Met Police v GCFC

19/11/2013  20:56.  Met Police v GCFC in the Surrey Senior Cup.  City ran out 3-0 losers on the night City's OMARI HIBBERT

19/11/2013 20:56. Met Police v GCFC in the Surrey Senior Cup. City ran out 3-0 losers on the night
City’s OMARI HIBBERT

Last night saw me at the Surrey Senior Cup match against the Metropolitan Police Football Team. Despite their playing in a higher league than Guildford City FC, the result really didn’t reflect the performance that GCFC put on. Next game is against the team that knocked Aldershot Town FC recently and then lost to Port Vale 4-0. Apparently Shortwood United’s ground is an interesting place to try & drive a minibus too. Should be fun, GCFC team bus & fans bus leaves the Spectrum at 1030hrs on Saturday. Be there or be missing.

GCFC v Paulton Rovers

16/11/2013  15:20.  Guildford City FC v Paulton Rovers.  City ran out 3-1 losers against high flying Rovers.

16/11/2013 15:20. Guildford City FC v Paulton Rovers. City ran out 3-1 losers against high flying Rovers.George Bowerman Celebrates City’s equaliser

I Was at @guildfordcity Fc v @PaultonRoversFC, 3rd placed team against relegation zone strugglers. The game wasn’t as one-sided as I expected it to be, with some good debut performances from a couple of the Guildford City Under 18s.

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FA Cup Action

09/11/2013.  Brentford Town v Staines Town. FA Cup.

09/11/2013. Brentford Town v Staines Town. FA Cup.

Today I was covering Staines Town v Brentford FC, the first time that I have been at Griffin Park since 2001. My brief was Staines Attack, which was a shame as there wasn’t very much of a Staines attack as they went down 5-0 in the end. They were outclassed by a team that is I think, three leagues higher, and the class did show. If I was being harsh I would say it was like Men versus boys.

I don’t think that the Brentford keeper was required to make any actual saves, just plucked a couple of crosses out of the air. Otherwise until the last five minutes I think he had a problem keeping warm. However in the last 5-10 minutes Staines Town went close on a couple of occasions.

Disappointed to lose my 100% record

GCFCHaving covered every match for Guildford City FC (both home and away) since the beginning of the season, I am disappointed to miss my first match, however today I am at Brentford v Staines Town in the FA Cup. As was pointed out I still cannot get away from teams in Red & White Stripes.

Should be fun though…. Pictures Soon.

Now I am a Gooner, so f*ck off you scousers

From Paul Burgman, GCFC v Cirencester Town.  PAT COX, goes for all-In Wrestling or Mixed Marshall Arts (not sure which)

From Paul Burgman, GCFC v Cirencester Town. PAT COX, goes for all-In Wrestling or Mixed Marshall Arts (not sure which)

Now I follow Guildford City, but I am a Gooner, so f*ck the Scousers 2-0 To the ARSENAL, 2-0 to the ARSENAL. GCFC played Cirencester Town today at home,but despite the new signings, and a questionable starting line up, and a dodgy penalty & to be honest, one of the hardest working players in “Tuan West” having a bit of an off game, City couldn’t make the Spectrum a fortress. They ran out losers, but the game was really not a pretty spectacle, for both sets of fans, unfortunately, this seems to be the last game that I can guaranty covering, the next game is away & I have a shift for a local paper that I have to cover, although I am hoping that I will be able to do the next home game. COME ON CITY.

Next Game is…..

From PressPhotos-Uk.com 21/08/2013  Guildford City FC Team Photographs

From PressPhotos-Uk.com 21/08/2013 Guildford City FC Team Photographs

The next game for Guildford City FC is against Cirencester Town FC at the Guildford Spectrum on 2nd November at 1500hrs. Hopefully we can improve on our recent form, and turn the spectrum into Fortress Spectrum. I only recently did a team photograph in August (the second one of the season) and the team line up has changed again rendering it out of date, I think I might wait until the end of the season to do another line up 🙂

The arrival of Guildford “Old Boy” Jamie Thoroughgood and a new left back in Darren Stapleton, means that at least a couple of new head & shoulder pictures need to be done.

Unfortunately last weeks away game, may be my last for a little while, which is a shame as I have covered 100% of the matches since the season started. Luckily the next home game fits between the split shift that I have to cover.

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Stratford Town FC V @guildfordcity FC

27/10/2013.  Stratford Town v GCFC.  City's Captain PAT COX shoots [Pic Paul Burgman]

27/10/2013. Stratford Town v GCFC.
City’s Captain PAT COX shoots
[Pic Paul Burgman]

Guildford City had a long journey to Stratford Town, on the back an unbroken run of Away Defeats, City were hoping to turn their season around, with the introduction of City “old” boy Jamie Thoroughgood who made his debut for the Club aged 16, and who subsequently made 170 first team appearances in a Guildford shirt. They also fielded a new left-back. However, whilst city’s new boys both had good games, unfortunately some shocking refereeing decisions marred the game. City ended up travelling back from Stratford without any points, when really they certainly didn’t play like 4-0 losers. They played some really good football and created some good chances.

