GLENAVON 1-2 LINFIELD 14.1.2016

After the Irish Cup last week, it was back to League action for Linfield and a trip to Mourneview Park, a ground that was once kind to them but they have now struggled at – their last meaningful win (they did win on the last day of last season, but it was two reserve teams with nothing to play for) there coming in November 2014 – as they aimed to keep pace with Crusaders at the top of the table.

Glenavon have blown hot and cold this season. Even if they were 4-0 up in stoppage time, you’d still be expecting Linfield to get something. Linfield fans have already seen Glenavon’s ridiculousness this season first hand, blowing a 2-0 lead against nine man (for 80 minutes) Linfield in November.

After that game, Linfield trailed Crusaders by four points. At kick-off, it was seven. It simply couldn’t get any bigger.

Sean Ward came in for the suspended Jamie Mulgrew, while Kirk Millar and Ross Gaynor were rewarded for their substitute appearances at The Oval last week with a start today.

Linfield made a good start to the game, and I don’t mean by going through the first ten minutes without a red card.

Ross Gaynor forced Jonathan Tuffey to tip his cross over the bar, just as Aaron Burns was ready to pounce. Andrew Waterworth had a snapshot from the edge of the box, similar to his goal at Mourneview Park in November 2014, but this time, it was turned around the post for a corner.

Aaron Burns and Mark Haughey both had headers wide from close range as Linfield’s pressure continued without reward.

They did eventually get their reward when an Andrew Waterworth flick played Aaron Burns through on goal. As he ran through, there was no doubt that he was going to score. I thought he was going to fire it across goal, instead he just blasted it in at the near post. Linfield fans didn’t care, their team had got the goal their play deserved.

With the half-time whistle approaching, Linfield searched for the second goal that would change the dynamic of the half-time team talk. They thought they had it when Mark Stafford finished from close range, but it was ruled out belatedly for a handball in the build up.

It looked like a handball by a Linfield player from where I was sat, the only issue was that the referee waited so long to make a decision instead of blowing his whistle instantly, especially as Stafford had taken his time to compose himself and score.

Having failed to make their superiority count in the first-half, Linfield were hoping not to pay for it in the second-half as they chased the second goal that would surely have secured the three points.

The pressure continued with Andrew Waterworth firing just wide, and Aaron Burns having an instinctive close range shot saved.

With there being only one goal in it, it was only natural that Glenavon would start to feel that a point would be there for the taking.

Despite having an increase in possession, Glenavon didn’t look like scoring. They got an opportunity from a soft penalty awarded for a handball by Mark Stafford, as he slid in to block a cross. Andy McGrory made no mistake from the spot to make it 1-1.

Naturally, Glenavon had their heads up. They had a few attacking situations but nothing that looked like getting a goal. Having ridden out the storm, Linfield now set their sights on getting a winner.

The game soon switched in Linfield’s favour when Ciaran Martyn got a second yellow card, the forth successive league match where there had been a player sent-off.

David Healy turned to his bench to try and take advantage of the extra man. It looked set for the introduction of former Nigeria international Kevin Amuneke. Instead it was Cameron Stewart, coming on for Kirk Millar, who was as bad and infuriating today as he was good last week. There’s a footballer there, it’s trying to get him on the pitch every week that’s the problem.

Stewart’s introduction saw Aaron Burns moved out wide. It was Stewart’s best performance in all of his brief cameo appearances for Linfield so far.

On 75 minutes, Linfield took the lead again when a through ball found it’s way to Andrew Waterworth who fired home via the help of a deflection.

You sensed there would be no way back for Glenavon, this late, and with ten men.

With only one goal in it, Linfield couldn’t get complacent in the final moments. As the game neared it’s end, it was Linfield who looked like getting the next goal, with Ross Gaynor having a free-kick just wide, while Sean Ward forced Tuffey into a save, which just about went out for a corner.

2 minutes and 40 seconds into 3 minutes injury time, it probably would have been better if Ward had fired it high, wide and out of the ground. It didn’t matter, as Linfield saw the game out in the final 20 seconds to record a 2-1 win with an Andrew Waterworth winner for the third successive Saturday.

So that’s where Linfield went wrong against Coleraine, it was on the wrong day of the week.

It made no difference in terms of the league table as all of the top four won. Linfield remain seven points off the top and three points clear of Cliftonville in third. There’ll be a chance to increase that lead next week when Cliftonville lie down for Crusaders at Seaview. It won’t be easy as Linfield welcome Ballymena United to Windsor Park, but having beaten them twice this season, there’s nothing to fear.

