My first trip of 2012, and it’s to the metropolis of Ballymena, to see Linfield take on Ballymena United.

The match, was Glenn Ferguson’s first as a manager, quite aptly against the club where he had most success as a player.

Ballymena’s new stand isn’t the most friendly for amateur photography, but I managed to get some OK shots, which was lucky as January isn’t a football full month, so i’d be scraping the barrel to try and get some good shots for the inevitable end of season and end of year January compilation.

Linfield won the match 2-1, not exactly dominating but better than Ballymena. The sort of game where pundits trot out cliches such as “The sort of game that wins titles”

Photo Album

1,000 NOT OUT

Four months after Noel Bailie made his 1,000th appearance for Linfield, today saw his former team-mate Glenn Ferguson make his 1,000th career appearance in the Irish League, when lining up for Distillery against Newry City.

I’ve got some photos of him in my collection, mostly from the day at Seaview in April 2008 when his two goals helped Linfield secure the Gibson Cup.

I still vividly remember in 1998 when he signed for a (still) Irish League record £55,000, and the excitement travelling to Seaview the following Saturday for his debut, where the headlines were stolen by a Lee Feeney wondergoal.

I only knew this milestone when browsing through this morning’s papers. It was frankly disappointing that neither of our two local TV news programmes could be bothered to cover it last night. Hopefully, it’ll be remedied on Monday night.

Meanwhile, enjoy some of my Fergie Fotos, and a compliation of some of his finest moments from youtube, including a feature of him on Season Ticket in 2006.

Celebrating winning the league at Seaview in April 2008

Surrounded by team-mates after scoring in his own testimonial, August 2009

Signing autographs for fans at Seaview, April 2009

Lee Feeney stealing the limelight on his debut in January 1998

Season Ticket profile, broadcast on BBCNI, January 2006