Experience the biggest match of Northern Irish football between Glentoran FC and Linfield FC at the iconic stadium The Oval.
WELCOME TO BELFAST
During this edition of derby days, we experience the ‘Bel Classico’ in Belfast. We will visit the match between Glentoran FC and Linfield FC. Both teams are referred to as the Big Two. They are the two most successful and most supported clubs in Northern Irish Football. They regularly play each other in the league, and have contested more cup finals together than any other two clubs. They also make up two of the three clubs (along with Cliftonville) that have competed in every season of the Irish League’s top flight since its inception in 1890, neither club ever suffered relegation.
Even though there was a rivalry, Linfield and Glentoran weren’t always referred to as the Big Two. Initially the big two were considered to be Linfield and Belfast Celtic as they had traditionally been the most successful teams in Northern Irish Football. Given the traditional political following of both clubs (Linfield, like Glentoran, with a mainly unionist following, and Belfast Celtic with a mainly nationalist following), sectarian violence between supporters of both clubs was common. On Boxing Day 1948, this completely escalated when both clubs played each other. After a last-minute equalizer of Linfield, ecstatic Linfield fans invaded the pitch and began attacking several Celtic players. Three players were seriously hurt, their forward suffered a broken leg and was kicked unconscious.
At the end of the 1949 season, the team’s management decided to withdraw entirely from the league. The intensity between Linfield and Glentoran increased as Glentoran was the only club that has generated a support base similar in size to Linfield’s and also because Belfast Celtic fans started to support Glentoran due to the dissolution of their club.
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This weekend includes:
- Match ticket: Glentoran FC v Linfield FC (Long Side)
- Belfast Murals Tour
- Pub Crawl in Belfast
- Two nights of accommodation in a 3* hotel in Belfast (Twin Room)
- Daily Breakfast
- Local Host & Trip Manager
Good to know
Remember, flights aren’t included for this trip. We’re happy to assist in finding the best options for you. We advise booking flights when the match is confirmed*, this is approximately 6 weeks before. Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change.
*This fixture won’t be played on Sunday because of religious reasons, therefore the itinerary starts on Friday morning.
Welcome to BelfastOhh Belfast, where your epic football weekend will kick-off. Meet your fellow travellers and local at your hand-picked 3* hotel in the city centre. Nice, it’s time to relax and drop your bags at your room or explore the city. In the evening, we’ll have a drink with the group to kick-start this football weekend.
Experience the Belfast DerbyWe will visit the biggest match in Northern Irish football, Glentoran FC v Linfield FC. Our local host Josh will meet us at the hotel and take us to a typical place where supporters have a beer or two prior to the match. There we can listen to their stories about their clubs and the rivalry between the 'Big Two'.
The match will be played at the iconic stadium The Oval, which has been home to Glentoran since 1892. The stadium was refurbished with a new stand built in 2000 but requires consistent maintenance to fulfil health and safety requirements and its total capacity is currently restricted to 6,050 spectators. The record attendance is said to be 55,000 during the fixture between Glentoran and Glasgow Rangers in the UEFA Cup in 1966.
We will make sure you are at your seat in time, so you won't miss any minute of this intense match.
Belfast Murals TourIf the walls of the cities could talk, they would tell us many stories... Well, this is what happens in Belfast, where thousands of tourists come to visit the murals scattered around the city.
Murals commemorate, communicate and display aspects of culture and history. The themes of murals often reflect what is important to a particular community. Our local host Josh will take us along some of the best murals around the city. We will learn more about the history and culture of Belfast and Northern Ireland.