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Chipstead 3 Whyteleafe 2 – A Photographic Story


The first game I have seen at Chipstead on a day when little football was played due to Storm Katie. The pitch looked good and the football was end to end in a game that clearly mattered to both teams. A 3-2 victory for Chipstead was just about deserved mostly because Chipstead took their chances and a good goalkeeping display from Alex Kozakis.  Shawn Lyle was impressive for Whyteleafe who maybe might rue some dire finishing in the first half when they maybe should have taken the game. A hail storm gave parts of the game a surreal image and overall Craig Tanner will be pleased with the performance tonight. 00001958

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Shawn Lyle

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Alex Kozakis

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A Photographic Visit to Molesey FC in Surrey


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Woking Football club at Kingfield Stadium


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Things You Only See At Non-League Football. Woking 1 V 1 Halifax


Despite the fact that Vanarama National League is a mere step below the football league is miles away in terms of its customer friendly approach. Where else might one see a lady with a dog on the terraces?

IMG_1403Where else do stewards take the word of a paying customer as to what exactly is in a bag they are carrying in? Where else do Northern football fans, well Halifax ones from Yorkshire wear shorts to football matches in the winter?

IMG_1400This and a multitude of other curious spectacles were observed at the Woking v Halifax game this weekend.

Even the ground at Woking is an eclectic mix of five very different stands/terracing. Behind one goal is a huge stand, all-seater, that dominates the ground and from the road gives the impression of a large league ground.

IMG_1394Then along side one side of the pitch are two small ancient looking stands that I am sure were there 50 years ago, looking quaint but maybe not fit for purpose really being honest. IMG_1393Normal covered terracing behind the other goal is matched with low level terracing along the other side of the pitch. It is almost as though no one can decide which decade the ground lives in nor which level of football it is fit for. A nice surprise was that there was no segregation with Woking and Halifax fans mixing freely. Banter was heard though it was difficult to make out easily much of what the Halifax fans were saying. This for me is good though. I prefer the lack of segregation which encourages a normal approach to football instead of treating each game like some kind of warfare.

The only matter of concern is that £18 seems a lot to pay for entry to any level of non-league football, especially when the entrance to Ryman level games is often around £10 or less. The worst crime though was £4 for a burger.

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Carshalton 1 South Park 1. Ryman South. Photos


With all the insanity that surrounds professional football it made a nice change to watch a competitive if somewhat bad tempered affair at the lovely War Memorial Ground in Carshalton. There are ample match reports on this game so I will suffice to say that a penalty in the first 5 minutes by Carshalton was matched by an equaliser in almost the final minute. South Park also found time in the first half to have a penalty saved by the impressive Luke Colquhoun.

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Here is the story of the game in photographic terms. Enjoy.

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Dead Wet In Motspur Park


IMG_1238Rain has been heavy this last few weeks as we all know. January 2016 will no doubt earn some record for the wettest month ever or something similar. A few photographs on my travels of a park flooded and a nearby graveyard equally wet.

Motspur Park in The Rain


Some of the rain has been of biblical proportions. Anyone walking through Motspur Park on their way back from shopping or waking up for a short walk, might be greeted by this joy.

Drowning Practice in New Malden


A few evening photos on a very wet and damp evening. A local road and a rahter spooky alley way walk

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Cowpie Country Show 2015


Cowpie sounds like a strange menu item but in fact is the annual show for the Surrey Young Farmers. Up until this year it had been held at Betchworth near Dorking, but maybe because last years event had to be postponed due to rain , it was moved to near Lingfield.

The Cowpie Country Show is organised entirely by Young Farmers and volunteers and is held annually in May. The Show attracts around 20,000 visitors who come to see the wide range of main ring attractions, livestock, side shows and trade stands.

Cowpie also incorporates one of Surrey YFC’s main competition days, so visitors can see Young Farmers competing in events around the show ground, like hay bail racing, livestock judging, charity racing and archery.

The show is a great day out with a mixture of events, like various dog racing and dog competitions, birds of prey ( a little sanitised if I am honest), stalls, a small fair and various other diverse events that include tarot card reading ( maybe something for Nick Clegg next time?), motorcycle stunt riders, sheep shearers and many more things.

Kestrel at Cowpie 2015

Kestrel at Cowpie 2015

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