2010 IN PICTURES – APRIL

April was a busy month, and I have photographic evidence to back it up, including trips to Dublin, Sheffield, Manchester and Liverpool.

I headed to Dublin at the start of the month to see Linfield take on Bohemians in a Setanta Cup Semi-Final.

The game was on Easter Saturday, but I decided to take Good Friday off and head down to make a wee break of it.

I spent the Friday in Dublin and took in a League of Ireland clash between St Patrick’s Athletic and Sporting Fingal in the evening, before the Linfield match on the Saturday.

One big regret of the month was that I didn’t take my camera to the Easter Tuesday title decider against Glentoran, but two days later, I was in Sheffield watching James in concert at Sheffield O2 Academy.

The next day, I headed to Manchester, before spending the Saturday in Liverpool and then going to Ewood Park on the Sunday.

A few weeks later, I had an unexpected week off work and became a tourist in my own city, and managed to get some intersting graffiti shots.

The end of the month, saw Linfield visit Seaview to take on Crusaders in a game where Noel Bailie made his 1,000th appearance for Linfield, which was commemorated with a banner.

A win for Linfield that day would have secured the title, but a 0-0 draw meant that champagne was on ice.

A 1-0 win over Cliftonville on the following Tuesday night meant Linfield were champions, and I had my camera there to capture.

Dublin Blog

Sheffield/Manchester/Liverpool Blog

James Review

James Photos

Linfield Champions 2010 Photos

O LORD, WHERE ART THOU?

As well as the Railway Stand at Windsor Park, the Irish League is going to be losing another familiar sight at one of it’s grounds, as today’s Sunday Life reports that the (in)famous ‘Jesus’ sign at The Oval is to be removed.

I actually remember when it was erected back in 1995 and the jokes that were made about it, ironically in BB.

I don’t know why it was put up, thought i’m guessing it’s because East Belfast is a godless hellhole.

This photo, was taken in April 2007 before a meeting of Linfield and Glentoran, as Linfield fans wait in anticipation pre kick-off.

It was a handy meeting point too when at The Oval.

I’d arranged to meet a friend there once. He phoned me to ask where, I replied under the ‘S’. He then phoned me to ask under which ‘S’ in ‘JESUS’ I should meet him under.

Bizarrely, this isn’t the only religious themed advertising at an Irish League ground, as Glenavon had one last year stating that “Life without Jesus makes no sense”, possibly in the same way that a life supporting Glenavon makes no sense.

This photo was taken in the aftermath of the 2009 League Cup Final between Portadown and Newry City.

Current redevelopment work at Mourneview Park means the billboard is no longer there.

Talking of Portadown, they too have religious advertising at their ground.

Say what you like, it’s certainly a whole world away from the generic, multinationals that reside pitchside at English Premier League grounds.

FAITHBOOK

I’ve got a friend request from God it seems, on the new christian social networking site, Faithbook.

Saw this in East Belfast today and couldn’t resist getting a photo of it.

Facebook in the bible would have been interesting, no doubt it would have given us these nuggets

God : Just spent the last 6 days creating the universe, bloody knackered, going to have a day off.

Jesus : Just raised a man from the dead
Lazarus likes this

Mary Magdelane : Pregnant and going to give birth to the lord and saviour
God and Joseph like this

Meanwhile, I also saw a stickman running away from the police.

The spirit of punk remains as an Alternative Ulster sticker was placed on a ‘Post No Bills’ sign on a building site outside the BBC, not far from a protest poster against the proposed closure of 6 Music.

Fight the power