PHOTO DIARY OF A FOOTBALL SEASON : JULY

My 2021-2022 should have been beginning at the end of June 2021. Well, as long as I could blag a ticket for Winner Group C v Runner-Up Group F

In the Summer of 2019, I booked a trip to Bray for a few days (Then rebooked for June 2021 when Euro 2020 got put back a year) to base myself there to head to Lansdowne Road to try and blag a ticket for a European Championship Last 16 game which turned out to be England v Germany.

As you know now, that match ended up being moved to Wembley.

Eventually, my season began how I normally hope to begin it, with Linfield in the European Cup, but the result I wanted to start the season with, a 2-1 defeat to Zalgiris Vilnius, 5-2 on aggregate.

Even more frustratingly, if it wasn’t for the Travel Restrictions at the time, I would have been tempted to go to Vilnius for the first leg having visited the city in 2019.

That result meant that Linfield dropped into the Euro Conference League, the first ever season, so naturally I was back at Windsor Park for the first leg of the tie against Borac Banja Luka.

Linfield v Zalgiris Vilnius

Linfield v Borac Banja Luka

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