PHOTO DIARY OF A FOOTBALL SEASON – JUNE/JULY

For me, the 2012-2013 season began just two and a half weeks after the 2011-2012 season ended.

I had thought about going to the Holland v Northern Ireland game when it was announced, but I was going to Amsterdam in February 2012, so the idea was put on the shelf.

In March 2012, I won free flights with an airline. I had to redeem my prize within three months. Looking through the possible destinations, a trip to Amsterdam for the Northern Ireland match soon became a no brainer.

I had a great weekend in Amsterdam, and having been there before was so useful in getting around. Fantastic city, fantastic stadium, unfortunately, Holland have a fantastic football team (though they didn’t show it at Euro 2012)

The seat I had wasn’t that great for match photos, but I still managed to get some good shots.

My next football shots, came off the pitch in late June, as a new mural in Sandy Row celebrated the life of local heroes, including those who’ve had football careers such as Tommy Dickson and Joe Bambrick.

July started with European football, going to Linfield and Crusaders home matches.

The Crusaders match, v Rosenborg, was the most productive of the two in terms of phototaking, with the closeness to the pitch and a bright night making for good conditions.

The month ended with the Pre-Season Friendly between Orangefield OB and Linfield. It was a mixed night in terms of phototaking, but I got a good one of Orangefield’s bench.

Holland v Northern Ireland

Holland v Northern Ireland Photo Album

Linfield v B36 Torshavn

Crusaders v Rosenborg

Crusaders v Rosenborg Photo Album

Orangefield OB v Linfield

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2012 IN PICTURES – JUNE

Not a lot happening this month, but still managed to get some good photos.

At the start of the month, I went to Amsterdam to see Northern Ireland play, and got some nice photos of the stadium (my seat was too far for match photos) and Street Art within Amsterdam.

Less said about the actual football, the better.

Fantastic city, can’t suggest you visit there enough.

Talking of Street Art, there was a Sandy Row Hall Of Fame mural launched in June, and I went out and got some snaps of the Linfield players featured, as well as Alex Higgins.

Amsterdam Street Art

Amsterdam Street Art Photo Album

Holland v Northern Ireland

Holland v Northern Ireland Photo Album

Graffiti Round-Up

Knitted Art

Sandy Row Hall Of Fame/Rory McIlroy Mural

ART OF CONFLICT – UPDATE

Back in May, I blogged about a documentary being made by American TV that had asked me to supply stilled photographs of murals in Belfast.

This week, the makers got in contact to request further images. The images are of murals of David Healy, George Best, and a joint mural of Elisha Scott, Joe Bambrick and Tommy Dickson.

Their inclusion is good to see that the makers aren’t focusing on the cliched murals, and including positive and celebratory ones.

The film is currently “In the advanced stages of post-production”, so hopefully, there’ll be more developments regarding possible broadcast (I don’t know if there are any plans for a UK or Northern Ireland broadcast)

If you wish to find out more about it, there is a synopsis about it on the production company’s website.

The first photo submitted is ‘Football Heroes‘, which, as the name suggests, is a tribute to famous footballers from the Donegall Road area of Belfast.

The players featured are :Joe Bambrick, Tommy Dickson and Elisha Scott.

Joe Bambrick was a legendary goalscorer for Linfield and was Northern Ireland’s top goalscorer until the 1980s. His former home at Roden Street has a blue plaque outside. He once scored six goals in game for Northern Ireland, against Wales in 1930.

Tommy Dickson was a Linfield legend and captained the club’s Seven Trophy team. He also has a mural dedicated to him in Taughmonagh.

Elisha Scott was a former Linfield player best known for his time player for Liverpool before later managing Belfast Celtic.

A blogpost covering murals in Belfast relating to Linfield FC can be found here.

This picture of a George Best mural was taken in 2007 in Blythe Street in Sandy Row. Further up the street is a mural commemorating the 125th anniversary of Linfield FC.

Nearby, there is a mural of Best as you enter Windsor Park (alongside other Northern Ireland legends) as well one in Cregagh where he grew up. Another mural, on the Woodstock Road, was painted over in 2011

The third photo submitted is of David Healy’s goal against England in 2005.

This mural was originally painted from another angle across the road. That mural was moved in 2008 to accommodate a mural of David Ervine, who died in 2007.

A blog post about these three murals, from 2010, can be found here.