PHOTO OF THE SEASON : 2011-2012

After enjoying a month by month review of the past season, feel free to vote for your favourite photos from the following selected photos.

Corner

This photo was taken at the Hearts v Spurs UEFA Cup tie. I like it purely for the composition as Hearts fans look on helplessly as their team tries to restore some pride. They were 5-0 down when the corner was taken.

Statue

Again, the composition just makes this photo for me. Taken outside Old Trafford prior to a game against Sunderland on 5th November 2011

High Feet

Taken during a friendly between Derriaghy CC and Linfield in July. Again, the framing and composition just work for me.

Gaffers

Another one taken from Derriaghy CC v Linfield, I like this one showing Derriaghy’s management team watching the game, trying to see if there is anything they can spot which can help their team.

Lazy Summer Day

I used the pinhole effect in my camera for this shot, taken during a hastily arranged pre-season game between Linfield and Carrick Rangers.

I like the way it just captures watching football on a summer’s day. Even the Carrick Rangers subs appear to be relaxing while watching the game.

Linesman

Carrick Rangers again, this time a lot colder and darker, and more competitive, in a league match at their temporary home of Seaview.

I like this shot for the composition of the linesman, and the way the light reflects off Crusaders plastic pitch.

Boxing Day

This photo, taken on Boxing Day unsurprisingly, shows the crowd with their eyes fixed on Linfield taking a corner (taken, I think, by Rory Patterson) during a match against Glentoran.

Windsor Park

Taken prior to a match against Dungannon Swifts in January, I like this for the composition and the way the supporter’s shadows reflect.

Flag

Taken in Rotterdam while I was in Holland in February, Excelsior Rotterdam fans wave flags and release streamers as their side enters the field for a match against VVV Venlo

Cameraman

A TV cameraman captures the action during the Eredivise clash between Excelsior Rotterdam and VVV Venlo

Sunset

Photo outside Old Trafford prior to a UEFA Cup tie against Ajax on 23.2.2012

Old Trafford

Portrait shot of Old Trafford after the UEFA Cup tie against Ajax on 23.2.2012

City End

Linfield fans at The Oval, taken during a match against Newry City on 14.4.2012

Watson

Albert Watson, surrounded by supporters, is interviewed for TV after Linfield lift the Irish League title

Of ones not taken by me, there are two which stand out.

This one, credited to Getty Images, shows Kenny Dalglsh’s celebration just after Andy Carroll puts Liverpool 2-1 up in the FA Cup Semi-Final against Everton.

The composition and framing, capturing the emotion whcih makes it a fantastic photo.

I’m no lover of Liverpool FC, but credit where it’s due, that’s a fantastic photo.

The second photo, is of Ross Glendinning trying to save a shot during a friendly between Linfield and Rangers in May. It was credited to Pacemaker Press.

Like the Dalglish one, is the emotion and the framing which makes it, as Glendinning strains to try and stop the ball going into the back of the net.

For the record, the ball ended up in the back of the net.

I am aware that my natural footballing loyalties shouldn’t have me complimenting a photo of a Liverpool goal or a goal against Linfield, but, you’ve just to to appreciate good photography.

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STATISTICAL ANALYSIS OF A FOOTBALL SEASON

You can thank @philmojones4 for the inspiration for this pointless blogpost, when he commented on how many matches he’d been too during the 2011-2012 season, and it got me thinking, then I thought some more, and came up with this statistical analysis of the football season just past (I know technically the season is still going, but for me, it is over)

Matches Attended : 44

Goals Seen : 120

Red Cards : 5

Hat-Tricks : 2

Aaron Burns (Linfield v Dungannon Swifts) Peter Thompson (Linfield v Newry City)

(Last season I witnessed hat-tricks by Dimitar Berbatov and Lionel Messi)

Hat-tricks missed due to being on holiday : 1

Phil Lowry (Linfield v Donegal Celtic)

Hat-tricks missed due to not being arsed with Irish Cup ties v lower league opposition : 2

Rory Patterson (Linfield v Ballyclare Comrades) Peter Thompson (Linfield v Coagh United)

Highest scoring match : 7 (Linfield 7-0 Newry City)

Countries seen football in : 4

England, Holland, Northern Ireland, Scotland

(Last season, it was 4 as well – England, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Spain)

