Football photographers get used to many things, variable lighting across a pitch, non league floodlights and inclement weather. It is just what we do. Add to that sloping pitches, players warming up in front of you, and the fun really starts. But it is a challenge. My Canon EOS 5D MK3 copes reasonably well with all this, and a small amount of playing afterwards reduces some of the grain, albeit at the expense sometimes of sharpness. I really enjoy these challenges.
These photos come from a non league cup game, Velocity trophy, and was actually a great game to watch for the neutral. Here are some of the photos both of the game and the fans which capture the magic of non league.
With only 4 games left this season each side had plenty to play for in this game played in bright sunshine at the excellent Imber Court. Met Police have come from being bottom of the division to potentially a place of safety but really needed 3 points, having been on a wretched run. Needham Market sit in the play off positions but with 4 sides on 58 points things were certainly tight.
The game was fairly even in the first half with a number of chances for both sides. Neither keeper though had real saves to make.
In the second half Needham Market took the lead but a Charlie Collins penalty evebed things up, until injury time when Roman Michael-Percil, who had been causing havoc in the Needham defence for the last 20 minutes scored a superb goal with a shot from inside the box.
Overall a great game , played at pace with none of the cyniscism seen often in league football. A special mention for the referee Damith Bandara, who was one of the best officials I have seen this season in league and non-league games. What I particularly liked was that he took no nonsense from the players nor the coaching teams, sending one of the Needham coaches off . This is a good referee and I look forward to seeing more of him.
At the recent Brentford v Eastleigh FA Cup tie, around 1600 Eastleigh fans made the trip and were in fine voice before the game.
What was notable was the large cohort of younger football fans attending and a positive sign moving forward for non-league football. There were a few more curious sights that defy giving a clear caption!
Even as the game went away from Eastleigh who were 5-1 down at half time, the fans stayed behind their team in a very vociferous manner.
A mixture of scarves, hats, inflatable spitfires and superman type outfits (albeit in blue) made for a series of great visual imageries. Even the setting off of a flare did not cause too much disruption. Few more nice touches were of their manager Martin Allen taking the crowd plaudits from both sets of fans. Martin allen has been one of the most liked managers in the history of Brentford.
Good to see more supporter owned clubs emerging. I don’t fully understand all the maths here but seems a decent deal . Motherwell are now fan owned.
With clubs all over the UK having dubious owners and occasionally seemingly incompetent ones this is a good step forward.
Maybe they could be the way in for football clubs to enhance their culinary range? Many have tried such delicacies as Chilli and balti pies, but where in UK have any reindeer hotdogs been seen?
Seems Reindeer oddly may be the alternative to fish. Reindeer meat is one of the leanest meats. It compares favourably with fish when it comes to omega-3 and essential fatty acids. If you want your diet to be low in fat and high in B-12, omega-3, omega-6 and essential fatty acids, you might think your only choice is a trip to the fish market but perhaps a few Reindeer hotdogs might be the answer. The Arctic University of Norway has also done its research and reindeer meat may have more than twice as much vitamin B12 than veal or lamb.
So come on football clubs, be adventurous and keep your fans healthy.
As someone who has watched football and other sports closely for 50 years and often photographed games, it is clear that in many games there is evidence of both hyperactivity, inattention and impulsivity, the diagnostic components of ADHD. Emotional lability is also a major feature of ADHD though is yet to feature in the formal list of diagnostic terms. Adults with ADHD can have all of these or simply one component. The diagnosis will still be ADHD if the many other criteria for this diagnosis are met. And thats the real point. Simple acts of impulsivity or inattention do not determine a diagnosis of ADHD, it is far more complicated than that. In this modern era though where medical screening is routine and obligatory to detect cardiac problems such as various forms of cardiomyopathies ( which have huge arrhythmogenic potential), should it not be useful at a minimum to screen for ADHD? ADHD can be managed and treated by a variety of techniques and medications.
Each week the news is full of sportsmen who have behaved in a manner that is often described as ” reckless”, but it might equally be regarded as ” impulsive” or ” emotional labile” responses. Joe Marler the England and Harlequins prop forward, was recently determined to have called Samson Lee a ” gypsy boy” in an international rugby game. On his return from a 2 match suspension he last night April 22nd 2016, is cited for ” kicking an opponent in the head”. Seemingly reading comments attributed to Conor O’Shea , the Harlequins director of rugby, Marler needs to “learn to control his emotion”. In the same week James Vardy reacted in an emotional and possibly verbally aggressive way to a referee after being sent off. Football often refers to flashpoint tempers, but of course not all players react this way. There is no way of knowing who has ADHD without formal testing and most players with these facets will not have ADHD.
There are of course well recognised sportsmen who have been successful in their careers and also diagnosed with ADHD, but a key facet is that often this diagnosis has come either after their career or later on in it. A good example is Cammi Granato. An Olympian athlete and history maker, Cammi Granato has ADHD. As a member of the U.S. women’s hockey team that won gold in the 1998 Olympics, she scored more goals than any other U.S. women’s hockey player. But she told Psychology Today in 2011 that her personal life felt out of control until she was officially diagnosed with ADHD in 2003 and started learning how to take control. This is a single case history or vignette but is unlikely to be unique. The key issue for sportsmen is how to learn how to take control and more importantly prevent issues emerging, such as red cards and maybe as a defender inattentive issues.
Clearly I am hypothesising greatly here but do believe that screening all sportsmen in professional sports would be beneficial both to themselves and their sports. An awareness of the potential outcomes of an impulsive act might just reduce incidence of future ones.
A retired Scottish footballer, Roddy Grant, was diagnosed at age 47 which in this era is far from uncommon.
“Football helped me mask the condition because it would burn up so much energy.
“But I was always high as a kite after games, win, lose or draw. Colleagues in the dressing room would say I was hyper and it was a massive issue for me”
Other than effects on the individual there are likely effects on the team. Would a clinical research study for example show that players with ADHD have worse disciplinary records? Would strikers with ADHD be more effective as their impulsivity would be positive and creative? Would defenders with inattentive forms of ADHD concede more goals through errors?
There is though a far bigger picture here, and this was well reported in The Guardian last year.
A few years back, a Premier League club found themselves in a moral dilemma because one of their academy players was creating problems behind the scenes. The boy was talented enough to have a chance of a successful career. But his behaviour was erratic and showed no sign of improvement. It went on long enough for psychiatric reports to be ordered and the prognosis was that he had a disorder – possibly ADHD – that needed medication.
The problem for the club was that some of the drugs were prohibited, meaning that if he took them he could not continue as a footballer and would have to be cut free. That left the club with two choices: go with the medical opinion or try to find another way and, in effect, ignore the professional advice.
So screening is not without its problems, however management of ADHD does not mandate the obligatory usage of medications. Screening can also be a fairly simple task, to screen for the possible presence of ADHD, those with positive screens can then be fully evaluated, a far more complex procedure.
There is certainly a case to consider in modern top level sport that sportsmen should be screened for the presence of all disorders that may affect their careers. Possibly ADHD is one of those.
Seems they have suspended three players but are not making any more information available currently. The players involved are:
They state that they are conducting an internal investigation into the players recent conduct and will not be considered for selection. No further information will be given until that investigation is complete.
Reports in the media though already suggest that the players inhaled nitrous oxide in a video live on social media via balloons on wednesday 6th April. It is reported that between 2006-2012 there were 17 deaths in the UK after taking nitrous oxide. Raheem Sterling ( Liverpool and England) was allegedly pictured taking nitrous oxide in 2015.
One normally does not associate Ryman South with wonderful flowing and skilful football. Those people may be wrong. Essentially to give context this was a middle table game with nothing depending on it between two very different teams. The War Memorial ground is an excellent ground at this level and might easily host Conference South football with a few strategic amendments. The superb 3G pitch looks like a huge success and it was difficult to tell any difference from a grass version.
Even in the warm up it was clear to the casual observer, one of the 288 present, that the Carshalton team was young and mostly looked 10 years younger than a slightly gnarled older looking Three Bridges team.
The styles also were a huge contrast with Carshalton favouring a fluid skilful game playing the ball out of defence and using the wings, whilst Three bridges were more physical, forceful and at times presented Carshalton with some rigorous tackles.
Three Bridges also favoured the opportunity to debate regularly with the referee Chris Felton , whether his decisions were correct and give input as to which Carshalton players should be booked and for what reason.
The game was played in the first half in bright sunshine and by the second half light rain.
The crowd of 288 was a very respectable number considering the league positions and the paucity of away following from Three bridges.
The reality was that Carshalton won this game easily 4-1 and in Ricky Korboa had a winger with unreal talent and balance, who scored a goal worthy of goal of the month at any football level.
This current Carshalton team if kept together will be interesting to watch over the next 12 months.