F*ck that was tough

16/03/2019 GCFC v Horley at Wey Court

That was bloody hard work today, with winds gusting at about a zillion miles an hour it made it very difficult shooting football, in a stadium it can be awkward, but when you have no shelter from the wind it is bloody awful. Probably shot the fewest frames in a football match ever because you simply couldn’t predict where the ball would land. If a clearance went 15 feet up, it could come down either where it was struck or 30 yards forward or back or to the side.

Non League Day..

7/10/2017. Guildford City v Farnham Town

City’s Kieran Campbell scores his and City’s first.

No Sky Bet Championship to cover today so I ended up at my local sides game at the Spectrum, Guildford City v Farnham Town. Despite taking the lead twice City ended up losing 3-2. Not their greatest performance, especially after they beat the team that’s 2nd in the league mid-week.

7/10/2017. Guildford City v Farnham Town

A great win…

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Guildford City after a win in the FA Cup, during the week, today met old rivals in the next round. It is seldom a bore draw in the league, & this was one that Guildford will look back with satisfaction, running out 4-0 winners, and reality it could and probably should have been a few more.

City were unstoppable on the day, and I don’t recall the City keeper being tested very often. The FA Cup draw for the next round takes place tomorrow (Monday) hopefully a good draw and a continued run would be good, for the club & the club’s coffers.

 

Cracking Result

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Guildford City had their FA Cup replay mid-week against Newport IoW FC and ran out 3-0 winners. Next up is Camberley Town on Sunday.

Guildford City 1 – 2 Woking FC

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15/03/2017. Guildford City goal scorer Kyie Martin

Guildford City played Woking FC in the Semi Final of the Specsavers Surrey Senior Cup last night, despite going ahead in the 23rd minute, they were unable to hold on, conceding a last minute winner. More importantly City gave Woking a game, despite the difference in where they are in the footballing pyramid.

Unlucky City, but they can hold their heads high.

Good Win!!

gcfc-v-bedfont-sports-0135aNothing in the diary for Saturday so ended up at Guildford City v Bedfont Sports. A good win for City, the first goal was from a saved penalty awarded for a foul where the Bedfont Player had no intention of playing the ball. The second goal was by captain Greg Haydon, who bundled in after a bit of pinball in the box. It wasn’t all one way traffic as the City keeper Kallum Lunn was voted man of the match.

Good Cup Win…

Epsom & Ewell v GCFC, Surrey Senior Cup. Goal scorer Mario Embalo celebrates

Epsom & Ewell v GCFC, Surrey Senior Cup. Goal scorer Mario Embalo celebrates

Guildford City went to Epsom & Ewell, a team that in recent season has been a bit of a bogey team for them, but last night in the Surrey Senior Cup they ran out 1-2 winners.

@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.

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.

Hartley v GCFC

26/11/2016. Hartley Wintney v Guildford City.

City visited runaway league leaders on Saturday & put on a spirited display against them. City matched them right across the pitch, both in intensity & physicality. Losing 1-0 was a bit of a disappointment, but in the light of recent games a pretty good performance against the champions-elect. However it would have been nice to repeat our performance of last season when we thrashed them 5-0.

City Win & a busy Weekend

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A few jobs over the weekend, which due to traffic issues, ended up including the second half of the Guildford City win over CB Hounslow as well as a the first half of Guildford Rugby a vegan festival opened by Peter Egan, who arrived 1 1/2 hours late and the switching on of some christmas lights.

Still trying to get my head around the AF functionality of the 1Dx, but I think I have finally got the solution that will work for me. Time will tell. All I want it to do is focus on the centre point (and only what it is pointed at, whereas most of the modes want to use nearest AF points or expanded AF points) which always end up choosing to follow something other than what I want in focus.

City Lose

15/11/2016. Horley Town v Guildford City

Away to Horley Town, City, despite scoring in the opening minute lost, however it was no where near as one sided as the scoreline suggested. The Horley keeper made several brilliant saves to deny City getting on the score sheet again.

Well that was unexpected…

22/10/2016. Guildford City v North Greenford United

22/10/2016. Guildford City v North Greenford United. Guildford City Celebrate scoring and Substituted (due to pulled hamstring) Captain Darryl SIAW joins the celebrations from the dressing room.

