Football Season Over

26/04/2014. Evesham United v GCFC. City's NUNO PERIERA scores equaliser

26/04/2014. Evesham United v GCFC. City’s NUNO PERIERA scores equaliser

Well that is the first season that I have been involved with Guildford City FC over with, it has been a long journey, tinged with disappointment, but being involved with a “community based” football team has been something of a revelation.

In years gone by, I used to photograph premier & championship football, it was a case of turn up, do the photos & fuck off soonest. However, at Grass Roots Football, where the FA don’t even care to look, and where the league system is fucked up fairly regularly, making small, non profit making teams embark on premiership style travelling distances without the money for coaches, hotels or travelling expenses. This (I hope just the first) season with Step 4 Guildford City has been “interesting”. No prima-donnas, just some very good footballers (some on their way down from higher leagues, some on their way up) giving their time, effort & skills to playing a game that they love, often for little or no reward.

This season has be interesting for a number of reasons, not only do I shoot the team for the local rag, I also drive one of the Team minibuses for away games, maintain their website, and their Facebook page, I have also got to know almost all of the players, and have to say that a nicer bunch of footballers I have never met. Polite, considerate & genuinely funny bunch, something that I could never say about the “celeb” footballers that I have photographed in the past.

Anyway Step 4 & 4000+ miles was a step too far this season. Hopefully they will be back in a seasons time, with the attitude, commitment and the work rate on the pitch, I can’t see them staying down.

Guildford City I look forward to being there next season 🙂

Maybe next season we will do more behind the scenes photographs…..

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Another Late Night

02/04/2014 Swindon Supermarine v GCFC  City's JOEL GREAVES [Pic Paul Burgman]

02/04/2014 Swindon Supermarine v GCFC
City’s JOEL GREAVES
[Pic Paul Burgman]

Another journey in the saga of Guildford City in the Claor South & West League. This travelling lark is truly starting to lose its appeal. Wednesday saw Burgy, pick up the hired minibus at 1500hrs, in preparation for an away day trip to Swindon Supermarine.

Whilst it hasn’t been the furthest that we have travelled on a week day, it was still far enough for a lot of players that have jobs, getting away from work early really isn’t easy, so we travelled with 6 key players absent, so thin were the pickings that we had the reserve goal keeper playing up front.

The team got a bit of a trashing, but in reality it was kind of expected, playing against one of the promotion chasing teams. We eventually left the Guildford Spectrum at 1710hrs, for the (on a good day, 1 1/2 hour journey) traffic even getting out of guildford was a nightmare, and getting to Reading Services which usually takes 40 minutes took an hour & 20 minutes. Eventually we arrived at the ground at a little after 1910hrs.

The lighting was pretty bad, ISO3200 F2.8 @ 1/200th sec, but not the worst in the league, I think the award for the worst lighting is split between Bishop’s Cleeve & Fleet Town.

Journey home was a lot quicker, leaving after 2220hrs we made it back to Guildford just in time to grab a pint and then the following morning I had to return the minibus, and then drop a players wallet to his house as he left it in the bus.

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