Bloody hell, what a year. As you can imagine, not a lot of football matches were attended.

Still, fingers crossed that i’ll get to some games in 2021, nothing in the calendar yet.

As a bonus, hopefully i’ll get to go to a ground that isn’t Windsor Park, as much as I enjoy visiting it.

Matches : 19

Goals : 68

Red Cards : 5

Missed Penalties : 0

Hat-Tricks : 1

Andrew Waterworth (Linfield v Carrick Rangers)

Teams Seen : 17

Accrington Stanley, Ballymena United, Carrick Rangers, Cliftonville, Crusaders, Dundela, Dungannon Swifts, Glenavon, Glentoran, Institute, Larne, Linfield, Manchester United, Queen’s University (1st time), Salford City (1st time), Warrenpoint Town

Stadiums Visited : 10

Ballymena Showgrounds, Inver Park, Milltown, Moor Lane (1st time), Old Trafford, Solitude, Taylor’s Avenue, The Dub (1st time), Wilgar Park, Windsor Park

Competitions : 5

County Antrim Shield, FA Premier League, Football League Trophy (1st time), Irish Cup, Irish League


I went out for a walk on New Year’s Day and found a tenner. That was as good as it got in 2020.

If a see a £50 note lying on the ground on the first day of 2021, i’m just walking on and leaving it.

2020 began with a trip to the Football on the first day of the month. Not too far thankfully, just a short trip to Windsor Park to see Linfield beat Institute.

My second football match of the year, Linfield’s trip to Queen’s University, was not as enjoyable. The less said about, the better, even though it was my first visit to The Dub for a match.

I had to wait nine days for my next football match, as Linfield won at Cliftonville, before a disappointing 0-0 draw at home to Dungannon Swifts.

It wasn’t all football, as the middle of the month saw my first concert of the year – Badly Drawn Boy at Black Box.

The first of many concerts in 2020, with Paul Weller and Lightning Seeds already booked for late March. Um ….

That was then followed by a trip to Manchester, primarily to see United take on Burnley. While I was there, I managed to sneak in a trip to Salford City v Accrington Stanley (a first visit to Moor Lane), as well as Street Art in Manchester and Salford Quays.

The month ended with two more football matches, Linfield’s 8-1 win over Glenavon, which was followed by a 3-1 defeat at Larne, my first visit to Inver Park since 2005.

Linfield v Institute

Queen’s University v Linfield

Cliftonville v Linfield

Linfield v Dungannon Swifts

Badly Drawn Boy live at Black Box

Badly Drawn Boy live at Black Box Photo Album

Manchester Street Art

Manchester Street Art Photo Album

Salford City v Accrington Stanley

Salford City v Accrington Stanley Photo Album

Salford Quays Street Art

Salford Quays Street Art Photo Album

Manchester United v Burnley

Manchester United v Burnley Photo Album

Linfield v Glenavon

Larne v Linfield


Even though my matchgoing season ended prematurely, I still had a lot of photographs.

So, I decided to collate my favourites and let you choose the best.


During the July Holidays in 2019, I snuck off to Dublin for a few days. I had a stroke of luck that St Patrick’s Athletic were playing a UEFA Cup game while I was there, so I headed along.

The weather was perfect for phototaking. As the teams lined up, red paper was left out for fans to do a pre-match display. The framing worked out perfectly which is why I love this photo.


Another photo where it all fell into place, as Matthew Clarke chased a ball trying to keep it in. If you care, he wasn’t able to keep the ball in.



It’s all about the reactions, Mark Stafford running away in celebration, Ryan McGivern in the middle loving it and fans with their hands in the air. Unsurprisingly, this was a big goal in a big game.


My favourite. It was a big goal (a late winner against Glentoran) and everything just fell perfectly, catching Kirk Millar sliding in celebration, players running towards him and fans going wild.


Another picture where it all fell perfectly due to the framing, and the rain making a nice effect although it didn’t feel that way when I was getting drenched taking it.


Even though it was now October, I was still having a lot of daylight to work with. Dungannon is kind for phototaking and the framing of this just worked as Kirk Millar looked to get a cross in.


You know I love arty photos and this end of Warrenpoint allows you to experiment. As fans stood at the side of the pitch while action was ongoing, this was too good an opportunity to miss.


Over for a United match, I was able to take in a Salford City match while I was there. The first thing you see as you walk towards the ground is the floodlights in the shape of the club badge. I managed to capture it in all it’s glory.

Well, that was my favourite photos of 2019-2020, feel free to vote for your favourite, even though i’ve canvassed for what I think you should vote for.

Hopefully, it won’t be too long until i’m back in a football stadium taking photos so I can have a similar poll for 2020-2021.


A new year, but same old football related photo adventures.

Thankfully, a home game to see in the new year (didn’t really fancy the 212 on New Year’s Day) against Institute, and a 3-0 win for Linfield.

My first Saturday game of the year saw me visit a new ground for the first time. The less said about Linfield’s trip to QUB, the better.

Things got a bit better on the pitch, the weather less so, as I headed to Solitude nine days later in the middle of Storm Brendan to see Linfield go top of the League with a 2-1 win against Cliftonville.

Linfield’s inconsistent form continued with a 0-0 draw at home to Dungannon Swifts the following Saturday.

The following midweek saw my first football trip of the year, to Old Trafford to see United lose to Burnley.

