FEYENOORD STICKERS

Got ……. Got …….. Need.

It’s been a while since i’ve done a sticker blog, but Feyenoord fans left so many in Manchester while visiting for their UEFA Cup tie at Old Trafford, it made it impossible not to do one.

Now, has anybody got a Gaston Taument shiney?

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2012 IN PICTURES – NOVEMBER

November began slowly, but ended with a trip to Manchester and a penalty shoot-out.

My first big photo adventure came as part of Belfast Music Week, when I got some photos of a concert in The Limelight which featured Wonder Villains.

As part of Belfast Music Week, a plaque dedicated to Terri Hooley was erected in tribute to his contribution to music in the city, so I headed out to get some photos of this.

Football wise, it was a mixed bag. My first match of the month was at Solitude. The less said about the match, the better. A mixed bag phototaking wise, it always is at Solitude.

Went to the Northern Ireland v Azerbaijan game and got one good photo and a lot of bad ones. Later in the month, I headed to Old Trafford for the match against QPR, and had mixed results, but mostly pleasing.

Got some photos of the newly erected statue of Sir Alex Ferguson, but it’s not in a great position for amateur photography.

And finally, I graced the County Antrim Shield with my presence, but it was not much help as Linfield lost to Ballymena United. Managed to get some good crowd and portrait shots of The Oval.

Enjoy

Belfast Music Week

Pretty Child Backfire Photo Album

Wonder Villains Photo Album

Cliftonville v Linfield

Hooley

Northern Ireland v Azerbaijan

Northern Ireland v Azerbaijan Photo Album

Linfield v Glenavon

Manchester Sticker Art

Manchester United v Queens Park Rangers

Manchester United v Queens Park Rangers Photo Album

Ballymena United v Linfield

County Antrim Shield Final Photo Album

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MANCHESTER STICKER ART

Was in Manchester on Saturday for the first time in nine months, and took the opportunity to get some photos of football related sticker art in the city.

With Manchester now having two teams playing in European football, it means more foreign fans are coming to the city and leaving their mark.

In February, I blogged about how Ajax fans had left their mark on the city. their return visit this season saw them add some more stickers, as did Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund fans, and Young Boys Berne, who recently played in nearby Liverpool.

Enjoy

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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

SCHALKE STICKERS

Having uploaded some photos of Bourissia Dortmond fan stickers in Dublin, this week, it’s the turn of Schalke fans, who have appeared to have plastered every street post in the vicinity of Old Trafford in their artwork.

Also in Manchester, managed to spot some stickers from FC Twente, FC United, and um …….. Ralphie Milne Ultras.

SHAMROCK STICKERS

A few weeks ago, I blogged about Slovenia fans leaving stickers out and about in Belfast when their side played a World Cup Qualifier at Windsor Park in April 2009.

When the sides met at the same venue in a European Championship Qualifier a few weeks ago, there was a Maribor sticker left in the South Stand at Windsor Park.

Unfortunately, i’m unable to get a photo for you.

I was at Ballyskeagh today for the Irish League match between Lisburn Distillery and Linfield, and noticed some stickers left by Shamrock Rovers fans from when the sides recently met in a Setanta Cup tie.

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SLOVENIA STICKERS

Next week, Slovenia will arrive at Windsor Park for a Euro 2012 Qualifier against Northern Ireland.

They’ve been there before, just short of two years ago for a World Cup Qualifier.

When visiting, their fans certainly left their mark on Belfast City Centre. I mean that, in a good way.

It seems to be customary for visiting football fans to leave stickers in cities they visit to indicate a supporters group they belong to, be it their national side or their club team.

Hopefully, when they are here next week, they will do likewise.

If you’re about in Belfast City Centre and you think you see someone taking a close-up photo of a lampost, do say hello.

Slovenija

Green Dragons

Olimpija Ljubljana

STICKERWARS

It’s a random phenomenon around Belfast this time of year, and most people wouldn’t even notice it, apart from me, as foreign visitors to the city leave their mark on lampost and roadsigns in support of their football teams.

The phenomenon is of posting stickers of your ultras firm to a lampost in a city you visit while supporting your team.

The most recent addition, is of stickers in the University area (See link at end of blog) left by supporters of HNK Cibalia, when in Belfast for a UEFA Cup tie against Cliftonville.

For many people, the term ‘Ultras’ erroniously means hooligans, usually from Italy.

In truth, it’s really a term to describe a fans group of a club, who organise displays primarily, but also singing and purchase/creation of flags.

These groups will usually have their own striking imagery as a logo, and often produce stickers as a way of leaving their mark on cities they visit.

Supporters of international teams also leave such stickers after an international at Windsor Park.

The recent surge of Polish migrants to Northern Ireland has seen Legia Warsaw graffiti appear across the city, of the clubs badge, a Green circle with a L inside it.

Interestingly, there are still some stickers of the Guliganerna group, from IF Elfsborg when they visited Linfield in 2007.

At one point, there was a trail of Elfsborg stickers leading from the City Centre, through Shaftesbury Square, along the Donegall Road, onto Windsor Park.

It’s not just Belfast which has this phenomenon, as I have noticed stickers in the city of sides that have visited United (and City, when they have a good year and win the Fair Play Award) for European ties.

Stockport County fans used this tactic to highlight the plight of their financially stricken club.

It is fun seeing the funny looks I get from passers-by, wondering why I am taking a photo of a lampost or street sign, and then their reaction when they pass me, and admiringly glance at the stickers.

It’s an interesting and random form of streetart, and now doubt after reading this, you’ll be looking at every lampost you pass for a sticker

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