Black and White photography can be such a powerful and artistic form of photography. And in the emotional world of football, can work so well.
I’ve already posted my top ten personal favourite photos of the season, but here’s my fifteen personal favourite monochrome photos from the world of non-league football from the 2012/13 season. They’re in no particular order. The only criteria I had when selecting these pictures were that I processed these as black and white at the time of publishing… no photos have been converted for this article. Enjoy.
A Corinthian-Casuals fan cheers on his team with passion and enthusiasm.
Shildon’s Sam Garvie is mobbed by fans after his hat-trick condemmed Ascot to an FA Vase quarter final defeat. Shildon won 4-1.
Moody Skies: Ebbsfleet’s main stand was named in honour of their manager, Liam Daish. Unfortunately for them, Ebbsfleet were relegated and Liam was to leave the club in the close season.
Nerves! Maidstone United fans anxiously watch their team take on Dulwich Hamlet in what was deemed a title decider in the Ryman League Division One South. The spoils were shared on the night (1-1) and Dulwich went on to be crowned Champions. All was not lost for the Stones though as they were also promoted via the play-offs.
These two pictures featured in my top ten of the season and both depict Tunbridge Wells marching on through the FA Vase. The brutal winter left Tunbridge Wells’ pitch a little worse for wear, not that it bothered the fans who celebrated their quarter final and semi final victories.
As documented elsewhere, Tunbridge Wells reached the final of the Vase at Wembley. Here, a Wells defender is left gutted after Spennymoor Town take the lead.
But the agony wasn’t only reserved for Tunbridge Wells. A Spennymoor forward rues a glorious chance to score at Wembley… every footballer’s dream.
A Spennymoor supporter vents his frustration and anger towards the opposition.
A cold night at Casuals. Corinthian-Casuals’ forward, Steve Goddard looks a little cold on a below freezing evening at King George’s Arena in a county match versus Sutton United. Of all the games to go to extra-time and penalties, this wouldn’t be the one I would have chosen. I wore several layers of clothing, but to sit on the touchline for over two hours in such brutal cold tested my resolve to the full.
A lonely game. Raynes Park Vale vs Colliers Wood United in the Combined Counties League.
Met Police duo Chris Bourne and Ty Smith figure out how to best use their free kick against League One opposition Crawley Town in the FA Cup 1st Round. Met sit four leagues lower than their League opponents, but took the fight to the Sussex side and were unlucky in not forcing a replay. Crawley ran out 2-1 winners.
A young chap awaits the upcoming FA Vase semi-final between AFC Shildon and Tunbridge Wells. A calm figure before the storm.
After the storm passed, A Tunbridge Wells player cannot believe he’s about to live his boyhood dream – to play at Wembley… a result of their victory over AFC Shildon in the FA Vase semi final.
Spennymoor Town Manager Jason Ainsley salutes the fans with the FA Vase at Wembley.
I hope you enjoyed my own personal favourites from this past season. More of my football photography articles can be seen here.