After 14 years of an almost nomadic existence, my football team – Brighton & Hove Albion – played it’s first league game in the American Express Community Stadium, it’s brand new £100m home earlier today.
The joy of the occasion was almost almost indescribable, – needless to say I’ll remember the occasion for the rest of my life; it was one of those ‘lifetime snapshots’ that will linger in the mind.
I have the huge privilege of being a photographer for the club, and as such I have ‘all areas’ access.
Today, I was asked to get some shots of the team taking to the field from atop the East Stand with the huge West Stand as the background; the photo shows me taking photos of Gully’s Girls performance shortly before the teams emerged.
In the upper picture, I am the solitary figure in front of the letter ‘O’ in Community! (Click the photo!)
Below is a low res version of one of my photos.; the teams have emerged from the tunnel to the club anthem ‘Sussex By The Sea’ accompanied by a deafening roar from the 20,000+ crowd which was waving a forest of blue and white flags. Fantastic.