Saturday, February 26, 2011

Glenavon 2 Linfield 2

IPL Matchday 29, 26th February 2011, Mourneview Park

Scorers: Turkington OG, McAllister

Match highlights (BBC)

Jeffrey with another tactical masterpiece, us 2 up and cruising, he takes our 2 strikers off, plays 4-5-1 with a disinterested Munster up front, we screw it up. Genius.

1 Linfield 29 61
2 Crusaders 29 55
3 Cliftonville 30 51

Friday, February 25, 2011

Linfield 3 Dunmurry Rec 0

Irish Cup replay, Monday 21st Feb 2011, Windsor

Scorers: check the OS
Attendance: probably about 34, I've lost the will to live

Match highlights (BBC)

Linfield 1 Newry 1

Saturday 19th Feb, Windsor

Scorer: who cares anymore
Attendance: see above

Match highlights (BBC)

Table (after Glens 2-1 defeat to Crues on Mon 21st):

1 Linfield 28 60
2 Crusaders 28 52
3 Cliftonville 29 50
4 Glentoran 28 49

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Linfield 3 Dundalk 5

Setanta Cup 2011 Round 1, 14th February 2011, Windsor Park.

Scorers: Thompson, Garrett, Allen
Attendance: 1200

Match highlights - not yet online

An embarrassment which shows up how bad our league is, when we can walk it while being so crap, so slow, so ponderous, so naive, so inferior. Our tactics don't cut it in this tournament anymore.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Linfield vs Dundalk: Ways to follow for exiles

Radio commentary (Dundalk FM)

Live updates (Roy on the OS)

Linfield 1 Dunmurry Rec 1

Irish Cup 7th Round, Saturday 11th February 2011, Windsor Park

Scorer: Allen

Match highlights (BBC)

I was back in NI, but for various reasons, didn't bother going. Apparently Dunmurry put 10 men behind the ball, scored with their only chance, but we weren't good enough to break them down, so fair play to them. Bad result, DJ, in typically inspired move, brought on Bru McCaul for an injured player, only to substitute him half an hour later, superb man-management, he really knows how to build a young player's confidence. Remember this kid played for us last season (not sure about this) for nothing. Bravo.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Attendances to date (as of 4/2/11)

Ballymena 1888
Lisburn Distillery 1554
Coleraine 2032
Cliftonville 2475
Portadown 2429
Newry 1468
Crusaders 2088
Donegal Celtic 1349
Dungannon Swifts 1488
Crusaders 1553
Glentoran 5177
Glenavon 1410
Ballymena 2104

Which makes a 2010/11 average (so far) of 2093.
- It would be more, only for the amount of midweek and Friday games we have played
- Glens total down by ca. 2k due to weather postponement
- Still poor figures

Dungannon Swifts 0 Linfield 4

IPL Matchday 27, Saturday 5th February 2011, Stangmore Park

Scorers: Hanley (on debut), Mulgrew, Gault, Allen
Attendance: 890

Match highlights (BBC)

More like it Blues, at a difficult ground.


1 Linfield 27 59
2 Crusaders 27 49
3 Glentoran 25 45

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Linfield dismiss Verona’s £10k offer for Munster

Linfield dismiss Verona’s £10k offer for Munster

Linfield have rejected a ‘ridiculous’ deadline day offer from an Italian club for striker Paul Munster.

Hellas Verona, who play in Italy’s third tier, are understood to have tabled a surprise £10,000 bid for goal-getter Munster, but he won’t be going anywhere until the end of the season.

The offer was swiftly turned down by the Windsor Park club — even though they already know that the player will leave in the summer for nothing.

Verona play in the third tier of Italian football and with the transfer window closing last night they and Munster will now have to wait for another six months before they are able to clinch a deal — although he could sign a pre-contract in the meantime.

“We were approached completely out of the blue by an agent who said Paul was wanted by an Italian club,” revealed Jeffrey.

“They put an offer in to us that wasn’t just derisory, it was pathetically ridiculous.

“We don’t want to stand in the way of any player, but we have got to think of the club first.

“Paul has made it known that he sees his future away from Linfield and as his long-term girlfriend lives in Sweden I can understand that, but he is 18 months into a two-year contract.”

Jeffrey has faced deadline day sniping for his players in the past, mainly when Queens Park Rangers were trying to sign Peter Thompson five years ago.

“For some bizzare reason this happens to us all the time at the end of transfer windows,” said Jeffrey.

Munster has been something of a globetrotter throughout his career. He previously played his football in Canada, Sweden and the Czech Republic before signing for Linfield in August 2008.

Almost half of Munster’s 102 appearances for Linfield have come as a substitute, but he has still managed to score 33 goals for the Blues.

What a mad story. This rejection is:

Good: - If one of our strikers gets hurt, we'll need him as back-up.
- He scores goals in big games
- Winning the league is worth a lot more to us than 10k

Bad: - He's away at the end of the season anyway
- He's hardly getting a look-in
- We've denied the lad a big chance