It was better than 2020 but nowhere near 2019. It didn’t have any European Championship games at Lansdowne Road nor did it have United playing in the European Super Cup Final at Windsor Park.

Despite that, it did have it’s moments.

Games: 25

Goals: 63

Red Cards: 6

Hat-Tricks: 1 (Bruno Fernandes, Manchester United v Leeds United)

Penalty Misses: 1

Teams Seen: 17

Ballymena United, Borja Banka Luca (1st time), Carrick Rangers, Cliftonville, Coleraine, Crusaders, Dungannon Swifts, Fola Esch, Glenavon, Glentoran, Larne, Leeds United, Linfield, Manchester United, Portadown, Warrenpoint Town, Zalgiris Vilnius (1st time)

Grounds Visited: 9

Coleraine Showgrounds, Inver Park, Milltown, Mourneview Park, Old Trafford, Seaview, Shamrock Park, The Oval, Windsor Park,

Competitions: 5

Euro Conference (1st time), European Cup, FA Premier League, Irish Cup, Irish League

Let’s hope 2022 is a lot better. Let’s start by not being thick as shit and having games played behind closed doors.

I’m planning to visit Blanchflower Park the next time Harland and Wolff Welders are at home and I have a free Saturday. The prospect of visiting a new ground is quite exciting. Of course, there is the County Antrim Shield Final between Linfield and Larne. Steel and Sons Cup Final will be on Christmas Eve so i’ll be more than likely to go to that. I’m not planning on going to the World Cup.

Never mind football trips, I don’t have trips anywhere planned for 2022. Let’s hope that 2022’s football watching stats will be more at the level of 2019.

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