The Beautiful Game

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  • The Beautiful Game

    A simple image, a subtle shift. Three white lines arranged just so become an instantly recognizable symbol. Whatever the wider context, whether they are either end of a village green pitch, or in the grander surroundings of a professional stadium, the purpose of these structures is always clear. The goalposts never move.

    I see football pitches in much the same way as I see a theatre. The action is played out, holding the audience rapt. There are moments of high drama, struggles for power, laughter and, sometimes, tears. There’s also a parallel to be drawn with places of worship, the spectacle of the players along with the participation of the audience chanting and singing along allows one to enter a heightened, almost euphoric state at times. Football in this sense is utterly transformative – as all great art should be.

    Some pitches were the stages on which the greatest games were played by the greatest players; others are now left abandoned, the posts stand as only as a reminder of what once was … Either way, whether grand or grassroots, what they represent is the same – the greatest game in the world.
  • Anfield
  • Bronx, NY
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • Bushwick Inlet Park, Brooklyn, NY
  • Craven Cottage
  • Earls Orchard, Richmond Nth Yorkshire
  • East River Park, NY
  • Formby
  • Goodison Park
  • Goole AFC
  • Lambert Park, Sydney, Australia
  • Leeds United
  • Marrickville, NSW, Australia
  • Marseille, France
  • Monks Risborough
  • Near Leeds United
  • New Norfolk, Tasmania, Australia
  • Notre Dame de la Garde, Marseille
  • Old Trafford
  • Pizzey Park, OLD, Australia
  • Preston North End
  • QPR
  • Salts FC, Shipley
  • Samlesbury, Lancashire
  • South Stand, White Hart Lane
  • Southport
  • Stamford Bridge
  • Sybil Road, Anfield
  • University of the Philippines, Manila
  • West Wycombe
  • White Hart Lane