From my website, you may have seen I have an affiliation with Thamesmead Town Football Club. Just as this years football season was about to start I was fortunate enough to approach Thamesmead Town and obtain permission to become the clubs photographer for all the home games they play at Bayliss Avenue and... If work and family life permits, attend some away games also.
Thamesmead FC was formed in 1969 The club merged with Southlake FC in 1973, and by 1979 ventured into Saturday football, playing on park pitches at Crossways in Thamesmead. The club entered the London Spartan League Intermediate Division Three and won it at the first attempt in 1980.
The club changed its name to Thamesmead Town FC in time for the 1985/86 season, and by the middle of that campaign had found their current home at Bayliss Avenue. The new ground was officially opened in August 1988 when the then FA Cup holders Wimbledon were the visitors for a friendly. The club joined the Kent League in June 1991.
Further ground improvements were carried out prior to the 2000/01 Season, including perimeter railings and hard standing being added on the dugout side of the pitch. During that season, the team reached the last 32 of the FA Vase.
Improvements have continued at Bayliss Avenue, including erection of a new 125-seat stand, replacing the two smaller stands with bench seating that originally stood on the eastern touchline. The ground is well maintained and is determined to be a helpful family club within the local community. Thamesmead is a local club and having had the misfortune of relegation recently sit as one of the leagues favorite teams' gaining promotion into the Ryman Premier Division this time around. The team has had a dip in form of late but from what i have seen within the team, they are good enough to rectify this and get back to winning ways.
Photographing a football team is great experience as, as you can imagine the whole squad is full of a whole variety of characters which really brings the team together in this case nicknamed #MeadFamily. It can be challenging to get to know the players and draw the not so vocal and boisterous players up and in line with those characters who just love to be photographed! This being for the season's, player profile or presenting the man of the match reward. The games are enjoyable to watch and even more so pitch side and close to the action as you get to see ... and hear a lot more of the action than if sat in the stand. So far no game has gone the way I have planned and prepared for as players and scorelines changed along with differing kickoff times lightings and camera settings are constantly changing. My favourite
game so far was against Redbridge with Thamesmead winning 5-2, Just the fact it was a nice hot sunny day and the football was, just entertaining the pictures I felt on that day pictures came out really well. The season will be long and with many more games to play in the league and cups.
I wish Thamesmead all the best of luck for the season and hope the fans and familys attending, the weekly attendance contiues to grow