A photograph taken during one of Guildford City FCs games last week seems to gone a bit wild.  The Guildford City Captain, Darryl Siaw was substituted having pulled a hamstring during the game & had an early shower after the team came out for the second half of the match, however in the opening minutes City scored, so Darryl legged it from the shower to join in the celebrations, however, he seem to have forgotten to grab a towel.

Anyway the photograph has been tweeted & re-tweeted so often I have lost count.  But there are a few noticeable landings including

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Portugal

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22/10/2016. Guildford City v North Greenford United

22/10/2016. Guildford City v North Greenford United. Darryl SIAW receives his MOM award sponsored by Sainsbury’s Worplesdon Rd

Well that was unexpected…

22/10/2016. Guildford City v North Greenford United

22/10/2016. Guildford City v North Greenford United. City’s Ibby AKANBI celebrates. City Captain having left the field for an early bath having pulled his hamstring joins in the celebrations

A photograph taken during one of Guildford City FCs games last week seems to gone a bit wild.  The Guildford City Captain, Darryl Siaw was substituted having pulled a hamstring during the game & had an early shower after the team came out for the second half of the match, however in the opening minutes City scored, so Darryl legged it from the shower to join in the celebrations, however, he seem to have forgotten to grab a towel.

Anyway the photograph has been tweeted & re-tweeted so often I have lost count.  But there are a few noticeable landings including

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Footy Tonight

26/10/2016 Guildford City v Horley Town

One decision that the ref managed to get right, just

Guildford City were not really in the game tonight & probably would have been beaten, but the margin of defeat was directly, I mean directly due to some, excuse the language but it is appropriate, F*CKING SHOCKING OFFICIALS. Now I have have seen shite referees before, in fact down at step 4 & 5 of the football pyramid it is largely expected, but I have never seen such shite masquerading as referees & assistant referees. If I wasn’t sure they were just shite, I could easily believe they were corrupt. Horley deserved their win, I am not saying they didn’t deserve to win, they did.

There is no way that you can either miss so many decisions or get them wrong & by such a big margin unless you are bent, incompetent or maybe they have cross trained from being netball refs, IDFK.

By the way I have no official relationship with GCFC as an independent press photographer I just hate incompetence, wether it is at GCFC or any other team that I regularly cover (inc Brentford, QPR, Fulham, Chelsea) or many other lower & non league teams.

Part 3

22/10/2016. Guildford City v North Greenford United

22/10/2016. Guildford City v North Greenford United. City’s Ibby AKANBI celebrates. City Captain Darryl SIAW having left the field for an early bath having pulled his hamstring joins in the celebrations

Photographing the Guildford City game against North Greenford United. An 8 goal thriller, great for the neutrals in the crowd, but there weren’t many of them I am guessing.

The halow project

22/10/2016. Guildford City v North Greenford United

We had the pleasure to welcome Guildford City’s Charity partner to the match today. A great bunch of people doing a great job of improving the lives of young adults with learning disabilities, develop life skills, confidence & the ability to live independently.

Draw seems like a win

15/10/2016. Colliers Wood United v Guildford City

15/10/2016. Colliers Wood United v Guildford City. City’s Jason THOMPSON scores from the spot

City battled against 10 men in the second half, but couldn’t make the advantage count. Guildford City just a little off colour today, not the usual following, one & two touch football. They did create chances but didn’t take them, including a penalty in the first half.

Glad in the end to salvage a draw.

Disappointed to Draw

08/10/2016. Guildford City FC v Windsor FC. City' Marcel HENRY-FRANCIS scores

08/10/2016. Guildford City FC v Windsor FC. City’ Marcel HENRY-FRANCIS scores

A good game against Windsor, but disappointing to concede an equaliser in the last minute of injury time, which by my reckoning was some 15 minutes after the game should have actually finished.

