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.
The carnival atmosphere doesn’t magically appear. For night matches, many of the food vendors arrive to pitch their metaphorical tents before lunch, and not long after you can buy a scarf or a red slogan on a T shirtâ€”which in Winter makes for a long, finger-numbing shift for even the keenest vendors.
By afternoon, the metro platforms of city centre Manchester and the trams out to Old Trafford and Exchange Quay start filling up with red shirts, many of which are on the backs of Ginger Ninja Irishmen, as their pilgrimage starts: not with Holy water, but with the obligatory session in the pub.
Or for the Norske, perhaps a stint of shopping at The Lowry, dropping their booty in at the hotel before they scale the lesser slopes of Little Norway atop the North Stand.
For every Old Trafford picture on this web site, I probably have a hundred other variations, which I’ve stashed away for posterity. Many of the angles and vistas on these pages have now disappeared forever, which from a photographic point of view I’m pleased about, because they are now totally unique images which will grow in relevance with time.
But I have too many to put in one post. I’ll do a separate piece for some of the more iconic images.