STATISTICAL ANALYSIS OF A FOOTBALL YEAR

Having done a statistical analysis of the 2011-2012 season, I thought i’d do one for my football watching in 2012, with today having been my last match attended of the year.

Here is the breakdown.

Games : 48

Goals Seen : 149

(Should have been 151, but I managed to miss two goals this year. Was late for second-half of Linfield v Portadown on 27.10.2012 and missed a goal. Missed the start of Northern Ireland v Azerbaijan on 14.11.2012 and missed a goal)

Red Cards: 10

(Doesn’t include red cards awarded in the dressing room to David Armstrong and Terry Fitzpatrick during Dungannon v Linfield on 13.10.2012)

Missed/Saved Penalties : 4

Hat-Tricks : 3

Aaron Burns (Linfield v Dungannon Swifts)
Peter Thompson (Linfield v Newry City)
Matthew Tipton (Orangefield OB v Linfield)

Teams Seen : 33

Ajax (1st time), Australia (1st time), Azerbaijan, B36 Torshavn (1st time), Ballinamallard United (1st time), Ballymena United, Carrick Rangers, Cliftonville, Coleraine, Crusaders, Donegal Celtic, Dungannon Swifts, Excelsior Rotterdam (1st time), FC Utrecht (1st time), Glenavon, Glentoran, Harland and Wolff Welders (1st time), Heart of Midlothian, Hibernian, Holland (1st time), Linfield, Lisburn Distillery, Luxembourg (1st time), Manchester United, Newry City, Northern Ireland, Norway, Orangefield OB (1st time), Portadown, Queens Park Rangers (1st time), Rosenborg, Scotland, VVV Venlo (1st time)

Stadiums Visited : 16

Amsterdam Arena (1st time), Ballymena Showgrounds, Ballyskeagh, Easter Road, Ferney Park (1st time), Gibson Park (1st time), Mourneview Park, Old Trafford, Seaview, Shamrock Park, Solitude, Stangmore Park, The Oval, Tillysburn Park (1st time), Windsor Park, Woudestein (1st time),

Competitions : 9

County Antrim Shield, Eredivise, European Cup, FA Premier League, Irish Cup, Irish League, Scottish Premier League, UEFA Cup, World Cup

Curiosities

4th February – Watched a match in a stand named after Robin Van Persie

18th February – Twins (Aaron and Andrew Burns) on opposing sides in a competitive game

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2012 IN PICTURES – DECEMBER (SO FAR)

The year might have been winding down to an end, but I was still out and about in my camera.

On the very first day of the month, I found myself at Ballyskeagh, a venue not known for being kind to amateur photography, and so it proved, as I got pictures as dull and uninspiring as Linfield’s performance that day.

The following Saturday, was a wee adventure to somewhere i’d never been before, Ballinamallard, for Linfield’s first (competitive) visit there.

Made a whole day of it, and managed to get some good photos from a ground which is very friendly to amateur photography.

The following Saturday, I did a Football/Rugby double header, as I went to a Linfield match at 3pm, then over to Ravenhill for 6pm

The Ulster match against Northampton was my annual Winter trip for a European game. I’d got the tickets in September, which turned out to be a good decision, as the game sold out well in advance.

My previous four visits saw Ulster win. Unfortunately, that run came to an end.

On Saturday, I was at Seaview for Linfield’s visit to Crusaders, and managed to get some good shots at a ground which is usually friendly to amateur photography.

So, that’s my round-up of my photo adventures in 2012 over. Here’s to more in 2013.

Lisburn Distillery v Linfield

Ballinamallard v Linfield

Linfield v Dungannon Swifts

Ulster v Northampton

Ulster v Northampton Photo Album

Crusaders v Linfield

2012 IN PICTURES – MARCH

After Fun February, it was Mundane March, but there are still photos worth viewing.

Mostly graffiti and football, enjoy.

Great Victoria Street Graffiti

Up The Punx

Another Graffiti Blog

Born To Run

Linfield v Carrick Rangers

More Street Art Photos

Linfield v Donegal Celtic

Lisburn Distillery v Linfield

LISBURN DISTILLERY 1-1 LINFIELD 1.12.2012

Was at Ballyskeagh today, the most cold and miserable stadium in the Irish League, to witness a Linfield performance which was just as cold and miserable. Sadly, it was a Linfield performance which has become the norm, rather than a blip.

