Best of 2015

2015 has been eventful, to say the least – lots of football, a splash of rugby, and a new baby boy have kept me extremely busy over the last 12 months! Here’s a look back at my favourite sports pictures of the year, all of which are available to professional picture buyers via the delightful folk at Offside Sports Photography

 

Stoke City v Man Utd - New Year's Day 2015
Stoke City v Man Utd – queuing up on New Year’s Day 2015

 

Tattoos on the back of Stoke City's Marko Arnautovic
Tattoos on the back of Stoke City’s Marko Arnautovic

 

Snow falls on Fulham's Hugo Rodallega
Snow falls on Fulham’s Hugo Rodallega

 

A scattering of supporters amongst a sea of empty seats at Villa Park
A scattering of supporters amongst a sea of empty seats at Villa Park

 

Pablo Zabaleta of Man City competes for the ball with Olivier Giroud of Arsenal
Pablo Zabaleta of Man City competes for the ball with Olivier Giroud of Arsenal

 

Steven Naismith of Everton goes head over heels in the Merseyside Derby
Steven Naismith of Everton goes head over heels in the Merseyside Derby

 

A general view of the action at The Bont, a football pitch located under the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, a World Heritage Site in Wales
A general view of the action at The Bont, a football pitch located under the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, a World Heritage Site in Wales

 

Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring for Man Utd against Sunderland
Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring for Man Utd against Sunderland

 

Lionel Messi of Barcelona breaks through the Man City defence
Lionel Messi of Barcelona breaks through the Man City defence

 

Philippe Coutinho celebrates after scoring for Liverpool against Blackburn Rovers
Philippe Coutinho celebrates after scoring for Liverpool against Blackburn Rovers

 

An Arsenal fan reveals an impressive array of signet rings on his knuckles
An Arsenal fan reveals an impressive array of signet rings on his knuckles

 

Fans keep their eyes on the ball
Fans keep their eyes on the ball

 

Rooftops of houses in Burnley
Rooftops of houses in Burnley

 

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

 

Liverpool fans in The Kop display a mural for their outgoing captain Steven Gerrard before his last home game for the club
Liverpool fans in The Kop display a mural for their outgoing captain Steven Gerrard before his last home game for the club

 

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard makes his way back down the tunnel after his last game for the club
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard makes his way back down the tunnel after his last game for the club

 

Competitors throw coloured dye at each other following the Run Or Dye 5k charity run held in the grounds of Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire
Competitors throw coloured dye at each other following the Run Or Dye 5k charity run held in the grounds of Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire

 

A general view of the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany as fans gather before the Audi Cup tournament
A general view of the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany as fans gather before the Audi Cup tournament

 

Vincent Kompany of Man City celebrates after scoring against West Bromwich Albion
Vincent Kompany of Man City celebrates after scoring against West Bromwich Albion

 

A Watford fan enjoys a cigarette outside a café before his side's home match against West Bromwich Albion
A Watford fan enjoys a cigarette outside a café before his side’s home match against West Bromwich Albion

 

Aleksandar Kolarov of Man City (L) and teammate Eliaquim Mangala battle with Diego Costa of Chelsea
Aleksandar Kolarov of Man City (L) and teammate Eliaquim Mangala battle with Diego Costa of Chelsea

 

Wayne Rooney of Man Utd tangles with Timmy Simons of Brugge
Wayne Rooney of Man Utd tangles with Timmy Simons of Brugge

 

Man City captain Vincent Kompany spits out a stream of water during his side's match against Everton
Man City captain Vincent Kompany spits out a stream of water during his side’s match against Everton

 

Anthony Martial celebrates after scoring on his debut for Man Utd against Liverpool
Anthony Martial celebrates after scoring on his debut for Man Utd against Liverpool

 

A Leicester City fan enjoys a cigarette before their match against Aston Villa
A Leicester City fan enjoys a cigarette before their match against Aston Villa

 

Juventus fans take a selfie on their mobile phones before their side's UEFA Champions League match against Man City
Juventus fans take a selfie on their mobile phones before their side’s UEFA Champions League match against Man City

 

Robbie Brady of Norwich hugs Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool
Robbie Brady of Norwich hugs Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool

 

Claudio Yacob of West Brom displays differing views to those of Everton's Steven Naismith
Claudio Yacob of West Brom displays differing views to those of Everton’s Steven Naismith

 

Northern Ireland fans celebrate victory in their UEFA Euro Qualifier match against Greece, a result that ensured qualification for the 2016 tournament in France
Northern Ireland fans celebrate victory in their UEFA Euro Qualifier match against Greece, a result that ensured qualification for the 2016 tournament in France

 

England captain Chris Robshaw waves farewell to the crowd after their final group game in the Rugby World Cup
England captain Chris Robshaw waves farewell to the crowd after their final group game in the Rugby World Cup

 

Eugene Jantjies of Namibia dives over to score a try in their Rugby World Cup (Pool C) match against Argentina
Eugene Jantjies of Namibia dives over to score a try in their Rugby World Cup (Pool C) match against Argentina

 

Juan Imhoff of Argentina dives over and scores a try late on in their Rugby World Cup Quarter Final match against Ireland in Cardiff
Juan Imhoff of Argentina dives over and scores a try late on in their Rugby World Cup Quarter Final match against Ireland in Cardiff

 

Francois Louw of South Africa jumps on the back of New Zealand's Sonny Bill Williams during their Rugby World Cup Semi-Final clash
Francois Louw of South Africa jumps on the back of New Zealand’s Sonny Bill Williams during their Rugby World Cup Semi-Final clash

 

New Zealand players get their hands on the Webb Ellis Trophy as they celebrate victory in the Rugby World Cup
New Zealand players get their hands on the Webb Ellis Trophy as they celebrate victory in the Rugby World Cup

 

Roberto Firmino of Liverpool beats Eliaquim Mangala of Man City to the ball
Roberto Firmino of Liverpool beats Eliaquim Mangala of Man City to the ball

 

Man City fans cower under transparent ponchos as heavy rain falls at the Etihad Stadium
Man City fans cower under transparent ponchos as heavy rain falls at the Etihad Stadium

 

Stoke City fan 'Hairy Potter' takes a selfie on his personalised iPhone
Stoke City fan ‘Hairy Potter’ takes a selfie on his personalised iPhone

 

A football is passed over a fence for a player to sign it with his autograph
A football is passed over a fence for a player to sign it with his autograph

 

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