LINFIELD 0-0 COLERAINE 2.1.2023

A new year, but Linfield and Coleraine still managing to draw with each other. That is now twelve draws in the last twenty-five League encounters.

With both teams going into this game on winning runs and keeping a lot of clean sheets, it wasn’t the most surprising of results. Despite gaining one point on Cliftonville, three on Larne and four over Glentoran on the last two matchdays, it was hard to see it that way from a Linfield perspective, as they failed to secure the three points that would have seen them go level with Larne at the top of the table.

Linfield had one change from Boxing Day, with Mike Newberry coming in for Jimmy Callacher. Not that surprising, as Callacher appeared to be struggling with injury during the second-half at The Oval last week.

The early minutes of the game saw Linfield in Coleraine’s half. Inside two minutes, Eetu Vertainen worked space to find Matthew Clarke, whose cross was headed just wide by Robbie McDaid.

There was more header related frustration as a run and cross from Jamie Mulgrew was headed just wide by Eetu Vertainen.

People around me were getting ready to celebrate until they realised that the ball had gone wide.

Vertainen then had a shot go wide as Linfield continued to endure a frustrating first-half.

Despite having a lot of the ball and a lot of attacking situations, Linfield weren’t creating any clear opportunities.

That was, until Daniel Finlayson got on the end of a free-kick, only to see his header superbly saved by Marty Gallagher.

0-0 at half-time, but no immediate need to panic.

Linfield were the better team but couldn’t convincingly say that they should be 1-0 up. They really needed to be more clinical when opportunities fell their way.

The second-half began with a flurry of set pieces for Linfield, but nothing came of it. The best that would be offered in the second-half would be an Eetu Vertainen header and a Robbie McDaid effort, both of which went wide.

David Healy then turned to his bench, bringing on Andrew Clarke and Chris McKee for Cameron Palmer and Robbie McDaid.

A goal for McKee now would feel every bit as big as his goal against Coleraine the last time they visited Windsor Park on the last day of last season.

Clarke would have a shot go just wide within minutes of coming on, though it felt like a speculative effort than an attempt to score.

Joel Cooper then made space from himself but his shot went agonisingly wide.

It was obvious very early in the game that this was a match that was destined to finish 0-0.

With each passing minute. It became even more obvious. No matter how hard Linfield tried.

A lucky bounce saw the ball fall perfectly for Eetu Vertainen but that was the only lucky bounce that fell Linfield’s way as his shot was saved by the keeper’s legs.

Coleraine did manage to have an attack, with a free-kick from Eamon Fyfe being easily saved by Chris Johns.

His late goal at The Oval bought Eetu Vertainen some extra time on the pitch, but there wouldn’t be any more opportunities for him to score another late winner.

Even though Niall Quinn (a welcome return) and Ethan Devine were unused in the bench as attacking options, they could have brought on Lionel Messi and it wouldn’t have made a difference.

It was one of those days, a frustrating afternoon.

Linfield were the better team, but couldn’t convincingly say that they should have been outright winners

As I said earlier in the season, if somebody told you that the last twenty meetings between Coleraine and Linfield had finished 0-0, you would believe it because it sounds believable.

You feel like you could just write off the remaining two League games as 0-0 draws.

And the remaining three against Cliftonville.

Coincidentally, Linfield’s next League game, at Solitude.

Not quite must-win but certainly do not lose.

There’s not point on pushing to get this close to the top of the league just to get pulled away again.

But what a message that would send out to the rest of the League, to win on a rival’s home turf and reach the top.

But first, it’s Warrenpoint Town at home in the Irish Cup.

One game at a time. It’s a busy month. So many games, so many competitions. It’s hard to keep track.

The last two months have seen two Cup Finals reached (one of which is this month) and the gap at the top get closer and closer.

It is frustrating that this run includes three 0-0 draws against Top 6 teams, meaning that all the other Top 6 teams have come away from Windsor Park with something this season.

Although recently, four have them have come away without a goal, just like a few other teams that Linfield have faced over the past two and a bit months.

Considering that Linfield conceded nine goals in eight days in October, that is most welcome.

Now to get it right at the other end.

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STATISTICAL ANALYSIS OF A FOOTBALL YEAR : 2022

Now that my football watching for 2022 is over, a year of uninterrupted football watching, it’s time to look back at my stats.

Not a single game missed due to being played behind closed doors in 2022. Although i’m not hopeful going into 2023, between Rishi preparing to let Covid run wild again or Balloon Unity continuing to make arses of themselves.

Games : 57

Goals : 154

Red Cards : 4

Penalty Misses : 1

Hat-Tricks : 1

Eetu Vertainen (Linfield v Dungannon Swifts)

Teams Seen : 34

Annagh United (1st time), Ballymena United, Bangor, Bodo/Glimt (1st time), Carrick Rangers, Cliftonville, Coleraine, Crusaders, Cyprus (1st time), Dunmurry Rec, Dundela, Dungannon Swifts, FC Zurich (1st time), Glenavon, Glentoran, Greece, Harland and Wolff Welders, Hungary, Kosovo (1st time), Knockbreda, Larne, Linfield, Livingston (1st time), Manchester United, Moyola Park (1st time), Newry City, Northern Ireland, Portadown, RFS (1st time), Sheriff Tiraspol (1st time), St Johnstone, St Mirren, The New Saints (1st time), Warrenpoint Town

Competitions : 10

County Antrim Shield, Euro Conference, European Cup, Irish Cup, Irish League, NIFL Cup, Scottish Premier League, Steel and Sons Cup, UEFA Cup, UEFA Nations League

Grounds Visited : 18

Almondvale (1st time), Ballymena Showgrounds, Blanchflower Park (1st time), Breda Park, Coleraine Showgrounds, Inver Park, Mill Meadow (1st time), Milltown, Newry Showgrounds, Old Trafford, Seaview, Shamrock Park, Solitude, Stangmore Park, Taylor’s Avenue, The Oval, Wilgar Park, Windsor Park,

GLENTORAN 1-2 LINFIELD 26.12.2022

It’s not the turkey or the presents that makes Christmas, it’s the match the next day. For the first time since 2018, Linfield fans will be marking Christmas as a good one.

They arrived at The Oval (two turnstiles in operation for a large crowd again, just like in February) in expectation of that being the case, a perfect storm of Linfied being on a long unbeaten run and Glentoran losing three in a row as part of a run of one win in eight, a change in roles from when the sides met in the League in October.

Linfield were hoping results would go their way and push them up to 2nd. Glentoran were fearing that results could go against them and they could end up 6th.

It’s almost as if celebrating winning the League in October angers the Football Gods.

You know me, i’d rather play a Glentoran side who have won ten games in a row rather than one who have lost ten games in a row. The theory of “They’re due one”.

Linfield’s starting eleven showed two changes, with Daniel Finlayson and Robbie McDaid coming in for Conor Pepper and Chris McKee.

That was probably harsh on both players but the team didn’t feel weakend. That’s why you have a large squad.

There was a bit of a shock as the teams were getting ready to kick off, with a change of usual ends, with Linfield attacking the goal where their support is based in the first-half instead of the second-half.

I presume it was to do with the wind. Linfield would be playing against it when attacking it. Glentoran were obviously wanting to try and score every advantage they could get.

It would also mean Linfield wouldn’t be attacking that end in the second-half if they were chasing the game. Although Glentoran wouldn’t be attacking their own fans either. I don’t know why, but the ball always seems to bounce perfectly for them when they attack that end.

Linfield dominated possession in the opening minutes but didn’t create any clear opportunities.

That looked like changing when Cameron Palmer began a counter attack, fed Joel Cooper and got a return pass but his cross was intercepted at the cost of a throw.

Palmer was to endure more cross related frustration when an interception denied him just as he was making a run to get on the end of a Robbie McDaid cross.

There was even more frustration for Palmer as he tried his luck from range, only to see his effort easily saved by Aaron McCarey.

And then he was beaten to the ball by a Glentoran defender as he looked to get on the end of a Chris Shields.

Despite this frustration, Linfield just needed to keep doing what they were doing and eventually one of them would fall into place.

They really needed a goal to make the most of their superiority.

Joel Cooper was next to be frustrated as he created space for himself but dragged his shot well wide.

Eventually, Linfield would have an opportunity to take the lead when Eetu Vertainen burst into the box but was taken down by Patrick McClean, a clear penalty.

