PHOTO OF THE SEASON : 2017-2018

I hope you’ve enjoyed the month by month look back at the 2017-2018. The less said about what happened on the pitch, the better.

I took a lot of photos, so i’ve rounded up my favourites.

Feel free to vote for your favourite.

PLATT LANE

This was taken in June last year when The Oval was being used for filming a movie about Bert Trautmann, and was decorated to look like Maine Road. I went to get some photos.

I specifically wanted one with 1950s Maine Road and 2017 Oval both in the same shot, and this was my favourite from that day.

CLANDEBOYE

You have roadworks to thank for this photo.

I was held up heading to Ards v Linfield and missed the first couple of minutes.

This was the scene that greeted me as I entered, a crowd with their eyes fixated on the pitch on a warm summer evening.

GARRETT

I like the composition of this photo.

You may be surprised that Robert Garrett is attacking and not defending, he had just kept the ball in play and was now being surrounded by two Dungannon defenders.

PHOTOGRAPHER

I just like the composition of this shot. Taken during Spartans v Linfield in Scottish Challenge Cup.

RAINBOW

Me being arty farty. I love trying to get pictures of rainbows over football grounds. Taken at half-time during Ballinamallard v Linfield in November. A rare time that afternoon when it wasn’t raining.

HAUGHEY

Same match, everyone huddled in the stand to avoid the rain. I like the composition of this shot.

FLEGS

Taken during the Northern Ireland v Switzerland match in November, green and white flags were left out before the game for fans to wave. I decided to take a shot as they were being waved and got lucky.

CELEBRATION

Everything fell into place for this shot, the sky, a well worked goal, and the whole team coming together to celebrate.

GOAL

I like this shot because it captures the emotion of a last minute equaliser as part of a late comeback that never looked like coming.

TIPTON

I was heading to the exit for a quick getaway (in my defence, it was an away game on a weeknight) and stumbled upon this framing as Matthew Tipton looked on as Warrenpoint took on Linfield.

CAMPION

Taken during Cliftonville v Linfield in February, the guy in the red coat makes it makes it with his celebration as Linfield players celebrate in front of their fans.

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PHOTO DIARY OF A FOOTBALL SEASON : APRIL/MAY

April’s football watching began with a trip to Mourneview Park on Easter Tuesday to see Linfield grind out a 3-2 win away to Glenavon.

That was followed on the Saturday afterwards by going to see Linfield beat Ballymena United 2-0.

Good start to the month, but that was as good as it got, as Linfield could only managed one point from their next three games against Crusaders, Coleraine and Cliftonville, which would cause them to eventually miss out on European football.

There was only one match for me in May, a trip to Old Trafford to see Manchester United take on Watford.

And that, was the 2017-2018 over for me.

Here’s to more football and photos in 2018-2019.

Glenavon v Linfield

Linfield v Ballymena United

Crusaders v Linfield

Linfield v Coleraine

Linfield v Cliftonville

Manchester United v Watford

Manchester United v Watford Photo Album

PHOTO DIARY OF A FOOTBALL SEASON : JANUARY

January 2018’s football watching was supposed to start at Coleraine on the first day of the month, but the weather saw to that, so I had to wait a week to visit Taylor’s Avenue for my first game of the month, to see Linfield grind out a 1-0 win over Carrick Rangers.

There was another postponement in the middle of the month, at Warrenpoint, which meant I had to wait a whole week for my next match. It wasn’t really worth the wait as Linfield lost 3-2 to Glenavon.

Towards the end of the month, I headed to London for a short weekend away. Naturally, I hoped to take in a game while I was there, and the game I chose was Millwall v Rochdale.

My final game of the month was a trip to Coleraine, which should have kicked off the month, to see Linfield score two late goals to secure a dramatic draw.

Carrick Rangers v Linfield

Linfield v Glenavon

Millwall v Rochdale

Millwall v Rochdale Photo Album

Coleraine v Linfield

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PHOTO DIARY OF A FOOTBALL SEASON : NOVEMBER

November’s football watching began with a long trip to Fermanagh to see Linfield beat Ballinamallard 6-0 in the pouring rain.

