Monthly Musings (August 2018)

This is just something new I’m trying for this season as I try to motivate myself to post more frequently. It’s all fairly easy to post regularly during the summer holidays but once work starts again in September, free time gets squeezed and correcting writings and marking exams jump to the top of the priority lists. Blogging a bit more often is sort of my new season resolution, so I figure that making this public is the best way to be held to account. I don’t want to be finishing this season in pictures just a few days ahead of the next one starting!

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Watching the World Cup in Belfast

These posts are really just going to be a way to review the last month on the blog and look ahead to what’s coming up in the  next one. July was a pretty busy month for me as I went to five games in all and of course devoted a huge amount of time to watching the climax of the World Cup. Overall I felt it was a good World Cup, a definite improvement on the attritional 2010 edition and 2014, which while very entertaining, had very few truly outstanding games in the knockout stage. France were worthy winners, Croatia an exciting dark horse. Even as someone who cares little for the England football team, the narrative of a country rediscovering their love of international football was great to see. Games like Spain 3-3 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal and France 4-3 Argentina will live long in the memory and while not a true classic, the Final was an open and enjoyable contest.

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In Edinburgh. Not at football.

There wasn’t too much variety in my games last month, four Coleraine games – three of which were at The Showgrounds and the odd one out, my trip to Edinburgh where I saw Hearts v Cowdenbeath. Expect to see a more comprehensive photo round-up of the trip in the next few days. The most significant thing I did in July was booking my flight to move to Madrid at the start of September. That will ensure a bit more variety in my posts from then on as I’m not planning on following one team every week, I’ve got plenty of options across the city and I’m going to do my best to check them all out.

Anyway, I’m getting ahead of myself. August is likely to follow a very similar pattern with Northern Ireland’s Danske Bank Premiership kicking off this weekend. My plan is to be present at all of Coleraine’s opening league games during the month. Anything else just depends on how much free time I have and how much money I have.

Most Popular Post of the Month

I only posted the opening installments of my 2018/19 in Pictures series during July and it was the edition covering Coleraine’s Europa League tie with Spartak Subotica which was read most often. Two weeks later, I’m still at a loss as to how Coleraine didn’t score at least once and the fact Subotica went on to defeat Sparta Prague in the next round and earn a tie with Brondby makes it even more hard to swallow.

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One of many Coleraine attacks against Subotica which didn’t end with a goal.

So on to the start of the new season, which will hopefully give me more to talk about!

All the best,

Andrew.

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