Most of the other football news this week has been dominated by cup competitions. It might have been a generous FA Cup draw for United (Wigan at home), but it means Wigan’s match against Norwich on 31st January has been postponed, meaning it’s unlikely i’ll get to see two games when i’m over for the Hull match on 1st February as there’s no other games in Greater Manchester on that night.

Meanwhile, it has been announced that from 2026, the World Cup will increase to 48 teams. There’s not enough facepalms to describe this idea. 32 teams was the right number and a simple format. 16 groups of 3 will lead to more negative football and more dead rubber games on matchday 3, as well as more potential Austria v West Germany type games if a team has suffered a heavy defeat in matchday 1 faces a team who won on matchday 1. That is despite the slight improvement in Northern Ireland’s chances of qualifying, with Europe now having 16 teams from the current number of 13.

Though there will be the same amount of games as a 32 team tournament, the increased amount of teams will reduce the number of countries who can possibly host the tournament due to the increased infrastructure required.

Meanwhile, the venue for the final of the County Antrim Shield was decided this week as being Ballymena Showgrounds on 7th February. It should have been The Oval, but the venue holds good memories for Linfield fans, as it was where Linfield beat Crusaders in the 2014 Final.

There could be a potential symmetry to this. as the 2014 win was David Jeffrey’s last trophy as Linfield manager. This will represent an opportunity for David Healy to get his first trophy as Linfield manager. It could even be the springboard for a second or third in a few months time.

The venue of the end of one era could potentially host the start of a new one.

It was a bumper week for cup final venue announcements, with Seaview being confirmed as the venue for the League Cup Final. Tempted to try and get a ticket for the Carrick end. I bring them good luck when I see them in big games.

Next week, sees Linfield return to Windsor Park for the first time since that defeat to Coleraine. A lot has been written about Linfield’s poor home form this season. The truth is, it’s no worse than any other time over the past four seasons.

There was always going to be teething issues when the Windsor Park redevelopment was complete. It was always going to be a case of trial and error. Unfortunately, there seems to be more errors than expected.

For me, i’d like to see TVs into the new Viewing Lounge. Part of my matchday ritual was to check half-time scores from England and Scotland, and then rewatch what I have just witnessed on Final Score NI.

I even miss the social awkwardness of people waiting and looking at the bar staff, hoping that someone plucks up the courage to ask “Can you put on 101 please?”

I’d also like to see supporters be allowed to view the game from the balconies.

It is also worth trialling for a few games having Linfield fans having the option of being in the Railway Stand. It will take minimum effort and changes in terms of matchday operation, and will give the team a boost at matches seeing their fans behind on of the goals.

We’ve all seen it at away games when Linfield are chasing a goal and have fans behind the goal urging them on. It’s an advantage we’ve given away teams over the past three seasons, why are we denying ourselves this?

After Ballymena sees a run of games on the road over the next few weeks – Dungannon, Institue, Ballymena (to face Crusaders) and Carrick.

The last thing you do before going on a road trip is make sure everything is fine before you leave home. No better way to prepare for a series of road trips than to make a start in remedying poor home form.

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2016 IN PICTURES – NOVEMBER

November 2016 began with an eventful trip to Lurgan to see Linfield recover from being both two goals and two men down against Glenavon to secure an unlikely draw.

It was followed by a busy week. I was out on the road again to see Linfield take on Ballymena, before heading to The Odyssey to see Bastille in concert.

Two days later, I was at Windsor Park to see Northern Ireland take on Azerbaijan, before heading back on the road to see Linfield take on Dungannon Swifts.

I then headed to near the Royal Mail’s office to photograph a new mural of various popculture icons such as David Bowie, Christopher Walken, Kes and Adam Ant.

The following midweek, I was back at Windsor Park to see Northern Ireland take on Croatia in a friendly, before heading back to Windsor Park the following Saturday to see Linfield take on Cliftonville.

November ended with a weekend in Manchester, going to see United take on Feyenoord and West Ham, see Bury take on Millwall via Broadhurst Park, as well as capturing Street Art in Manchester and Salford Quays, and some stickers left by Feyenoord fans around the city.

Those trips to Old Trafford were my first since Jose Mourinho became United manager.

