This season I've had the honour of being club photographer from Bradford Town FC and what a great club they are.
I started out at the start of the season with next to no experience of photographing football matches, but i've loved the game all my life so i figured i would try to put together my love of photography and my love of football. I contacted a few local clubs and got a few invitations to go along to games. Amongst these was Bradford Town FC and their Chariman Mark Hodkinson. My first game for them was an FA Cup tie against local rivals Odd Down FC which they lost but as soon as i turned up to the ground all the staff were so welcoming and helpful.
I've photographed other local teams, one or two at higher levels but i haven't found another club yet with the "family" atmosphere as Bradford. Thank you to all at the club for making me feel welcome. In particular, the chairman, Mark Hodkinson, the secretary, Richard Tucker, the manager, Danny Greaves, all the players, and the guys on the front gate. You're all awesome.. :-)
I've since been to a few more games for them and so far, with the exception of that first one, they remain unbeaten in the games i've photographed. It's looking to be a good season for them.
Even though it's tough photographing games under floodlights, today's game against Team Solent FC in the FA Vase was a high point with some quality goals going in during the teams 4-0 win.
Good luck for the rest of the season!
New signing Peter Shepherd celebrates after curling in a sweet free kick...