Derby Day

Derby Day

Derby day at Meadow Lane. Following a massive change in form for Notts County, there was a real air of expectation for this sometimes one sided fixture against Mansfield Town! A bit like the olden days, there was a great atmosphere building in the ground even half an hour before kick off. As ever football creates big emotion in people, young and old. I loved trying to catch the range of emotion in the images below. For the record Notts County (despite being bottom versus top) convincingly won the match.  

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Matchday

Matchday

Going to my first football match, aged seven (at Meadow Lane) I couldn’t believe the experience. On approaching the stadium the sound of thousands of people singing¬†inside took my breath away. And the pace of the game, the passion, the anger, the joy, the highs, the lows – it opened a new world for me. 35 years on whilst sometimes disillusioned I still love the game. For all the bad things it still can bring people together, help create a sense of community and offer moments of the sublime. Wherever I have been in the world football has offered a common language and a shared understanding between people whoever they might be and wherever they might be from. So this is a photo project that tries to capture something of what football is all about… the anticipation, the togetherness (and the being alone), the sense of history and the emotion….