|A proud supporter waves the Åland flag at the Newport FC Island Games bus stop.|
I returned to the Isle of Wight on Monday to watch the match between Åland and the Western Isles, which took place at the island's largest football venue, St George's Park, in Newport. The weather was hot and dreary, with the occasional dollop of rain. The game itself wasn't particularly exciting - Åland were just a little sharper up front, otherwise the teams were evenly matched.
|The Åland team pose for a group photo. It must be uncomfortable squatting like that for too long.|
It was more interesting watching the other people in the crowd for a lot of the time. The Western Isles fans were on one side of the main stand; the Åland flag-wavers were in a small block to their right. There were between ten and twenty supporting each side, with the rest of the crowd of 152 being neutral. Nowhere near as noisy as the previous match I went to between Greenland and Rhodes, both off and on the pitch - both teams playing with a certain North European reserve.
|This dog was being fed chips outside the snack bar.|
|The second-largest football stand on the Isle of Wight.|
|Keeper's ball! Another Western Isles attack comes to nothing.|
|A fair challenge sees the Western Isles gallop forward.|
|Your number is falling off, sir!|
|The official Team Åland water bottle.|