Category Archives: Football

(Another) New Camera

I’ve just bought a new camera; it’s a GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition…

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As you can see, it’s tiny, versatile, and can go where other cameras can’t go. It takes photos, shoots video, time-lapse, and photo bursts. It even shoots underwater! Here’s a video shot in my fishpond…

 

 

It has wi-fi built in, and it can even be controlled remotely from my iPhone.

Here’s a video from the manufacturer:

 

I can’t wait to use it at a wedding to capture some great photos, and at football for some interesting images.

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Play on the Amex Pitch

Normally a football league club’s grassy pitch is hallowed turf; a sacred surface upon which only the professionals can tread. The groundsmen lavish as much care on their grass as they would do on a loved one – if not more – jealously protecting it from unwelcome footsteps.

Once the football season is over, however, things change.  The field is then ploughed up, and a new grassy surface is sown ready for the next season.

Just before the pitch at the American Express Community Stadium – the home of Brighton and Hove Albion – was replaced, the club organised a ‘Play on the Amex Pitch’ day, to give youngsters an opportunity to do just that. Their football boots could play on the same pitch that is normally graced by the boots of their heroes.

Here is a photo of the youngsters about to run out on to the pitch.

 

Kids about to run onto the sacred Amex turf.

Kids about to run onto the sacred Amex turf.

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The Team That Alan Mullery Built

Working as a photographer I get to attend some fascinating events and get to meet some equally fascinating people at these events; as a freelance photographer for Brighton & Hove Albion the fascination value (for me) increases enormously. But this must have been one of the most joyful and surreal events I have covered.

An Appreciation Dinner was given to celebrate ex-Brighton Manager Alan Mullery at the American Express Community Stadium in mid-March.  Mullery enjoyed a successful career as a player with Fulham and Spurs, and when he hung up his boots, he became the manager of the Seagulls.

While Mullery managed Brighton in two spells – 1976 to 1981 and again from 1986 to 1987 – it was in his first spell in charge that he achieved legendary status of  with the Brighton faithful by taking the team from the old Third Division through two promotion campaigns into the old First Division – and keeping them there.

To me and my football-following mates the team that Alan Mullery built were heroes. We loved them, and their names still trip off our tongues as easily today as they did back then.

The evening would not have been complete without that team, and they were invited to the celebration at Brighton’s new home.  Before the dinner, the players arrived for a pre-dinner reception, appropriately, in what is now the player’s lounge. Most of the players had not seen each other since those long-ago days at the Goldstone Ground; some were instantly recognisable, and others less so.

There is always something quite moving about watching old long-lost friends greeting one another; hugging each other, laughing and grinning joyfully. When the friends I am shooting happen to be my heroes from over 30 years ago, the experience becomes very surreal.

Dear reader, I present the team that Alan Mullery built…

 

Back row: Steve Foster, Graham Moseley, Paul Clark, Steve Piper, Chris Cattlin, Andy Rollings, Ian Mellor, Gerry Fell, Sammy Morgan, Peter Suddaby, Mike Yaxley (Physio), Martin Chivers, Mark Lawrenson, Gordon Smith, Pat Jennings (not in the team).

Front row: Peter O’Sullivan, Teddy Maybank, Peter Sayer, Peter Ward, Alan Mullery, Ken Craggs (Asst Manager), Brian Horton, Eric Steele.

 

(The photograph is copyright and may not be used without permission)

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The Lino turned to me and said…

Regular followers of my blog will know that I do enjoy a good game of football, and that I do seem to spend quite some time sat on the touchlines taking photographs of both men’s and women’s matches.

Today, I heard that the Professional Footballer’s Association (the PFA) will be inviting applications from players registered in the Women’s Super League (the WSL) – a gesture which marks a great step forward in the recognition of the calibre of the players, the coaches and the teams in the women’s game.

Recently I received an invitation from the Manager of the Worthing College Academy of Sports Women’s Football Team (aka Mikey B) to take photos of his team in the Cup Final of the County Cup against Lewes South Downs College Academy.  I knew just what to expect.

Now these young women are a little too young for the WSL right now – but the hope is that, for those who want it, their time will come. Take a look at the photos below. You will see the love the players have for the game; you’ll see the joy in their faces. This is typical of Women’s football. If you’ve never been to watch a women’s football game, go treat yourself. It’s getting bigger. And better.

In the second half I was snapping from the sideline.  The lino turned to me and said “I just love doing these games.”

I looked at him and said “Yup, so do I!”

 

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You’ll find more photos on my Facebook pages.

(*Lino – formerly the linesman, now the referee’s assistant, the official who runs the sideline with a flag.)

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Future England Internationals?

Here is a photograph of four young talented footballers.

Tiegan, Kellie, Paula and Phoebe are members of the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club’s Girl’s Centre of Excellence.  Don’t let these charming smiles fool you – they are good – very good – at playing the beautiful game, and they have been selected to attend this month’s week-long England training camps.

If they do well, they may eventually be selected to play for England.

 

Tiegan, Kellie, Paula and Pheobe

Tiegan, Kellie, Paula and Phoebe

Obviously, each of these young women has talent, and it is a joy to watch them play. But of course just talent alone is not enough. They have trained for hour upon hour, and they, and their parents and families have made sacrifices for them to have this chance. Good luck ladies!

I hope they make it – because they deserve it; and, in years to come, I want to say – with pride – that I am the bloke who took the photograph of four young talented footballers!

Update: 

Here’s the story on the Brighton & Hove Albion Website

 

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