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July 16th 2011
Brighton & Hove Albion Res 2 Eastbourne Borough 0 Sussex Senior Cup Final
Iinvited by Sussex County FA to photograph the very first game to be played at The American Express Community Stadium along with Simon Roe and Gary Croft. No parking was available for photographers, told by B&HA to use Park and Ride. So along with David Bauckham, we came up with a cunning plan to catch the train at Lewes and go the one stop to Falmer Station which is right at the stadium entrance. We met up at Lewes at about 1pm and the trains were coming through full even then and this was for an expected crowd of about 8-10,000. Still we got to the stadium OK and it's very impressive. First thing we noticed was bags of space where we could have parked. Direction signs were not very obvious but we eventually found our way to the media suite. Signed in, given passes, bibs, souvenir programme and team sheet. Probably about 20 photographers plus journalists etc. Room kitted out with WiFi and desks and all very swish. Excellent hospitality I had a huge jacket spud with chilli. We then went down to the pitch at about 2.30 and were told we could go anywhere (but not the best spots) but from then on everything worked well. The stadium has a lop sided feel to it due to space being left for expansion. I understand that the catering could not cope and people waited 30-40 minutes for cold burgers. From my point of view things worked fairly well, not a great game but Albion legend Gary Hart scored the 1st ever goal at the Amex. After the presentations and celebrations we went out and queued for trains back to Lewes, not so good. I shudder to think what Falmer station will be like on a cold winter night when 22,000 are trying to get away.
June 5th 2011
My first trip to Brands Hatch with son Mark for about 4 years and had the first rain for weeks. Racing included GTs. minis, BMWs and Radicals. Arrived to realise that my 100-400 was still at home and battery flat in my remote trigger switch. As for the racing shots, I know the experts will say I should have used slower shutter speeds and panned more but that's not easy with my aged hips and knees particularly when perched precariously on a straw bale. Note the Radical no.62 was shared by Alex and Martin Brundle. Things have changed a lot for photographers since I was there last with much more fencing on the Indy circuit. The main opportunities being to shoot over the fence at paddock, through the fence at Druids and a small over the fence position where the track goes out to the GP circuit off of Surtees. Note the last 5 shots where taken using Andy Nunn's camera on a stick and self timer trick at Druids, timing was fun. pressing the release when the field was going round Paddock Hill Bend. Must confess to chickening out and hiding from the rain in the car, listening to the commentary on local FM radio.
May 21st 2011
AFC Wimbledon 0 Luton Town 0 aet. AFC Wimbledon win 4-3 on penalties
Blue Square Bet Conference Premier play off final at The City of Manchester Stadium
AFC Wimbledon promoted to League 2.
This was an incredible day for me. Having only received Conference accreditation late on Thursday 19th, a hasty chase around for transport got me on the Womble Underground Press (Dons Guestbook) special coach for just a tenner. Left home at 6.30 a.m. and caught the coach in Wimbledon. As for a touch of class the WUP team had made arrangements to stop at Leamington FC for refreshments on the way up. About an hour into the journey Wagner the Brazilian Don took our orders and phoned ahead. When we got to LFC all the bacon was cooked and rolls and coffee were waiting for us, a nice touch. Arrived in Manchester - singing the theme to Coronation Street at about 1.30 having been a little delayed by a strange accident, a collision between two Jags! Almost immediately met up with Andy Nunn and collected passes and went into the Stadium and joined the hordes of media and photographers from PA, Action Images, Getty Images and the rest inc Chris Hatton. So jealous of all their kit. Really enjoyed the match, very tense great atmosphere, felt like a proper photographer. Nailed Seb Browns two penalty saves, a little soft. I felt really privileged to go on the pitch during the celebrations, with the rest of the photographers. Arrived home about 1.30 a.m. with about 1400 pictures. One downside to AFC Wimbledons promotion for me is that I do not personally qualify for Football League accreditation and galleries that I have been doing for Don's fans are not allowed by Football DataCo who control the media at this new level.