Up next, was Northern Ireland’s World Cup Play-Off against Switzerland. The following day, I headed to Ballymena to see Linfield take on Ballymena, giving me two disappointing results on successive days.

Results took an upturn in the final weeks of the month, as I headed to see Linfield beat the top two in the League, Coleraine and Glenavon, in successive weeks.

Ballinamallard United v Linfield

Northern Ireland v Switzerland

Northern Ireland v Switzerland Photo Album

Ballymena United v Linfield

Linfield v Coleraine

Glenavon v Linfield

PHOTO DIARY OF A FOOTBALL SEASON : OCTOBER

October’s football watching began with Northern Ireland taking on Germany in a World Cup Qualifier.

That was then followed by taking in Linfield’s defeats against Coleraine and Crusaders.

Thankfully, the month ended a bit better, as I went to see Linfield beat Ards

Northern Ireland v Germany

Northern Ireland v Germany Photo Album

Coleraine v Linfield

Linfield v Crusaders

Linfield v Ards

LINFIELD 2-2 COLERAINE 21.4.2018

Entering Windsor Park in the sunshine as Some Kind Of Bliss by Her Majesty Kylie Minogue blasts out on the tannoy. As song titles go, it’s not one that would sum up Linfield’s season. Wake Me Up When It’s All Over could have doubled up as a tribute to Avicii and an accurate summary of Linfield’s season. By the time the full-time whistle blew, History Repeating by Propellerheads would have been an apt choice of song.

History repeated itself in so many ways. The first was the pre-match scenario.

Matchday 37, the sun is shining, Linfield face Coleraine as they look to overtake a team one point in front, while looking for a favour from Ballymena United. Just as it was last year.

The big difference, was that Linfield were aiming for 3rd rather than 1st.

A pitiful surrender at Seaview last weekend didn’t lead to much optimism amongst Linfield’s support pre-match.

That surrender at Seaview led to three changes in the starting eleven, although two of them were enforced due to suspensions to Andrew Waterworth and Andrew Mitchell. Stephen Fallon dropped to the bench as Jimmy Callacher, Achille Campion and Ryan Strain came into the team.

Jimmy Callacher coming into the team meant that Josh Robinson was pushed into midfield. I’ve been critical at times of Robinson’s performance this season, but he did well today.

Carroll was in goal for Linfield, no surprise there, but there was another Carroll in the Linfield squad today, with young striker Adam Carroll taking his place on the bench.

The only team in the League to lose four times to Crusaders, there is one positive record this season that Linfield do have, the only team to have beaten Coleraine in the League.

It was a match for me, and quite a few other Linfield fans that would be viewed from the Railway Stand, the stand being made available to Linfield fans on a trial basis.

It is definitely worth trialing, and letting this trial continue into the early months of next season. The tail end of a season that has sucked the life and enthusiasm out of everyone is never going to be the best barometer.

There are a few things that need to be ironed out.

There is absolutely no reason why fans can’t access the Railway Stand via the South Stand. There is no need to segregate the two stands. I know it’s been a bad season, but hardly so bad that we need to be kept apart from each other.

The two stands being kept apart leads nicely into my next observation, albeit one that doesn’t affect me.

Feel free to correct me if i’m wrong, but there didn’t appear to be any facilities for anyone who wanted to get an alcoholic beverage before the match or at half-time if they so wished. All that could be remedied by making it possible for people to freely move between the two stands.

It’s the little things that can make the difference. I’ve always felt that Linfield disadvantage themselves by not having fans behind the goal at Windsor Park.

You see matches away from home where Linfield are attacking with their fans behind the goal. You always feel that Linfield will get a goal. We have two stands, we should be putting our fans in one of them.

It’ll also serve a purpose as it’ll stop goalkeepers timewasting when the ball goes behind the goal if fans can return it quickly.