Despite having a lot of the ball in Glentoran’s half, Linfield hadn’t really created a clear opportunity. Thie would be their best chance of the game. They simply had to take it.

It was probably a good thing that Chris Shields missed a penalty against Ballymena United last month. Might as well get one out of the way when it didn’t matter.

This one definitely mattered, and Shields made no mistake to put Linfield 1-0 up.

With Glentoran’s confidence so fragile, and with just under ten minutes of the half remaining, there was still time for Linfield to get a second that would surely kill the game.

Just one, but you’d happily take a 1-0 lead at half-time, especially when the weather was against you.

Early in the second-half, it looked like Linfield were going to get that much needed second goal when Joel Cooper made space from himself but he was at too wide an angle to score, his effort going wide.

Out of nowhere, Glentoran got an equaliser when a header from Jay Donnelly dropped into the back of the net.

It felt like a repeat of the previous season’s encounter.

The game had suddenly changed. Linfield were now sloppy with their passing.

Glentoran almost got an instant second with a shot from Bobby Burns which had to be diverted out by Jimmy Callacher.

Despite having far too much of the ball for Linfield’s liking, Glentoran weren’t creating any clear opportunities.

They were largely hitting speculative shots from distance that were easily saved by Chris Johns.

As we all know, they benefitted from a speculative shot that got deflected when the sides met in October.

It was clear that Linfield needed some fresh injections from the bench, but they were not forthcoming.

Eetu Vertainen had a rare sight of goal but his effort went wide of the post.

Patrick McClean attempted a long range shot which went just over.

Eventually, David Healy turned to his bench, bringing on Andrew Clarke and Kyle McClean for Cameron Palmer and Robbie McDaid.

That was followed a few minutes later by Chris McKee coming on for Chris Shields, who was struggling with injury.

Andrew Clarke thought he was going to win it for Linfield with a few minutes remaining but his goalbound effort was blocked and deflected wide by his own team mate for a goal kick.

As the game set to meander to a draw, some Linfield fans decided to head home early to bizarre chants of “Cheerio Cheerio” from the home support.

Are you not supposed to sing that when you are winning comfortably?

Callacher’s accidental block was a temporary reprieve for Glentoran.

From the resulting goal kick, Linfield won possession and Chris McKee played in Eetu Vertainen to finish with his left foot first time.

Further proof of where Glentoran are at now. Everything that can go wrong is going wrong. How sad.

He barely touched the ball in the second-half. I would have had him subbed by now. Just goes to show that I know nothing,

The goal prompted him to rip off his shirt, getting a yellow card. Worth it.

He couldn’t get his Under Armour back on, and had to play on in short sleeves.

For only a minute or two, with Ethan Devine coming on for him to see the game out.

Which is what Linfield managed to do, getting a massive three points.

Not just in terms of putting pressure on Larne, but pulling away from Glentoran.

The win temporarily moved Linfield into 2nd due to this game being an early kick-off.

As this game was finishing, other games were reaching half-time.

The one that Linfield fans were looking out for was at Seaview, where Crusaders led Cliftonville 2-0, before eventually winning 3-0.

That result that Linfield were now 2nd, two points behind Larne.

It would be three as Larne could only draw.

From where they were in October, it was always going to be a long way back for Linfield.

Even if they went on a winning run, I didn’t expect it to be February or March before they even got close to the top.

The big games keep on coming, with Coleraine, on a nice run themselves, due at Windsor Park on Monday, with Larne travelling to Solitude.

That game at Solitude will see something go in their favour.

What matters most is that they help themselves. It’s all they can do.

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Boxing Day 2013

Boxing Day 2014

Boxing Day 2015

Boxing Day 2016

Boxing Day 2018

Boxing Day 2021

BANGOR 2-1 DUNMURRY REC 24.12.2022

When the calendar gives you a Steel and Sons Cup Final on Christmas Eve because Christmas Day falls on a Sunday, it would be rude not to take advantage of it, especially as the next opportunity to do so won’t fall until 2033.

Knowing this, I was keeping a very close on the results of this season’s competition.

Obviously, I was wanting Linfield Swifts to get to the Final again.

I hadn’t been keeping a close eye on the competition in recent years, as I was unaware that clubs from The Championship were taking part.

That meant that Bangor were probably the biggest club in the competition, so I was expecting them to be in contention for this Final.

