Season Review 2014-2015

Barring the odd pre-season friendly, the 2014-2015 campaign proper began for me at the Cardiff City Stadium on 12th August, where the UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid took on UEFA Europa League victors Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup, a mere 30 days after the FIFA World Cup Final had been played under the dazzling lights of the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. It felt like there’d barely been a break; my shoes still had sand in them, images of the ever-present Christo Redentor and the miles of traffic jam taillights was still fresh in my mind. I’d managed to avoid football for a couple of weeks, but trips to Barnsley, Blackpool, Salford and Preston put me right back in the mix.

That night in Cardiff seems like an age ago now. For me, the domestic season ended at the Britannia Stadium, as English football said farewell to Steven Gerrard, the Liverpool captain who has decided to call time on his Premier League career after 17 years in action.

In between, I’ve witnessed the usual highs and lows you’d associate with any sport. Here are just a handful of pictures from my 2014-2015 season, all of which are available through Offside Sports Photography

 

Real Madrid celebrate victory in the UEFA Super Cup
Real Madrid celebrate victory in the UEFA Super Cup

 

A Man Utd fan dressed in clothes fashioned entirely from souvenir scarves
A Man Utd fan dressed in clothes fashioned entirely from souvenir scarves

 

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

 

David Silva of Man City adjusts his shinpads
David Silva of Man City adjusts his shinpads

 

Branislav Ivanovic (2R) celebrates his goal against Everton with his teammates
Branislav Ivanovic (2R) celebrates his goal against Everton with his teammates

 

Wayne Rooney (C) celebrates a goal with teammates Ander Herrera (L) and Angel Di Maria
Wayne Rooney (C) celebrates a goal with teammates Ander Herrera (L) and Angel Di Maria

 

Water drips from the face of Man Utd's Robin van Persie
Water drips from the face of Man Utd’s Robin van Persie

 

The Lone Piper plays his bagpipes as fans file past on Goodison Road
The Lone Piper plays his bagpipes as fans file past on Goodison Road

 

Man City fans shield their eyes from the sun
Man City fans shield their eyes from the sun

 

Wrexham fans celebrate a goal during their local derby match with Chester
Wrexham fans celebrate a goal during their local derby match with Chester

 

Charlie Adam of Stoke battles with Fabricio Coloccini of Newcastle
Charlie Adam of Stoke battles with Fabricio Coloccini of Newcastle

 

Radamel Falcao celebrates scoring his 1st goal for Man Utd, against Everton
Radamel Falcao celebrates scoring his 1st goal for Man Utd, against Everton

 

England manager Roy Hodgson struggles with some training apparatus
England manager Roy Hodgson struggles with some training apparatus

 

Sergio Aguero of Man City tries an acrobatic shot
Sergio Aguero of Man City tries an acrobatic shot

 

John Obi Mikel clears for Chelsea with a header against Man Utd
John Obi Mikel clears for Chelsea with a header against Man Utd

 

Sergio Aguero scores for Man City in the derby
Sergio Aguero scores for Man City in the derby

 

Diego Costa of Chelsea grabs Martin Skrtel of Liverpool around the face
Diego Costa of Chelsea grabs Martin Skrtel of Liverpool around the face

 

A young boy enjoys an ice cream before a Man City match
A young boy enjoys an ice cream before a Man City match

 

Steam rises off Aly Cissokho of Villa
Steam rises off Aly Cissokho of Villa

 

Didier Drogba of Chelsea puts his feet up after being named as a substitute against Stoke City
Didier Drogba of Chelsea puts his feet up after being named as a substitute against Stoke City

 

Stoke mascots wave their flags before a match
Stoke mascots wave their flags before a match

 

Players tussle for space
Players tussle for space

 

Fans are silhouetted at the back of the stand as the sun sets in Derby
Fans are silhouetted at the back of the stand as the sun sets in Derby

 

The tattoo on the back of Marko Arnautovic of Stoke
The tattoo on the back of Marko Arnautovic of Stoke

 

Hugo Rodallega of Fulham looks dejected as a snow blizzard engulfs him
Hugo Rodallega of Fulham looks dejected as a snow blizzard engulfs him

 

Fans take their seats early at Villa Park
Fans take their seats early at Villa Park

 

Steven Gerrard of Liverpool tries a spectacular overhead kick against Everton
Steven Gerrard of Liverpool tries a spectacular overhead kick against Everton

 

A barge passes overhead as Acrefair Youth take on Garden Village in the shadow of an aqueduct
A barge passes overhead as Acrefair Youth take on Garden Village in the shadow of an aqueduct

 

Wayne Rooney celebrates
Wayne Rooney celebrates

 

Lionel Messi of Barcelona squeezes between a trio of Man City defenders
Lionel Messi of Barcelona squeezes between a trio of Man City defenders

 

Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool celebrates his late winner against Blackburn in the FA Cup
Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool celebrates his late winner against Blackburn in the FA Cup

 

An Arsenal fan with an assortment of signet rings on display
An Arsenal fan with an assortment of signet rings on display

 

Man Utd goalkeeper David de Gea celebrates a goal
Man Utd goalkeeper David de Gea celebrates a goal

 

Blackpool fans in masks protest against the club's Chairman, Karl Oyston
Blackpool fans in masks protest against the club’s Chairman, Karl Oyston

 

Liverpool fans in The Kop at Anfield display a mural for their outgoing captain, Steven Gerrard
Liverpool fans in The Kop at Anfield display a mural for their outgoing captain, Steven Gerrard

 

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard walks down the tunnel and out of the English game after his last match for the club, a 6-1 hammering by Stoke City
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard walks down the tunnel and out of the English game after his last match for the club, a 6-1 hammering by Stoke City
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  1. Excellent set of pictures Simon, a memorable season’s work.

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