Linfield were straight on the attack, they were up for it, putting Coleraine straight under pressure, with Coleraine being forced to concede corners. From those corners, Coleraine goalkeeper Chris Johns was struggling. There were goals in this for Linield.

On 14 minutes, Linfield got one of those when a cross from Matthew Clarke was headed home by Achille Campion to put Linfield 1-0 up with his first goal at Windsor Park.

It was deserved. Unlike so many times this season, Linfield had scored when they were on top.

At the other end of the field, Eoin Bradley was enduring a frustrating afternoon. He spent most of the afternoon trying to goad and get a reaction out of Linfield’s defenders. They weren’t playing ball.

His afternoon was summed up as he tried to keep the ball in play by backheeling it off a Linfield defender, making a mess of it and conceding a throw.

He then tried to shield the ball and invite a foul from Jimmy Callacher. The foul didn’t come, and Bradley ended up conceding a throw. His afternoon only lasted 45 minutes as he was substituted at half-time.

Bradley did have an attempt on goal, a low free-kick being saved by Roy Carroll who then smothered it before the ball could squirm in, just as it looked set to squeeze in.

Johns then produced a double save from Kurtis Byrne and Ryan Strain, though an offside flag did go up, although that was ignored as Coleraine went straight on the attack.

All their early pressure only brought one goal, Linfield got a second as the half began to meander, as a long ball forward fell to Kurtis Byrne, who fired home with his left foot for his third goal in four games.

Linfield then had an attack on the break where Robert Garrett had a long range shot saved by Johns, Kirk Millar followed up on the rebound and dinked the ball over him, but also over the bar.

Linfield were feeling unstoppable.

In the final moment of the game, Eoin Bradley’s fortunes looked to be taking an upward turn, as he had a sight of goal, only to have that sight obstructed by a block from Mark Stafford.

The first-half was a repeat of the first-half when the sides met at Windsor Park in November 2017.

The lesson from that day was that if Coleraine pulled a goal back, it could be a nervous afternoon for Linfield.

In that match in November last year, Aaron Burns came on as a substitute for Linfield. Today, he came on as a substitute for Coleraine today, coming on at half-time alongside Ian Parkhill and Jamie McGonigle.

Second-half goals have been a speciality for Coleraine in recent weeks, drawing first-half blanks against Larne, Crusaders, Cliftonville and Ballymena United, and emerging with three wins and a draw.

In the game in November, the opening minutes of the second-half saw a lot of Coleraine pressure. That was expected to be the case again, but in fact it was the other way around.

A clearance from Chris Johns fell to Kirk Millar in the right midfield position, who returned it immediately.

He couldn’t replicate his goal against Ballinamallard United on the opening day of last season, curling wide of the goal but staying in play, Coleraine struggling to clear in their right-back position.

Kurtis Byrne then narrowly chipped wide from a wide position, as Linfield went in search of a third goal they needed to secure the points.

Coleraine fans were soon cheering a goal, but not at Windsor Park, across the city at Seaview as Cliftonville went 1-0 up against Crusaders.

It was Coleraine fans loudest cheer of the day. It was their only cheer of the day.

That joy was short-lived as Crusaders equalised immediately. Coleraine still had to help themselves as there was no point in Crusaders dropping points if they were doing likewise.

A cross from the right almost caught out Roy Carroll, hitting the post, while Carroll had to tip over a header that looked like sneaking in.

It looked like being one of those days for Coleraine as Linfield looked set to hold out.

Out of nowhere, Coleraine got a lifeline when Roy Carroll conceded a penalty.

As if the situation wasn’t tense enough for Darren McCauley as he waited to take the kick, there was a delay due to an injured Linfield player receiving treatment, as well as two Linfield substitutions, Stephen Fallon and Louis Rooney coming on for Achille Campion and Ryan Strain.

McCauley finished the penalty to make it 2-1, and with fifteen minutes to go, it set it up for a tense finish.

Linfield went straight on the attack, with Chris Johns forced into turning the ball around for a corner.

