Back In The Groove

The new football season is off and running, and I’ve already had my fair share of games to cover. Here is a selection of pictures I’ve taken over the last couple of weeks…

First up was a trip back home to Suffolk, to see Ipswich Town take on Norwich City in the Championship…

 

 

An Ipswich fan makes his voice heard before the East Anglian 'Old Farm' derby
An Ipswich fan makes his voice heard before the East Anglian ‘Old Farm’ derby

 

Ipswich fans buy their matchday programmes for the game against Norwich
Ipswich fans buy their matchday programmes for the game against Norwich

 

Young Norwich fans arrive for the Ipswich game with smiles on their faces
Young Norwich fans arrive for the Ipswich game with smiles on their faces

 

A Norwich supporter shows off her tickets before the Ipswich game
A Norwich supporter shows off her tickets before the Ipswich game

 

An Ipswich fan proclaims his lifelong allegiance
An Ipswich fan proclaims his lifelong allegiance

 

An Ipswich fan with a tattoo of the club crest on his leg
An Ipswich fan with a tattoo of the club crest on his leg

 

A general view of the action inside a sunny Portman Road
A general view of the action inside a sunny Portman Road

 

Alexander Tettey of Norwich battles with Jay Tabb of Ipswich
Alexander Tettey of Norwich battles with Jay Tabb of Ipswich

 

Ryan Bennett of Norwich battles with Daryl Murphy of Ipswich
Ryan Bennett of Norwich battles with Daryl Murphy of Ipswich

 

Kyle Lafferty of Norwich battles with Tyrone Mings of Ipswich
Kyle Lafferty of Norwich battles with Tyrone Mings of Ipswich

 

The next day I made the long drive over to Hull to cover their game against Stoke City. Not the glamour fixture often associated with ‘Super Sunday’, but it turned out to be quite an entertaining match, with the capacity crowd enjoying their day in the sunshine…

 

A general view of the KC Stadium before the match between Hull City and Stoke City
A general view of the KC Stadium before the match between Hull City and Stoke City

 

Hull City fans cheer on their side
Hull City fans cheer on their side

 

Steven N'Zonzi of Stoke gets away from Nikica Jelavic of Hull
Steven N’Zonzi of Stoke gets away from Nikica Jelavic of Hull

 

Nikica Jelavic of Hull scores their 1st goal past Marc Wilson of Stoke
Nikica Jelavic of Hull scores their 1st goal past Marc Wilson of Stoke

 

Nikica Jelavic of Hull celebrates after scoring their 1st goal
Nikica Jelavic of Hull celebrates after scoring their 1st goal

 

Hull goalkeeper Allan McGregor scrambles for the ball as it creeps over the line as Ryan Shawcross of Stoke scores their equaliser
Hull goalkeeper Allan McGregor scrambles for the ball as it creeps over the line as Ryan Shawcross of Stoke scores their equaliser

 

Ryan Shawcross of Stoke (R) celebrates with teammate Peter Crouch after scoring their equaliser
Ryan Shawcross of Stoke (R) celebrates with teammate Peter Crouch after scoring their equaliser

 

A grid of stock pictures from Hull City's match against Stoke City
A grid of stock pictures from Hull City’s match against Stoke City

 

The next evening saw one of the most anticipated fixtures in the league played out still very much in the early stages of the season. Liverpool travelled to Manchester City, and, along with a colleague of mine, Marc Atkins, I was there to cover a potential early title-decider…

 

Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool gets past Pablo Zabaleta of Man City
Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool gets past Pablo Zabaleta of Man City

 

Stevan Jovetic of Man City celebrates after scoring their 1st goal
Stevan Jovetic of Man City celebrates after scoring their 1st goal

 

Steven Gerrard of Liverpool looks dejected
Steven Gerrard of Liverpool looks dejected

 

Fernando of Man City clashes with Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet
Fernando of Man City clashes with Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet

 

Pablo Zabaleta of Man City scores an own goal as Rickie Lambert of Liverpool puts pressure on Man City goalkeeper Joe Hart in the goalmouth
Pablo Zabaleta of Man City scores an own goal as Rickie Lambert of Liverpool puts pressure on Man City goalkeeper Joe Hart in the goalmouth

