THERE WE WERE, NOW HERE WE ARE : END OF AN ERA

2014 began, and Windsor Park as we knew it was approaching the final whistle.

In the middle of January, O’Hare and McGovern won the contract to redevelop Windsor Park.

If, like me, you’ve watched too many documentaries about Brian Clough, they’re a construction firm from Newry, not the two guys who followed Brian Clough from Derby County to Nottingham Forest.

In March 2014, the redevelopment of Midgley Park was approved.

By April 2014, the redevelopment of Windsor Park was approved and ready to go. All we needed now was for the football season to end.

Linfield’s last home game of the 2013-2014 was against Glentoran on 22nd April 2014. Former players were invited as guests of the club.

The stand didn’t get the send off it deserved, as a 2-0 defeat for Linfield saw Cliftonville secure the title.

Some would say that giving the natives something to moan about was the most appropriate farewell.

Linfield fans would be doing their moaning from the North Stand for the foreseeable future. South Stand isn’t just a stand, it’s a way of life.

One last game for the stand, as Ballymena lost 2-1 to Glenavon in the Irish Cup Final. Ballymena fans were in the South Stand.

Once the footballers left the stadium, the electricians and builders were the new stars of Windsor Park.

The next time a football match would be played at Windsor Park, there would already be considerable changes to the stadium.

April 2014 – South Stand, as seen from the Viewing Lounge.

April 2014 – South Stand forecourt.

April 2014 – Seats in the South Stand.

April 2014 – Seats in the South Stand.

April 2014 – Row of seats in the South Stand.

April 2014 – Seats in the soon to be demolished South Stand.

April 2014 – Farewell South Stand.

May 2014 – South Stand, as seen from the North Stand at the 2014 Irish Cup Final.

May 2014 – South Stand and Viewing Lounge witness one last game.

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