Programme editorial

Posted : 2nd February 2019 at 06:49:39

January proved to be a productive month on the pitch, with Linfield winning every game competed in, during a challenging schedule of fixtures in league and cup competitions. Monday night’s entertaining and hard-fought 4-2 win against Glentoran, broadcast live on Sky Sports, completed a successful month and has placed Linfield in a healthy position at the top of the league table. However, there is a long way to go in the current campaign and there will undoubtedly be several twists and turns, before the Gibson cup is presented at the end of April. Ballymena United and today’s opponents, Crusaders are very much in the title race, so Linfield will continue to approach every match on a ‘one game at a time’ basis and leave the league table to take care of itself.

Today Linfield take a break from the League campaign and focus on the Irish cup but there could hardly be a tougher fixture than an early round game against one of the favourites for the competition, Crusaders. Today’s game begins a hugely important month which will help shape our season, as David Healy’s team face two cup finals, as well as today’s huge Irish Cup tie and vitally important league games against Coleraine, Ballymena and Newry. The best wishes of everyone at the club are extended to the players and staff for today’s most difficult of Cup ties and all our demanding games ahead.

A warm Windsor Park welcome is extended to the players, staff, officials and supporters of Crusaders FC for today’s ‘tie of the round’ Irish Cup game. Linfield may have come out on top in the three league games to date (2-0, 4-1 and 1-0) but those results will count for nothing when battle resumes today. Crusaders have proven to be formidable opponents on every occasion in recent years and the same tough challenge is expected today.

The news of the serious injury sustained by Roy Carroll which has prematurely ended his hugely impressive season, has been met with huge disappointment by everyone at this club and much further afield. Roy continues to receive countless best wishes and support for a full and speedy recovery from his injury.

A warm welcome to striker, Marek Cervenka who has signed on loan from Czech team FK Teplice until the end of the season. Marek has also played for Slavia Prague and he became the first Czech player to play for Linfield when he made his debut against Glentoran on Monday night.

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 online or via their outlets. 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 were disappointingly unable to begin their preparations for a new season with their planned pre-season trip to Glasgow to play Rangers last week, as weather warnings forced the cancellation of the Stena Line Cairnryan ferry that the team was due to travel on. The Ladies will play Dubliners Peamount United at New Midgley Park on February 17.
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