Dawud Marsh's Photo Diary

Photo Diary 2018-19 Season Review Part 3: The Players

Manuel Pellegrini is already ringing the changes with new Spanish goalkeeper Roberto, signing on a free as the popular Adrian leaves, along with Carroll and Nasri and there will no doubt be more players on their way out. The big question will be who will we sign to replace and hopefully improve our squad for the coming season? Well, whilst we wait for the excitement of the transfer window to unfold here is a timely reminder of the players who have excited, frustrated, entertained – on and off the pitch at times and caused us to shout and scream with joy and celebrate as well as give us high blood pressure and make us use a few choice words we no doubt will be repeating again next season. Some of those featured here will not be wearing the claret and blue next season, and some we can’t wait to see walk onto the pitch wearing the new kit, which I think is looking pretty cool. Oh, and we got to honour West Ham legend Billy Bonds – as well as seeing some other ex-players on a match day. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support and wonderful words and feedback. I am always touched by those who take the time to comment and so glad that readers enjoy my match day photo diaries.


Dawud Marsh's Photo Diary

Photo Diary 2018-19 Season Review Part 2 The Passion

The second part of my end of season review is focused on the fans – those who travel from far and wide to watch the team in all weathers, families, individuals, groups, from the young to the not so young – disparate people coming together to form a family filled with a shared passion. From the songs and chants as you enter the stadium to the cheers, calls, shouts and exasperations as we follow the fortunes of the players on the pitch throughout the season. We celebrate the highs, those wins that we long for, to commiserations as another game slips through our fingers and we analyse tactics, players performances and the what ifs. Its what makes it a home for me, filled with those who come and make the atmosphere what it is at times – although there are plenty of occasions when you wonder if we have a voice. I actually find it quite emotional to say good bye to those around me as the season draws to a close, hoping to see my family again next season.


Dawud Marsh's Photo Diary

Photo Diary 2018-19 Season Review Part 1: The Place

Now that the season has drawn to a close for West Ham United, the lights dimmed and gates closed until the next season, its time for the 3 part review of my photo diary. I have decided to start with the stadium this time round. The ground divides many supporters and for some the London Stadium may never feel like home, for others its not the place but the crowd and the atmosphere and for some the stadium is beginning to feel like our own. Its a great place for a photographer, especially for those games under the lights, but this season we have seen a lot more entertainment outside the ground with more bars, food stalls and music and there is an atmosphere like we never had at the Boleyn Ground. Inside the ground, although visually interesting for me as a photographer, the ground feels cold and lifeless until you walk through the tunnels and up the stairs to get to your seats. I really like the shape of the stadium and with the new claret carpet surround it’s beginning to feel more like a football ground. Well, thats my view and as always, I’ll let me photos doing the talking. Part 2 will be focusing on the fans and the final Part 3 on the players, some of whom we may never see again I the claret and blue shirt. I hope you enjoy the memories.


Dawud Marsh's Photo Diary

Arnie Brace Earns Hammers Season Double Over Saints


Dawud Marsh's Photo Diary

Hammers Denied Victory At London Stadium Against Leicester City


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