2016 eh? What a year. Now is the time to pick a few favourites. There's only a single action picture in there and one goal remote, they're the day in and day out of what I do but I've tried to show a different side to football photography in this set. I wasn't planning on picking quite so many but I've enjoyed this year, and not just because Leicester City won the Premier League...
James Chester of West Brom scores the winning penalty in the shootout against Peterborough United in the FA Cup 4th round match.
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Sergio Ramos, Laurent Koscielny, Greard Pique and Hugo Lloris shot for the launch of Nike's Tiempo boots. Bit of a cheat here as these were shot in 2015 but only released in 2016 so they qualify! These were really challenging shoots. Incredibly dark sets and very little time. I've never used studio lights at 4000asa before...
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Aaron Ramsey nearly takes the head off team mate Francis Coquelin & Leicester's Shinji Okazaki. Arsenal v Leicester.
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Toni Duggan poses for the launch of the new England kit.
Salomon Rondon scores the winner as West Brom beat Manchester United in the league for the first time in 32 years.
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I'd gone up into the stands at St James Park to do a couple of general views when Jamaal Lascelles scored to make it 1-0 against Swansea. Usually quite annoying when fans block the view but I didn't mind it on this occasion.
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Meanwhile, back home in Leicester, the city was starting to believe... This chap had driven up from Milton Keynes to pay tribute on a wall behind an electrical shop. I found out from Facebook and drove straight down there.
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After threatening to throw my toys out of the pram and when that didn't work, downright begging, the office asked me to cover the Premier League trophy presentation on behalf of the Premier League themselves. It meant having free reign to roam outside of the photographers pen and circumnavigate the TV camera for the big moment. It's still no guarantee you'll get a picture as you have to stand to the side but I was happy it worked out and I make no apologies for this being my favourite picture I've ever taken. I had a foot on the stage when it was lifted... they may as well have given me a winners medal. An unbelievable moment.
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I'd spent a few months arranging access to the flats that overlook Upton Park and a late change in fixtures meant the last ever game before demolition would be under the lights against Manchester United. When I walked in to see the family in West Ham shirts and the match on TV it was like Christmas had come early. I spent a few moments in the flat and headed upstairs to the roof...
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This was an experience I'll never forget. A few dozen West Ham fans had sneaked up onto the roof by the end of the match and the 3-2 comeback victory by the Hammers had stirred everyone up. This fella jumped on the fence to sing 'Forever Blowing Bubbles' on the final whistle... actually might have been 'Who the f**k are Man Utd' come to think of it... anyway I ran over and didn't get many frames away at a 25th. Fortunately one held. That fence he's standing on was all there was between him and a fall to certain death, funny what beating Man Utd does to you...
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Leicester celebrates winning the Premier League title. Taken from TKMaxx balcony. There were 250,000 people in the city that day. I probably should have gone to the big stage in Victoria Park where the majority had gathered but I wanted to see it go past the Clock Tower more.
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Friends reunited. Sir Alex Ferguson catches up with referee Mark Clattenburg in the tunnel ahead of the FA Cup Final. Everyone is still putty in his hands!
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England, shot for Nike.
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For some reason everytime I wondered into the stand this season someone scored. This time I got an alternative view of Marcus Rashford's first England goal.
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Cristiano Ronaldo, Anthony Martial and Joe Hart shot for Nike's Pro Genius campaign. Madrid, Paris and errr Blackburn. I shot quite a few of these in various locations to promote Nike's new brain training app.
England fans arrive in Marseille for England's first game of Euro 2016 against Russia.
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Jack Wilshere poses at England's HQ in France.
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England eventually went out to Iceland. I don't have any decent pictures of that...
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Annoyingly Wales were having a great time. I hung around after England went out and shot them beating Belgium. Ashley Williams celebrated scoring his goal by running to the squad on the bench... *something about team spirit*
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I absolutely love the stadium in Marseille. That roof... I made sure I had a 14mm to hand to keep as much of it in as possible. This was a great game. France beat Germany in the semi-finals, think they enjoyed it even more than me.
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Despite going off injured early on, the Euro 2016 final was all about one man.
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The new England manager Sam Allardyce in his back garden. A brave new dawn...
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Shooting Wembley in the mid-day sun is hard work. I got this picture of David de Gea from the Community Shield and not too much else. Great to see Leicester at Wembley though.
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Manchester United celebrate beating Leicester City in the Community Shield. An offside goal from Ibrahimovic the difference.
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The annual Premier League headshots can be a bit repetitive but this year we were asked to get some slightly more fun pictures.
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Adam Smith walks out for Bournemouth in West Ham's first game Premier League game at the Olympic Stadium. Just realised I spent a lot of time with my 24-70 on the floor this year.
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Jose Mourinho, Manchester United manager surveys his new home. He came out and strutted around his penalty area before the Southampton game for just long enough to get this with my 24-70 below the floor this time...
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The ghost of Adam Lallana celebrates with Gary Cahill after his last minute winner for England in Slovakia.
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Christian Erikson of Spurs in the sun (and between someones legs). West Brom v Spurs.
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No one likes to see Notts Forest score but their late equaliser at Villa gave me a chance to run over and dive down with my 24-70 on the floor (again).
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Leicester's first ever game in the Champions League was away in Brugge. I took the time off and went over as a fan. I had intended on taking a proper camera with me but frankly by mid-afternoon I was in no fit state to use one.
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The new England manager Gareth Southgate in his back garden. A brave new dawn...
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Joe Hart in training for England.
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Raheem Sterling (I think) and John Stones prepare for a cold training session at St George's Park.
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Two team groups in a day. England pay their respects at the team hotel on Armistice Day and later that night prepare to beat Scotland at Wembley.
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A lot of people used to turn their noses up at Stoke's football. Jon Walters still does. One of those pictures you don't know you've got till you see it on the back of the camera. I was very close to deleting it to be honest.
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A surreal end to the year when the Leicester chairman protested a controversial ban for Jamie Vardy by printing 30,00 Jamie Vardy masks for everyone in the stadium. And if that wasn't enough, it's one of my headshots on the mask as well. Needless to say we lost 2-0 to Everton. Leicester City... not as good leaving 2016 as we were going in but its never ever dull.
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