Posted : 28th January 2019 at 07:22:42
Recent results and performances have been most pleasing and encouraging and have left Linfield in a highly promising position in all available competitions. Wins, 4-0 against Warrenpoint, 1-0 against Crusaders and 2-0 against Newry City have placed Linfield in a good position at the top of the league table. However, manager David Healy will have reminded his players that medals aren’t handed out in January and so a lot of hard work will be required, to maintain the momentum that has been built up recently, as we look forward to a busy schedule of tough fixtures ahead. The first of the tough fixtures is tonight’s huge derby game against our cross city rivals and Linfield will need to approach tonight’s game with the same attitude and intensity that was on display and needed in last week’s fiercely competitive derby game at a packed Seaview.
A warm Windsor Park welcome is extended to the players, staff, officials and supporters of Glentoran FC for tonight’s premier league game, live on Sky TV. The recent Boxing Day game between our two clubs showed the crowd pulling power of this Belfast ‘Big Two’ derby and this is always a highly competitive game where the form book can frequently ‘go out the window’. Glentoran may presently occupy a position in the bottom half of the table but there are clear signs of a recent revival under new manager Gary Smyth and Linfield simply cannot underestimate the formidable challenge of a fiercely proud club. Linfield won the previous league games 1-0 and 4-0, as well as a County Antrim Shield tie 2-1 after extra time.
A warm welcome to midfielder Kyle McClean who has signed on loan from St. Johnstone until the end of the season. Agreement was reached to release Robert Garrett from his contract, to allow him him to sign for Glenavon. Robert played in 250 Linfield games and he has left Windsor Park with the best wishes of everyone at this club.
On Saturday February 2, Linfield will host Crusaders in an Irish Cup tie. Linfield members and season tickets are not valid and match tickets are currently on sale from the club.
On Tuesday February 5, Linfield will play Crusaders in the County Antrim Shield Final at the Ballymena Showgrounds. Tickets are currently on sale from the club, priced £11 for adults and £7 for concession. Arrangements for the game are identical to a Linfield away game in Ballymena.
On Saturday February 16, Linfield will play Ballymena in a 5.30pm kick off in the Windsor Park League Cup final, broadcast live on the Sky Sports network. Tickets are on sale from ticket master outlets or online. South and Kop Stand Tickets are also available from the club, priced £12 for adults or £8 for concession. Premier seat passes are not valid and Linfield will wear away colours in our first League cup final appearance in 11 long years.
Linfield’s League game away to Glenavon on March 9 has been brought forward to March 8 and will be broadcast live by the BBC.
Linfield Ladies began their preparations for a new season with a pre-season trip to Glasgow to play Rangers yesterday at New Tinto Park, near Ibrox. The Ladies will play Dubliners Peamount United at New Midgley Park on February 17.
A new Linfield Supporters club has been set up in Larne and their officers met recently with Linfield directors in the Windsor Park boardroom, to receive official recognition for the new club.