2016-17 Premiership Football - West Bromwich Albion FC v Tottenham Hotspurs FC

October 18, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Hello sports fans,

On Saturday I was shooting Premiership football for Action Plus Sports Images for an afternoon match between West Bromwich Albion FC and Tottenham Hotspurs FC at The Hawthorns Stadium.

As with all matches I arrived early at The Hawthorns 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 which was very small but adequate 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. 

As always, I capture a few general views inside and outside the ground well before the match starts so I can focus on the players. It is always good to seek imagery that appears different and interesting especially when shooting 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. One in particular was Spurs #7 Son Heung-Min (The first Asian to be awarded the Premiership Player of the Month). An incredible moment in history for him and his family.

On paper, it would appear that Spurs would win the match but you can never discount home advantage. In the first half, Spurs dominated the match with over three quarters of possession with ten shots on goal with five of these on target. It was the excellent efforts of Ben Foster (Albion's Keeper) that kept Spurs at bay. This continued in the second half and Albion's hard work to stave off Spurs was rewarded in the 82nd minute with a goal from Nacer Chadli. Tottenham continued to pile on the pressure and unfortunately for Albion, they equalised in the 89th minute. Even with the 1-1 draw, Albion can hold their heads up as they showed determination to hold back a more superior side on the day. I am sure Spurs had hoped for more after all the chances they had through the match. The star of the day in my eyes was the Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster.

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.


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