Barring something dramatic, the 2012-2013 season is over for me in terms of football attending.

The season began in June at the Amsterdam Arena, and ended in May at Clandeboye Park.

Unsurprisingly, most of the Linfield matches I attended weren’t particularly enjoyable.

There wasn’t much in the way of curiousities (last season, I saw two twins on opposing sides) apart from going to two matches in once day – twice, and there being a power failure at a match I was at.

Amazingly, it was an FA Premier League game, rather than an Irish League game.

So here, is a statistical look back at my 2012-2013 football season :

Matches Attended : 52

Goals Seen : 147 (should be 149, but I missed 2 goals in 2 different matches due to being late)

Red Cards : 11 (Plus also 2 players sent-off in dressing room for on field incident)

Hat-Tricks : 2

Matthew Tipton (Orangefield OB v Linfield, Linfield v Coleraine)

Penalties Missed/Saved : 7

Highest Scoring Match : 7 (Linfield 5-2 Coleraine, Falkirk 3-4 Hibernian AET)

Countries Seen Matches In : 5

England, Holland, Northern Ireland, Republic Of Ireland, Scotland

Teams Seen Play : 35

Australia (1st time), Azerbaijan, B36 Torshavn (1st time), Ballinamallard United (1st time), Ballymena United, Bangor, Cliftonville, Coleraine, Crusaders, Donegal Celtic, Dungannon Swifts, Falkirk (1st time), Fulham, Glenavon, Glentoran, Harland and Wolff Welders (1st time), Hibernian, Heart of Midlothian, Holland (1st time), Israel, Linfield, Lisburn Distillery, Luxembourg (1st time), Manchester United, Northern Ireland, Norwich City, Orangefield OB (1st time), Portadown, Queens Park Rangers (1st time), Rangers, Reading (1st time), Rosenborg, Shamrock Rovers (1st time), Scotland, Tobermore United (1st time)

Competitions Watched : 11

County Antrim Shield, European Cup, FA Premier League, Irish Cup, Irish League, Irish League Championship 1, Scottish Cup, Scottish Premier League, Setanta Cup, UEFA Cup, World Cup,

Stadiums Visited : 20

Amsterdam Arena, Ballyskeagh, Clandeboye Park, Craven Cottage (1st time), Cregagh Sports Ground (1st time), Easter Road, Ferney Park (1st time), Hampden Park, Ibrox (1st time), Loftus Road (1st time), Mourneview Park, Old Trafford, Seaview, Shamrock Park, Stangmore Park, Solitude, Tallaght Stadium (1st time), The Oval, Tillysburn Park (1st time), Windsor Park,


11 months after the season started in the Amsterdam Arena, Clandeboye Park was the venue for my final game of the season, the Championship 1 relegation battle between Bangor and Tobermore United.

It was a first for me ….. the first ever league match that wasn’t a top flight game.

Part of the reason for going to this game, was that it would give me a good excuse to bypass the Cup Final Of Doom at Windsor Park.

Bangor started the game in the one relegation position, one point behind three other clubs, one of whom was Tobermore United.

The maths was simple enough for Bangor. Win, and they’re safe. Lose, and they’re down. Draw, and they’re hoping Larne lose by three goals.

The pattern of the game was set early on. Bangor, on the attack, looking for a goal, with Tobermore looking to hit on the counter-attack. Tobermore had their best chance of the game that way, when they had a clean through that they should have scored, but Bangor’s keeper made the save.

Bangor were frustrated and kept at bay by Tobermore, as the first-half ended 0-0.

The second-half continued in a similar manner, with Bangor fans desperately appealing for everything with each passing minute, the songs and encouragement getting louder as the need grew greater.

For all their possession, Bangor looked unable to take advantage of it. It looked like being “one of those days”

Then, with less than ten minutes to go, Bangor got their breakthrough ….. and the relief was clear for all to see.

Tobermore, set up to frustrate and counter attack, now had to change their plans and take the game to Bangor.

Every free-kick and throw-in conceded was met with groans. The fear was clear for all to see. Bangor managed to hold out and avoid relegation, while Tobermore went down.

For me, the 2012-2013 season was now over.

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