PHOTO DIARY OF A FOOTBALL SEASON : OCTOBER

October was a busy month, with lots of games and lots of goals, including, the greatest goal in football history ………… if you believe the Northern Ireland media.

The month started with Linfield taking on Portadown and finally getting into their goalscoring groove after a slow start to the season.

With a 3-0 lead at half-time, I decided to take the opportunity to get some stadium pics, as temporary seats were being put in, in preparation for Northern Ireland’s Euro 2012 Qualifier against Italy.

A few days later, I headed to The Oval for the second-half of the match between Glentoran and Portadown (I usually play football on a Tuesday night, so popped in ……. and I was in the Portadown end, just to clarify)

That night, Matty Burrows scored “The greatest goal in football history”

I must admit, watching it live in the flesh, it was a brilliant goal. Constant media overkill has been tiresome, but I suppose, it’s hard to complain about a positive good news Irish League story, especially when the media aren’t slow in sticking the boot into the game here.

That Friday, I was at the Northern Ireland v Italy game, and managed to get some good shos from my vantage point in the Viewing Lounge.

The following day, I was at Coleraine, one of my favourite away grounds to see Linfield record a 2-0 win.

Later in the month, I went to further Linfield games against Newry and Crusaders, especially enjoying the 8-1 win over Crusaders, before finishing the month off with another visit to Old Trafford, this time to see United take on Spurs.

Linfield v Portadown

Northern Ireland v Italy

Coleraine v Linfield

Linfield v Crusaders

Newry City v Linfield

Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur

KNITTED ART

It’s been a random observation as i’ve made my way to and from work each day, that somebody is knitting artwork onto the traffic lights where Sunnyside Street meets Annadale Embankment.

Not complaining, they look nice and certainly add colour to a very functional piece of equipment.

One more random thing this week, was that I was at The Oval last night to take in the last 15 minutes of the Glentoran v Portadown match (Not paying in, and in the Portadown end) as it was on my route home from playing football.

Managed to go camera happy, and it was strange being able to freely move around The Oval taking photos, as there wasn’t that big of a crowd like when Linfield visit.

Unfortunately, Glentoran won the game 1-0 with a (credit where it’s due) wondergoal by flat-track bully Mattie Burrows, who is now an internet sensation like Tay Zonday, Tron Guy, and The guy who cried about Britney Spears.

As Andy Gray would say “Take a, um, bow”

PS : He fluked it.