November 2019 began with a trip to Windsor Park to see Linfield get a win over Carrick Rangers.

A few days later, I made my first trip of the season to Old Trafford, to see United beat Partizan Belgrade in the UEFA Cup.

While I was there, I got photos of Street Art in Manchester, and then visit to Rochdale in search of Street Art, after there was a festival held there in August.

The following weekend, I headed to The Brandywell to see Linfield take on Institute. While I was there, I was able to get some photos (from a fence outside) of Institute’s abandoned former stadium, Drumahoe.

Later that day, on my return from the North-West, I took in a second football match, Northern Ireland’s European Championship Qualifier against Holland.

Six days later, I was on the road again, to see Linfield lose 1-0 to Glenavon.

A few days later, I headed to Vilnius in Lithuania for a very short, very cheap and very cold break. Unsurprisingly, I was out snapping with my camera.

On the last day of the month, I got up early and walked up Cavehill, my first time doing so. Later that day, I headed to Windsor Park to see Linfield face Larne.

Linfield v Carrick Rangers

Manchester Street Art

Manchester Street Art Photo Album

Manchester United v Partizan Belgrade

Manchester United v Partizan Belgrade Photo Album

Rochdale Uprising

Rochdale Uprising Photo Album


Drumahoe Photo Album

Institute v Linfield

Northern Ireland v Holland

Northern Ireland v Holland Photo Album

Glenavon v Linfield


Vilnius Photo Album

Vilnius Street Art

Vilnius Street Art Photo Album


Cavehill Photo Album

Linfield v Larne


As in, Lisa Stansfield?


The place where Gordon Brown called that woman a …..


The team from League One that United needed a penalty shoot-out to beat in the League Cup?

Yes, that Rochdale.

Now, I’m no Michael Palin, I’m not even Michael Portillo, but I have travelled about a bit and seen Street Art in various cities such as Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Bristol, London, Dublin, Amsterdam, Paris and Barcelona. However, Rochdale isn’t somewhere that would instantly come to mind as a place to travel to in order to see Street Art.

All that changed in August this year, with the first ever Rochdale Uprising event, a collaboration between the local council and the Street Art duo Nomad Clan, as an attempt to brighten up the Town Centre.

If the name Nomad Clan sounds familiar, that’s because they have previously featured on this blog for their work around Belfast.

Usually when they are written about, they are billed as being from Manchester. They are just based in Manchester, one of them comes from Rochdale, hence their involvement with the local council in this event.

I travelled to Rochdale by tram from Manchester, having been over for a United match. I would have been better off going by train, except that there weren’t many running due to flooding, so I didn’t really have a choice.

As my tram ventured from Rochdale Train Station to Rochdale Town Centre, I could see pieces as I looked out the window, excitedly making a mental note as to their location in order to get a photo.

As soon as I got off the tram, I walked about, stumbled onto one piece, and then another, and then another,

However, not all of the artwork was outdoors, as there is an exhibition inside Wheatsheaf Shopping Centre.

To be brutally honest, there’s no other reason to visit Rochdale, there’s not much to it.

This makes any such visit worthwhile.

It’s unknown if this was a one-off event or the first of an annual event. If it is an annual event, I’ll make sure to visit to snap the new pieces that appear whenever I am over for a trip to Old Trafford.

Photo Album


It’s a cup edition of Shoot this week, with the FA Cup 3rd Round, and a World Cup calendar included in this edition. The cover star, Ray Stewart of West Ham and Scotland, was hoping for glory in both.

Don Howe is interviewed, where he says he knows he could lose his job as Arsenal manager and his role in the England coaching set-up if both teams fail in 1986.

Manchester United’s FA Cup tie against Rochdale is previewed, with Shoot warning that Steve Taylor could be Rochdale’s danger man.

Nigel Callaghan gets a full page profile after handing in a transfer request at Watford, but denies he has had a bust-up with manager Graham Taylor.

