Leyton Orient v Dover Athletic – 18/11/2017

Leyton Orient v Dover Athletic – To set the scene. Its a cold, damp Saturday in November and its my first time working at the very nice Matchroom Stadium.

Leyton Orient v Dover Athletic – My first visit to the Matchroom Stadium. The sides, rather surprisingly have never met before in competitive competition. So its a massive jumble of unknown. Dover Athletic, who currently sit at the top of the National League and Leyton Orient who after relegation from the football league last season are fighting to stay out of the relegation zone. The final score line was a draw with each side bagging a goal a piece. Here are a few of my favorites from the game. There is a larger gallery here, all images are available for licenced use, self billing applies where appropriate.

Leyton Orient v Dover Athletic - First Visit To The Matchroom Stadium

Dover players celebrate after Nortei Nortey scores Dovers first goal in the first half during the Vanorama National League match between Leyton Orient and Dover Athletic at the Matchroom Stadium, London, England on 18 November 2017.

Leyton Orient v Dover Athletic - First Visit To The Matchroom Stadium

Leyton Orient’s keeper Sam Sargeant comes to collect the ball as Dover’s defender Manny Parry lines up for a shot during the Vanorama National League match between Leyton Orient and Dover Athletic at the Matchroom Stadium, London, England on 18 November 2017.

Dover Athletic v Eastleigh FC – 11/11/2017

Dover Athletic v Eastleigh FC – 11th November, 2017

As a full time sports photographer I love my job, its particularly enjoyable when its your local football team that is literally meeting the Conference battle head-on. Dover Athletic v Eastleigh FC. Its nearly half way through the season and the Whites are top of the league! and might I add look like they could stay there for sometime. This new Dover team has come together better than most would have dreamt of. Whats probably more inspiring is their goal difference. They are in good company as only a handful of League and Premiership sides have a similar boast.

Top of the table Dover Athletic hosted visitors Eastleigh in Conference Premier at Crabble Stadium in Dover, England. The home side ran out emphatic winners 2-0 to remain at the top of the National League. Here are just a few of my favorites. A full gallery can be found here.

Dover Athletic v Eastleigh FC

Moments before Dover’s forward James Alabi heads the whites first goal.

I do feel that the current run of success to largely due to Chris Kinnear and his ability to build an effective team

Dover Athletic v Eastleigh FC

NOVEMBER 11: Dover’s manager Chris Kinnear looks on as his side retain the top spot.

 

 

East Kent Cyclocross Round 3 – 4th November 2017

East Kent Cyclocross Round 3 – 4th November 2017.

EKCX is promoted by VC Deal and Rob Kingsland. Its now in its third year and going from strength to strength and rightfully so. Round three this year was held at Northbourne School. Look out for a full report/article in due course. For now here are a few of my favorites from the day.

Most noteworthy was Mike Butler who dominated the Mens Elite Race

The course layout was very good consequently offering some great racing. Furthermore the support from VC Deal members is great to see

Finally from me, there is always one everywhere I go and there was no exception today!

There is a much larger gallery here should you be interested

FA Cup 4th Round Qualifying – Dover Athletic V Bromely FC

FA Cup 4th Round Qualifying – The FA Cup is a wonderful thing I do think that. I just like the immediateness of the whole thing, away from any league pressures. Simply you win, you continue. Dovers 2017 Emirites FA Cup campaign got underway on 14th October at home to Bromely FC. The last time they met each other in the league Bromely ran out winners. So the home side were out to prove a point. The game ran out a goalless draw and moves to a replay. But the game wasn’t without it its action. Here are a few of my favorites, theres a bigger gallery here.

FA Cup 4th Round Qualifying

OCTOBER 14: Dover’s defender Femi Ilesanmi takes a shot on goal and Bromely’s Roger Johnson tries to get in the way!

A few more

Finally, I particularly like this frame.

FA Cup 4th Round Qualifying

OCTOBER 14: As Dover’s defender Josh Passley makes a run down the wing. Bromely’s manager Neil Smith thinks its a good idea to start shouting at Bromely’s Frankie Raymond which distracts him!