08/10/2016. Guildford City FC v Windsor FC. City's Kiye MARTIN scores

08/10/2016. Guildford City FC v Windsor FC. City’s Kiye MARTIN scores

GCFC v Spelthorne

24/09/2016. Spelthorne Sports v Guildford City

24/09/2016. Spelthorne Sports v Guildford City. Guildford City Dan HARDING’s shot saved by keeper

Disappointing result against Spelthorne, but not for the lack of trying, City should have been several goals to the good by half time, but despite beating their goal keeper on numerous occasions the strikers just couldn’t find the back of the net. Sometimes shit just happens. Hey ho on to the next one.. at home to Raynes Park on Wednesday. #UpTheCity

Highs & Lows of Football

17/09/2016. Guildford City v Hanworth Villa. City's Bobby DORMER

17/09/2016. Guildford City v Hanworth Villa. City’s Bobby DORMER

After the highs of Wednesday night with a 7-3 victory against local rivals Farnham Town, Guildford were unable to replicate that sort of form at the weekend. Going behind to a solitary goal, they fashioned a few chances but couldn’t find the back of the net.

17/09/2016. Guildford City v Hanworth Villa. City's Perry COLES

17/09/2016. Guildford City v Hanworth Villa. City’s Perry COLES

FA Cup Action

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20/08/2016. Guildford City FC v Chessington & Hook United. Matt Glass beats the keeper but can’t beat the defender on the line. Gotta love a keeper with a face full of turf! :0

Guildford City faced Chessington & Hook United in the FA today, a last gasp equaliser in the 93rd or 94th minute prevented City celebrating a trip to the sea-side. Replay on Tuesday night. In other news, I haven’t been able to collect my car yet due to the dealership wanting to give the car a complete clean inside & out, despite the fact that I cleaned it thoroughly before handing it to them, I can only hope that it will come back better than new on Monday.

 

FA Cup Win

06/08/2016. Mile Oak v GCFC FA Cup Preliminary Round

06/08/2016. Mile Oak v GCFC FA Cup Preliminary Round

Guildford City won their first game of the season, an away game to Mile Oak in Portslade, near Brighton today by three goals to nil, hopefully not the best performance that we will see this season, but on a hot day in August a win is a win, and although the scoreline makes it look comfortable, for a large part of the game it was a close run thing.

Final Pre Season Game

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30/07/2016 Epsom Athletic v GCFC. City score

City’s last pre season game today was, in the end, a comfortable 4-0 win against Epsom Athletic. The season proper starts next weekend with an FA Cup game.  However, more importantly I need to hit the hay, as I have a 0400hrs start in the morning.

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30/07/2016 Epsom Athletic v GCFC. City score

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30/07/2016 Epsom Athletic v GCFC. City score

Pre-Season Football

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23/07/2016. Guildford City v Broad Bridge Heath FC. City score their opening goal.

I know that in January I will be complaining that it is too cold, but boy it was warm today, Guildford City played another of their pre-season friendly matches, this time against Broadbridge Heath, who play their football in Southern Combined Counties Premier League (at the same level as City). A good test for City, Broadbridge proved tough opposition, and indeed took the lead, City did bounce back to win.  Playing 90 minutes in this heat is tough, but there is no doubting the fitness levels of the team.

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23/07/2016. Guildford City v Broad Bridge Heath FC. Guildford score their winner.

End Of the Season..

23/04/2016. Guildford City v Camberley Town.

23/04/2016. Guildford City v Camberley Town. Romaric Logon scores City’s goal with an overhead volley.

Guildford City finished the 2015/16 Season today against promotion chasing Camberley Town, whilst they lost, they put in a great performance & were very unlucky to get beaten by a fairly late goal. Buzzing and looking forward to next season with this team & management.

In other sad news, my Think Tank Airport Accelerator back pack has broken, well not strictly true, but the catch on the laptop section has broken, hopefully SnapperStuff will be able to sort it.

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Quite How We Lost this…

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28/03/2016 Guildford City FC v Sutton Common Rovers. City’s Tarome HEMMINGS shoots from a direct free kick

City lost 0-1 against Sutton Common Rovers, quite how we managed it I don’t know, having hit the woodwork, tested their keeper, the only answer I have is that we were profligate with our chances. On another day we’d have been 3 or 4 to the good by half time. As usual the opposition & supporters of other teams take the piss out of the appearance of our pitch, but f*ck you, we get our games on, the sand banding had to be done in November after a collapsed drain, so it was never going to look pretty, just grow f*cking up. I don’t hear the same shite about other teams that failed to get games on after a heavy dew, we played after storm katie.

