Well it’s back…

sigma120300f2.8Having been away for a second “recalibration” the Sigma 120-300 F2.8 EX APO DG HSM (how many letters are needed in a name for a lens, this one has slightly more than the average Korean Car) is back from Sigma, first checks seem to show that it is now actually focusing where it should. The last time that it was used it was about 10% out, which on a 300mm lens at F2.8 is fairly significant.

However the true test is tomorrow, with the coverage of the Guildford City FC v Tiverton FC match at the Guildford Spectrum. Anyone in Guildford come and get behind “The City” If you have a season ticket for any other club, in any other league you will get a heavily discounted ticket, because tomorrow is NON LEAGUE DAY. A quick google will reveal all.



Having covered a few matches

ADEMENO scores for Crawley

ADEMENO scores for Crawley

“Footballers are stupid, give them a bit of responsibility and watch them mess up”. -Brian Clough.

Having covered a few matches over the last 20 years, and not seen very many Red cards, and GCFC suffering a near last minute red card a week or so ago, I wondered what the records were for Red Cards.

The fastest & probably the funniest was Cross Farm Park Celtic striker Lee Todd, who was sent off just two seconds into a game back in October 2000. Todd had his back to referee at the start of Cross Farm’s Sunday league game against Taunton East Reach Wanderers, and was startled by the force with which the whistle was blown for kick-off. “Fuck me, that was loud,” muttered Todd, and the referee promptly showed him the red card.

Dave Pratt hit the headlines in December 2008 when he received a straight red card in a Southern Premier League game between Chippenham Town & Bashley after a mere 3 seconds.


@guildfordcity FC v Tiverton Town

GCFC 700pixSaturday the 7th September GCFC face opposition that are travelling nearly 3 hours from the West Country for the game at the Spectrum in Guildford for a 1500hrs kick off.

Tiverton Town are mid-table currently whereas GCFC are languishing down at the bottom of the league. Knowing how hard travelling can be in this league, we can only hope that they travel as badly as GCFC have.

After the last performance away at North Leigh, City really need to lift their game. With a couple of players carrying knocks from the last match, I hope that they can return fit and that we are able to put out our strongest & fittest squad.

On the upside, my 120-300mm F2.8 should be returned from being serviced tomorrow (Thank You Daniel at Sigma) so with luck it will fully functional. As long as UPS don’t loose or drop it!

Go On City!!!

North Leigh FC v GCFC

North Leigh FC v GCFC PPUK014Bloody Hell, now that really was hard work. Over the years that I covered football on a regular basis, I can’t really recall how bad none league football lighting was, maybe it is the haze created by the rose tinted glasses and the fog of time, but North Leigh v GCFC was the worst that I could remember. By the time the game kicked off I was shooting at 1000ISO and by the end of the match 3200ISO, which on my now ageing EOS1DmkIIN bodies is not a nice place to have to shoot.

I was also made harder by the fact that I opted to shoot the GCFC attack, and as they were slaughtered by North Leigh FC 8-0 there was not a huge amount of that to shoot. Not helped be the fact that my 120-300 F2.8 was requiring servicing, I was down to one body and the 70-200 F2.8L.

David Methold with some of GCFC

David Methold with some of GCFC

Add to that the fact that I was driving one of the Team Minibuses, which GCFC are pleased to announce that Methold Vehicle Hire have agreed to supply two of, for the away matches, it meant that I left Guildford at 1630hrs and eventually hit my pit at about 0030hrs. Home game Saturday at the Guildford Spectrum.

More Match Pics Here

GCFC v South Park FC FA Cup Preliminary Round

From PressPhotos-Uk.com 31/08/2013 Pat COX shoots in the Guildford City FC v South Park FC in the FA Cup at the Guildford Spectrum Pictures Paul Burgman   075 88 66 9580

From PressPhotos-Uk.com 31/08/2013 Pat COX shoots in the Guildford City FC v South Park FC in the FA Cup at the Guildford Spectrum Pictures Paul Burgman 075 88 66 9580

“Respect my authoritah” Ok it’s not that SouthPark.

Mad rush yesterday, had a wedding to photograph in the morning, followed by giving a lift to a couple of friends to a wedding followed by the GCFC v South Park FA Cup match in the afternoon. The day was going well until the football match. Guildford City went 0-1 down in the first half, and then went down to 10 men, which is worrying, because the old GCFC team had a “bit of a problem” with discipline, and ended up with a suspended fine last year, let’s hope that we don’t end up with too many more bookings & sending offs.

From bad it became worse, as GCFC eventually ran out 0-4 losers, and so out of the FA Cup at the first opportunity. The thing is that they seemed composed on the ball, create goal scoring opportunities, but just don’t seem to get the “rub of the green”.

Anyway the good news is that the Mighty Arsenal sent the Yiddos packing from the Emirates this afternoon, all that money spent and still can’t beat us at the Emirates. Hopefully Wenger will spend some cash tomorrow, as with the injuries we have the squad looks very weak.

More Match Photos Here