Before you could say that it was good to see that Linfield were dusting themselves down and getting on with it, Coleraine were level when a simple crossfield pass played in Darren McCauley to make it 2-2.

As soon as McCauley got the ball, there was only going to be one outcome.

There was no real science to it, one pass and he was through on goal. Once again, Linfield concede another bad goal.

It was similar (albeit from a different side) to Jamie McGonigle’s ‘goal’ when the sides met in October 2017.

Just as when the sides last met in January, the away side scored two quickfire goals to turn 0-2 into 2-2.

This match was like a Greatest Hits of matches between Linfield and Coleraine this season. Everything that happened in those three games happened at some point in this game.

Unlike in January when Linfield pulled it back to 2-2, Coleraine had time on their side to go on and win the game.

Coleraine couldn’t get a winner but neither could Linfield. The closest either side came to a goal was when Jimmy Callacher had a goalbound header blocked.

It finished 2-2, not an ideal result for either side. Draws in the other two Section A games mean that nothing changed at the top. Linfield and Coleraine will be ruing dropped points, but will be thankful others didn’t putt clear of them.

Both sides will be looking for a favour from others as their destiny will be out of their hands. Linfield will be looking for a favour from Coleraine a week after trying to kill off their title bid.

And if Linfield take advantage of a favour from Coleraine, we’ll be needing another one in the Irish Cup Final.

I was genuinely surprised and thankful that Ballymena got a draw at Mourneview Park.

I was also surprised that Cliftonville got a draw at Seaview. With last week’s defeat to Glenavon theoretically (but not mathematically) ending their hopes of 3rd place, I thought Cliftonville would have been winding down the League season in preparation for the Irish Cup Final, especially to avoid suspensions.

That result keeps the race for the title going until the last day, which is good as Coleraine will have to get something against Glenavon, which would benefit Linfield if they do. Coleraine’s pre-match mood would have been a lot more despondent if they were trailing Crusaders by two points with an inferior goal difference.

That draw at Seaview will also ensure no complacency (I hope) from Linfield fans and players who may think Cliftonville’s minds may be elsewhere.

It is a result that makes Linfield’s pitiful surrender last week even worse as Coleraine, Glenavon and Cliftonville have all emerged from Seaview in recent weeks unbeaten.

Hopefully, Linfield’s players will spend the Summer reading the following sentence over and over again – Do not be afraid of Crusaders, do not be a afraid of Crusaders, do not be afr …….

It doesn’t matter if Cliftonville have one eye or two eyes on the Irish Cup Final, all that matters is Linfield’s performance and application.

Cliftonville won’t want to go into their biggest match of the season with three defeats and a draw in their previous four matches.

Linfield will go into that game with one enforced change due to Mark Haughey serving a suspension. I would expect (and hope) that Joe Crowe will come in for him.

Who knows what is going to happen next Saturday?

As tense as it will be, i’d rather be playing for 1st than playing for 3rd on the last day of the season.

One thing that looks a certainty will be a delayed kick-off. I’ll be amazed if all three games in Section A kick off at 3pm.

With the outcome of the three games linking to each other, a delayed kick-off in Lurgan or Ballymena due to crowd congestion will have a knock-on effect of the other two games having to be delayed.

On the plus side, if there is a delayed kick-off, Linfield will get to be Champions for an extra fifteen minutes.

In Section B, the bottom two, like the top two, are separated by goal difference, with Carrick Rangers edging out Ballinamallard United.

Given the choice, I can’t say Carrick would be missed. Ten men behind the ball and foul as soon as the ball goes into their half. At least Ballinamallard try to play football.

One good thing about Carrick’s win at The Oval, apart from the obvious, is that it kills off Glentoran’s momentum.

One advantage that the team in 7th will have in relation to the UEFA Cup Play-Offs is that by playing the bottom five, they have the opportunity to get some form and momentum going into the Play-Offs.

That is now two defeats in three games for Glentoran. I’d expect Ballinamallard, on a six game unbeaten run and with so much to play for, to get a win at The Oval. Wether it will be enough to stay up, is another matter.

