By attending Linfield’s match at Solitude last night, it now meant that I had visited all the grounds of the clubs in the top flight of the Irish League.
Obviously, there are people who will have ‘achieved’ this feat before me, but it’s still a nice wee milestone.
Of course, i’ll have had my camera with me to these grounds, with varying results.
Ballymena Showgrounds – Ballymena United
Not great for amateur photography for away fans. The home stand looks as though it could be handy for amateur photography.
Minus points though for no stands behind the goal, meaning all photos are going to be side on.
Managed to get some good photos when I visited in March 2009, especially one of David Jeffrey barking out instructions on the touchline.
Haven’t had a chance to attaned a match in their new stand ofr away fans, so hopefully that will make it a more pleasurable excperiance for amateur photography.
Solitude – Cliftonville
Was there for the first time yesterday, and is absolutely horrible for amateur photography as an away fan, hence why the best I could get was pre-match portrait shots.
However, for home fans, it looks like you could get some good photos.
Coleraine Showgrounds – Coleraine
A long and enjoyable away trip, especially if you win, and also a fan friendly ground for photography.
Seaview – Crusaders
Nice and local, and always full when Linfield visit, Seaview is a great ground for getting amatuer photography.
Bonus points also for freedom of movement meaning you can stand behind whichever end your team is attacking.
Suffolk Road – Donegal Celtic
Like Ballymena, minus points for no access behind the goals.
The only time i’ve been there, Linfield didn’t create anything of note, meaning I was unable to find out if it was good for action photography.
Stangmore Park – Dungannon Swifts
Very much like Seaview, easy access to the heart of the action and no segregation.
Always manage to get some decent photos when here.
Mourneview Park – Glenavon
Absolutely love travelling to Mourneview. Easy to get to, and close to the pitch, making some excellent photos.
Managed to get free tickets for the 2009 CIS Cup Final and went snap happy. A full album can be found here.
The Oval – Glentoran
Always enjoy leaving here after a Linfield victory, be it a cup semi-final or a match against Glentoran.
Not that great for photos when a full crowd, but very good when the crowd is smaller.
Windsor Park – Linfield
Not that great at domestic games, excellent for internationals, as you can get closer access to the pitch.
It is good for portrait shots, be it from the Kop or South Stands, or from the Viewing Lounge.
Ballyskeagh – Lisburn Distillery
Horrible ground, that is officially impossible to get a good photo in.
Newry Showgrounds – Newry City
The new stand in recent years has improved the photographicability of this ground, especially when your team are attacking that end.
Shamrock Park – Portadown
Always enjoyable visiting here. Usually guaranteed an excellent view and photographing opportunity.