As soon as Linfield went out, I was pinning my hopes on an Ards Rangers v Bangor Final, with this season being thirty years since North Down invaded Belfast for the Irish Cup Final.

It turned out that Bangor would get to the Final, but their opponents would be Dunmurry Rec. Now I would have to decide whereabouts in Bangor or Dunmurry I am from.

Bangor has a Pickie Pool, Jamie Mulgrew and is Steve Bruce’s Ancestral Homeland.

Dunmurry has, um, err …….

I purchased a ticket for the Bangor end but it turned out there was Unoffitcial Segregation in place, you could walkabout and stand or sit wherever you liked.

As I was attending as a Neutral, both teams had cases to support them.

Bangor had Lee Feeney as Manager, but Dunmurry, and I didn’t realise this until I saw it in the programme, had Noel Bailie’s son playing left midfield.

Naturally, he was wearing 11. He could hardly wear any other number.

I wasn’t the only neutral there. I saw many regular faces from Windsor Park, as well as hats and coats from Larne, Glentoran and Carrick Rangers.

And a Crusaders coat which was keeping Darren Murphy, who I spotted watching the game, warm. I guess he hasn’t been issued with a Finn Harps one yet, or that the saying that the sun always shines in Donegal is true.

I didn’t see Gary Lightbody though. I did see a much bigger star, who I thought would have been too busy today to attend a football match.

Santa Claus himself was there, or it may have been a man dressed as Santa.

Not that it mattered to a child who approached him thinking he was the real Santa, and now the supporter trying to watch in fancy dress was having to get into character.

We was a fair sport and was happy to pose for photos with the child and his dad.

This game had a lot to live up to after the World Cup Final last weekend. Dunmurry were hoping that Argentina would provide some inspiration.

Surely they were destined to be the second team in sky blue and white stripes to celebrate a trophy this week.

It would have been more appropriate if they were playing Linfield Swifts to make it feel like a proper rerun of last Sunday.

If you squinted your eyes slightly, you could have imagined this was Argentina v Brazil.

Bangor dominated the early stages of the game, with Jamie Glover having a shot which forced Dunmurry’s keeper into a save before Seanna Foster hit the bar a minute later. Bangor were out to get an early goal.

As the minutes went by, Dunmurry continued to frustrate Bangor. That was their plan. Their keeper wasn’t exactly being quick to restart the game when he had a free-kick or goal kick.

Bangor’s frustration was such, they were resorting to long range shots in the hope that one got lucky, but they never did.

A header from Michael Halliday fell perfectly for Adam Neale to smash home, until he saw Dunmurry’s keeper making himself big to make a save from point blank.

0-0 at half-time with Bangor being the better team, but unable to convert their possession into goals.

The focus on Bangor’s half-time teamtalk will have been to get those goals to win the game. Inside the opening minutes of the second-half, they were chasing the game.

A sloppy backpass presented an opportunity for Andrew Carberry to score, a low finish putting Dunmuryy 1-0 up with their first attempt of note on goal.

Standing at the side of the pitch not far from the dugouts, I could see a member of Bangor’s coaching staff going ballistic on the touchline.

Ben Arthurs came on for Michael Halliday and had a near instant impact, with an equaliser within a few minutes of coming on.

A shot fell perfectly for him, and he finished from a few yards out.

The goal from Dunmurry had jolted Bangor into life. They might have been better off scoring with two minutes to go rather than two minutes into the second-half.

The pressure continued as Bangor looked to take the lead.

That pressure was rewarded when Adam Neale headed in a cross from close range to make it 2-1.

It was hard to see Dunmurry come back from this, even though they still had twenty minutes to retrieve the situation.

Naturally, their keeper was hurrying up with goal kicks and free-kicks, to ironic cheers from the Bangor support.

As injury time approached, Bangor had a glorious opportunity to clinch the game when Reece Neale won possession and found himself through on goal, and dinked the ball over the keeper.

Just as he was getting ready to celebrate, the ball agonisingly hit the post and went out for a goal kick.

If Dunmurry get an equaliser and then win the game in extra-time or on penalties, that would be the moment that Bangor fans would be reliving in their nightmares for years to come.

The need for a goal prompted Dunmurry to bring their keeper up for set pieces, to more ironic cheers from the Bangor support.