Midway through the second-half, with Distillery 1-0 up, I overheard someone say “This is one way traffic”

If it was “one way traffic”, it was a traffic jam going at 1 mph

There was no urgency, no imagination, nobody making runs, nobody using the ball well.

If Distillery’s keeper makes a series of world class saves, you hold you hands up. All the saves he made were saving practice. Any ‘pressure’ Linfield had was possession, but not much being done with it.

I could cut and paste blogs from past matches. That’s how repetitive it is.

I’ve stuck up for (2003) and praised (2006) David Jeffrey in the past, but I am losing patience, and i’m not the only one.

Crowds are down. If it wasn’t for the fact I have a season ticket, i’d probably not bother with the game against Dungannon on December 15th.

The season is still retrievable. There’s still three trophies to play for. In ten days time, it could be just two. We will go into a home match against Crusaders as underdogs. That is the reality of the situation.

Usual phototaking arrangements at Ballyskeagh. Uninspired, dull, average at best. The photography, very much matched the football.

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PHOTO DIARY OF A FOOTBALL SEASON : MARCH

Two matches at Windsor Park and a game at Ballyskeagh, two grounds not so friendly for amateur photography.

I did try though.

Linfield v Carrick Rangers

Linfield v Donegal Celtic

Lisburn Distillery v Linfield

STATISTICAL ANALYSIS OF A FOOTBALL SEASON

You can thank @philmojones4 for the inspiration for this pointless blogpost, when he commented on how many matches he’d been too during the 2011-2012 season, and it got me thinking, then I thought some more, and came up with this statistical analysis of the football season just past (I know technically the season is still going, but for me, it is over)

Matches Attended : 44

Goals Seen : 120

Red Cards : 5

Hat-Tricks : 2

Aaron Burns (Linfield v Dungannon Swifts) Peter Thompson (Linfield v Newry City)

(Last season I witnessed hat-tricks by Dimitar Berbatov and Lionel Messi)

Hat-tricks missed due to being on holiday : 1

Phil Lowry (Linfield v Donegal Celtic)

Hat-tricks missed due to not being arsed with Irish Cup ties v lower league opposition : 2

Rory Patterson (Linfield v Ballyclare Comrades) Peter Thompson (Linfield v Coagh United)

Highest scoring match : 7 (Linfield 7-0 Newry City)

Countries seen football in : 4

England, Holland, Northern Ireland, Scotland

(Last season, it was 4 as well – England, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Spain)

Teams seen play : 28

Aberdeen, Ajax Amsterdam, Ballymena United, BATE Borisov, Carrick Rangers, Cliftonville, Coleraine, Crusaders, Derriaghy CC, Donegal Celtic, Dungannon Swifts, Excelsior Rotterdam, Faroe Islands, Glenavon, Glentoran, Heart of Midlothian, Linfield, Lisburn Distillery, Manchester United, Newry City, Northern Ireland, Norway, Portadown, Serbia, Sunderland, Tottenham Hotspur, Utrecht, VVV Venlo

Competitions Watched : 8

Eredivise, Euro 2012, European Cup, FA Premier League, Irish Cup, Irish Premier League, Scottish Premier League, UEFA Cup

Stadiums Visited : 14

Amsterdam Arena, Ballymena Showgrounds, Ballyskeagh, Coleraine Showgrounds, Mourneview Park, Old Trafford, Seaview, Seycon Park, Shamrock Park, Solitude, The Oval, Tynecastle, Windsor Park, Woudestein

NB: Stats do not include last night’s Manchester United v Irish League XI game. My visit to Amsterdam for the Holland v Northern Ireland game will be counted towards 2012-2013 statistics.

LISBURN DISTILLERY 0-3 LINFIELD 24.3.2012

At Ballyskeagh today for Linfield’s Irish League game with Distillery, their 33rd of the season, and last before the split.

