PHOTO DIARY OF A FOOTBALL SEASON : JULY/PRE-SEASON

My season started in July with a match between two sides from different countries.

I’d have hoped that it would have been the World Cup Final in Soccer City, but I had to make do with a European Cup tie between Linfield and Rosenborg.

Due to ground work on Windsor Park, supporters were only allowed in the South Stand, which wasn’t the best for photo taking opportunities.

After a 0-0 draw at Windsor Park, Linfield lost the second leg 2-0 to lose 2-0 on aggregate, bringing to an end my dream of seeing Noel Bailie lift the trophy at Wembley in May 2011.

My next match, was a pre-season friendly away to Dunmurry Rec, on a weekday evening, soaking up the sun and watching Linfield coast to victory, while getting some photos.

With a win that convincing, Dunmurry are the sort of team that would be on my wishlist for opponents in the early rounds of the Irish Cup.


Linfield v Rosenborg


Dunmurry Rec v Linfield

2010 IN PICTURES – JULY

Not a lot happening in this month, the STLFTEM came right on the very last day when I went to see (for free) Adam Hills live at Mandela Hall.

The first half of the month was obviously spent watching the later rounds of the World Cup, and within days, the early rounds of the European Cup, where I ventured to Windsor Park to see Linfield take on Rosenborg.

I also managed to take in a pre-season friendly between Linfield and Dunmurry Rec, and Dunmurry’s ground was amateur photographer friendly.

Some interesting Street Art also popped up in Belfast during the month, as various stencils of popculture icons appeared in the Woodstock Road, and a mural tribute to the recently deceased Snooker legend Alex Higgins appeared outside the Royal Bar in Sandy Row.

Enjoy.

DUNMURRY REC 0-8 LINFIELD 27.7.2010

With eleven days to go until the start of the new Irish League season, clubs are finetuning their sides in preparation.

Linfield are currently in the process of doing this, tonight playing Dunmurry Rec at Ashley Park.

With the relatively close location, I decided to venture down to take in the action.

It was a routine win for Linfield, 8-0, with Jim Ervin of all people scoring a hat-trick, and not one of them was a penalty.

The ground is very friendly to amateur photographers in terms of getting close access to the pitch, although the poor lighting meant that getting photos late on in the game was going to be hard, due to it being an evening game.

Enjoy

Photo Album