On a glorious sunny day, Linfield’s Open day returned on Saturday after an absence of several years.
Supporters were able to renew members and season tickets from 10am until 3pm and the Linfield Superstore opened earlier than planned, as a large queue had formed early on, with supporters eagerly wanting to get their hands on the new Umbro away kit and training wear.
The large crowds then turned their attention to New Midgley Park after the short tour of the home dressing room area in the South stand.
David Healy’s team trained for an hour an a half in the blistering heat in front of the fans who had made their way down from the main stadium past the bouncy castles and food stalls, as well as the face painters and the Junior Blues stall.
It was great to see the players and fans mix for a period of time, as supporters young and old asked for selfies and autographs.
There was a large uptake when the call went out for the penalty kick challenge and Alex Moore and Gareth Deane were put to the test by our young supporters.
Finishing off the day was the supporters v former players game and a good crowd stayed on to see the fun game.
The game finished 10-8 to the supporters team and featuring for the former players team were Mark Picking, Gary Chisholm, Chris Morgan, Lee Feeney, Ian Young, Ryan McCann, Noel Bailie MBE and Andy Hunter.
On what was another terrific sunny day, many thanks to all the supporters who travelled from far and wide, with some coming from as far away as Ballymoney and Londonderry just for the day.
And to all those who contributed to helping make the day such a success - from club volunteers, various club directors and those who were working on the day, your help and effort was greatly apppreciated.
All in all, a hugely enjoyable, worthwhile and successful day.