Dover Athletic V Chester FC – 16th September 2017

Dover Athletic V Chester FC – 16th September 2017. So at the end of an unexpected long day for me Dover were playing at home against struggling manager-less Chester FC. It is fair to say that this years home record for Dover has left a lot of room for improvement. Something that the Whites most definitely put paid to running out emphatic 4 goals to nothing and climbing up to second in the league!

Here, are a couple of my favorites from the game.  Loads more can be found here. As usual all usage has to be paid for and self billing applies.

Dover Athletic v Chester

Dover’s defender Giancarlo Gallifuoco celebrates after putting Dover a goal up.

Dover Athletic V Boreham Wood 12th September 2017

Dover Athletic V Boreham Wood. So who would have thought it the Whites are top of the table! I know its early days but surely the last time this must have happened someone thought that hover craft were the new way to get to France! It was a text book Autumn Tuesday evening, very windy and rain! Unfortunately not the result the home side were looking for.

Here are a few of my favorites from the game. A full gallery can be found here. As usual all usage has to be paid for and self billing applies.

Dover Athletic v Boreham Wood. Conference Premier

Dover’s forward Ryan Bird is swamped by Boreham Wood players.

xxx

Dover Athletic V Wrexham FC – 12th August 2017

Dover Athletic V Wrexham FC and whites get back to winning ways and climb up the table and sit in joint forth place. Early days yet but an encouraging team performance. Here are a few of my favorites from the game. A full gallery can be found here. As usual all usage has to be paid for and self billing applies. Sometimes you sit in just the right spot, sometimes you sit in too much of the right spot! I just about managed to move the camera in time!

Dover Athletic V Wrexham FC

AUGUST 12: Dover Athletic against Wrexham in Conference Premier at Crabble Stadium in Dover, England. (Photo by Matt Bristow/mattbristow.net)

Dover Athletic V Bromely FC – 8th August 2017

So I have been slightly remiss in updating this area, a little over a year since my last post! so I have decided to post a bit more often! Here are just a few of my favorites from the Whites opening home game in the 2017 – 2018 season. Dover Athletic V Bromely FC – sadly it was a 2-1 loss! A full gallery is available here.

Dover Athletic V Bromely FC

AUGUST 08: Dover Athletic v Bromley FC in Conference Premier at Crabble Stadium in Dover, England. Dover’s forward Kadell Daniel came on as a sub and made an instant impact on the game.

A few more from Dover Athletic v Bromley FC from tonight. The new flood lights are kind of strange with great big dark spots on the pitch! however a huge improvement on the old ones.

After an emphatic first game win this loss sees the Whites slip to 12th position. its a long way to go! I’ll be back at Crabble on Saturday to cover the game against Wrexham for the None League Paper so more action to come then.

Just a quick note on usage of these images. All are available to download and use, however no matter who you are it incurs a cost, so self billing applies to all pictures.

Kent Grand National – First Time at the Races

Kent Grand National – With the Grand National 2016 upon us I thought I would share my first experience covering horse racing.

Kent Grand National – A few weeks ago I went and covered my first point to point meeting at Charing Race Course. Its fair to say that I’m not a huge horse fan and that I had never before even been t a race meeting so I didn’t really have much idea what to expect. I was there to cover the Kent Grand National as well so no pressure there then. As the cherry on the cake it was very muddy and I only had trainers! One of which got stuck in the mud and fell off my foot to the amusement of some of the race goers that saw it happen.

Kent Grand National

Here are a few of my favorites

I’m guessing this jockey has had betters days at the office

Faller at the second fence

Faller at the second fence

It was Winner Hunters Lodge ridden by Gareth Henderson that won the coveted Kent Grand National 2016

Winner Hunters Lodge ridden by Gareth Henderson

Winner Hunters Lodge heading for the finish line

I thoroughly enjoyed my first experience covering point to point racing, as a Sport Photographer it had long been on my list of sports to turn my hand to, safe to say I thoroughly enjoyed it even though it was a baptism of fire I will hopefully look to spend more time covering horse racing in the future. I even managed to experiment a little as well.