That sort of sarcastic taunting was asking for trouble. It was all set up for him to silence them with a dramatic equaliser.

Not quite, but a robust foul on him did cause a bit of a rammy.

Bangor survived the inevitable late Dunmurry to win the trophy, as they look to kick on and secure promotion to The Championship.

Much as been made of the size of the crowd and suggestions have been made that this game should be moved to Christmas Even in future.

I’ll admit that the match being on Christmas Eve rather than Christmas Day tempted me to go. I’d definitely be up for it. As stated earlier, I wasn’t the only neutral there.

However, there are other factors.

The most obvious one was that Christmas Eve fell on a Saturday this year. It’s still a working day for a lot of people.

Even if you are lucky enough to be let out early, you’re not going to make a 10.45am kick-off.

Also, the biggest team in the competition reached the Final. Bangor were always going to bring a decent size support for a Steel and Sons Cup Final.

2023 leaves room to work with as Christmas Day falls on a Monday.

You could play the Final on Saturday 23rd, with there still being enough time for people to travel to 3pm games that day.

Or you could play it on Christmas Eve, a Sunday. It’s worth testing the water when the calendar falls this way.

If it works, you’ll only have to wait until 2028 for the dates to fall this way again.

2023 or 2033, who knows when my next Steel and Sons Cup Final will be. Bangor will be hoping to be in too high a League to be competing for it by then.

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Carrick Rangers v Harland and Wolff Welders 2014

Dundela v Linfield Swifts 2016

2022 IN PICTURES – DECEMBER (SO FAR ….)

December began with a trip to Windsor Park to see Linfield take on Carrick Rangers.

That was then followed by a tip to Telegraph Building to see Blossoms in concert.

A spell of frost descended on Belfast, but now snow. I was all psyched up for snow photos, for nothing.

There was then a football free weekend for me, with Linfield in Scotland.

The following weekend, I headed to Ulster Hall to see Ash in concert, followed by Linfield’s home match against Dungannon Swifts.

As you will have noticed, there is still a week of the month left.

What I have planned is Bangor v Dunmurry Rec, Glentoran v Linfield, a walk up Cavehill and possibly Lisnabreeny Hill.

Here’s to more phototaking in 2023 and beyond.

Linfield v Carrick Rangers

Blossoms live at Telegraph Building

Blossoms live at Telegraph Building Photo Album

Ash live at Ulster Hall

Ash live at Ulster Hall Photo Album

Linfield v Dungannon Swifts

LINFIELD 4-0 DUNGANNON SWIFTS 17.12.2022

Things are going so well for Linfield at the moment, they moved up a place in the League without playing the previous weekend.

Even though they went out of the Scottish Challenge Cup, which was annoying as they would have had a trip to Dumfries in the next round, if you had to lose one cup tie that week, that would have been it. Even the bumps aren’t that bumpy.

Two Cup Finals to look forward to in 2023, Linfield needed to keep on winning to ensure they would start 2023 still in the title race that they looked out of in mid October.

They were handed an accidental boost by the weather, with Larne, Glentoran, Coleraine and Crusaders all having their matches postponed, giving Linfield a chance to get points on the board while others are inactive, a role reversal from the previous week.

Straight on the attack from kick-off, Linfield were looking to make the most of the opportunity to gain points on their rivals.

They looked like they might get a penalty in the opening minute for a foul on Joel Cooper but nothing was given.

Eetu Vertainen then had a shot blocked, the sting taken out of it to take it out for a corner.

It felt like a matter of time before Linfield scored.

Six minutes was the answer, as Eetu Vertainen was played in out right and his cross was perfect for Chris McKee to finish from close range.

From where I was sat, I and those around me could see him unmarked and onside. You were celebrating a goal before the cross even came in.

A much needed start in a game like this. You don’t want to give the opposition something to hold on to.

Linfield didn’t really kick on as hoped after that, and were a bit sloppy in defence, although Dungannon never looked like taking advantage of any sloppy passes going their way.

Eventually, Linfield got themselves back on track and were soon 2-0 up when Eetu Vertainen made space for himself in the box and smashed home. Even at this early stage, it was game over unless Linfield did something stupid.

It was Linfield who were almost gifted a goal when Joel Cooper capitalised on a loose ball but Dungannon’s keeper was able to get out quickly to make himself big and deny him.