Glenavon v Linfield

Ballymena United v Linfield

Bastille live at The Odyssey

Bastille live at The Odyssey Photo Album

Northern Ireland v Azerbaijan

Northern Ireland v Azerbaijan Photo Album

Dungannon Swifts v Linfield

Down By The Royal Mail II

Down By The Royal Mail II Photo Album

Northern Ireland v Croatia

Northern Ireland v Croatia Photo Album

Linfield v Cliftonville

Manchester Street Art

Manchester Street Art Photo Album

Manchester United v Feyenoord

Manchester United v Feyenoord Photo Album

Salford Quays Street Art

Salford Quays Street Art Photo Album

Feyenoord Stickers

Feyenoord Stickers Photo Album

Bury v Millwall

Bury v Millwall Photo Album

Broadhurst Park

Manchester United v West Ham United

Manchester United v West Ham United Photo Album

2016 IN PICTURES – AUGUST

August began for me with a trip to Fermanagh to see Linfield take on Ballinamallard United in the opening game of the Irish League season.

The following day, I ventured to Cupar Way to check out the Peace Wall in Belfast, something I do every six months to have a look at the Street Art.

After that, came a triple whammy if Irish League matches, taking in Linfield’s games against Coleraine, Crusaders and Glenavon.

That was then followed by a triple whammy of concerts – Madness and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds at Belsonic, then Red Hot Chili Peppers at Vital.

The month ended with a trip to Windsor Park to see Linfield take on Dungannon Swifts.

Ballinamallard United v Linfield

Belfast Peace Wall

Belfast Peace Wall Photo Album

Linfield v Coleraine

Crusaders v Linfield

Linfield v Glenavon

Madness live at Titanic Belfast

Madness live at Titanic Belfast Photo Album

Catfish and the Bottlemen Photo Album

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds live at Titanic Belfast

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds live at Titanic Belfast Photo Album

Red Hot Chili Peppers live at Boucher Road Playing Fields

Red Hot Chili Peppers live at Boucher Road Playing Fields Photo Album

Linfield v Dungannon Swifts

2016 IN PICTURES – MAY

May 2016 began for me by going to see Space. Not the planet, but the band, doing a gig at The Empire.

The following day, was the Irish Cup Final between Linfield and Glenavon, the less said about that game, the better.

The following weekend, I was in Manchester and managed to get some Street Art photos, including one of a mural of David Bowie in the Northern Quarter.

It certainly made up for not seeing any football, after the Manchester United v Bournemouth match that I travelled over for was postponed.

Towards the end of the month, I headed to Windsor Park to see Northern Ireland take on Belarus in their final home game before heading to Euro 2016.

Two days later, I headed to Dublin on a day trip, taking lots of Street Art photos and going to see Bohs take on St Patrick’s Athletic, my first visit to Dalymount Park in six years.

Space live at The Empire

Space live at The Empire Photo Album

Linfield v Glenavon

Linfield v Glenavon Photo Album

Manchester Street Art

Manchester Street Art Photo Album

Salford Quays Street Art

Salford Quays Street Art Photo Album

Northern Ireland v Belarus

Northern Ireland v Belarus Photo Album

Dublin Street Art

Dublin Street Art Photo Album

Bohemian FC v St Patrick’s Athletic

Bohemian FC v St Patrick’s Athletic Photo Album

2016 IN PICTURES – FEBRUARY

February began for me seeing Linfield beating Dungannon Swifts 6-0, a good start to the month.

The following weekend, I was on the road to Shamrock Park, to see Linfield lose 2-1.

Back on the road the following weekend, this time to Coleraine, with a better result, with Linfield coming from 2-0 down to win 3-2.

The next day, I made the most of a free ticket to see Ulster take on Scarlets. Unfortunately, the game ended up in an agonising one point defeat for Ulster.

Two days after that I headed to The Limelight to see Foxes in concert.

The month ended with me heading to Windsor Park to see Linfield take on Glenavon, a match that saw an outfield player go in goal and save a penalty.

Linfield v Dungannon Swifts

Portadown v Linfield

Coleraine v Linfield

Ulster v Scarlets

Ulster v Scarlets Photo Album

Foxes live at The Limelight

Foxes live at The Limelight Photo Album

Linfield v Glenavon

GLENAVON 2-2 LINFIELD 5.11.2016

Linfield headed to Mourneview Park, a ground that had seen their previous two title challenges end (theoretically rather than mathematically), hoping to avoid an unwanted hat-trick.

