As the UEFA Cup restarts tonight, this time next week, I shall be at Old Trafford for the second leg of the tie between Manchester United and Ajax.
That will be my 5th game attended in the competition since the 2009-2010 season, at various stages.
It’s sad that the competition is so maligned, as it’s enjoyable to follow. Not only that, the syndicated highlights programme on ITV4 and Channel 5 is the best football highlights programme on TV. Other broadcasters should take note.
I would really love it if United were to win it this season, purely so United could complete the hat-trick of European trophies after previously winning the European Cup (1968, 1999, 2008) and European Cup Winners Cup (1991)
Not only that, I have a UEFA Cup branded keyring. I am so cool.
So, I thought i’d share some of my photos from the last few years of the competition.
That season, I went to see the Second Leg of Linfield v Randers. If you think United playing in the UEFA Cup is a culture shock, it’s the same for Linfield playing in the competition as well.
Randers were 4-0 up from the first leg, but I headed down anyway, as I enjoyed the novelty of playing a home match away from Windsor Park.
As Windsor Park’s pitch was being relaid, Linfield used Mourneview Park for their solitary home match that season.
Mourneview Park is very friendly for amateur photography, so I managed to get some nice shots.
The following month, I was in Edinburgh for the festival. I arrived in the city on a Thursday afternoon, and by chance, Hearts were at home to Dinamo Zagreb that evening, so I headed to Tynecastle and managed to get a ticket.
Hearts were 4-0 down, but managed to pull back 2 goals to win 2-0.
Was a fantastice atmosphere, and if Hearts had managed to get a 3rd soon after their 2nd. They might have been able to get the tie to Extra-Time at least.
My next match in the competition was the following season in the Final in Dublin between Porto and Braga.
Was a poor game, but it was great to go to a European Final.
My next game came earlier this season, again at Tynecastle, as I managed to blag a ticket for Hearts v Spurs.
Was a fantastic atmosphere …….. for the first five minutes until Spurs went 1-0, then were 3-0 up inside 20 minutes.
After that, the match was a non-event, but still enjoyable to be at for a neutral.
Hope you enjoy this photo round-up, and that I can get some more photos this evening.