Steve Moran tells Shoot that he hopes 1986 will bring him better luck that 1985, when he damaged knee ligaments in and end of season friendly in the Caribbean

Jan Molby gets a full page feature, crediting Kenny Dalglish for his turnaround in form, and revealing that he practices free-kicks.

Mick Harford also gets a full page feature, but it’s the opposite from Molby’s piece, which sees manager (David Pleat) praising player, stating that the Luton forward should be in the England squad.

It’s all one big love-in this week, with Paul Gascoigne of Newcastle United crediting manager Willie McFaul with the weight loss that has enabled him to be a professional footballer.

Despite English clubs being banned from Europe, they were well represented in the Adidas Awards, with Everton beating Manchester United to Team Of The Year, while Kerry Dixon was a finalist for Golden Boot, alongside Frank McDougall of Scotland and Martin McGaughey of Northern Ireland.

Hibs get a team profile where manager John Blackley declares he is building a team with ambitions of winning the league.

In news, Ian Greaves turned down the job as West Brom manager because they are sponsored by an anti smoking body and he is a dedicated smoker, Aston Villa want to sign Kevin Richardson from Everton, and Tommy Docherty dismisses England’s World Cup chances.

Manchester United defender Graeme Hogg tells Shoot he is hoping to curb his aggression and avoid suspension, while Billy Stark is the subject of this week’s “Focus On ……”

His favourite music is U2, Alison Moyet and Dire Straits.


2018 was supposed to start for me heading to Coleraine, but the weather saw Linfield’s match on New Year’s Day postponed.

I had to wait a week for a photo adventure, heading to a very wet Carrick to see Linfield grind out a 1-0 win.

A week and a bit later, it was my first visit of the year to Windsor Park, to see Linfield take on Glenavon.

The following weekend, I headed to London. Unsurprisingly, I was out with my camera, capturing a lot of Street Art, going to see Turin Brakes do an instore concert at Fopp, and seeing Millwall take on Rochdale in the FA Cup.

Upon my return from London, it was to Coleraine, to end the month with a rearranged game that should have kicked off the month.

Carrick Rangers v Linfield

Linfield v Glenavon

London Street Art

London Street Art Photo Album 1

London Street Art Photo Album 2

Turin Brakes live at Fopp Covent Garden

Turin Brakes live at Fopp Covent Garden Photo Album

Millwall v Rochdale

Millwall v Rochdale Photo Album

Coleraine v Linfield


January 2018’s football watching was supposed to start at Coleraine on the first day of the month, but the weather saw to that, so I had to wait a week to visit Taylor’s Avenue for my first game of the month, to see Linfield grind out a 1-0 win over Carrick Rangers.

There was another postponement in the middle of the month, at Warrenpoint, which meant I had to wait a whole week for my next match. It wasn’t really worth the wait as Linfield lost 3-2 to Glenavon.

Towards the end of the month, I headed to London for a short weekend away. Naturally, I hoped to take in a game while I was there, and the game I chose was Millwall v Rochdale.

My final game of the month was a trip to Coleraine, which should have kicked off the month, to see Linfield score two late goals to secure a dramatic draw.

Carrick Rangers v Linfield

Linfield v Glenavon

Millwall v Rochdale

Millwall v Rochdale Photo Album

Coleraine v Linfield



“Your dad always said that one day Del Boy would reach the top ……. then again, he used to say that one day Millwall would win the cup”

The fact that Millwall’s record in the FA Cup was used as a punchline in Only Fools And Horses, it’s fair to say it’s not very good.

The closest they came was reaching the final in 2004. It was a veteran of that campaign, Tim Cahill, who was the talk of the ground prior to kick-off, as he was in discussions to rejoin the club, in a bid to get match fit for this Summer’s World Cup.

That signing was eventually confirmed on the Monday night after this game.

They have had FA Cup runs in recent years, reaching the Semi-Final in 2013, and the Quarter-Finals in 2017.

