February saw me head to Manchester for a weekend at the start of the month.

I was going to see United take on Portsmouth. but I took the opportunity to go to St Andrew’s the following day to see Birmingham take on Wolves, and see Kelly Clarkson in concert, at the Manchester Apollo that night.

I’d been to Old Trafford many times before, but i’d started to find the trips tedious, always going by coach, and never getting to see the city itself.

So that sowed the seeds of that weekend, wanting to go to a United match a different way, and make a weekend of it.

I also managed to take advantage of other things happening in nearby cities to make a proper weekend of it.

The United match was pretty routine, with United winning 5-0. Portsmouth were so bad, United could have won 10-0 if they really went for it.

The following day’s game was a lot more fiesty, and I was surprised that I was able to turn up on the day and get a general sale (at a reasonable £20) for the West Midlands derby between Birmingham and Wolves.

It was enjoyable to watch a football match without having a vested interested (I was in the Birmingham end, so I suppose I did have to cheer them on) and the atmosphere was brilliant and I learnt some funny tunes at the expense of Wolves from the Birmingham fans.

On my way home from the watch, I stumbled across some heartwarming graffiti, paying tribute to a cup of tea.

After legging it to New Street Station, I managed to get to Manchester for the Kelly Clarkson concert, which was excellent.

Later on in the month, I managed to get some photos of a new mural in Sandy Row paying tribute to the Northern Ireland football team, featuring Warren Feeney and local lad Grant McCann

Sandy Row Football Mural

Kelly Clarkson Photos

Birmingham v Wolves Photos


Welcome to a 12 part series, looking back at some of my favourite photos I took throughout 2010, as the year closes to an end.

We start, funnily enough, in January.

January was actually a lean month photowise, mainly due to the fact that a lot of football matches were postponed, and I didn’t go to any concerts.

The month was dominated by ‘The Big Freeze’, so I made the most of the opportunity to go out and take photos of the snow.

My favourite photo of the month combined snow with my love of football.

I woke up on the morning of 9th January in an exicted mood because of the snow, but I had an errand to do, to head over to Windsor Park to get refunds on tickets for a mate living in Liverpool who was unable to attend the re-arranged date of a match that was postponed.

I noticed upon my entry to the stadium that there was public access to the South Stand, so I asked a member of staff for permission to take some snaps of the pitch, which was granted.

With only the South Stand (If I had complete stadium access, I would have used every other part of it than the South Stand) to work with, I managed to set up and compose a few quick shots, which I was very happy with. On my way out, I managed to get some of the forecourt leading into the stadium.

I’ve got photos of Windsor Park in various other weather conditions (Well, night and rain) but snow was the one that I really wanted.


See Also

Snow 2010

Winter Park