International Break

International break can be a quiet time for photographers, but we made sure to keep ours busy.

We shipped Marc Atkins out to Dortmund for the Poldolski Show – er, I mean the Germany v England friendly – before bringing him back for the World Cup Qualifier against Lithuania where he teamed up with Mark Leech.

Meanwhile, Simon Stacpoole visited the less continental Glasgow for the Scotland v Slovenia match.

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The Boys Are Back

That’s right, we’re back on the blogging scene and what better way to return than with a selection of our images from this weekend’s Premier League?

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WBA v Arsenal – Nacer Chadli of Albion puts his hand in the face of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – Mark Leech
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Palace v Watford – A fan points out Palace manager Sam Allardyce as he enters Selhurst Park – Marc Atkins
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Spurs v Soton – Fans are silhouetted as they photograph the building work at WHL – Marc Atkins
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Man City v Liverpool – Pep Guardiola throws water in frustration – Simon Stacpoole
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Man City v Liverpool – Robert Firmino of Liverpool is fouled – Simon Stacpoole

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Offside’s Christmas countdown: Boxing Day football

Boxing Day football. All images via welloffside.com and welloffside.photoshelter.com.

Boxing Day football isn’t so much a tradition as an institution in England.

Mark Leech - The sun shines on the Arsenal fans on the North Bank during the 2004 Boxing Day fixture.
Mark Leech – The sun shines on the Arsenal fans on the North Bank during the 2004 Boxing Day fixture.

In decades gone by, before the rise of the Premier League and decent transport links, the day after Christmas Day could be relied upon to offer fans a festive derby match against a great local rival.

Offside - Fulham's Graham Leggat helps Ipswich keeper Roy Bailey after scoring his third of four Boxing Day goals in a 10-1 win in 1963.
Offside – Fulham’s Graham Leggat helps Ipswich keeper Roy Bailey after scoring his third of four Boxing Day goals in a 10-1 win in 1963.

Continue reading “Offside’s Christmas countdown: Boxing Day football”

Offside’s Christmas countdown: At home for Christmas

At home for Chtistmas. All images via welloffside.com and welloffside.photoshelter.com.

Ah, Christmas. It’s all chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Jack Frost nipping at your nose. Isn’t it? Wasn’t it? Jumpers for goalposts. Little Timmy in the park on a snowy pitch. Marvellous.

L'Equipe - Zinedine Zidane and his family, with Veronique and son Enzo, stand with Father Christmas.
L’Equipe – Zinedine Zidane and his family, with Veronique and son Enzo, stand with Father Christmas.

Continue reading “Offside’s Christmas countdown: At home for Christmas”

Thierry Henry: a career in pictures

All images sourced from welloffside.com and welloffside.photoshelter.com.

Mark Leech - Thierry Henry is substituted.
Mark Leech – Thierry Henry is substituted.

Thierry Henry has announced his retirement from professional football after having come to the end of a five-year deal with MLS side New York Red Bulls. Continue reading “Thierry Henry: a career in pictures”

Offside’s Christmas countdown: The best of December football

The best of December football, via welloffside.com and welloffside.photoshelter.com.

Mark Leech - David Ginola connects with the ball as he makes a spectacular overhead kick.
Mark Leech – David Ginola connects with the ball as he makes a spectacular overhead kick.

December is a busy time in the world of sport.

Simon Stacpoole - Cardiff owner Vincent Tan watches from the stands amongst the other fans and guests.
Simon Stacpoole – Cardiff owner Vincent Tan watches from the stands amongst the other fans and guests.

As work schedules take a break to allow the public to indulge in the festivities, the world of sport kicks itself up a gear to take advantage of the glut of punters suddenly available to their turnstiles and gates. Continue reading “Offside’s Christmas countdown: The best of December football”

Offside’s mid-week games in pictures: Liverpool, United, Arsenal & Chelsea

As you may have gathered from early sunsets and festive promotions down every aisle, we are now in December, which means that not only is Rudolph in the midst of his pre-match warm-up, but football is set to soon become an almost daily occurrence. Rejoice!

Mid-week Premier League action made a triumphant return to the fixture schedule this week as Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea faced up to the likes of Leicester City, Stoke City, Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur, respectively.

Marc Atkins - Steven Gerrard clears his nose.
Marc Atkins – Steven Gerrard clears his nose.

Marc Atkins was at the King Power Stadium to shoot the visit of Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool on Tuesday night, with the Reds looking for a boost ahead of the busy festive period against the division’s bottom-placed club. Continue reading “Offside’s mid-week games in pictures: Liverpool, United, Arsenal & Chelsea”