Belfast Telegraph

Friday 27 May 2016

Biting Back: The football season's starting back again

By Steven Beacom

Published 08/08/2014

New Blues boss Warren Feeney
New Blues boss Warren Feeney

Is it just me or is this summer whizzing by? Could be something to do with a compelling World Cup, our brilliant boxers at the Commonwealth Games and Rory's glory at The Open in between.

So much has happened in sport over the past couple of months, it's been easy for addicts like me to lose track of time, that when you realise the new football season is about to start, it hits you like a flurry of punches from Paddy Barnes!

The Irish League kicks off tomorrow and promises to be intriguing not least at Linfield, where the larger than life David Jeffrey is no longer around.

Warren Feeney is the new Blues boss and is intent on winning the title in his first campaign. Cliftonville, now minus the brilliant Liam Boyce who has joined Ross County, will have something to say about that.

Canny Tommy Breslin and his team are going for three championships in a row. Portadown and Glenavon, who have both signed well, plus Glentoran and Crusaders, can be in the mix too. It's an open race and hard to call.

Prediction: 1. Linfield 2. Cliftonville 3. Glenavon.

The Premier League in England does not begin until next weekend, but the Championship starts tonight with Blackburn v Cardiff and continues tomorrow with Millwall v Leeds among others. Naughty fixture computer. Also Brentford play Charlton. Buzzing for the Bees will be a former Crusaders player who this season can make a major impression. Watch out for Stuart Dallas.

The soap opera that is club football is back.

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