Jamie Thoroughgood, a hugely experienced player at this level, was quite impressed at the football skills displayed by GCFC, but said that it was largely a lack of experience in the team at this level and the young ages of the players. I agree, & I think that the team can survive at this level, they are getting fitter & more experienced every week, we just need some consistancy in the squad, so that we can field an unchanged team for a run of games, but with work commitments for many of the players, it makes it tough.

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Unlucky GCFC

City's George BOWERMAN battles with Town's Keeper Giles CUTLAW

City’s George BOWERMAN battles with Town’s Keeper Giles CUTLAN

GCFC 2 Merthyr Town 3.

Guildford fielded probably their strongest side for the first time in a while, after missing a few defenders mid-week. They lost a tough game against the league high flyers Merthyr Town to a very late winner. City having scored first should certainly have got a point from the match.

Despite the difference in status of the two clubs, any neutral spectator would have thought that GCFC were the high flyers, as Merthyr Town were really rather ordinary. But as the home team tired they hit an 80th minute winner.

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Bloody Hard Work

GCFC's Pat Cox shoots

GCFC’s Pat Cox shoots

Was At Wimborne Town FC’s ground last night, cannot believe the lighting in some of these lower league grounds, 3200ISO 1/200sec @F2.8. Really need to upgrade the EOS1DmkIINs as they are really noisy, fancy a couple of EOS1Dx bodies, but simply cannot justify the price tags at the moment, may have to upgrade to EOS1DmkIV in the new year as the season is only going to get harder. Only one or two evening matches left, (subject to cancellations) I really don’t fancy a weekday evening game in Methyr or to be honest anywhere further West than Bristol.

Anyway Methyr Town at Home on Saturday.

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Desperately disappointing..

From Paul Burgman@PressPhotos-uk.com 5/10/13 Pat COX scores Guildford City FC v Chertsey Town FC in the FA Trophy @ Guildford Spectrum. Pic: Paul Burgman

From Paul Burgman@PressPhotos-uk.com
5/10/13 Pat COX scores Guildford City FC v Chertsey Town FC in the FA Trophy @ Guildford Spectrum.
Pic: Paul Burgman

City are playing their best football of the season, and thoroughly deserved their 2-1 half time lead. Bit disappointing that they could not hold on for the win, but some great new talent on show, two new keepers, and some sterling work by Pat Cox, Tuan West, Ryan Bernard, George Bowerman and others mean that whilst the cup (cash run) is curtailed, there is a great deal of hope for the team going forward from here. Wimborne on Tuesday (for which I appear to be driving a team minibus), please let us play with the same spirit and work ethic that we did today. We deserved a win, and as happens at the lower end of the league, you just can’t buy any luck.. Well played City, you deserved more!!

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That’s Better.. City Win

From Paul Burgman@PressPhotos-uk.com   28/09/13  Guildford City FC v Taunton Town FC @ Guildford Spectrum. City's Laurie WALTERS & Taunton's Rob NORRISH Pic: Paul Burgman

From Paul Burgman@PressPhotos-uk.com
28/09/13 Guildford City FC v Taunton Town FC @ Guildford Spectrum.
City’s Laurie WALTERS & Taunton’s Rob NORRISH
Pic: Paul Burgman

Guildford City notched up their second home victory of the season at the Guildford Spectrum against Taunton Town FC. A reasonably comfortable first half ended up 0-0. However City conceded a goal fairly early in the second half, but their heads never dropped, they battled hard and after a few near misses equalised, and then applied greater pressure going close on several occasions including hitting the woodwork. Then deep into time added on, after a period of sustained pressure Ryan Bernard, a big central defender came forward for a free kick and got his head on the ball, sending it looping over the flat footed Taunton shot stopper.

It makes a change that after the last few matches where the standard of refereeing has been diabolical, that this game was overseen by a competent ref & lino’s who knew what the off-side rule was.

Anyway, well done The City let’s do the same to Chertsey Town FC in the Cup match next week. COYC

D’oh

PressPhotos-uk.com  21/09/13 Clevedon Town Fc v GCFC  Pics Paul BurgmanAfter a good result in the week, we were hoping that Guildford City Fc could lift themselves out of the relegation zone by picking up all three points at struggling Clevedon Town. After having the goal keeper red carded after 15 minutes, for handball outside of the area, you just knew it wasn’t going to be City’s day.

However down to 10 men, City played very well, and were unfortunate to go 1-0 down just before half time. After the break City then conceded a second. However they did rally and pull a goal back, after some sustained pressure, and indeed you wouldn’t have thought that they only had 10 men on the pitch.

Unlucky GCFC, Taunton at home next week, Come On City!!!