A routine enough 3-0 win for Linfield, always in control and never in doubt. The second-half performance was far better than the first.

As per with visits to Distillery, getting photos was a struggle, but I tried my best.

My next match will be at some point in the future, hopefully the league clash with Portadown at Windsor Park on 7th April, seeing as it looks unlikely i’ll be at The Oval for the Irish Cup Semi-Final.

Anyway, enjoy these photos.

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2011 IN PICTURES – AUGUST

A busy month full of travel began in the most glamourous of settings of a rainstorm in Lurgan, as Linfield travelled to Glenavon on the opening day of the 2011-2012 Irish League season.

It literally rained throughout the whole match, and I wasn’t in a brave enough mood to move from my seat to get photos.

I did get a nice portrait shot of Mourneview Park at the end of the game though.

The following Saturday, I was in Edinburgh. The weather wasn’t much better though.

I was over for the festival, but with Edinburgh having two SPL teams, I decided to take in a match as well.

That day, Hearts were playing Aberdeen, and I managed to get into a good shooting position.

The following Thursday, as a bonus, Hearts played Tottenham Hotspur in a UEFA Cup tie, and I managed to blag a ticket, and get some good shots.

I also managed to get a lovely shot of Princes Street Gardens on the Sunday teatime between the two games.

Managed to stumble across some excellent graffiti in the University area of the city.

There are no pictures from the festival, but a full write up can be found here

From Edinburgh, I headed to Brighton for the weekend, and loved it, a fantastic city.

Managed to get some fantastic sunset shots and some street art pictures as well.

I’d hoped to get to a match at The Amex but couldn’t get a ticket unfortunately, but I did manage to get some nice shots of the exterior of the ground.


Glenavon v Linfield

Northern Ireland v Faroe Islands

Hearts v Aberdeen

Hearts v Aberdeen Photo Album

Edinburgh Street Art

Hearts v Tottenham Hotspur

Hearts v Tottenham Hotspur Photo Album

Brighton Sunsets

Brighton Sunsets Photo Album

Brighton Street Art

The Amex

The Amex Photo Album

PHOTO DIARY OF A FOOTBALL SEASON : APRIL

April, the month when things get decided.

The month started in explosive fashion with a top of the table clash between Linfield and Crusaders at Seaview, with both teams starting the game level on points.

For the first time at Seaview, both fans were segregated, and Linfield fans couldn’t make use of the terraces behind the goal at the Shore Road due to groundworks.

One Seaview tradition remains, in that Linfield goalscorers never run to where I am stood.

In compensation for missing out on a photo of Robert Garrett celebrating his winner, I managed to get a good one of Jim Ervin taking a throw.

Linfield’s visit to The Oval two weeks later was also subject to restrictions due to work taking place on the ground, but I managed to work around this and get some good photos.

Later in the month, I managed to get shots of stickers left at Ballyskeagh by Shamrock Rovers fans.

As sod’s law would dictate, after a season of taking photos, my camera’s battery died during the presentation of the Gibson Cup to Linfield.

Crusaders v Linfield

Linfield v Glentoran (Irish Cup)

Glentoran v Linfield

Linfield v Glentoran

Linfield v Cliftonville

Lisburn Distillery v Linfield

Linfield v Portadown

LISBURN DISTILLERY 0-4 LINFIELD 26.4.2011

Was at Ballyskeagh today to see Linfield take on Lisburn Distillery to see if they could get the point that wouled secure the Gibson Cup for the 50th time in the club’s history.

It was secured, with a bit to spare, thanks to a 4-0 victory.

At the other end of the table, Newry City’s relegation was confirmed, which was sad, as it’s one of my favourite away grounds to visit.

But, as one club gets relegated, another gets promoted, and Carrick Rangers look certain to take Newry’s place, which will mean a new ground to visit and photograph next season.

Every time i’m at Ballyskeagh, the weather is always horrible, so it was a nice novelty for it to be nice and sunny today.

As previously stated, it’s a ground where it’s hard to get a good view, never mind a photo. I did try though.

My camera is being loaded for the big celebration at the weekend. Not the Windsor Wedding, but the Windsor Title Party.

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