Having failed to cut Crusaders four point lead last week, if it increased to seven, that could have been the case today, even though it is only early November.

Glenavon are a club who have been on an upward trajectory in recent years, winning the Irish Cup in 2014, finishing 3rd in 2015, before combining both by winning the Irish Cup and finishing 3rd in 2016.

Having added Pat McCourt to that squad, a title challenge was expected this season. They kicked off ten points off the top in 6th, with supporters wondering which Glenavon would turn up. The one that lost 3-0 to Cliftonville last week? Or the one that beat Ballymena 5-0 the week before?

Linfield fans were hoping the side that beat Glenavon 4-0 August would be the one that turned up. What showed up, or rather had to show up, was a side that had to dig in against adversity.

Linfield had the first real attacking moment of the game when a cross from the left saw Kirk Millar agonisingly unable to get on the end of it.

Just as the game looked to have an uneventful opening, that soon changed when Matthew Clarke was penalised for winning the ball. To everyone’s shock, the referee produced a red card. Nobody in the ground saw it coming.

Going down to ten men was an inconvenience for Linfield, but there wasn’t a massive need for a tactical reshuffle. It was simply a case of Ross Gaynor moving back from left midfield to left back.

Before the game had even restarted, Linfield were down to nine men when Roy Carroll was sent-off for reasons that are still unknown.

With no goalkeeper on the bench (something I would have if I was manager), Linfield were going to have to put an outfield player in goals.

This wasn’t a new situation for Linfield, after Ross Glendenning was sent-off against the same opposition in February.

Mark Haughey stepped into goal that day, and it was a task he would have to do today. His place in defence was taken by Sean Ward, who moved back from midfield.

It changed the game. No doubt about that. Glenavon naturally went for it, while Linfield had to get a defensive shape and be more conservative with their attacking, in order to avoid being hit on the counter attack.

Mark Haughey had a busier afternoon than he did in nets in February. He made two decent saves, but a lot of his other saves were basic stuff, not that i’m trying to take away from his performance, which was decent, even allowing for the novelty factor of him being an outfield player in nets.

Despite that, i’d prefer it if Gareth Deane was in goals on Tuesday night at Ballymena.

Just when it looked like Linfield were able to hold out despite the pressure, a Pat McCourt cross evaded everyone and went into the net to put Glenavon 1-0 up.

Within minutes, Linfield had a free-kick which was cleared and fell to Kirk Millar who blasted over. When you’re up against it like Linfield were, you have to make the most of opportunities like that.

This was more apparent when Glenavon went 2-0 up whenever Greg Moorhouse got in behind Linfield’s defence to make it 2-0.

It looked like being a long afternoon for Linfield, especially with the yellow cards stacking up. It seemed that players from both teams were getting booked for their first foul.

Sometimes a foul is just a foul and you move on. By taking the stance to book everyone, the referee set the standard that he had to follow.

Ironically, a referee who got his cards out early on might have been pretty fucking useful last Saturday.

One of those players booked was Jamie Mulgrew, who got subbed at half-time for Stephen Lowry.

Another half-time sub was Paul Smyth coming on for Sammy Clingan. In a game where Linfield needed to make the most of the ball whenever they had it, and Smyth was a player who could do that, especially in an attacking situation.

Ross Clarke for Kirk Millar was an obvious substitution, but with only one sub left, it was wise to keep that on ice. After the first 45 minutes, who knew what madness awaited?

A cross from Ross Gaynor was deflected across goal. Agonisingly, there wasn’t a white shirt able to take advantage.

Glenavon appeared to slack off, believing that the game was won, passing it about to each other slower than a milkfloat, not hurting or worrying Linfield, who were able to get into position to combat it.

The one moment they did worry Linfield came when Pat McCourt did one of his trademark runs, but his shot was saved by Haughey.

Just after the hour, Linfield pulled a goal back when Mark Stafford and Jimmy Callacher managed to work enough room for Callacher to cross for Andrew Waterworth to head home from inside the six yard box.

Suddenly, it was game on. Glenavon could switch themselves back on to clinch a game they thought they had already won.

Linfield couldn’t work an opening for an equaliser, but with only one goal in it, the game was far from over.

As the minutes ticked away, Ross Clarke came on for Kirk Millar.

On 88 minutes, a kick out from Haughey fell to Paul Smyth, giving him an opportunity to get a clear run at Glenavon’s defence, going past two defenders and finding himself through on goal.