That Quarter-Final last year was the last FA Cup tie at White Hart Lane, but Millwall won’t have fond memories of that game, with Spurs running out 6-0 winners.

I was in London that weekend, so decided I would take in a game. It was the weekend of the FA Cup 4th Round, so there were no Premier League games scheduled, with games in the other Leagues scheduled, some of which were postponed to accomodate FA Cup ties.

On of those, was Millwall’s game at home to Derby, which I had my eye on. Brentford were playing Norwich in The Championship, while Leyton Orient were at home to Aldershot in the National League, or Vauxhall Conference if you’re old school like me.

I’d already been to Leyton Orient (in 2014) so wanted a bit of variety, while Brentford didn’t have tickets on general sale (to discourage away fans buying for the home end) so Millwall it was. Tickets only being £15 also helped swing the deal, as was the fact that i’d never been to an FA Cup tie.

I’d hoped to go to the 2nd Round Replay between Crewe Alexandra and Blackburn Rovers when I was in Manchester, but that was postponed due to the weather.

Also appealing, was the fact that Millwall have three Northern Ireland players – Shane Ferguson, Conor McLaughlin and George Savile. That was a fiver per Ulsterman.

However, only Ferguson would start the game.

I’d previously seen Milwall before, taking in their League One game against Bury when I was in Manchester in November 2016. I hadn’t seen Rochdale despite my frequent visits to the North-West. I would have taken in their 2nd Round tie if it went to a replay, but it didn’t.

Getting to the ground was easy, an Overground Station was a signposted five minute walk away.

I’m only enough to remember when Millwall’s ground, opened in 1993, was known as The New Den. Now it is known simply as The Den.

Millwall might be looking for a New New Den, due to a dispute with Lewisham Council over land around The Den.

Rochdale were straight on the attack from kick-off, Millwall goalkeeper David Martin being concerned while catching a cross in the opening minute. By this part, Leyton Orient were already 1-0 up. I was wondering if i’d made the right choice of game.

Shane Ferguson had Millwall’s first attacking moment of the game with a run and cross, but The Wee Derry Fella’s cross evaded those in the box.

It was another run which brought Millwall’s first goal, this time by Fred Onyedinma, as he was brought down for a clear penalty. Jed Wallace converted, and it looked like Millwall were set for a routine against their League One opponents.

The “Past Meetings” feature in the matchday programme didn’t have a lot of material to work with, their only recent meetings coming when Millwall were in League One. Rochdale weren’t intimidated by the one division difference, and were very much in the game.

A lovely passing move played in Ian Henderson to finish. It was a goal from the moment it left his foot. There was a small applause from some fans around me, acknowledging that it was a decent goal, before asking questions of their own team.

Rochdale were the better team at the start of the second-half, and were rewarded with a goal when a Andy Cannon shot was deflected goalwards. It was going in but Matt Done tapped it in to make sure, and Rochdale were 2-1 up.

The Rochdale fans behind the goal celebrated. Unfortunately for them, they couldn’t get to celebrate wiht their team, due to being in the Upper Tier of the stand.

It always struck me as a bit of a crap matchday experience being stuck up there, but not that the Rochdale fans cared, with their team now heading for the 5th Round.

Tom Elliott seemed to have most of Millwall’s chances, but was having “One of those days”.

As the minutes ticked, it looked like Rochdale were going to hold on for a deserved win, until Ben Thompson’s low finish just as the injury time board was about to make an appearance.

Milwall fans were frustrated throughout the game, but were relieved to get a replay.

The draw for the 5th Round produced a juicy prize on offer for the winner of this tie.

They didn’t know who they’d play, but they’d be at home.

It was either Newport County, from a lower division and representing a great chance to reach the Quarter-Finals, or a glamour tie against Tottenham Hotspur.

Rochdale won the replay of this tie 1-0. Spurs beat Newport 2-0.

Rochdale are only two wins away from Wembley, but a draw in their 5th Round time would be enough to take them there.

Photo Album