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Back to My Roots, An Afternoon of Irish League Football

Coleraine Showgrounds. It had been a long time. Twenty years or more since I’d been to the tight little Bann-side venue. For no other reason than that it held appeal, a place well-suited to helping me embark on the latest in a lengthy chronicle of Glentoran-watching.

Just as well it gripped me. The grey skies necessitating floodlights right from the 3pm kick-off, were less welcoming, but at least it was dry.

The neat County Londonderry town was the destination on my first-ever train ride, back when young families vacationed in Portrush rather than the Costa del whatever.