Manchester United

A City United by suberashi

Temple of Doom

Temple of Doom

Local derbies in England are revered things, every town or city has some kind of tribal mindset when comes down to football loyalties. Manchester has always had a pretty fierce divide, the two city clubs have sometimes had an inbalance in on and off field status. That's changed obliviously in recent years and it's seems we are at the zenith of the Manchester stand off. 

2-2 yeah?  

2-2 yeah?  

Arguably this is now the world's biggest local derby with the histrionics, star names, the cash sloshing around and of course ego's of two clubs trying to be the best in Europe.  I've heard lots over the years about the red and blue halves of Manchester's disdain for each other.

Sir Matt Busby Way  

Sir Matt Busby Way  

The overall vibe though  here is a city dominating the landscape of football globally, the volume people  knocking around gives the Staduim a feel of a stately home or national landmark. It's true for some this is a pilgrimage, just as many international voices as Salford twangs.                                                

Dream Factory  

Dream Factory  

Even me as an Arsenal fan can see the theatre of of it. And on a day like today with the new Gods of Olympus holding court it had an extra pinch of occasion.                                    

Hype  

Hype  

Anyway United lost 2-1 I don't think the significance is lost this was a huge game, Pep saunters back to the Ethihad knowing he has caused pain and is a few miles up the hill than his nemesis. Enjoy the pics, stealth mode with the Fuji x100 and Oly Mju. 

Cobbles

Cobbles

Little word in the Olympus Mju that was a quid from a local car boot. Discreet is the word, it's champagne so it has no "real" camera steez about it but it's steller.    

Yyaaaaaaay - Mju 

Yyaaaaaaay - Mju 

Don't point, end of roll - Mju  

Don't point, end of roll - Mju  

Quiet, fast this is the zoom version but that helps out extra reach. It has become my daily pick up  over my x100 and is perfect for knocking around streets and games. 

Ones  

Ones  

Skull Island - Mju

Skull Island - Mju

Overall a good insight into the battle of Manchester. I held off posting until United and City had played in Europe. Seems both works in progress are at different places United struggle, Pogba not settled Pep has. Jose already not naming but shaming. Going to be a corker this...

Rivals - Mju  

Rivals - Mju  

Propaganda  

Propaganda  

The Ritual by suberashi

Loyal

Loyal

A set of images to show the weekend faces and views of the national game here in the UK. Something different than trees, landscapes. Over the next few months I will be taking in the visuals of Midlands football prior to kick off seeing the faces and scenes that become rituals and routine for thousands.

Kick Off 4.00 for the fallen giants

Kick Off 4.00 for the fallen giants

Known fact I love football! and thought it would be good to see how the weekend ritual is played. Here are the results. The faces and environment the, rituals of the game that seem to be everywhere during match day. It's the great leveler football, match day showing full support to your club is important. It was West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United this day. West Brom are situated between Smethwick, Handsworth and the town of West Bromwich is annexed to Birmingham so a real multicultural club, and it has big support in those districts. Next season they will be the only representatives of top flight football in this part of the world, Aston Villa, Birmingham City and another lost soul Wolverhampton Wanders are all probably in the league below next season, all clubs are up for sale but the fans still turn up for the routine and rituals of match day. As for United we pretty much know about them. The United away fans had their casuals game sorted by the look some of the best dressed support in the country.

Merch

Merch

Having spent a fair bit of time in the land filled with hills and mountains it felt good to go stealth for a bit. Nothing more than gloves the Nikon D750 and a 50mm lens, ISO was cranked up so no worry with bad light getting in the way. Great places football grounds in the UK, the weekend or midweek ritual of thousands hoping or expecting their team to does the job. I want to see was the pre-match routines and rituals of folk who love football. Quite an appropriate game to scope out too, West Bromwich Albion against the stuttering giants Manchester United. Both clubs with rich history West Brom pioneered giving black players a platform to play, Cyril Regis, Laurie Cunningham and Remi Moses stole the show back in the day and Bryan Robson left West Brom for United for a record fee of a hefty 1.5 million pounds not to mention "Big" Ron Atkinson managed both clubs.

Food at football has a smell and you know folk have their preferred stalls, programme sellers pitch up in their normal spot and the scarf sellers set up like bosses to get that wrap sold. Its still fascinates me theatre of football before kick off, and with a new global following i'm not sure the wider world sees this so its good to get that out there show its not all Jim White, glitter and glitz.

⬅︎  Match Day Parking  ⬅

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Match Day Parking

There is massive buzz around the game for both, WBA needing to ensure survival and United trying to recapture some of that allure lost since Sir Alex walked. From there I strolled, not having any affiliation to either club it was cool just to feel and see the day build. As it was United there was an extra crackle not because they are any cop, but they where there for the taking and yup they kept up their dreadful season they losing 1-0. A week for baggies fans to live off and be happy for as they ensured another season in the top flight. Looking forward to hitting more Midlands football establishments to snap more scenes and celebrate routine and ritual.

Shot on Nikon D750 x 1989 50mm 1.8, Adobe Lightroom for edit.