Woking v Aldershot

26/12/2016.  Aldershot Town v Woking FC.

26/12/2016. Aldershot Town v Woking FC. Scott RENDELL celebrates scoring Aldershot’s first goal.

Having covered the Aldershot v Woking game on boxing day, it looks very much like I shall be covering the reverse fixture on New Years Day, also looks as though my brief is Aldershot attack, leaving the Woking attack to their resident photographer.

Well that worked…

14/12/2016.  Guildford City v Horley Town. Surrey Senior Cup

Canon WFT-E6

The first “real” test of the WFT-E6 was a success. At the last game that I covered that the TV was at caused problems for the Eye-Fi Mobi pro cards that I use, meaning that I was unable to wire images on the fly during the game, so I upgraded to the Canon WiFi. Well the Aldershot v Woking game on boxing day was televised, with some 3500 fans & the Wi-Fi worked flawlessly. It was a little slower than it would usually be, which I put down to the volume of wi-fi traffic. Each photo took between 4 & 10 seconds to arrive on the iPad, compared to the usual 1-2 seconds.

2016 Killed my monopod

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Actually that is a lie, it didn’t kill it and in all likelihood the foot wore out sometime before I noticed it, I have removed soil from about the last 7 inches of the last section of the monopod. New foot ordered (actually 3 as they only do them in threes). I can’t complain as I purchased the monopod in 2001, so based on the age of the last foot, I should now have enough feet to last until 2064.

So for the next couple of football matches I shall go back to my even older Manfrotto 479 Aluminium Monopod. Which is a shame as when the weather is cold, as it is likely to be over the next few weeks, the Carbone 3449 was much less cold on the hands.

UPDATE. New foot arrived this morning many thanks to manfrottospares.com.

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Windlesham Pram Race

26/12/2016.  Windlesham Pram Race.

26/12/2016. Windlesham Pram Race. Santa & his Helpers

Prior to the Aldershot v Woking game yesterday there was a little job to do of photographing the Windlesham Boxing Day Pram Race. One of the traditional silly things that villages get up to, including things like duck races & paper boat races.

Essentially hundreds of people turn up in various states of intoxication & aim to get even more so, by pushing prams (or at least wheeled contraptions) around a number of pubs, whilst raising money for good causes.

Aldershot v Woking

26/12/2016.  Aldershot Town v Woking FC.Local boxing day derby. Aldershot trounced Woking 4-0 at the Ebb Stadium, with a hat-trick from former Woking favourite Scott Rendell.

2016 Not a review

15/07/2016. Farnborough International Airshow. Tim Peake speaks to the crowd

15/07/2016. Farnborough International Airshow. Tim Peake speaks to the crowd.

This is not a review, just some of my  pictures from the last 12 months. Unfortunately not all stories are happy or have happy endings.

RIP Rick Parfit

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07/06/2001. Francis Rossi and Rick Parfit take a break from rehearsals prior to a major world tour (Pic Paul Burgman)

I photographed Rick & Francis back in 2001 as they rehearsed for a world tour at a hotel in Epsom, two very welcoming rock stars. They greeted me with “Oh Hello, the Smudger has arrived” quickly knocked out a few frames for a magazine that I was commisioned by and then spent the next two hours listening to them run through their play list, man it was loud, they even apologised for not having a spare set of earpieces for me. My only claim to fame is having a personal concert performed by Status Quo. Fantastic memories also of their stories that they told during the breaks in performance, that will stick with me forever. RIP Rick & condolences to his family & Francis.

Chelsea v Dinamo Zagreb

16/12/2016.  Chelsea v Dinamo Zagreb in the Youth European Cup. Miro MUHEIM

But I want to swap shirts NOW!!

Tonights football action was from the Aldershot Stadium, featuring Chelsea v Dinamo Zagreb, which unfortunately (if you are a Blues Fan)Chelsea lost. To be honest Chelsea produced very little in terms of attempts on target.

@guildfordcity Surrey Senior Cup Action

14/12/2016.  Guildford City v Horley Town. Surrey Senior Cup

14/12/2016. Guildford City v Horley Town. Surrey Senior Cup. City celebrate victory with Luke Badiali after his goalkeeping heroics

City went 2-0 down, but their heads never dropped, they battled to get back to parity & then took the lead. Horley Town made it 3-3 and as it was a cup game, straight to penalties. ‘Keeper Luke Badiali made three super saves to hand the win to City. Horley Town have been a bit of a bogey team for City in the past, hopefully this will mark a change in fortunes against them.

Well that was hard work…

14/12/2016.  Guildford City v Horley Town. Surrey Senior Cup

The Canon WFT-E6 arrived today, and I thought I’d better not delay in getting the thing up & running with the iPad, well it all works, but what a faff! It has been a week of new tech for me, I have trashed the old Android phone & “upgraded” to an iPhone 6 thingy, which is now happily equipped with my old phone number (yes I changed networks at the same time, don’t ask how it went F*&king Useless TeleCos).

Anyway preliminary testing has proved that everything plays nicely together, so onwards and upwards.

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Aldershot v East Thurrock

12/12/2016.  Aldershot Town v East Thurrock United FC. FA Trophy.First game this week, a victory in the FA Trophy 1st Round replay for Thurrock in what was a 120 minute Goal fest.

Unlucky Today

gcfc-v-scr-0186City conceded late on to lose a match that they, on balance, probably should have won. The  MoM in my opinion was probably their goal keeper.

City Win

6/12/2016. Farnham Town v Guildford City FC. Shawn Lyle scores after 14 seconds

6/12/2016. Farnham Town v Guildford City FC. Shawn Lyle scores after 14 seconds

City came close to throwing away a lead, but held on to win 2-3 in the hogsback derby.