At Last…

07/03/2015 Guildford City V Ashford Town. City's Anthony BAKER heads on goal

07/03/2015 Guildford City V Ashford Town. City’s Anthony BAKER heads on goal

At last some football, only three games since the new year, Guildford City finally managed to get a match on at the Spectrum, because of the postponements it looks like two matches a week for most of the remainder of the season

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Woking FC v Kidderminster Harriers

27/09/2014. Woking FC v Kidderminster Harriers.Woking's John Goddard

27/09/2014. Woking FC v Kidderminster Harriers.Woking’s Josh Payne

No game for Guildford City this weekend, so I covered the Woking FC match, partially because I have been loaned the new Sigma 120-300mm F2.8, which is 2 generations on from my current 120-300mm. I have never been happy with the version of the lens that I have, it isn’t sharp, when I first received it it front focused like a bitch, and has been back to Sigma twice, each time with the camera to have it adjusted. It still is not right, although not as bad as it was…

Previously I wrote This and This.

Well at least the new one focuses as it should on first trials, it has also addressed several of the issues that I raised in the first review of the 120-300, way back in 2005ish, which you can read here.

There will be a review in a few days when I have done some more testing, however interestingly it seems to work better with the Canon Extenders than the previous version did, it also even works with the 1.4x & 2x stacked.

Check back in a few days.

A New Season Begins

09/08/2014 Farnham Town v Guildford City FC City's BRUCE MCPHAIL shot saved Pic Paul Burgman

09/08/2014 Farnham Town v Guildford City FC
City’s BRUCE MCPHAIL shot saved
Pic Paul Burgman


A new season in a new league, Guildford City FC this season find themselves in the Combined Counties Premier league. A much more local one than that the stitch up of a league that we ended up in last season. City’s furthest away game this season is a short jaunt across to Horley.

I have never been involved in the league at this level, but of the two matches that I have been to so far, it is going to be interesting to compare the quality of the stadium & facilities to the places like Merthyr Town, Evesham & The Seasiders from last year.

A loss in the first match of the season, when really we should have had a comfortable afternoon, then this weekend a victory against Farnham Town, by a single goal, which really could have been 5 or 6.

So onwards to our first home game of the season against Spethorne Sports on Wednesday evening at the Guildford Spectrum.

Next Seasons Football

GCFC 700pixNext season looks like Guildford City are going to be playing in the Combined Counties League, which whilst disappointing to have been relegated, it will mean that there is a lot less travelling which means that we will field a stronger team for away games than we have been able to. It also means that the club will benefit from more away fans at the Guildford Spectrum, which means a greater revenue stream.

It will also mean renewing acquaintances with local rivals, which should be fun. Visiting grounds like Camberley Town, Badshot Lea, Knaphill & Raynes Park, hopefully we will bounce straight back up & rejoin Godalming Town in the Step 4 Central Division.

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.

What a birthday present

25/03/2014 Taunton Town v GCFC. Guildford city do the double over Taunton town. City celebrate winning the match [Pic Paul Burgman]

25/03/2014 Taunton Town v GCFC. Guildford city do the double over Taunton town.
City celebrate winning the match
[Pic Paul Burgman]

A long trip on Tuesday night from Guildford down to Taunton Town for a 1945hrs kick off. We left later than planned but fortunately no traffic problems and we were able to make up some time whilst on the road.

The Guildford City team looked like a good squad on paper, although as someone pointed out we don’t play on paper. I have to say that despite going one goal down, and then a second in the last minutes of the first half, city never dropped their heads.

In the second half they dug deep and really raised their game, running out 2 – 3 winners which made the minibus trip back to guildford a pleasant one, even if I didn’t hit the sack until 0100hrs.

GCFC v Wimborne Town

GCFC's Pat Cox shoots

GCFC’s Pat Cox shoots

Wednesday Night sees me at the Guildford Spectrum to cover the GCFC v Wimborne Town match that has been rearranged from a while back.

Wimborne have a two hour drive to play this game and rather selfishly I hope that they have the same travelling woes as we had when we played them at their ground. Hopefully The Sweeney will be in good voice on the night, COYG!!!!