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Homes of Football: “The Away Support” FC United, 2010

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In this regular blog photographer Stuart Roy Clarke will explain the thinking behind his best Homes of Football images (available to buy here)…

“The Away Support” FC United at Buxton 2010 (©StuartRoyClarke)

The dog watches every move. Even moving behind the goal nets for the second half.

What was I thinking at the time I took this? I was thinking “gone to the dogs”, “man’s best friend”, “you can lead a horse to water but…”. What I saw that day is the intrinsic worth of football as a social outing and spectacle. The dog’s intent showed this. FC United have this policy of “everyone come along” which added to the sense that plus one being a dog was the perfect portrayal for this new breed of club coming out of Manchester.

Technically, I knew that all of us being creatures of habit, I only had to have patience to capture the dog at the right moment, having seen this precise look a few minutes before. It’s the cover of my book, WHERE THE HEART IS, out any day now.

FC UNITED

Stuart Roy Clarke.

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