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Picture Stories

A few picture stories ‘& essays
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Everton Goodison Park

Goodison Park Everton

The brother of a friend tells a good story about Everton’s football ground.

In the days when he worked for a Spanish bank, he decided to take one of the bank’s bigwigs to a European night match against one of the Spanish sides. The fact that it was November 5th and bonfires were raging across the city didn’t raise any alarm bells, until they drove through one of the rougher parts of the city that now resembled a war zone.
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Highbury Stadium Arsenal

Arsenal’s Highbury Stadium on Match Day

Photographically, I have many regrets, especially in relation to those football grounds that have disappeared forever. But I’m super-glad I had the foresight to get to Arsenal’s Highbury Stadium, before it shut its doors to football’s paying public. Continue reading Highbury Stadium Arsenal

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Old Trafford: Red White and Black

Old Trafford RWB
Old Trafford RWB

Within a few minutes of nailing the moment to the idea in the image titled ‘Red Sea‘, the traffic left the Old Trafford car park on Sir Matt Busby Way and the three colours of Manchester United were now available to realise another  idea for a timeless image.
It took 3 months to get the perfect conditions to shoot this image. But like buses, you wait ages for one to come along… Continue reading Old Trafford: Red White and Black

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Old Trafford Football Ground

Old Trafford. Match day atmosphere
Old Trafford. Match day atmosphere

Old Trafford Football Ground
I’ve spent a lot of time at Old Trafford Football Ground down the years and its over a decade since I set myself the task of photographing the match night (and day) atmosphere of Old Trafford. Continue reading Old Trafford Football Ground

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Preston North End Deepdale

Deepdale: PNEnd of an Era
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Preston North End’s Deepdale football ground. Last night of the Pavillion Paddock. Atmospheric match day image of Deepdale. A group of young Preston supporters represent times past that will never return.

By complete coincidence, when I turned up to shoot Preston North End’s Deepdale football ground some years ago, it was the last night that the Pavillion Paddock was open to Preston supporters as a working football stand, which, at the time, was the oldest surviving stand in the football league. Continue reading Preston North End Deepdale

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Old Trafford Red Sea

Old Trafford Red Sea 2
Old Trafford Red Sea 2. CLICK IMAGE to order as a print.
Picture Stories. Old Trafford Red Sea

The East Stand (or Scoreboard End) of Old Trafford on match day.
I’d found this vantage point up on scaffolding when they were building some flats, and fair play to the Chelsea-fan foreman who let me up there to do as I wished. Continue reading Old Trafford Red Sea

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Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium

Picture Title: Father and Child in Sky Blue
Father and Child in Blue
Father and Child in Blue

I only went to one match at Main Road, and that was with a Farnworth lad called Carl Baxter when I was still at school. This was in the Wigan Casino days, and I’d been a few times to Blackpool Mecca with him. But standing on the Kippax Street, amongst the hardest looking bunch of skinheads I’d ever seen, was more than a bit unnerving. Continue reading Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium