I’ve had a little bit of a break since my last post. That means I’ve been busy doing a lot of non-blogging things. Clearing the garden, trying out new computer games, playing updates to existing computer games and photographing my football team. Today, for example, I completed a challenge in American Truck Simulator and processed the images from last night’s football match prior to publishing them. I think I’m now ready to get back to posting on my blog and I have a lot of gaming things to write about. But, for Clare’s ‘Share Your Desktop’ this month, I have a Wingate & Finchley football photo and a story to tell…

…This shot was taken at Leatherhead on August 21st. We had just beaten the home side 2-1. In the photo Tee-Jay and Marc Weatherstone, our new manager, salute the fans in celebration. Tee-Jay is, I’m pretty certain, our longest serving current player though he was only on the pitch for the final few minutes as he has an ongoing injury. Marc was a player with the club from 2008 until he was poached by Dulwich Hamlet in 2016. He has over 400 appearances for Wingate & Finchley, so it was great to welcome him back as manager šŸ™‚ The start to the season has been a bit up and down. Many of the players are young, though there have been some experienced players signed like keeper Ben Goode, on the left.

So why have I got this shot on my desktop? Leatherhead are one of our bogey teams – we usually lose against them at their place and it’s roughly honours-even when they visit us. So for Marc to engineer a win down there was quite a feat for a new manager and the team! I said to Marc on the coach as we travelled home – “You know, you’ve slayed one of our dragons”. It was a moment I’ve been savouring since. The rocky start continues for the team, a draw and 2 defeats but then, last night we beat the league leaders, Kingstonian, 3-1 šŸ™‚ It looks like it’s going to be an interesting season!

It’s good to be doing Brian’s Last on the Card challenge so close to the start of the new month for a change! šŸ™‚

First up, from the Canon EOS 5D, the last shot from Wingate & Finchley’s away win at Leatherhead…

…That was taken on the 21st. I would normally have been at our home game on the 30th but was at a family gathering instead.

From the Fujifilm X-Pro2, one of our local buses grinds its way up Long Lane towards Finchley Central…

…There is potential for a good shot here if I catch the bus further down the hill so that the line of terraced houses on the right is more a part of the composition. Exposure will always be an issue as it will be a contre-jour shot all day. I’ll be hoping to revisit this one in future šŸ™‚

Both shots as captured, just a resize for the web.

Red – Time for a Ferrari? I didn’t have one to hand. I thought about doing red peppers but Cee has that covered in her post! So here’s a mix of Football and Transport – but no London Bus šŸ˜‰

Taken a couple of weeks back, here is much liked and respected ‘enemy for 90 minutes’ Mark Kirby…

…Mark has played for a number of local football clubs in North London, but never Wingate and Finchley. He’s currently with Chesham United but is carrying an injury, so had to sit out our recent friendly match. Outside of football, he’s a Teacher šŸ™‚

Flashback in time to 1980 and a shot of a Warrington Corporation bus…

…Vehicle no. 95 is a Bristol RE. These were commonly bodied by Eastern Coachworks but Warrington had chosen to go local and have the body built by East Lancs in Blackburn.

I may not have a Ferrari, but here’s a Fiat (Ferrari’s parent company) and it’s in the red of Telecom Italia…

…Photographed in the Santa Sabina suburb of Rome.

As luck would have it, yesterday evening I was doing the annual team photos for Wingate & Finchley. We’re keeping the previous season’s home kit – it had not been used much and our sponsor, Roger’s Removals, was unchanged – see what I did there? a bonus red šŸ˜‰ Anyway, we do have a new Away kit and it’s red…

…The Arsenal fans are gonna love it, the Tottenham fans will hate it because it looks like an Arsenal shirt. The photographer will probably dislike it because red often causes issues for camera sensors in bright sunlight šŸ˜‰

Lets finish with some blue skies and water…

…and an emergency vehicle of the Sapeurs-Pompiers – this belongs to one of their underwater rescue teams (Plongeurs = Divers) and was photographed in Canet-en-Roussillon.

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