Borussia Dortmund

Saturday 26th January 2019 15.00
Borussia Dortmund 5 Hannover 96 1 HT: 1-0 Att: 81,385
Hakimi 24, Reus 60, Götze 62, Guerreira 67, Witsel 90 : Bakalorz 86

from Westfalenstadion

This was my first big stadium abroad. Until now I’d seen mainly lower tier Spanish games while on holiday, or the odd other game while on city trips. The biggest was probably FC Berliner Dynamo at their wonderful Jahn Sportspark, but none of these were approaching the scale of a Borussia Dortmund.

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Lisburn Distillery

Saturday 6th October 2018

Steel & Sons Cup Fourth Round

Lisburn Distillery 1 Shankill United 0 HT: 0-0 Att: 70
Ferguson 48

from New Grosvenor Stadium

I woke up early to get the 07.00 train from Dublin to Belfast. I’d stayed in Dublin overnight following the evening game at historic club Bohemians’ wonderful Dalymount Stadium. The train journey took around two hours and was a scenic pleasant start to a Saturday. The fixture today was still undecided.

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Friday 5th October 2018 19.45
Airtricity Irish League Premier

Bohemian 1 Waterford 3 HT: 1-2 Att: c2000
Mageruson 15 : Puri 20, Aborah p 24, Hunt 56

from Dalymount Park

After a great trip, last season, to North Ireland to do the double of Glenavon and Cliftonville, I was tempted back. This time I mixed it up even more with a flight from Liverpool to Dublin to watch Bohemian and then the early morning train from Dublin to Belfast to watch the much vaunted Glentoran.

After booking everything, Glentoran’s fixture changed to a Monday for television, probably because it was a Belfast derby v Linfield. I was not happy but at least there were many other options, with NI being small.

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