FIFA World Cup | The Dream Is Over

TUESDAY 10TH JULY  |  After a couple of days off that did me the world of good – time which would’ve been spent on the train, had that magical S7 flight not materialised – I was back in the mix. I kicked off the semi finals with a 7am train from Moscow to Saint Petersburg,…

FIFA World Cup | Dare To Dream

WEDNESDAY 4TH JULY  |  I got to bed at 3am, though the adrenaline running through my body wouldn’t subside; it was probably another half hour before I drifted off. I woke up at 11am, my phone buzzing away on the shiny wooden bedside table next to me. It was an email from Russian Trains, the…

FIFA World Cup | The Last 16

SATURDAY 30TH JUNE  |  My first match of the Last 16 knockout stage saw Uruguay take on Portugal in the southern resort of Adler, a town located just outside Sochi, some 1,600km south of the capital and just a stone’s throw from the Georgian border. After a relaxing day in Moscow, it was back to…

FIFA World Cup | Believe The Hype

WEDNESDAY 27TH JUNE  |  Chris had stumbled through the door to our hotel room at around 10am and slumped onto the bed. I was ready to get going…ships in the night, as I headed out no more than half an hour later. The Stadium Media Centres aren’t just a hive of activity on matchdays; they’re…

FIFA World Cup | The Long Slog

THURSDAY 21ST JUNE | I must’ve just dropped into the deep sleep stage when my alarm went off at 05:30, I found it impossible to drag myself out of bed. I felt rough…not like, Deeside Ramblers HC end-of-season do rough, but pretty rough. It wasn’t a hangover, I think my body had just had what…

FIFA World Cup | Week 1: Acclimatisation

THURSDAY 14TH JUNE | After a bowl of mandarin slices and couple of pancakes, we we met up with English colleague David before embarking on our journey across the city to the Luzhniki Stadium. After much deliberation over which station to alight from, we arrived shortly after midday, six hours ahead of kick-off; it was…

2018 FIFA World Cup – Hello Moscow

MONDAY 11TH JUNE  |  Ahead of last year’s Confederations Cup – my maiden voyage into Russian territory – I had no idea of what to expect. But three weeks down the line, I was more than comfortable with the prospect of returning for a five or six-week stint to cover the World Cup. It seems…

UEFA Champions League Final 2018

14th July 2017: it’s a warm, muggy evening in Lancashire as football fans make their way to the DW Stadium in Wigan. Liverpool are the visitors for the hosts’ marquee pre-season match, a game designed to whet the appetite ahead of the forthcoming domestic campaign. Less than 2 weeks after signing, the newest addition to…

The Crown

And so we come to the end of the season, the end of another charge for domestic glory. The only fixture left to discuss before we depart for Russia is the UEFA Champions League Final, but for most clubs, the second week of May was all that mattered…  

The Reds Go Marching On

The biggest clubs in the north-west have dominated both the domestic and European football headlines in the past few weeks, as Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool all strive to finish the season on a high. As a photographer, inevitably, the bigger (or more important) the game, the more painful the feeling of being at…

Four Seasons In Three Weeks

We’ve seen just about every different type of weather you could possibly think of in the last few weeks, yet the show, as well as the snood, gloves and hats, must go on…  

The Thrill Of It All

You might get rained on more often than you’d like, you might be at the wrong end for all the goals, or the incidents, or on the wrong side for the celebrations, you quite often have to spend hours upon hours in queues of traffic with red lights tailing away into the distance as far…