Ton snap to feature in photography exhibition

A celebrated photograph that captured drenched Morton fans waiting for a bus outside Cappielow in the pouring rain has been selected for inclusion in an exhibition at the National Football Museum in Manchester.

Renowned soccer snapper Stuart Roy Clarke has hand-picked an image he calls ‘Cry For Home’, which features Ton supporters following a 2-0 win over Dumfermline Athletic in September 1995, amongst his favourites.

The year-long exhibition, entitled ‘The Game’, launches this month and documents the changing face of the beautiful game as seen through Clarke’s lens.

The collection of images has been taken over his 30-year-long career and capture what happens off the pitch as much as what happens on it.

The exhibition will be updated throughout its run, with guest photographers including Britian’s first female sports photographer, Hy Money, and Manchester City’s official photographer, Victoria Haydn.

A feature of the exhibition ‘…whatever happened to?’ will focus on the stars of some of his most loved images. Clarke hopes to trace the subjects and re-photograph them as they are today.

Clarke said: “My thoughts have always been around uniting the fans and followers of the game. Football is about so much more than what happens on the pitch.

“Everyone has their own personal perspective, and this is mine – one that I have been lucky enough to capture and document for the last 30 years.

“When I started out, all I had was a box, Bronica camera, and Kodak film. I have since taken thousands of photographs of the top 92 clubs in the UK and more.

“These images are some of my favourites and capture the transformation of the top five leagues over the past three decades.”

Tim Desmond, chief executive at the National Football Museum, said: “ As we move towards recognising equality and wellbeing within the football family, it’s a delight for us to welcome Stuart back to the museum.

“His unique style of photography puts the fans and the grounds at the centre of the changing story of the game. We are very proud to be housing this major retrospective of Stuart Roy Clarke’s work”.


The exhibition opens on Friday 23 March 2018 and runs until March 2019.

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