Snapshot: How I watched football 2012-13

Firhill tadium, Partick Thistle v LivingstonI’m not a photographer. I don’t even own a camera. So this is neither a portfolio nor an exhibition. But I do like photos, so when attending matches last season I made an effort to take at least one, using just the camera on my phone and the instagram app. These are they; a collection of images representing all the football I saw between July 2012 and May 2013. Only one game is missing – Doncaster Rovers’ 2-1 win at Crewe in April – as I had my phone stolen on the morning of the game, but the rest are all present and documented below, some it has to be said, much better than others.

Back at the season’s start I was living in Scarborough and, truth be told, not all that bothered by Doncaster Rovers. The ‘experiment’ involving Willie McKay and all that surrounded it during 2011-12 had deposited a bitter taste in my mouth that had not yet left, and so for much of the first half of the season I watched my football elswhere; with much of it involving Rossington Main for whom I have spent the season as Programme Editor.

On New Year’s Day I relocated to London, and as Bryan Flynn arrived and the Supporters Trust began making noises that chimed more closely with my own ethos I began to warm to Rovers once again. This rekindled love as it were was aided further when in January I stood in as ‘summariser’ for the club’s live match Player coverage, and subsequently became the club’s main commentator. Rovers became my team once again and so come the dramatic final half a minute at Brentford I was not only there, but attempting to relay events back to Rovers fans around the globe too. In a season I’ve gone from feeling nothing toward my team, to being unable to breathe owing to the emotions they have inflicted upon me in one frankly ridiculous climax; I feel that journey is reflected in these images.

1. July | Pre-season views from the Allotment End Stand at Oxford Street

Rossington Main 3-0 WintertonRossington Main 3-0 Winterton Rangers
Pre-season friendly, Oxford Street

2. July | Ayr go ahead in the IFA Cup Final at the annual supporters’ team tournament in Leeds

KaisAyr 1-0 KidderminsterKaisAYR 1-0 Kidderminster Supporters Trust
IFA Cup Final, Boddington Hall

3. August | Ten minutes until the 2012-13 season kicks off

Selby Town 1-0 Rossington MainSelby Town 1-0 Rossington Main
Northern Counties East League Division 1, Rigid Group Stadium

4a. August | The magic of the FA Cup lures another one

Bridlington v Whitley BayBridlington Town 1-2 Whitley Bay
FA Cup; Extra-Preliminary Round, Queensgate

4b. August | The Bridlington faithful

Bridlington v Whitley BayBridlington Town 1-2 Whitley Bay
FA Cup; Extra-Preliminary Round, Queensgate

5. August | Getting set to sell the first fanzine of the season

nDoncaster Rovers 0-1 CrawleyDoncaster Rovers 0-1 Crawley Town
Football League One, Keepmoat Stadium

6. August | Watching Another 2nd half kick off at the Turnbull Ground

Whitby 1-3 Blyth SpartansWhitby Town 1-3 Blyth Spartans
Northern Premier League Premier Division, Turnbull Ground

7. September | Shoes (and flip-flops) off for Wales

Wales v BelgiumWales 0-2 Belgium
FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier, Cardiff City Stadium

8. September | Token appearance of my dad, watching on as Assistant Manager of Rossington Main

Rossington Main 0-5 TeversalRossington Main 0-5 Teversal
Northern Counties East League Division 1, Oxford Street

9. September | Sunset on the Belles’ Second Super League Season

Doncaster Belles 1-1 BristolDoncaster Rovers Belles 1-1 Bristol Academy
FA Women’s Super League, Keepmoat Stadium

10. September | Being one of only two Wales fans in Jablonec

Czech Rep 21s v WalesWales U21 0-5 Czech Republic U21
UEFA Under 21 International Qualifier, Chance Arena

11. September | Wales fans encourage their team onto the field in Novi Sad

Serbia 6-1 WalesSerbia 6-1 Wales
FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier, Karađorđe Stadium

12. September | The fantastic wooden stand at Chlumec

FK Chlumec 2-0 ÚpiceFK Chlumec 2-0 Úpice
Czech Regional Leagues (6th tier), Na Hatich

13. September | Finding the love in Hradec Králové

Hradec Králové 2-0 ZbrojovkaBrnoFC Hradec Králové 2-0 Zbrojovka Brno
Gambrinus Liga, Všesportovní Stadion

14. October | Rovers not exactly packing the box for a late free-kick

Doncaster Rovers 1-0 ShrewsburyDoncaster Rovers 1-0 Shrewsbury Town
Football League One, Keepmoat Stadium

15. October | Spending Non-League Day in Leeds

Yorkshire Amateur 2-3 Rossington MainYorkshire Amateur 2-3 Rossington Main
Northern Counties East League Division 1, Bracken Edge

16. October | Watching from the clubhouse at the World’s oldest football ground

Hallam 2-1 Rossington MainHallam 2-1 Rossington Main
Northern Counties East League Division 1, Sandygate

