That spot at Clandeboye Park is handy for getting photos, as long as something interesting happens at that end during the game. Thankfully, Linfield scored while I was at this end. Not just in terms of phototaking, but the match, as it was looking like a frustrating afternoon against opponents who had already proved tricky earlier in the season.
Having got snow photos of Windsor Park in 2010, I couldn’t believe my luck when Manchester was hit with snow the day after United’s match against Burnley. Staying close to the ground, I was straight out with my camera to get photos.
An explosion of emotion. 2-0 down and looking to be pegged back in the title race, to 2-2 and being frustrated, then a last minute winner, I managed to capture the reactions, of fans and players both going wild in unison.
I had to wait a while for March’s football watching, but it wasn’t really worth the wait as Linfield slumped to a League defeat at Glenavon then lost the County Antrim Shield Final to Crusaders.
Thankfully, the month got a bit better when Linfield defeated Institute 2-0 at Windsor Park.
The month ended with a flurry of games, three in four days, with Linfield’s trip to Dungannon Swifts being sandwiched inbetween Northern Ireland’s opening two Euro 2020 Qualifiers, both at home, against Estonia and Belarus.
I didn’t have to wait long for some football action in September, with Linfield taking on Ards on the first day of the month. I would have to wait a while for a first goal of the month, as that match finished 0-0.
The goals flew in during my next match, as Linfield beat Warrenpoint 5-0, before taking in Northern Ireland’s first ever UEFA Nations League match, a 2-1 home defeat to Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The month ended taking in three further Linfield matches, home wins against Dungannon Swifts and Ballymena United, as well as a draw at Coleraine.
While I was in Manchester, I woke up to a snowstorm. So, I went out to get photos of it.
I didn’t have a lot of time to do so as I was heading to Sheffield, so I had to make the most of it.
It was the first time i’d been away somewhere when it was snowing since Amsterdam and Rotterdam in 2012.
As my hotel was near to Old Trafford, it was only natural I would be getting some photos of the snow covered exterior. I’m not even joking, while I was out getting photos, there were men at work clearing it driving Official Manchester United Snowplows. Probably in association with Mr Plow.
As I was walking past Old Trafford, the closest Metrolink stop was Old Trafford, so I got some photos en route.
When I arrived in Manchester City Centre, it was slush, there was nothing worth photographing.
I then headed to Sheffield by train with a window seat, and had some amazing views of the Peak District covered in snow. Unfortunately, I was unable to get any photos of that.
On the Thursday, I walked past Ordsall Hall and got some photos of it as it still had snow around it.