While I was there, I was able to take in another match, Salford City v Accrington Stanley in the EFL Trophy, which meant I was able to visit another new ground for the first time, the second of the month.

The following Saturday, I headed to Windsor Park to see Linfield hammer Glenavon 8-1.

That was then followed by a trip to Larne the following midweek, my first visit to Inver Park since 2005, to see Linfield lose 3-1.

Linfield v Institute

Queen’s University v Linfield

Cliftonville v Linfield

Linfield v Dungannon Swifts

Salford City v Accrington Stanley

Salford City v Accrington Stanley Photo Album

Manchester United v Burnley

Manchester United v Burnley Photo Album

Linfield v Glenavon

Larne v Linfield


Over in Manchester for United’s match against Burnley, I was over for three days and had a spare evening on the Tuesday. So, time to get the fixture list out and see if I can take in a game. I had options.

One was Macclesfield Town, at home to Crewe, but not knowing how to get there or if I could back to Manchester after the match, that was ruled out.

Last year, I had a spare day and went to Sheffield, so Sheffield United were an option. However, due to check-in times (I’d want any match to be part of an overall day trip), any Tuesday match would have to be ruled out. Plus, i’d be on a train home full of Berts.

There was another Manchester v Sheffield encounter that night, with FC United (Northern Premier League) taking on Sheffield FC (Confusingly, now based in Derbyshire, who are in Northern Division One) in the Integro Cup, the League Cup for clubs in the Northern League, the 7th and 8th Tiers of English Football.

That would have been a good opportunity for me to actually see a match at Broadhurst Park. The last time I was there was in 2016 when I was over for a United game. I wasn’t allowed into the ground, as they were doing a pitch inspection just over an hour before kick-off, and then was given the news that the match was postponed.

However, it was this game that stood out, a cup Quarter-Final with a place at Wembley tantalisingly close.

For those who don’t know, this match was in the Football League Trophy. It is a trophy for clubs in the 3rd and 4th Tiers of English football, to give them a chance of a trip to Wembley and a trophy.

It is interesting to note that some of the bigger clubs who have fallen into this level such as Leicester City, Manchester City, Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United, Nottingham Forest and Leeds United have all failed to win the competition.

Recent years have seen a controversial revamp of the competition where underage sides of Premier League clubs have been allowed to enter, although not successfully, as the only one remaining of the eight Quarter-Finalists was Leicester City.

Anyone with even the most basic of interest in football will know all about the recent success of Salford City, climbing up the Leagues thanks to investment from The Class Of 92 (If you don’t know, that’s the collective name for David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Phil Neville and Paul Scholes)

The club’s profile has been boosted by being the subject of various TV documentaries.

One ambition was realised last year when they won the National League Play-Offs at Wembley to reach the Football League for the first time.

Accrington Stanley have also climbed up the Leagues, having been founder members of the Football League before going bust and reforming, eventually making their way back to the Football League in 2006.

They remained in League Two until gaining promotion to League One in 2018, meaning they were favourites for this game as the higher ranked sides.

This was Salford’s first season in Football League competitions. Their League Cup campaign fell at the first hurdle with a defeat to Leeds United. They were now two wins from Wembley in their first attempt at winning the Football League Trophy.

I was going to this match as a neutral and didn’t care who won, just as long as there was a winner in 90 minutes, so that I wouldn’t have to negotiate late night bus schedules to Manchester City Centre.

Renovated in recent years, Moor Lane is named after the street it is located on, it is hard to miss as you walk towards it, big bright floodlights in the shape of the club’s badge, with red neon lights around it.

The street by which I entered the ground? Nevile Street. I didn’t bother to check to see if there was a Bott Street, Scholls Stree, Goggs Street or Buckham Street.

As with any ground I visit on my travels, I like to have a nosey around the club shop. There are plenty of programmes from home and away games this season if that’s your things. I did give the idea of buying a tracksuit top a miss as they look a bit Crusadersey.

We even had a guest PA Announcer for this game, with Accrington Stanley supporter David Lloyd doing the announcements for the away team, although he fluffed a couple of players names. I think he’ll be sticking to Cricket from now on.

Accrington took an early lead when Sam Finlay got spaced outside the box and his long range shot was deflected up and agonisingly over the keeper and.

Salford were looking to stay in the game as Accrington began to show why they play at a higher level, but they survived it, and managed to stay in the game.

Not only did they stay in the game, they began to prosper themselves, and got rewarded with an equaliser from the last touch of the half, when Cameron Burgess backheaded into the net in front of a sizeable away support to make it 1-1.

Within a few minutes of the second-half, Salford took the lead when Luke Armstrong won possession ahead of a hesitant Stanley defender and set up Tom Elliott to fire home.

As Stanley looked for an equaliser, we were treated to their keeper channelling Jose Luis Chilavert by trying to score from a free-kick, but the ball went wide.

In truth, Salford were comfortably holding on, while Stanley were getting frustrated.

In injury time, one of Stanley’s started arguing with Stewards when the ball went out of play, eventually running into the crowd behind the goal to retrieve it, prompting one Salford supporter to comment “Oi, leave it out dickhead”.

The match finished 2-1 to Salford, who are now one win away from a trip to Wembley in their first ever season in the Football League. To do so, they’ll have to get past the winners of the match between Newport County and Leicester City Under 23s.

Photo Album

Accrington Stanley v Exeter City 2014