There wasn’t a lot of football for me in the last month of the season.
May began for me with the Irish Cup Final between Linfield and Coleraine, which Linfield won 3-0.
My final match of the season, was a trip to Old Trafford to see a much changed Manchester United side beat Crystal Palace 2-0.
And that, was the end of 2016-2017 season for me.
2017-2018 is not too far away.
Linfield v Coleraine
Linfield v Coleraine Photo Album
Manchester United v Crystal Palace
Manchester United v Crystal Palace Photo Album
April’s football watching began in Lurgan on the first day of the month, heading to Mourneview Park to see Linfield beat Dungannon Swifts 1-0 in a Irish Cup Semi-Final.
The following week, was another 1-0 win for Linfield, this time at Windsor Park in a key title decider against Crusaders.
Easter arrived in the middle of the month, and a double header of wins for Linfield, against Ballymena United and Glenavon.
The following Saturday, I headed Coleraine to see Linfield win 5-1 and go top of the League for the first time all season, with just one game to go.
That game was at Solitude, which Linfield won, and I captured the post match celebrations, as well as the celebrations later that day at Windsor Park.
Dungannon Swifts v Linfield
Linfield v Crusaders
Ballymena United v Linfield
Linfield v Glenavon
Coleraine v Linfield
Cliftonville v Linfield
Cliftonville v Linfield Photo Album
Windsor Park Title Celebrations
Windsor Park Title Celebrations Photo Album
2016-2017 Football Season In Pictures, Football, Photography | Tagged Ballymena Showgrounds, Ballymena United, Cliftonville, Coleraine, Coleraine Showgrounds, Crusaders, Dungannon Swifts, Football, Glenavon, Irish Cup, Linfield, Mourneview Park, Photography, Solitude, Windsor Park
March’s football watching began for me at Seaview, watching Linfield put Crusaders out of the Irish Cup.
There was a bit of a wait until my next match of the month as Linfield’s home match against Cliftonville was put back to the Monday night for live TV coverage.
I was back at Windsor Park the following Saturday, as Ards were the visitors.
The month ended with two games in the one weekend – Linfield’s long trip to Ballinamallard, and Norway’s even longer trip to Northern Ireland for a World Cup Qualifier.
Crusaders v Linfield
Linfield v Cliftonville
Linfield v Ards
Ballinamallard United v Linfield
Northern Ireland v Norway
Northern Ireland v Norway Photo Album
2016-2017 Football Season In Pictures, Football, Photography | Tagged 2018 World Cup, Ards, Ballinamallard United, Cliftonville, Crusaders, Ferney Park, Football, Irish Cup, Irish League, Linfield, Northern Ireland, Norway, Photography, Russia 2018, Seaview, The Fernebeu, Windsor Park, World Cup
February’s football watching began for me at Old Trafford on the first day of the month, to see Manchester United held to a 0-0 draw by Hull City.
Three days later came the first in a trilogy of road trips, first to Drumahoe to see Linfield take on Institute, then to Ballymena to see Linfield win the County Antrim Shield, and then to Carrick to see Linfield take on Carrick Rangers.
That was then followed by a visit to Windsor Park to see Linfield held to a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Portadown.
The following day, I was Seaview bound to see Ballymena United take on Carrick Rangers in the NIFL Cup Final.
The football watching for the month ended with a trip to The Oval to see Linfield get a 1-0 win against Glentoran.
Manchester United v Hull City
Manchester United v Hull City Photo Album
Institute v Linfield
County Antrim Shield Final
County Antrim Shield Final Photo Album
Carrick Rangers v Linfield
Linfield v Portadown
NIFL Cup Final
NIFL Cup Final Photo Album
Glentoran v Linfield
2016-2017 Football Season In Pictures, Football, Photography | Tagged Ballymena Showgrounds, Ballymena United, Carrick Rangers, County Antrim Shield, Crusaders, Drumahoe, England, FA Premier League, Football, Glentoran, Hull City, Institute, Irish Cup, Irish League, Linfield, Manchester United, NIFL Cup, Old Trafford, Portadown, Seaview, Taylor's Avenue, The Oval, Windsor Park
Not a lot of football in September, due to Linfield having a domestic game postponed due to international call-ups, and then going to England for a weekend two weeks later.