In other, sad news on the same day, a man went missing in the river Wey after kayaking in the swollen river. The police & fire service are still looking to recover the body.

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30/03/2016.Police search at Riverside, Guildford, Kayaker missing in River Wey named as 56-year-old Grant Broster. Surrey Police  continue to search the River Wey for a man whose kayak overturned on Monday 28th March.

Disappointing Game

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26/03/2016 Knaphill FC v Guildford City FC. City’s Tarome HEMMINGS beats the keeper but can’t find the back of the net

Disappointed to see the City lose at Knaphill in a game that will be mostly remembered for the absolutely f*cking atrocious refereeing decisions. Knaphill deserved the win, probably, after all they were far more successful at getting in the ear of the incompetent referee & the linesmen who would struggle to keep up in a “walking football” tournament. What really put the icing on the cake was the fact that the Knaphill ‘keeper went into a challenge after the whistle had been blown with the intent to maim a City player & came off worse. Knaphill supporters may say that this is sour grapes, but I also photographed their game with Westfield, and they were exactly the same in that match.

Anyway Karma does what Karma does.. and if Karma has something to do tomorrow, I imagine it will be to cause three match official’s cars to spontaneously combust, so that no other football club has to witness such shite officials.

Anyway I hope the Knaphill ‘keeper recovers quickly, I am fairly sure that it is a broken bone in the foot, rather than a broken foot.

 

Anyway on a positive, I was glad once again to see that the City players didn’t descend to the same level & everytime they were scythed down they got up, dusted themselves off & like real men, played football, rather than bitching to the referee. #UpTheCity!

Bounce-Back-Ability

18/03/2016 Westfield v Guildford City. City ran out 0-3 winners.

18/03/2016 Westfield v Guildford City. City ran out 0-3 winners.

After a wretched time away a Spelthorne Sports last weekend, Guildford City traveled to local rivals Westfield & despite a couple of scares that goalkeeper Nic Taylor was more than up to, City put on a dazzling footballing performance.  No hopeful long balls just patient build up play, starting with the back four through the midfield then some precision finishing. City probably could have & maybe should have scored at least a couple more.

A three goal victory & a clean sheet, from memory that means only two defeats in the last 13 games. City now host Cove FC at the Spectrum, 3 points please COYG! #UpTheCity.

 

A defeat

12/03/2016 Spelthorne Sports v Guildford City FC

12/03/2016 Spelthorne Sports v Guildford City FC. Another fine save by City keeper Nic Taylor

City were unable to continue their winning streak, however we go again on Thursday night in a game against Westfield, who because of a lot of postponed matches (including last Thursday against the City) seem to have a few Saturday/Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday  games coming up. City should despite the recent defeat go into the game full of confidence, especially because we see  the return of Jack Battie as a hustling midfield engine. Hopefully everyone else will be fit. I am  looking forward to the game, and the game on Saturday. #UpTheCity. Hopefully on Saturday we can complete the players H&S photos & a team line up as well.

And another great win

27/02/2016 Guildford City Fc v Windsor. Sanchez BENALI scores from the spot

27/02/2016 Guildford City Fc v Windsor. Sanchez BENALI scores from the spot

Guildford City faced Windsor at the Spectrum on Saturday, and put on a great display for the home fans, winning 2-1, although it wasn’t all plain sailing, but some good attacking football, conceding a goal made things a little jittery towards the end, but the team showed great spirit.

Prior to the game we also did some team H&S photos for the website & programmes as well as the local media.

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Another Great Win

20/02/2016 Colliers Wood United v Guildford City.

20/02/2016 Colliers Wood United v Guildford City. City’s Matt Anton scores city opener

Another away day, another game completed with only 10 men on the pitch & another win. Guildford’s replacement keeper, after Luke Badiali broke two bones in his hand last week was the Monserate shot stopper, who got sent off in a ridiculous refereeing decision after 60 minutes.

However, City prevailed running out 2-4 winners after an amazing penalty save by replacement, replacement goal keeper Shay Morally who volunteered to go between the sticks. Shay went on to make several more great saves, and the one occasion when he was caught out, Darryl Siaw made a phenomenal goal line clearance.

