the game certainly wasn’t lacking in exciting moments. A draw meant a replay at Seaview in ten days time.

The following Saturday, i’d hoped to be at Suffolk Road for Linfield’s visit to Donegal Celtic.

I don’t usually bother with DC away due to the hassle involved, sitting on a parked bus for almost an hour for such a short journey.

I’d decided to go to this game as it looked like i’d be going four weeks without a Linfield match due to other commitments.

Due to the weather, the game was postponed.

The following Tuesday, came the Irish Cup replay at Seaview.

The game might have turned on Linfield have a clear penalty turned down and Crusaders having a soft one given, it still doesn’t excuse the inexcusable second-half performance.

Season over in January, bloody hell. I did manage to get some nice photos.

Linfield v Cliftonville

Linfield v Coleraine

Linfield v Crusaders

Crusaders v Linfield

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