Just the two games, seeing Linfield score four games at home to Portadown and Ards.
Linfield v Portadown
Linfield v Ards
Following a UEFA Cup exit to Cork City, there would be no European Linfield games for me in July, relying on hastily arrange friendlies for my football fix.
I got two of them, away friendlies against Dundela, then a trip to Harland and Wolff Welders.
Dundela v Linfield
Harland and Wolff Welders v Linfield
The previous two seasons for me began in Bray. Not this time, it was the Stade De France to begin 2016-2017 with the opening match of Euro 2016 between France and Romania.
It was one of three Euro 2016 matches I attended, taking in Northern Ireland v Poland and Republic of Ireland v Sweden during my time in France.
Back home, it was the earliest start ever to a Linfield season, June 30th, and a UEFA Cup tie against Cork City, where I attended the home leg at Windsor Park.
France v Romania
France v Romania Photo Album
Northern Ireland v Poland
Northern Ireland v Poland Photo Album
Republic of Ireland v Sweden
Republic of Ireland v Sweden Photo Album
Linfield v Cork City
2016-2017 Football Season In Pictures, Football, Photography | Tagged Allianz Riviera, Cork City, Euro 2016, Football, France, Linfield, Northern Ireland, Poland, Republic Of Ireland, Romania, Stade De France, Sweden, UEFA Cup, Windsor Park
Having headed over to Manchester for a short break, I made the most of my time there by snapping some Street Art.
I was last there in late November 2016, so naturally there wasn’t a lot of change in the wallspaces, but there were still some new pieces I spotted.
I spotted some pieces in the Northern Quarter, then managed to stumble on some pieces close to the Northern Quarter in Ancoats.
Some of the pieces I couldn’t get enough backlift for a decent photo, while one piece had workmen working in front of it, rather frustratingly.
Bowie and Shaft are still there, but i’ve already got photos of them.
I also got a couple of photos of Wall Art inside Afflecks, which is already worth a visit in it’s own right for the shops inside.
Manchester Street Art November 2014
Manchester Street Art May 2015
Manchester Street Art November 2015
Manchester Street Art January 2016
Manchester Street Art May 2016
Manchester Street Art November 2016
I headed to Manchester recently to see United take on Hull City. I make my trips to Old Trafford about more than football though.
Part of my tradition now when visiting Old Trafford is to walk along Salford Quays, covering the distance between Cornbrook and Exchange Quay Tram stops and snap some of the Street Art along the quay.
The only problem is, there isn’t a lot of room to get backlift so some of the photos don’t come out how i’d hoped.
Salford Quays Street Art May 2016
Salford Quays Street Art November 2016
It was a musical start to September 2016, by going to see Squeeze in concert at Ulster Hall, then going to see The Divine Comedy perform at HMV two days later.
It was back to football the following weekend as Linfield took on Portadown.
I was then off to Liverpool for a wedding and made a trip out of it, getting some Street Art photos in Liverpool.
The following weekend after my return from Liverpool, it was back to Windsor Park to see Linfield take on Ards.
Having photographed Street Art in Liverpool, I was photographing Street Art in Belfast, of North Street and surrounding areas, having missed Culture Night due to being in Liverpool.
Squeeze live at Ulster Hall
Squeeze live at Ulster Hall Photo Album
The Divine Comedy live at HMV Belfast
The Divine Comedy live at HMV Belfast Photo Album
Linfield v Portadown
Liverpool Street Art
Liverpool Street Art Photo
Linfield v Ards
North Street Art
North Street Art Photo Album
2016 In Pictures, Football, Music, Photography, Street Art | Tagged Ards, Belfast, Concert, England, Football, HMV, Irish League, Linfield, Liverpool, Music, Photography, Portadown, Squeeze, Street Art, The Divine Comedy, Ulster Hall, Windsor Park