Gateshead FC (1) vs Grimsby Town (2)
The first league match played at the International Stadium since November 2012. There was a really good turn out for the match but I wonder if anyone had a bad feeling about what they were to witness?
I arrived at the ground about 15 minutes earlier than normal so I just took my time getting sorted out. When I pulled into the car park the first thing I noticed was the amount of away fans, quite a lot of them. So even though I was thee earlier than normal it took a while to find a parking space, I had presumed I would find one straight away.
As I have been going to the Gateshead matches for a bit now one of the things I enjoy is the crack that I get to have with the players, staff and those that help out on match days. I feel that in a very short time I have been accepted into the ‘family’. This all adds to the atmosphere that I experience which is different to what the fans experience.
As you will know from my previous blogs I always check he weather forecast before going to the match. As we have had some great weather recently I didn’t think it was worthwhile checking to see how hot it was going to be but luckily I did. As it seemed that it wasn’t going to be as good as I’d thought I decided to take a light rain jacket. It wasn’t for rain as there was non forecast but for the wind. By the second half I was over the moon that I took it.
The club photographer wasn’t going to be at the match as he always has pre-arranged plans on Tuesday’s but there was still going to be myself and Charlie Waugh. Charlie gave me some great tips for when I am cropping my images and I have already put his advise to use when I edited these photos.
I’m not going to go into many details about the actual match but I will say that Phil Turnbull scored an absolute cracking goal, I did get a good shot of him just before kicking the ball and then also some good celebration photos.. What I will mention is the disaster that nearly happened.
Through out the first half the floodlights kept going on and off, it wasn’t just one set but all four around the ground. Luckily there was still enough light at this point for the match to continue but the main concern was whether or not the second half would actually take place. At half time I found out that the problem was there was a possible power surge and that was making the floodlights go on and off. There was an electrician there and the second half was delayed by 15 minutes. Luckily for everyone there was no problems during the second half but I had to quickly remember by how much to change the ISO and speed settings on my camera as when I was checking the photos some were coming out in almost complete darkness. It also shows how quickly it can get dark at this time of year.
Unfortunately, Grimsby scored a second goal and Gateshead couldn’t find a way back from it and they lost 2-1. As I also had to do the presentation photos after the match it meant that it was going to be a very late night for me and to top it off I was already exhausted as I was still recovering from watching England fully win the Ashes in my home town of Chester-le-Street. That day itself is full of extremely happy memories watching the cricket with a few of my friends and hundreds of the Barmy Army.
Although Phil Turnbull did win the man of the match award I think that the real man of the match was the electrician.
Equipment used: Nikon D7000, Sigma 170-500mm f5-6.3 lens, velbon monopod, Peli 1510