2016-17 Premiership Football - Leicester City FC v Southampton FC
Hello sports fans,
As with all matches I arrived early at the King Power Stadium to prepare for the days action. Once parked, I 'hiked' to the stadium and the photographers entrance. As usual, the security teams were there to sign me in and search my bags. Once through security, I made my way to the photographers room where I set out a space for my laptop and collected my photographers bid and accreditation. First task for me was to double check photographers arrangements as each year the rules change and it is always worth double checking with the photographer liaison at the ground. My next task was to walk out to the pitch and identify where I shall sit through the match and set up my network connection ready for the match. As with other Premiership matches, there is restricted access to certain areas on pitch side making it difficult to capture team manager images before and during the match.
After capturing a few general views inside the ground I moved outside the stadium to look for interesting match day stories. The stadium has some interesting architecture and as always shoot for stock use as well as editorial use. Once I had captured all my general views, it was time to return to the photographers room and download, caption, edit and upload. As with other premiership clubs, they kindly put on some food and drink to stoke the fire before the match. About an hour before the match, the players come out for the warm-up and it enables us to capture some player portraits with the ball.
I had planned in the first half to be at the Southampton end to capture Leicester on the attack. I set up and prepared to start but luck would have it that they swapped sides. My guess was that Leicester won the coin toss and opted to play the first half with the sun to their back. The match itself did not live up to the thrill of last season. The sparkle of Leicester City football seemed to have dimmed during the summer break. Southampton appeared strong and kept Leicester under pressure. The match ended in a 0-0 draw but despite the scoreline it was good to get back in the flow for this season.
At full time, I went through all my images to review any specific images that can be used for stock and sent them over the wire. As always, it was a pleasure to see the players perform from a close viewpoint and the match provided a selection of images which can be seen on the Action Plus Sports Images website.
Keywords: 2016, 2nd October, Action Plus, Barclays, Football, King Power Stadium, Leicester City, Premiership, Soccer, Southampton
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