There were times last season when he missed a couple of one on ones. Not today, there was never any doubt when he ran through on goal, and so it proved, giving Linfield what seemed like an unlikely draw.

There was still time to win the game but Linfield kept it sensible to keep what they hold. It looked like the magic moment had come when Paul Smyth got in behind Glenavon’s defence but the through ball evaded him, being picked up by Tuffey.

Linfield celebrated the draw like a win, it felt like it having been up against it for 80 minutes, sending out a message to the rest of the league that they are ready to take on whatever is thrown at them.

Elsewhere, Crusaders snuck a win over Coleraine to increase their lead to six points. Disappointing, but still retrievable.

Naturally, the winning goal was assisted by a player who would have been suspended today if the referee did his job last week.

Hopefully, Glenavon can make most of the energy they saved today by not doing many attacks during the second-half and get a result against Crusaders.

That same night, Linfield travel to Ballymena. After today, the next match can’t come soon enough.

More road trips follow, with a trip to Dungannon next Saturday

The night before, i’ll be at Windsor Park to see Northern Ireland take on Azerbaijan.

A lot of football to be watched over the next seven days.

I doubt any of it will be as bonkers as today.

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LINFIELD 4-0 GLENAVON 20.8.2016

On the day of the 1st Round of the 2016-2017 Irish Cup, it was perhaps apt that last season’s two finalists should meet in the league. It wasn’t about getting revenge for Linfield, it was about getting their title challenge back on track after two draws, and leapfrogging a side expected to be one of their title rivals.

For me, this match was to be followed by Madness. The band, though the way recent meetings between Linfield and Glenavon have gone in recent years, there was the possibility of Madness at Windsor Park before the main event at Titanic.

Linfield were straight on the attack. Sammy Clingan, making his first start, had Linfield’s first attempt on goal, when his low free-kick was saved by Johnny Tuffey.

Within a minute, Linfield were 1-0 up when Chris Casement created enough space out wide to cross for Josh Carson to fire home from close range.

Linfield were having the better of the play in the first-half and doing most of the attacking, though Glenavon did have their moments.

Andrew Waterworth came closest to scoring a second for Linfield when his header goalwards had to be tipped over by Tuffey on his goal-line.

Glenavon were struggling to defend corners, though Linfield were struggling to take advantage of this.

Linfield went in at half-time 1-0 up, but knew the three points were far from won.

Having been so poor in the first-half, many were anticipating Glenavon to come out strongly for the second-half. That didn’t happen. Linfield didn’t need to withstand any pressure, they went out and got a second goal in the early minutes of the second-half, replicating their start to the first-half.

Unsurprisingly, it came from a corner, when Aaron Burns was unmarked to fire home from close range. There were only so many times Glenavon could get away with it before Linfield got it right and punished.

Having come back from 3-0 down to draw at Ballymena in their last away game, Linfield knew that Glenavon have the ability to come back from a deficit. They saw it first hand last September when Glenavon came from 3-1 down to level at Windsor Park, although it would turn out to be in vain that day.

If anything, it looked like Linfield would get the next goal. Kirk Millar and Andrew Waterworth going agonisingly wide.

Such is Waterworth’s luck at the moment, that his shot agonisingly just missed the post, when if it did, it would have went straight to an oncoming attaker.

Just after the hour, Rhys Marshall got sent-off for a high tackle on Chris Casement.

Soon after, Gary Hamilton, wearing 2 having changed from 80 and showing utter contempt for squad number protocol, entered the action.

You know Glenavon are in trouble when their chief back seat driver enters the play to try and influence things.

Aaron Burns was denied by the crossbar as Linfield chased a third goal. The wait wouldn’t be long, as Sean Ward ran unchallenged to fire home for his first Linfield goal at Windsor Park.

He had passing options left, right and centre, all of which would have probably resulted in a goal. He decided to go himself and got rewarded.

With Crusaders and Ards drawing, Linfield were going joint top of the league. If they could win this game 9-0, they would go top of goal difference.

It’s not an exaggeration to suggest they could have won by that margin.

By now, Paul Smyth had been introduced. It was the perfect time for him, against tired opposition chasing the game.

He played through Stephen Fallon who should have scored, but he fired his shot straight at Tuffey.

There wasn’t long to wait for Linfield to make it 4-0, when Aaron Burns headed home from a Ross Gaynor cross. There were Linfield players literally queuing up to score.