Teams seen play : 28

Aberdeen, Ajax Amsterdam, Ballymena United, BATE Borisov, Carrick Rangers, Cliftonville, Coleraine, Crusaders, Derriaghy CC, Donegal Celtic, Dungannon Swifts, Excelsior Rotterdam, Faroe Islands, Glenavon, Glentoran, Heart of Midlothian, Linfield, Lisburn Distillery, Manchester United, Newry City, Northern Ireland, Norway, Portadown, Serbia, Sunderland, Tottenham Hotspur, Utrecht, VVV Venlo

Competitions Watched : 8

Eredivise, Euro 2012, European Cup, FA Premier League, Irish Cup, Irish Premier League, Scottish Premier League, UEFA Cup

Stadiums Visited : 14

Amsterdam Arena, Ballymena Showgrounds, Ballyskeagh, Coleraine Showgrounds, Mourneview Park, Old Trafford, Seaview, Seycon Park, Shamrock Park, Solitude, The Oval, Tynecastle, Windsor Park, Woudestein

NB: Stats do not include last night’s Manchester United v Irish League XI game. My visit to Amsterdam for the Holland v Northern Ireland game will be counted towards 2012-2013 statistics.

PHOTO DIARY OF A FOOTBALL SEASON : NOVEMBER

Busy month this with a packed fixture list, including an international friendly between Northern Ireland and Morocco.

The first fortnight of the month saw me visit two of the more photo friendly grounds in Portadown and Crusaders, managing to get some good photos, even if the result at Seaview wasn’t what I was hoping for.

The other games (Donegal Celtic and Dungannon at home, Distillery away) weren’t the most productive in terms of results, but I decided to take in the novelty of being in the Railway Stand at Windsor Park, which is very photo friendly, managing to get some good photos of the Morocco game.

Enjoy

Portadown v Linfield

Linfield v Donegal Celtic

Crusaders v Linfield

Northern Ireland v Morocco

Linfield v Dungannon Swifts

Lisburn Distillery v Linfield

2010 IN PICTURES – NOVEMBER

Looking at the diary, it didn’t look like the most exciting month, Ellie Goulding concert aside, but a couple of photo friendly football grounds and freak weather made it a productive month of phototaking.

The first weekend of the month saw me visit Shamrock Park to see Linfield take on Portadown, getting some photos and celebrating Linfield’s 2-1 win.

On the Sunday, I checked out leaves in Botanic for some arty-farty photos in the Autumn sun.

The following weekend, I was at Seaview to see Linfield lose 2-1 to Crusaders, with the only consolation being that I managed to get some nice photos.

The midweek after, I went to Northern Ireland v Morocco, getting tickets for the Railway Stand, which turned out to be a mistake when it rained constantly that night.

The end of the month saw snow, and unsurprisingly, I was out with my camera capturing the snow covered streets of Belfast.

And to finish the month, a bit of Ellie Goulding.

See Also

Portadown v Linfield

Botanic Leaves

Kev Largy – Apache

Linfield v Donegal Celtic

Crusaders v Linfield

Northern Ireland v Morocco

Linfield v Dungannon Swifts

Lisburn Distillery v Linfield

Snow Volume 1

Snow Volume 2

Ellie Goulding Review

Ellie Goulding Photos

NORTHERN IRELAND 1-1 MOROCCO 17.11.2010

A cold and wet night was the weather on the last (designated) international date of 2010, as Northern Ireland made the most of this opportunity to invite Morocco to Windsor Park for a friendly.

Managed to get tickets for this one, in the front of the Railway Stand, which seemed like a good idea at the time.

I’d decided on the Railway Stand just to see what it was like. It was a good view although I was unprotected from the elements, but I was able to get some not so bad photos when the ball was at that end of the pitch.

I also took the opportunity pre-match to try and get some portrait shots of the stadium.

The match wasn’t a lot to write home about, though Northern Ireland held their own, but just lacked that killer touch.

At half-time, it looked like one of those games that was going to end 0-0.

That changed early in the second-half when Marouane Chamakh charged down a clearance to put Morocco 1-0 up.

Northern Ireland huffed and puffed but never looked like scoring in open play, but in the 86th minute, a dead ball opportunity arose when Northern Ireland were awarded a penalty.

I managed to get into a good position for the kick, although I didn’t get any good photos of the goal, I did get a good one of the pre kick tension.

A late equaliser isn’t a bad way to warm the heart on a bitterly cold night, now, to concentrate on club football.