 

A grid of stock pictures from Man City's game with Liverpool
A grid of stock pictures from Man City’s game with Liverpool

 

David Silva of Man City and Jordan Henderson of Liverpool adjust their shinpads
David Silva of Man City and Jordan Henderson of Liverpool adjust their shinpads

 

The League Cup returned midweek, and I was assigned to Burton Albion, who welcomed Queens Park Rangers to the Pirelli Stadium…

 

Adel Taarabt of QPR battles with Matt Palmer of Burton
Adel Taarabt of QPR battles with Matt Palmer of Burton

 

John Mousinho of Burton tackles Adel Taarabt of QPR
John Mousinho of Burton tackles Adel Taarabt of QPR

 

That following weekend, I prepared myself for a busy three days, starting with a wedding to photograph on the Friday, followed by three games in 48 hours over the Saturday and Sunday, starting with Man Utd’s trip to Turf Moor to take on Burnley…

 

Man Utd fans gather at the cricket club pavilion outside Turf Moor before their game against Burnley
Man Utd fans gather at the cricket club pavilion outside Turf Moor before their game against Burnley

 

New Man Utd signing Angel di Maria applauds the fans as he walks out to make his debut
New Man Utd signing Angel di Maria applauds the fans as he walks out to make his debut

 

A young Burnley mascot looks back at the crowd as he walks out with the players
A young Burnley mascot looks back at the crowd as he walks out with the players

 

Luis Antonio Valencia of Man Utd competes for the ball with Danny Ings of Burnley
Luis Antonio Valencia of Man Utd competes for the ball with Danny Ings of Burnley

 

Angel di Maria looks dejected as Man Utd struggle to find an opening
Angel di Maria looks dejected as Man Utd struggle to find an opening

 

Man Utd manager Louis van Gaal (R) and assistant Ryan Giggs
Man Utd manager Louis van Gaal (R) and assistant Ryan Giggs

 

Not long after the final whistle, a number of photographers hopped in their cars and we shot over to Goodison Park for the evening kick-off between Everton and Chelsea…

 

A tattoo of the Everton club crest on the leg of a groundsman
A tattoo of the Everton club crest on the leg of a groundsman

 

Branislav Ivanovic scores the 2nd goal for Chelsea against Everton
Branislav Ivanovic scores the 2nd goal for Chelsea against Everton

 

Branislav Ivanovic celebrates his goal with teammates
Branislav Ivanovic celebrates his goal with teammates

 

Sylvain Distin of Everton and teammate Seamus Coleman pat each other on the back of the head
Sylvain Distin of Everton and teammate Seamus Coleman pat each other on the back of the head

 

Gary Cahill of Chelsea and teammate John Terry organise their defence
Gary Cahill of Chelsea and teammate John Terry organise their defence

 

Samuel Eto'o of Everton tussles with former Chelsea teammate John Terry
Samuel Eto’o of Everton tussles with former Chelsea teammate John Terry

 

Steven Naismith of Everton looks dejected as they crash to a 3-6 defeat
Steven Naismith of Everton looks dejected as they crash to a 3-6 defeat

 

An Everton groundsman removes the corner flags after the Chelsea match
An Everton groundsman removes the corner flags after the Chelsea match

 

The weekend finished with a trip down the M6 to Villa Park. Hull City were the visitors to the West Midlands…

 

Villa fans walk past a programme booth before their game against Hull City
Villa fans walk past a programme booth before their game against Hull City

 

Nikica Jelavic of Hull battles with Charles N'Zogbia of Villa
Nikica Jelavic of Hull battles with Charles N’Zogbia of Villa

 

A grid of stock pictures from Aston Villa's game against Hull City
A grid of stock pictures from Aston Villa’s game against Hull City

 

The floppy hairstyle of Villa's Jack Grealish becomes apparent as he ties his boot laces
The floppy hairstyle of Villa’s Jack Grealish becomes apparent as he ties his boot laces

 

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