Got to feel for Ards and Dungannon Swifts fans, or possibly envy them, as their meeting at Clandeboye Park will be the only game with nothing riding on it.

One team definitely celebrating a title is Institute, who secured promotion after winning the NIFL Championship.

As you will already know, their ground is unusable after flooding last Summer. This season, they have alternated between Wilton Park and Limavady Showgrounds, while there are also rumours that they want to use The Brandywell.

Whichever of those three grounds they use, it will be a new one for me.

As previously mentioned, ideally Linfield will be away to Institute on Saturday 11th August, as Embrace are doing a concert in Limavady that day. A nice double header.

Meanwhile in England, Sunderland got relegated to League One. Ha ha ha. Poznan related “Banter”, cringeworthy halfscarfery at the 2014 League Cup Final, voting for Brexit, viewing announcing the first result at a General Election as an achievement. There’s really not a lot redeeming about Sunderland.

Finally, a club goal by Liam Boyce that is worth celebrating.

Elsehwere in the Nort-East, Middlesbrough continue to hold on to a Play-Off spot.

The reason why I have an interest in Middlesbrough this season is that Newcastle hosts the 2019 European Rugby Cup Final. Obviously, Newcastle would be away that weekend, but logically, Middlesbrough would be at home if they are in the Premier League. That would be a very tempting double header.

Yep, i’m already planning my football trips for 2018-2019.

Hopefully, i’ll have only one more Linfield match in 2017-2018

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COLERAINE 2-2 LINFIELD 30.1.2018

This was a match that should have been played on New Year’s Day. Linfield were hoping that this match would kickstarted their 2018, four weeks later than anticipated.

If Linfield take any longer starting this year, they might as well join the Chinese Super League.

Glenavon and Cliftonville dropped four points in their games on Friday and Monday, which meant that Linfield could make up ground on the two sides above them with a win.

While Linfield’s ambitions were to make up ground to try and climb into 3rd. Coleraine’s was a bit more lofty, looking for three points to go top of the League.

It is Coleraine’s strong finish to last season which sowed the seeds for this season’s title challenge that is now what Linfield are aiming to replicate, rather than the Cliftonville 2014 model that did for them last season.

Kirk Millar whipped a cross in the early minutes which had nobody end of it, while Josh Carson had a shot just wide for Coleraine.

Ciaron Harkin’s cross evaded everyone and went out for a goal kick as Coleraine piled on the pressure. There was no immediate danger for Linfield, but the shots were tallying up. Far too many shots for Linfield’s liking.

Darren McCauley had a shot saved by Gareth Deane, deputising for the injured Roy Carroll, while Kirk Millar tried to replicate his goal at Ballinamallard on the opening day of last season after a kick out by Chris Johns, but only managed to put his shot wide.

Jamie McGonigle’s goalbound header was tipped over by Gareth Deane as it looked only a matter of time before Coleraine scored.

That came when McGonigle finished after a quick counter-attack after Linfield lost possession. It was another poor goal to concede.

The goal had been coming, and every time Coleraine attacked, it looked like they were queuing up to score. Even if Linfield had more defenders, Coleraine always looked likely to win out in the situation.

Linfield survived and were relieved to only go in at half-time 1-0 down. They made a strong start to the second-half, with Ryan Strain and Stephen Lowry coming on for Andrew Mitchell and Kurtis Byrne. Kirk Millar looked the more obvious player to make way for Strain.

Stephen Lowry was having an impact. Linfield were now more creative and believable when they attacked.

Andrew Waterworth thought he had equalised but his low shot was saved by Johns. Despite all their possession, this was Linfield’s best attacking moment.

Soon after, Coleraine went 2-0 up when Ian Parkhill was played through and finished. It was another poor goal to concede, as Parkhill didn’t have to move a lot in order to get clear.

The goal had come slightly against the run of the play in the second-half, and it looked like it secured the points for Coleraine.

