December 2016 began for me with a trip to Windsor Park to see Linfield take on Carrick Rangers and record a routine 3-0 win.
The following weekend, was a trip to Clandeboye Park, Linfield’s first competitive game there since February 2009, a routine 2-0 win over Ards.
The games got harder and more dramatic, with a late win over Ballymena United coming the following weekend, ruining David Jeffrey’s first return to Windsor Park.
With Christmas Day falling on a Sunday in 2016, it meant that the Steel and Sons Cup Final was held on Christmas Eve, which I attended. Even more of a bonus was the fact that Linfield Swifts were in it, beating Dundela 3-1 to win the trophy for the first time since 1997.
Two days later came the highlight of the Christmas footballing calendar, Boxing Day. It was a bit crap in comparison to the previous four years.
The month, and the year, ended on a high, with Linfield going to Seaview and getting a vital win in the title race.
Linfield v Carrick Rangers
Ards v Linfield
Linfield v Ballymena United
Dundela v Linfield Swifts
Dundela v Linfield Swifts Photo Album
Linfield v Glentoran
Crusaders v Linfield