PHOTO DIARY OF A FOOTBALL SEASON : AUGUST

Finally, in August, the season began, with Linfield looking to win a 50th title in the club’s 125th anniversary season. With all that hope and optimism, it was quickly brought back down to earth with a drab 0-0 draw at home to Ballymena United.

The following day, I jetted off to Edinburgh to take in the Edinburgh Festival, and managed to get some portrait shots of Tynecastle, home of SPL side Hearts.

Back home the following weekend, I visited Stangmore Park, to see Linfield’s title defence stutter more with a defeat against Dungannon Swifts, but on the plus side, I managed to get some good photos.

After home wins over Distillery and Coleraine, my next away match saw me use my new camera for the first time, and got some enjoyable shots, especially of Curtis Allen celebrating his winning goal.

The season, like my phototaking, was up and running.

Linfield v Ballymena United

Tynecastle

Dungannon Swifts v Linfield

Linfield v Lisburn Distillery

Linfield v Coleraine

Newry City v Linfield

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CRUSADERS 2-1 LINFIELD 13.11.2010

Was at Seaview today for the Irish League clash between Crusaders and Linfield, which Crusaders won 2-1.

The game turned on a bizarre incident when Linfield were on the attack, a second ball was thrown onto the pitch.

The extra ball wasn’t interfering with play and was kicked out, but the referee saw fit to stop the game.

Amazingly, instead of the game being restarted with Linfield being given back possession, the referee decided to restart with a bounceball, which Crusaders took the lead from the resulting attack.

Bizarre, and just another sign of the complete incompetent refereeing Irish League fans have to put up with.

With Crusaders understandably time-wasting, the esteemed official saw fit to let himself have rings run around him and made a fool of, with nowhere near the appropriate injury time added on at the end, and the best he could muster was pointless time genstures to try and get them top hurry up when a yellow card would have been more effective.

Definately worth that payrise they went on strike for two years ago.

Hopefully, this can just be forgotten about and we can go on another 3 month unbeaten run.

On the plus side, I managed to get a good position for photo taking.

Enjoy.

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NEWRY CITY 1-2 LINFIELD 31.8.2010

Took advantage of some built-up flexi time to get out of work early in order to head down to Newry for the Irish League clash between Newry City and Linfield.

Newry is one of my favourite away games, mainly due to the fact that it’s an enjoyable drive there.

It was my first time at Newry since they built there new stand, and Linfield supporters were housed there, so I checked it out.

It’s not a bad stand, and should be a good atmosphere when there is a full crowd. Sadly, the midweek scheduling of the fixture saw a significant drop in attendance than if it was a Saturday game.

Newry is a relatively friendly ground for amateur photographers, so I managed to get some shots and experiment.

I got to use the night mode on my new camera for the first time and was very impressed.

Managed to get into a good position for the celebrations of Curtis Allen’s winner, and was very impressed with the photo I got, as like Linfield, my photography managed to salvage something ta the end.

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