This Darkest Winter

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 🙂

March Madness

I’ve been trying to get around to writing a post for… Well, since the last one! Ideas flow in and out opportunities come and go but it’s been a period when both have been fleeting – very much ‘each a glimpse and gone for ever’! But this evening I’m finally in the mood to write something and I think I’ll stick with a football theme. In my last post I spoke of our amazing win at Harlow Town. The day after that game I attended a match at a very different level and in rather better weather. I was invited by Reece (one of our players) to photograph the Jubilee Cup Final between Wrongens FC and Port Louis FC over in Edmonton (London – not Canada!). These teams play in the local Sunday League and Reece is assistant manager of the Wrongens. Although the standard of football was not the best there was clear passion with moments of brilliance 🙂 There being no barrier around the pitch, I found myself in close proximity to one of the referee’s assistants for a lot of the game and we shared some friendly chat during quiet moments. Here are some photos from the match…





A 1-0 win for the Wrongens. The Port Louis keeper dropping the ball was the error that gave the Wrongens their winner in an otherwise very even game.

Now a quick look at last Saturday where Wingate & Finchley played host to Potters Bar Town in a local derby match where both teams really needed the win to battle against the risk of relegation. It was a keenly fought game as you would expect and sadly it was also a game in which the referee and his assistants were less than competent although at least they were even-handed about it! Here are some shots from that match…







The Game ended 4-2 to Wingate & Finchley and that lifts us out of the relegation zone for the time being and puts us just one point below Potters Bar. We still have some awkward games ahead of us but the teams below us, especially Harlow Town, look to have more difficult opponents in the run in to the end of the season so if everything runs to form we should be able to avoid being sucked back into the relegation zone. Ironically the key match will probably turn out to be the last one of the season when we play the current bottom side, Burgess Hill Town, for they will have nothing to lose by then and we will possibly still be at risk of relegation! Isn’t supporting a football team fun!!! 😉

A Photo a Week Challenge: The Things that Matter Most

“Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it’s much more serious than that.” Bill Shankly


Rob Laney celebrates after scoring the first of two goals for Wingate & Finchley against Dulwich Hamlet in the FA Trophy on his Birthday 🙂

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