Sam Roscoe was then frustrated as his flick goalwards didn’t have enough power to trouble the keeper as they had to settle for a commanding but not decisive 2-0 lead.

A third goal would have done the job for Linfield and there wasn’t long to wait in the second-half for it, just three minutes in fact.

Joel Cooper played in Chris McKee in a wide position, under pressure from Dungannon’s keeper. No problem, just backheel it for Cameron Palmer to put it into the empty net.

Palmer got a knock for his troubles but was able to continue.

He was one of those who would be substituted with the game won. No need to take risks.

Amongst those coming on was Jordan Stewart, making a long awaited return after injury. He would be joined by Liam McStravick, getting more minutes under his belt.

The rest of the game then meandered without incident, until the final five minutes.

Matthew Clarke went on a run and found himself running through on goal before being pulled back by Caolan Marron, who was sent-off

You could argue that was harsh as there was Dungannon defenders putting pressure on Clarke (something they probably should have done many yards earlier), but, Chris Johns was harshly sent-off at Stangmore Park in October in a game where Marron was lucky not to be sent-off.

It was a bit of a stupid thing to do, as the game was gone as far as Dungannon were concered, i’m not sure if was worth the sacrifice. It’s not as if they were holding on for a win or a draw.

The respite was almost temporary as Kyle McClean’s free-kick hit the bar before being headed in by Jordan Stewart, who was flagged offside.

Looking at replays of the incident, the offside call was correct but it looked like the ball might have been just over the line.

It wouldn’t be long before Linfield made it 4-0, and it was more frustration for Jordan Stewart as his shot hit the post but fell for Ethan Devine to set up Liam McStravick to put it into the back of the net.

If it’s not going to be your day, might as well be continually frustrated in your attempts to make it 4-0. That’s a good kind of bad day.

It was great to see him back in action, at a time when numbers will be needed.

Attention for Linfield now turned to the trip to The Oval on Boxing Day.

Although, there were other things occupying their mind recently.

They drew Warrenpoint at home in the Irish Cup. A bit meh, would have loved it if it was away.

Curiously, if they win the Irish Cup this season, their last three wins in the competition, all in the last decade, will have been on a Friday, Saturday and a Sunday.

Glentoran can also achieve this rather unique treble, but let’s not think about that.

A Sunday Final is handy for me as i’m planning to go to United v Wolves on the following weekend, so there is no awkward clash for me.

Let’s hope Linfield get there in the first place.

Also coming to Windsor Park is Michael O’Neill. A pleasantly surprising development. I didn’t think he’d take the Northern Ireland job as he’d be holding out for an English Championship post (he has enough credit in the bank in terms of reputation from his time at Stoke) so this is a bit of a coup.

A welcome mood boost ahead of the Euro 2024 Qualifiers, just as much as Denmark’s performances at the World Cup.

More good Euro news in the shape of new air routes to Frankfurt and Budapest being announced from Belfast. Possible trips with football thrown in to be explored.

Before my visit to The Oval will be a trip to Seaview for the Steel and Sons Cup Final as it’s on the rather more convenient date of Christmas Eve.

Might as well make the most of it as it won’t be on that date until 2033.

So i’ll sign off by wishing you all a Merry Christmas, even to Glentoran supporters.

Although, I hope they have a shitty day on the 26th.

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2022 IN PICTURES – NOVEMBER

November began with a trip to Shamrock Park to see Linfield eventually beat Portadown by a score of 3-0.

By this point, I was using up Annual Leave, so I went on a day trip to Dublin and got some Street Art photos.

That was then followed by two trips to Windsor Park to see Linfield take on Cliftonville and Glenavon.

Another Linfield match, this time on the road, to Ballymena.

The next day, I made the most of a football free Saturday morning to head to Lisnabreeny Hill to get some Sunrise photos.

Then that night, I made my first visit to the newly rebuilt Mandela Hall to see John Power in concert.

November ended with two Linfield matches, both at home, against Larne and Crusaders.

Portadown v Linfield

Dublin Street Art

Dublin Street Art Photo Album

Linfield v Cliftonville

Linfield v Glenavon

Ballymena United v Linfield

Lisnabreeny Hill

Lisnabreeny Hill Photo Album

John Power live at Mandela Hall

John Power live at Mandela Hall Photo Album

Linfield v Larne

Linfield v Crusaders

2022 IN PICTURES – OCTOBER

October was a busy month, right from the very start, heading to Dungannon on the first day of the month to see Linfield get a win at Stangmore Park.

