Over the past few weeks Linfieldfc.com has launched a new ‘Monday morning memory lane’ feature in which we focus on two separate photos and the interesting story behind the photos.
Increasingly, over the coming weeks there will be a European theme to this feature and in the second in today’s two part series, we feature a slight variation on the European theme.
In early August in the year 2000, Linfield and Glentoran were involved in the ‘Belfast Challenge‘.
Linfield played host to Benfica with the Portuguese visitors winning by a 3-2 margin.
Glentoran played host to Liverpool with the Merseysiders winning by a 4-0 score line.
And so on August 5, the 2 Belfast clubs played for third place in a match that also doubled up as the Charity Shield. Linfield were League champions and Glentoran Irish Cup winners.
Linfield won 2-0 with goals from Glenn Ferguson before the interval and Chris Morgan after the break.
Photos have recently been uncovered from the games from almost twenty years ago and a few of them are featured below.
In the tournament decider, Liverpool and Benfica drew 2-2 with the Anfield side declared winners, on account of having scored more goals in the first match in the series.
Happy Birthday to Tony Gorman pictured below - 50 yesterday.
Below - a poignant image in memory of, and by way of tribute to the late Davy Tibbs (with the Gibson Cup) - faithful and popular team attendant at the time.
Below - the Linfield team that lined up for the Benfica game (in different kit) on the day before the Glentoran Charity Shield game.