Thursday 15th August 2019, 6.35pm (day 2,912)
More football, I know, but it was that, or stay in by myself on a lovely August evening and give you a photo of a bloke loading a skip outside my house. At least the rim-light is good on this one.
The substitutes and manager of Easington Sports FC look rather morose here but then again they are coming to the end of a rather limp 3-0 defeat at the ground of their hosts, Bishops’ Cleeve FC. I like this shot because of the pallette, the rustic hay bales in the background and finally because of their semi-formal, portrait-style arrangement. The ground has only been there since 2002, but there’s something timeless about it.
Union St Gilloise FC won 11 Belgian football championships before the rest of the country caught up (that is, before WW2); since then they have become a decidedly minor team in the landscape of Belgian football, but that doesn’t mean their fans can’t have a bit of fun on the first day of the season. And as a photographically-motivated tourist, I have to say, why the hell not.
The post title has a double meaning. ‘Back in time’ because Palmerston Park in Dumfries is a very old-school football ground, particularly at this, the Terregles Street end. The brickwork! The pylons! I doubt this scene would have looked a great deal different in the 1950s.
‘Back in time’ also because the weather is like February here…. no, come to think of it, February was nicer than this at times. This photo is taken in conditions of around 14ºC and teeming rain. The thought that over the last week, the UK might have experienced its hottest ever day, was laughable at this point.
It’s that time — the football leagues around the country all start getting ready for the start of the season, and so do we fans. It’s still the time of pre-season friendly, warm-up games, but this is the good time, as the slates are blank and anything is possible.
People have been very much in the background of the blog in the last three weeks, if they appear at all. There have been glimpses of a foot here and there, the back of a head.
Football has also been absent from the blog over the last three weeks, but hey, all close seasons must end, mine as soon as possible. The women seen here are the from Isle of Man team and are celebrating their win in the 2019 Island Games tournament final, 2-1 over Ynys Môn, also known as Anglesey.
The connection between these two absences may be coincidental, but I like it.
The football season comes to an end. At the very top, everything is won by those with the most money; at the lower levels, not necessarily. The Waiters Arms team in yellow shock their previously undefeated opponents, FC Panda, 2-1 to win the Mel Owens Invitational Cup on this sunny Sunday morning. You might not care, but 100 people turned up to see this.
Decided early on that today’s pic from the football was going to be a portrait, and in the end, the prize of being the model goes to Brighouse Town’s number 2, Rhys Jenkinson. He’s not looking stressed out at this point, nor should he seeing as this was towards the end of a comfortable 4-0 victory. Seeing as Brighouse should make the play-offs in their league this season, and I care about this, expect to see a couple more BTFC images before the next two weeks are out.
Just because I am on the other side of the world doesn’t preclude me taking in the occasional football match. Thanks to my hosts for today, Green Gully SC (Soccer Club) for a very entertaining day at their patch of land on the outskirts of Melbourne, and well done to them for a convincing 4-0 victory that I am sure was faithfully reported on by the clutch of people huddled around this little contraption on the banking. If an event doesn’t have a media presence — did it even happen? (And I am part of this, in my own little way.)
My last full day in the UK for three and a bit weeks. There might be a photo from the airport tomorrow, but if there’s not this is the last of 117 consecutive UK pictures: not the longest run I’ve had but it does seem a while since I was last away (Germany, late November). It being Saturday, I went to the football; the ground is (as you can see in the background) Cheshunt FC, but the home team today were FC Romania, who groundshare there. This picture does not show that at all, but I like the red of the guy’s top against the muted tones of the stands and tarmac.