In the immediate aftermath of the goal, it looked like Coleraine were going to surge on and win 3-0, or possibly more, as their fans taunted David Healy with chants of “Sacked in the morning”, not that it was a realistic scenario.

However, there was to be a late twist, as a cross from Niall Quinn was headed home by Andrew Waterworth with a few minutes to go to make it 2-1. It was the first real moment of attacking quality in the game from Linfield, and suddenly, it was game on.

In February 2016, Coleraine led Linfield 2-0 at home in the first-half. When Linfield pulled it back to 2-1, Coleraine didn’t seem to fancy the fight.

Looking at the body language of the Coleraine players after Waterworth’s goal, it looked like being a repeat situation.

As the board for injury time made an appearance, Linfield had a free-kick out wide.

Stephen Lowry overhit the free-kick, but unbelievably bounced off the bar and hit a Coleraine player and went in. Linfield had got an unlikely equaliser. It was hard to see who scored it from where I was, it didn’t really matter. If you care, it was credited as a Gareth McConaghie own goal.

Various times this season, Linfield have conceded farcical goals and lost games they never looked like losing until they went behind. Now they were on the right side of ridiculousness.

Seasons can turn on the strangest things. Hopefully, Linfield can now use this lucky break as a springboard for the rest of the season.

When the equaliser went in, thoughts went back to a live Sky game in October 2012, when Linfield were deservedly 2-0 down before pulling it back to 2-2 late on, only to lose it 3-2 immediately.

Thankfully, that didn’t happen. In fact, if the game last five more minutes, Linfield probably would have won it. If it lasted for ten more minutes, Linfield definitely would have won it.

The draw didn’t help either sides League position. The draw will have cheered up Crusaders fans after they left Stangmore Park following their side’s exit from the NIFL Cup. You have to be a very special team to do a Clean Sweep.

NIFL will have breathed a sigh of relief after that result, avoiding a fixture shitstorm that would have followed a Crusaders win, with them being scheduled to face Inverness away on the weekend of the Final.

It’s a Final that will be played at Windsor Park.

That looks like a lazy one size fits all option, due to the NIFL being backed into the corner by the short turnaround between the Semi-Final and Final.

Crusaders v Cliftonville or Ballymena could have been accommodated at one of the participants home grounds, like in 2014. I could understand using Windsor Park for either of those two combinations though.

Dungannon v Ballymena could be played at Seaview while Dungannon v Cliftonville could be played at Mourneview Park.

Windsor Park being used for the Final means that Linfield now won’t be able to bring forward their League match against Glenavon if they have a free weekend due to Cliftonville reaching the Final.

NIFL were praying that Ballymena v Cliftonville wasn’t postponed. It was. I’ll write about the fall out on that and the knock-on effect for Linfield in my Warrenpoint blog.

Since I last wrote, the draw for the UEFA Nations League was made. Bad news for those wanting to visit Wales, but thankfully bad news for gutter press with no interest in football as Northern Ireland avoided Republic of Ireland.

Unfortunately, we decided to arrange a friendly against them instead. How very underwhelming.

Who we did get was Austria and Bosnia, representing a great chance of promotion.

Austria away is very tempting, especially as you can do a Vienna/Bratislava double header, as there is only one hour between the two cities. Slovakia are at home to Czech Republic the day after Austria v Northern Ireland, but I would guess it would be a bit difficult getting tickets for that game.

Definitely in the calendar is An Evening With Eric Cantona in October. I’ve already sorted myself with a ticket for that.

Linfield have already begun the overhaul of their squad with Ross Clarke being loaned to Ards, Joel Cooper signing in the Summer and the arrival of Joe Crowe from Sandy Row. Yes, actually. That’s his name and that’s where he’s from.

This match was followed by a 1-0 win over Newry in the Irish Cup. I wasn’t at it so can’t comment on it.

It was a match disrupted in the second-half by a floodlight failure. Funny how there’s never a floodlight failure when Linfield are getting beat.

