Programme editorial

Posted : 5th January 2019 at 07:14:24

Linfield commence the New Year in very pleasing positions in our league and cup campaigns. Tuesday’s 2-0 win at Ards took David Healy’s team to the top of the league table and in addition to the start of the Irish Cup today, we also have two other huge cup ties to look forward to in the coming weeks - Tuesday’s County Antrim Shield semi-final away to Ballymena and also the Windsor Park League Cup Final, also against Ballymena on Saturday February 16. While results and performances over the Christmas period were highly satisfying, the momentum being built up needs to be maintained over the coming weeks, as what at present looks like a promising position on all fronts can change dramatically and quickly, particularly in this tight, competitive, evenly matched season when all teams have shown that they are capable of beating anyone on their day.

A crowd of 7000 was in attendance for the recent Boxing Day Windsor Park ‘Big Two’ Derby game. Linfield supporters accounted for 4500 of the attendance, with 2500 visiting supporters cheering on Glentoran from the North Stand. Overall, the game was a great occasion, with the result from a Linfield perspective, highly satisfying.

Arrangements for last week’s league game at Solitude passed off very smoothly - the second occasion that supporters have been able to choose to make their own arrangements to travel to this game, or travel on club provided transport from Ballysillan. The cooperation of the host club, the PSNI, Translink and our supporters is greatly appreciated.

A warm Windsor Park welcome is extended to the players, coaches, officials and supporters of Ballyclare Comrades FC for today’s important Irish Cup tie. Ballyclare may be in eighth position in the Championship at present but the history of cup football is full of evidence of occasions where shock, headline grabbing results have occurred. Linfield will need to match the hunger and intensity in the challenge from our visitors today, to win the game and secure progress to the next round of this prestigious premier knockout cup competition.

Linfield’s League game at Seaview on January 19 is All-Ticket. For the convenience of a number of Linfield supporters, a supply of adult tickets will be available online from the Crusaders FC website. A further supply of adult tickets should hopefully be on sale today to Linfield members and season ticket holders. Concession tickets are only available from this club and will only be on sale to members and then season ticket holders, while stocks last.

Linfield’s League game against Glentoran on Monday January 28 will be broadcast live on the Sky Sports network. The popular Kop Stand will again be open on this occasion.

The Windsor Park League Cup Final on February 16 (5.30pm) will be an All-Ticket game and broadcast live on Sky Sports. Tickets will soon be available from Linfield FC, priced £12 for adults and £8 for concession. Linfield supporters will be accommodated in the South and Kop Stands and members and season tickets are not valid for this eagerly anticipated cup final. A large Linfield support will be needed to inspire the team to lift a trophy that has been missing from the Windsor Park trophy cabinet for 11 long years.
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