Burns was denied a hat-trick when his header hit the post, while Fallon fired a shot low across goal at Tuffey. Despite the frustration of those missed chances, I think Linfield fans would have settled for a 4-0 win at 2.59pm.

Ards got a late winner at Ballymena, which means they sit top, looking down on Crusaders and Linfield who sit two points behind them.

Immediately, talk is, if Ards can “Do a Leicester”?

Events in England last season mean that Ards are being taken seriously four games in as they would be if they were two points clear with four games to go.’

With games against Glenavon and Crusaders coming it, it might be advantageous to Linfield if Ards good start continues for the next fortnight. But ends by September 24th, obviously.

I’m hoping that Ards finish in the top six for purely selfish reasons. I might be able to get to Linfield’s trip there in December, and a second visit in the (hopefully) nicer weather in April is very appealing.

The reason why I might not be able to go to Linfield’s trip to Clandeboye Park in December, is that I might be in Manchester that weekend.

I’m waiting for the UEFA Cup group draw on Friday. I’m hoping to go to one of United’s group games, and see if I can get a decent price to stay out for a Sunday game afterwards.

A perfect draw for me would be Dundalk (no offence, but they won’t overturn a 2-0 defect in Poland) v United on Matchday 3 or 4 with a 6pm kick-off at Lansdowne Road. Could do a day trip to Dublin, see the game and be home by 11pm.

I’ll keep an eye on Dundalk’s draw for day trip purposes. Inter Milan would be nice if they avoid United. A chane to add them to my 102 Club list.

Next up for Linfield, is Dungannon at home, who have won their last two games, making their third trip to Belfast this month.

A must-win game for Linfield regardless, but especially since the game away to Cliftonville on 3rd September has been postponed due to international call-ups.

Linfield have taken advantage of this by arranging a friendly against Rangers for Jamie Mulgrew’s Testimonial.

Never mind getting fit, the performances of Sammy Clingan and Sean Ward means he’ll have a struggle to get picked for his own testimonial.

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PHOTO DIARY OF A FOOTBALL SEASON – MAY

And so to May, the final month of the season.

My football watching for the month began with the Irish Cup Final, as Linfield disappointingly lost 2-0 to Glenavon.

The following weekend, I was inside Old Trafford, getting ready to watch Manchester United v Bournemouth, until a forgetful security guard put paid to that.

That meant that it was three weeks until my next game, Northern Ireland v Belarus.

Two days after that, I took advantage of there being a full League Of Ireland fixture list on a Sunday of a Bank Holiday weekend, by heading on a day trip to Dublin, and taking in Bohs v St Patrick’s Athletic, my final game of the 2015-2016 season.

Linfield v Glenavon

Linfield v Glenavon Photo Album

Northern Ireland v Belarus

Northern Ireland v Belarus Photo Album

Bohs v St Patrick’s Athletic

Bohs v St Patrick’s Athletic Photo Album

PHOTO DIARY OF A FOOTBALL SEASON – FEBRUARY

February’s football watching began with Dungannon’s trip to Windsor Park for a match that was postponed in January, a 6-0 win for Linfield being a good start to the month.

At the end of the following weekend, I was off to Shamrock Park to see Linfield’s run of form come to a crashing end with a 2-1 defeat.

Eight days later, I was back on the road, to see Linfield get a come from behind win at Coleraine.

I ended the month at Windsor Park to see Linfield take on Glenavon, a match that saw an outfield player go into nets and save a penalty.

Just another dull month.

Linfield v Dungannon Swifts

Portadown v Linfield

Coleraine v Linfield

Linfield v Glenavon

PHOTO DIARY OF A FOOTBALL SEASON – NOVEMBER

The early weeks of November 2015 were spent at Windsor Park, taking in Linfield’s matches against Crusaders and Cliftonville, as well as Northern Ireland’s match against Latvia

The final two Saturdays of the month were on the road to Mid-Ulster, but no upturn in fortune for Linfield

Sandwiched inbetween those two trips to Mid-Ulster was my first trip of the season to Old Trafford to see United play out a drab and ultimately costly draw against PSV Eindhoven.

It’s a good job I went to that Northern Ireland match, otherwise it would have been a totally awful month of football watching.

Linfield v Crusaders

Northern Ireland v Latvia

Northern Ireland v Latvia Photo Album

Linfield v Cliftonville

Glenavon v Linfield

Manchester United v PSV Eindhoven

Manchester United v PSV Eindhoven Photo Album

Portadown v Linfield