17. November | Clear skies and stands for the FA Cup

Doncaster Rovers 3-1 BPADoncaster Rovers 3-1 Bradford Park Avenue
FA Cup 1st Round, Keepmoat Stadium

18. November | Warming up without a football

Rustons United 2-1 AFC West EndRustons United 2-1 AFC West End
Lincoln Sunday Football League Division 4, Ruston Marconi Sports Ground

19. November | Trying not to lift a free-kick into the Autumn trees

Rossington Main 0-3 Bottesford TownRossington Main 0-3 Bottesford Town
Northern Counties East League Division 1, Oxford Street

20. November | Derby Day Donny Dog

Doncaster Rovers 4-0 ScunthorpeDoncaster Rovers 4-0 Scunthorpe United
Football League One, Keepmoat Stadium

21. December | Unprecedented scenes in Harrogate as the home side go ahead

Harrogate Town 1-1 Hastings UnitedHarrogate Town 1-1 Hastings United
FA Cup 2nd Round, Wetherby Road

22. December | Christmas in the Clubhouse at Oxford Street

Rossington Main 3-3 PontefractRossington Main 3-3 Pontefract Collieries
Northern Counties East League Division 1, Oxford Street

23. December | Angels fans celebrate their second goal

Tonbridge Angels 2-1 Dover AthleticTonbridge Angels 2-1 Dover Athletic
Conference South, Longmead Stadium

24. January | Brian Flynn gives his first post-match interview

Stevenage 1-2 Doncaster RoversStevenage 1-2 Doncaster Rovers
Football League One, Broadhall Way

25. January | Fanzine selling in the snow

Doncaster Rovers 3-0 Leyton OrientDoncaster Rovers 3-0 Leyton Orient
Football League One, Keepmoat Stadium

26. February | Doing Dulwich

Dulwich Hamlet 3-0 MertshamDulwich Hamlet 3-0 Merstham
Isthmian League Division 1 South, Champion Hill

27. February | Press-room Hospitality

Crawley 1-1 Doncaster RoversCrawley Town 1-1 Doncaster Rovers
Football League One, Broadfield Stadium

28. March | Pre-match fayre

Bournemouth 1-2 Doncaster RoversAFC Bournemouth 1-2 Doncaster Rovers
Football League One, Dean Court

29. March | Getting set for a far-post corner

Doncaster Rovers 1-1 PortsmouthDoncaster Rovers 1-1 Portsmouth
Football League One, Keepmoat Stadium

30. March | Post-match debrief for the defeated Belles

Doncaster Belles 0-2 BristolDoncaster Rovers Belles 0-2 Bristol Academy
FA Women’s Cup 5th Round, Keepmoat Stadium

31. March | A very snowy Hampden Park

Scotland 1-2 WalesScotland 1-2 Wales
FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier, Hampden Park

32. March | Souvenir hunters at Ibrox

Rangers 0-0 Stirling AlbionRangers 0-0 Stirling Albion
Scottish Football League Division 3, Ibrox Stadium

33. March | Entering Firhill

Partick 6-1 LivingstonPartick Thistle 6-1 Livingston
Scottish Football League Division 1, Firhill Stadium

34. April | The Ricoh, still home to Coventry… just

Coventry 1-0 Doncaster RoversCoventry City 1-0 Doncaster Rovers
Football League One, Ricoh Arena

35. April | Half-time instructions

Donny Rsonists 3-2 Tranmere RearguardDonny R’sonists 3-2 Tranmere Rearguard FC
IFA Supporters’ Football League, Ian Wilson Community Sports Village

36. April | No Public Access for Bryan Flynn’s post-match interview

Doncaster Rovers 1-0 TranmereDoncaster Rovers 1-0 Tranmere Rovers
Football League One, Keepmoat Stadium

37. April | David Cotterill sets a first half free-kick

Doncaster Rovers 0-1 Notts CountyDoncaster Rovers 0-1 Notts County
Football League One, Keepmoat Stadium

38. April | The 2013 FAWSL gets underway

Doncaster Belles 0-4 ChelseaDoncaster Rovers Belles 0-4 Chelsea Ladies
FA Women’s Super League, Keepmoat Stadium

39. April | Rovers arrive for the final day showdown

Brentford 0-1 Doncaster RoversBrentford 0-1 Doncaster Rovers
Football League One, Griffin Park

40. May | Substitution for Burnham

London APSA 3-0 BurnhamLondon APSA 3-0 Burnham Ramblers
Essex Senior League Premier Division, Terence McMillan Stadium

41. May | Free entry with a bell at the Belles

Doncaster Belles 1-3 EvertonDoncaster Rovers Belles 1-3 Everton Ladies
Continental Cup Group Stage, Keepmoat Stadium

42. May | Bored Ball Girl

Wolfsburg v LyonOlympique Lyonnais 0-1 VfL Wolfsburg
UEFA Women’s Champions League Final, Stamford Bridge