That was followed a few days later by another away day, to a very wet Wilgar Park to see Linfield grind out a 1-0 win over Dundela.

The following night, it was the Ulster Hall to see Beabadoobee in concert.

Back on the road the following Saturday to see Linfield draw with Coleraine.

Then it was back to Ulster Hall to see Paul Weller.

Two days after that, it was Linfield v Glentoran, the less said of that the better.

The following day was a lot more enjoyable, making the most of a football free Saturday to check out Murlough Bay.

Over the next seven days came two Linfield home matches, against Glenavon and Larne.

The following week, I was off to Manchester, my first visit to see Erik Ten Hag’s United in the flesh, against Sheriff Tiraspol.

While I was there, I got some photos from a stroll along a canal, some Street Art (of course) and a walk up Hartshead Pike.

The month ended with a trip to Newry to see Linfield get some much needed three points.

Dungannon Swifts v Linfield

Dundela v Linfield

Beabadoobee live at Ulster Hall

Beabadoobee live at Ulster Hall Photo Album

Coleraine v Linfield

Paul Weller live at Ulster Hall

Paul Weller live at Ulster Hall Photo Album

Linfield v Glentoran

Murlough Bay Nature Reserve

Murlough Bay Nature Reserve Photo Album

Linfield v Glenavon

Linfield v Larne

Manchester Street Art

Manchester Street Art Photo Album

Manchester Canal Walk

Manchester Canal Walk Photo Album

Manchester United v Sheriff Tiraspol

Manchester Untied v Sheriff Tiraspol Photo Album

Hartshead Pike

Hartshead Pike Photo Album

Newry City v Linfield

2022 IN PICTURES – SEPTEMBER

September began with a trip to Ballymena to see Linfield get their season back on track with a 4-0 win at Ballymena.

Football then took a break for a bit, but I was back on the road, and visiting a new ground as Linfield travelled to Moyola Park in the League Cup.

More travelling followed, not as far, three days later as Linfield faced Crusaders at Seaview.

Having a football free Saturday, I got up early for a long overdue trip to Giant’s Ring to get some photos as the sun was coming up.

Two days later, was an unexpected Public Holiday, so I headed on the North Down Coastal Path, starting at Helen’s Bay for a change, making my way to Bangor West. I think.

On the following Saturday morning, I made a long overdue return to Belvoir Park Forest before heading to Windsor Park at teatime to see Northern Ireland face Kosovo.

My final adventure of the month was a first concert since June, to The Odyssey to see George Ezra.

Ballymena United v Linfield

Moyola Park v Linfield

Crusaders v Linfield

Giant’s Ring/Terrace Hill Gardens/Minnowburn

Giant’s Ring/Terrace Hill Gardens/Minnowburn Photo Album

North Down Coastal Path

North Down Coastal Path Photo Album

Belvoir Park Forest

Belvoir Park Forest Photo Album

Northern Ireland v Kosovo

Northern Ireland v Kosovo Photo Album

George Ezra live at The Odyssey

George Ezra live at The Odyssey Photo Album

2022 IN PICTURES – AUGUST

August began with a trip to Windsor Park to see Linfield take on FC Zurich.

That was followed two days later by a trip to Spelga Dam for a stroll around Mourne Mountains.

Sunday was the new day for football, going to see Linfield take on Portadown and Newry City.

It was then back to Thursday nights for Linfield v RFS. The less said about that game, the better.

The end of August was a Bank Holiday Weekend, which I spent walking, with trips to Cavehill, Blackhead Path and Lisnabreeny Hill.

Sandwiched inbetween that was a trip to Taylor’s Avenue to see Linfield take on Carrick Rangers.

The less said about that, the better.

Linfield v FC Zurich

Mourne Rambling

Mourne Rambling Photo Album

Linfield v Portadown

Newry City v Linfield

Linfield v RFS

Cavehill

Cavehill Photo Album

Blackhead Path

Blackhead Path Photo Album

Carrick Rangers v Linfield

Lisnabreeny Hill

Lisnabreeny Hill Photo Album