It doesn’t get any better at Wingate & Finchley. We continue the post Christmas part of the season with more defeats. I think the issue lies with past and present managerial decisions – disposing of too many experienced players in one go and now, bringing in new strikers when it seems we are all too easily overrun in midfield. These are just the thoughts of a fotografer.. Wot do I know… Certainly not a lot about football – I’m just very frustrated! And when the senior player tweets a message looking to rejuvenate the relationship between the players and the supporters, I know how much it hurts them too. This isn’t a world of RangeRovers and Bentleys – Our players arrive in company vans and secondhand cars. A few – the longer suffering ones – seek me out for a quick chat – and that would never happen at a higher level of football 🙂

We have a few short weeks to stave off relegation but I already feel like Private Fraser… “We’re Doomed Laddie – Doomed!!!” I hope I’m wrong. Whatever – I’ll continue to support the team with my photos – here’s a few for you to enjoy…

Love and Best wishes from the Wingate & Finchley Photographer 🙂

Taking up the challenge from Bushboy to show the last image on the SD card. I used two different cameras yesterday, so here’s 2 shots. Both have only been resized.

This first image is actually from a Compact Flash card as I am using a Canon 5D. This was the last shot from yesterday’s football match and represents the many ‘nothing’ shots that are captured during any match…
…It’s also quite typical that the camera has lost interest in the players and decided it likes the advertising hoardings behind them much better – a common problem when the sun goes down and you’re taking action shots.

Taken earlier in the day on my way to the match, here is 465920 at Herne Hill where I was waiting for a train to Bromley South…..This time it is from an SD card as I took this with the Fujifilm X-Pro2.

It’s Pre-Season Friendlies time for Wingate & Finchley FC. Steve Clark has accepted the Chairman’s invite to continue as Manager for this new season and we wish him the best with the challenging task ahead following last season’s near-relegation of the club. Steve has a number of contacts at higher levels so when the pre-seaon fixtures were announced, the fans looked in interest to see who would be visiting. Imagine our surprise when we saw that our first opponents were to be Stevenage FC – they are a professional football club playing in League 2! It proved to be a very entertaining match. Despite being three divisions above us and having most of their 1st team on the pitch, Stevenage only took the lead in the dying minutes of the first half. They were unable to increase their lead in the second half and Wingate had much the better of the final 15 minutes, though the final score remained 1-0 to the visitors. All round, a very encouraging performance 🙂

It being the start of a new season, at least one regular player has had his hair done – Luke challenges for the ball…… and Tony Mendy came close to scoring an equaliser late in the game…

Last Saturday was an unusual pre-season fixture in that it was a mini-tournament between 4 clubs. One of our ex-players, Spencer McCall, has been diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma and is undergoing treatment for this aggressive cancer. The tournament was organised as a fund raising event involving 4 clubs he has played for – Wingate & Finchley, Royston Town, Hendon and his current club, Hemel Hempstead. This was a day when taking part was the only thing that really mattered. Here are some shots from the event which Hemel ultimately won……I’m pleased to report that over £1500 was raised on the day 🙂

Our pre-season matches continued with Aldershot Town – a team from the National League (two levels above us). They won 3-0 though we did have some good chances – looks like we need to work on our finishing! 😉 No photos from that one yet as I have to process them. I give further updates on Wingate & Finchley through the coming season.