Well Done GCFC

GCFC v Fleet PPUK068 7 Games into the season & Guildford City record their first three points of the season, with a 3-2 win over their local rivals in the Calor Gas League – South & West Division. Now off of the bottom of the table and the next match against the bottom of the league team Clevedon Town it hopefully a chance to put a few more points on the board.

On Sunday the Guildford City committee received the very sad news that Tracey Wallis, our Youth team secretary, had passed away suddenly after a very short illness. RIP Tracey.

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Oh dear, another loss

GCFC v Tiverton Town FC 026GCFC just seem to be desperately unlucky, they played well today, took the game to Tiverton Town at the Spectrum & really didn’t look to deserve the 1-4 scoreline.

The good thing is that the lens that I have had serviced appears to be working as it should. Which is nice. Next game is a local derby game against Fleet Town, at the Spectrum, on Wednesday 18th September at 1945hrs. Come On The City!!

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@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.

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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.

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Godalming Town v GCFC

From PressPhotos-Uk.com 26/08/2013 Aaron Bufton saves for City at Godalming Town FC v GCFC at Wey Court

From PressPhotos-Uk.com 26/08/2013 Aaron Bufton saves for City at Godalming Town FC v GCFC at Wey Court

Big local derby today, Godalming Town FC v Guildford City FC. Both teams anxious to record their first win of the season. The form book sugggested that GCFC would have a slight advantage, having conceded fewer goals and scored more. Whereas Godalming had lost all three of their games this season.

However, Godalming Town’s home advantage and vocal support helped them to snick a 1-0 home victory. Bugger. Anyway the GCFC shot stopper can’t complain that there isn’t a photograph of him……

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Guildford City FC v Yate Town FC

21/08/2013  Pat COX celebrates @ Guildford City FC v Thatcham Town FC at the Spectrum. Pictures Paul Burgman

21/08/2013 Pat COX celebrates @ Guildford City FC v Thatcham Town FC at the Spectrum. Pictures Paul Burgman

A wet bank holiday weekend, Well that was a surprise! It rained at the Guildford City FC home game against Yate Town FC at the Spectrum in Guildford.

Initially GCFC went 1-0 up. However Yate Town didn’t give up, and at one point ended up 1-3 up. GCFC pulled it back to 3-3 by the final whistle. A good point in a curiously refereed match.

Did I mention that it was wet, it pissed down relentlessly for the whole 90 minutes. It certainly tested the waterproofing on the old Billingham Bag, and my coat. In fact it was that bloody wet, I came off the pitch looking like a drowned rat, actually it was so wet that my fingers had gone all prune like.

First points on the scoreboard, hopefully GCFC can do better on Bank Holiday Monday against Godalming Town. Kick Off at 1500hrs.

GCFC V Yate 222

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Guildford City FC v Yate Town

GCFC ground at the Spectrum.

GCFC ground at the Spectrum.

The next home game that I will be covering is Guildford City FC v Yate Town at the Spectrum, Guildford on Saturday 24th August 2013 at 1500hrs. So kit is being charged, back up batteries replaced in the EOS1D, still going to be without the 300mm as it is booked in for a check up at Sigma on the 28th, as it front focuses like a mo’fo. Hopefully a better result this weekend.

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GCFC vs Thatcham Town FC

21/08/2013  Guildford City FC v Thatcham Town FC at the Spectrum. Pictures Paul Burgman

21/08/2013 Guildford City FC v Thatcham Town FC at the Spectrum. Pictures Paul Burgman

After losing the first game of the season at Mangotsfield, Guildford City Football Club face Thatcham Town FC at their home ground (The Spectrum, in Guildford). This was the first time that I have photographed at the Spectrum, so didn’t know what to expect. As turns out it is a pretty impressive place, let down (from a fans point of view) is that the seating is a little way from the pitch (because the Spectrum is also an altheletics field). So an evening game, at a new ground, 1945hrs kick off… could be fun. The stadium lights are not anything like as powerful as the lighting that I was used to in the Premier League & Championship stadiums back when I regularly did footy 10 years ago. So the second half meant shooting 1600ISO, 1/320 sec @ F2.8, and still requiring a little tweeking.

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That makes a change…Mangotsfield v GCFC

17/08/2013  City's George BOWERMAN shoots @ Mangotsfield United vs Guildford City FC. Pictures Paul Burgman

17/08/2013 City’s George BOWERMAN shoots @ Mangotsfield United vs Guildford City FC.
Pictures Paul Burgman

Having not been particularly motivated over the past few….. well I don’t know how long it’s been, kinda lost count, it has been good to actually get the camera kit out and do some proper photography. I haven’t done football for a while so it is probably going to take a few games to get back into the swing of things. I become involved with the Guildford City Football Club, who play in the Calor Gas League Southern Division One South & West. Which is three promotions from the Conference League. The first game was away to Mangotsfield, (in between Bath & Bristol). A disappointing start to the season, being at the end of a 5-3 defeat. Although as this is a completely new team, new manager and a new league, it is probably not surprising that the team have not yet gelled, hopefully a few games under their belt will see their performances improve.

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