City are full of confidence after beating two teams  that are in the top 10 in the league only been defeated once in the last 7 games. They next host Windsor FC at the Spectrum.

Victory At Hanworth

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City Celebrate 3rd Goal

An away trip on a weekday night isn’t often as much fun as this, after a spate of draws, Guildford notch up an impressive 1-3 victory against high flying Hanworth Villa, despite being reduced to 10 men by a ridiculous refereeing decision.

In what was a hard fought game, City could & probably should have won by a greater margin, however 3 goals, 3 points & an improvement in goal-diference are not to be sniffed at.

Disappointingly the City goalkeeper managed to break two bones in his hand, prior to a stunning penalty save & also saving the follow up, so will be sidelined for a while, which is a shame as he has been in great form.

Next City visit Colliers Wood United on Saturday.

Up The City

Guildford City v AFC Hayes

13/02/2016 Guildford City v AFC Hayes. CityÕs Matthew ANTON scores

13/02/2016 Guildford City v AFC Hayes. City’s Matthew ANTON scores

It’s been a while but this weekend saw me back at my home team for the first time in ages, despite a battling performance City only managed a draw when really they should have taken all the points, having been unable to convert their chances, hitting the woodwork & the Hayes Goalkeeper making numerous outstanding saves. In the second half after having gone 0-1 down, they went down to 10 men. However the City Goal Machine Matt Anton equalised at the death.

City will rue their missed chances, but they battled to the very end, long after some of the fans had settled for a defeat.

13/02/2016 Guildford City v AFC Hayes.

13/02/2016 Guildford City v AFC Hayes. In the 10th minute City’s Matthew ANTON beats the keeper but hits the post

No Footy this weekend

24/10/2015.  Chessington & Hook FC v Guildford City FC. City Won 3-9. City's Nathan Chambers scores

24/10/2015. Chessington & Hook FC v Guildford City FC. City Won 3-9. City’s Nathan Chambers scores

So seeing as I didn’t do an update yet this week City ran out 3-9 winners at the weekend & in a rescheduled match on Tuesday night also won 0-3, 12 Goals in two games under the new gaffer, with some brilliant signings, if we can keep this team together it will be a great season.

Up the City.

27/10/2015.  Horley Town v Guildford City. City ran out 0 - 3 Winners. Curtis GEORGE  scores the opener.

27/10/2015. Horley Town v Guildford City. City ran out 0 – 3 Winners. Curtis GEORGE scores the opener.

 

Lost this week

10/10/2015.  AFC Hayes v GCFC. City's Nathaniel WILLIAMS

10/10/2015. AFC Hayes v GCFC. City’s Nathaniel WILLIAMS

Disappointing result this weekend…. Drove the Team Bus & stalled it, twice.. never been so embarrassed. However on a brighter note, although City lost the game, the scoreline really flattered the opposition. The best thing though is that the discipline instilled by the previous manager seems to be continuing with the new boss. No dissent, no bitching or whining. If the ref makes a decision, accept it & walk away. That is not to say that the players won’t stand up for themselves. In fact the fans seem to get more riled by poor refereeing decisions than the players, which is as it should be.

Looking forward to the next match at the Spectrum on Saturday. Bring it on!!

Another Win

31/08/2015.  Sutton Common Rovers v GCFC. City won 2-3. Matt York scores from the spot

31/08/2015. Sutton Common Rovers v GCFC. City won 2-3. Matt York scores from the spot

Guildford City travelled to Sutton Common Rovers, who are ground sharing with Sutton United, and have fantastic facilities including a 3g pitch & whilst comfortably leading 0 – 2 managed to scrape home 2 – 3. Important thing is three more points, this weekend sees a trip to Newhaven in the FA Vase.

Get In

15/08/2015.  Tadley v GCFC. City run out 3-2 Winners in FA Cup. Citys Athan SMITH-JOSEPH scores city's 2nd after besting 4 players

15/08/2015. Tadley v GCFC. City run out 3-2 Winners in FA Cup. Citys Athan SMITH-JOSEPH scores city’s 2nd after besting 4 players

Guildford City played in the FA cup at the weekend, & won, so on to the next round were we travel to Thatcham Town, a team that we played in the South & West League a couple of seasons ago.