_78V2060

 

As ever always interested in what people think so please feel free to let me know what you think.

Rugby World Cup, England 2015

Rugby World Cup, England 2015 – a retrospective

So Rugby World Cup, England 2015 is all done and dusted, the final whistle has been blown, to the victors the spoils and every other cliché have now (hopefully) been used to death and will never more be seen, heard or read again. Until of course when the next major sporting tournament gets underway and it will all be brought out of storage. Dusted off and regurgitated and made out its a piece or original journalism! But stop there, yes there was some very average reporting, yes the accreditation processes were questionable. But you cannot hide the fact that the press facilities from what I as a sports photographer experienced were absolutely bang on. Plus the fact that the spectator numbers broke every record nearly on a daily basis and sheer enthusiasm was totally unquestionable.

Here are a few of my personal favourites from the three games I covered. The rest of my stuff an be seen over on the SportPix website

The first game I covered was at the Amex Stadium in Brighton. It was to go down in history as the real upset in the Rugby World Cup, England 2015. So to kick off (pun intended) Japan against South Africa. Here is that moment everyone will remember that try right on the final whistle. Yes nearly everyone headed down to the other end in the second half expecting a Spring Bok steam roller to come rolling into town. But, it didn’t and I was at the wrong end! but whats nice about this picture is the fans faces. The guy with the beard holding his head and two people away another Spring Bok jersey wearing supporter actually cheering!

Rugby World Cup, England 2015 - Japan score the final try to notch up an historic victory against South Africa. Rugby World Cup group game from Pool B between South Africa and Japan. at Brighton Community Stadium. (c) Matt Bristow | SportPix.org.uk

Japan score the final try to notch up an historic victory against South Africa. Rugby World Cup group game from Pool B between South Africa and Japan. at Brighton Community Stadium. (c) Matt Bristow

Next up for me was my first visit to The Stadium. Formally the Olympic Stadium, renamed for no apparent good reason what so ever! This time it was for New Zealand first game against Namibia. I must admit after this game I was in no doubt that the Kiwi’s would win.

Rugby World Cup, England 2015 - The Kiwis didn't have it all their way as New Zealand's Centre Sonny Bill Williams finds out. Rugby World Cup group game from Pool C between New Zealand and Namibia at Olympic Stadium. (c) Matt Bristow

The Kiwis didn’t have it all their way as New Zealand’s Centre Sonny Bill Williams finds out. Rugby World Cup group game from Pool C between New Zealand and Namibia at Olympic Stadium. (c) Matt Bristow

Never ever let it be said that rugby is not a game for total hard men.

Rugby World Cup, England 2015 - Rugby World Cup group game from Pool C between New Zealand and Namibia at Olympic Stadium. (c) Matt Bristow

Rugby World Cup group game from Pool C between New Zealand and Namibia at Olympic Stadium. (c) Matt Bristow

The last game I covered was South Africa against the USA. The only white wash of the tournament, but lets not mention that! For some reason I stayed at the wrong end for the second half.  God knows why! but I did get Bryan Habana celebrating equalising Jonah Lomu’s try total.

Rugby World Cup, England 2015 - South Africas Wing Bryan Habana celebrates scoring and equalising the highest score during a World Cup. Rugby World Cup group game from Pool B between South Africa and USA at The Stadium. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. (c) Matt Bristow | SportPix.org.uk

South Africas Wing Bryan Habana celebrates scoring and equalising the highest score during a World Cup. Rugby World Cup group game from Pool B between South Africa and USA at The Stadium. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. (c) Matt Bristow

I had to take this which I think captures the national feeling after England crashed out!

Rugby World Cup, England 2015 - Rugby World Cup group game from Pool B between South Africa and USA at The Stadium. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. (c) Matt Bristow

Rugby World Cup group game from Pool B between South Africa and USA at The Stadium. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. (c) Matt Bristow