In the Quarter-Finals, is a home tie against Cliftonville, who beat Crusaders. After that match, Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter spoke on Radio Ulster about how his players were cynically fouled and that the Fourth Official was influenced by the opposition bench.

I’m not going to make any comment on any possible irony whatsoever.

Cliftonville have scored four goals in each of their last two games, losing to the team at the bottom and beating the team at the top.

There’s nothing to fear, we can beat them. We’ve got previous against them in Quarter-Finals, beating them at that stage en route to the Final in 1992, 1994 and 2016.

It’s Semi-Finals against Cliftonville when the year ends in 9 that are a bit of a problem. We can worry about that next year.

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2017 IN PICTURES – NOVEMBER 2017

November began with a long trip to Fermanagh to see Linfield take on Ballinamallard. It was raining goals and raining rain as Linfield won 6-0.

From going West, it was going East that was next on my agenda, as Northern Ireland took on Switzerland with the aim of going to Russia. They lost 1-0.

The following day, it was a trip to Ballymena, to see Linfield lose 2-1.

The following Friday, the entertainment was of a musical variety, as The Killers came to The Odyssey.

The photos continued on a musical theme, getting photos of a Run DMC mural in Belfast, as well as some Street Art beside Apache.

It was back to football, seeing Linfield beat Coleraine and Glenavon.

The last day of the month saw me cycle to Lisburn to get some Street art photos, including a mural of Top Cat.

Ballinamallard United v Linfield

Northern Ireland v Switzerland

Northern Ireland v Switzerland Photo Album

Ballymena United v Linfield

The Killers live at The Odyssey

The Killers live at The Odyssey Photo Album

Run DMC/Apache Mural

Run DMC Mural Photo Album

Apache Mural Photo Album

Linfield v Coleraine

Glenavon v Linfield

Lisburn Street Art

Lisburn Street Art Photo Album

2017 IN PICTURES – OCTOBER

In the first week of October 2017, I headed to Windsor Park to see Northern Ireland take on Germany in a World Cup Qualifier.

That was sandwiched inbetween me going out around Belfast to check out Street Art which was painted as part of Hit The North, these pieces were still works in progress when I went to photograph them in September

The following day, I went to my one Rugby match a year, as Ulster beat Wasps in the European Cup.

It was back to football the following day, seeing Linfield take on Coleraine.

There was a glut of concerts towards the end of the month, going to see Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott, OMD and Liam Gallagher, with Linfield’s matches against Ards and Crusaders sandwiched inbetween.

Northern Ireland v Germany

Northern Ireland v Germany Photo Album

Hit The North Mop-Up

Hit The North Mop-Up Photo Album

Ulster v Wasps

Ulster v Wasps Photo Album

Coleraine v Linfield

Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott live at The Limelight

Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott live at The Limelight Photo Album

Linfield v Crusaders

OMD live at Mandela Hall

OMD live at Mandela Hall Photo Album

Linfield v Ards

Liam Gallagher live at The Odyssey

Liam Gallagher live at The Odyssey Photo Album

2017 IN PICTURES – MAY

May 2017 began with Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival and a trip to Custom House Square to see The Divine Comedy in concert.

That was followed that weekend, by the Irish Cup Final, where Linfield beat Coleraine 3-0.

I then filled a football free Saturday afternoon by cycling to Lisburn and getting some Street Art photos.

Well, just the one football free Saturday, as the following weekend, I took in one more football match, travelling to Manchester to see United take on Crystal Palace.

While I was in Manchester, I took the opportunity to get some Street Art photos.

The month ended with a trip to The Limelight to see George Ezra in concert

The Divine Comedy live at Custom House Square

The Divine Comedy live at Custom House Square Photo Album

Linfield v Coleraine

Linfield v Coleraine Photo Album

Lisburn Street Art – May 2017

Lisburn Street Art – May 2017 Photo Album

Manchester Street Art

Manchester Street Art Photo Album

Manchester United v Crystal Palace

Manchester United v Crystal Palace Photo Album

George Ezra live at The Limelight

George Ezra live at The Limelight Photo Album