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Dan Westwell's Top Ten Pictures 2014.15

9 June 2015

Away photographer Dan Westwell picks his top 10 photographs from the 2014.15 season...

Garry Thompson celebrates making it 2-2 in the 95th minute at Rochdale with his impression of a fire breathing dragon! 
 
Zeli Ismail (middle) celebrates scoring from the penalty spot to win the game for Notts 1-0 with Ronan Murray who won the penalty (left) and Gary Jones. I think losing 2 of these players went a long way to sealing Notts' fate at the end of the season as things were going really well at this point. I like this photo as they are all heading towards me as I stood close to the fans as he took the penalty.
 
Eddie scoring at Bramall Lane in front of the Sheffield United fans. Probably one of the most popular Notts players ever, this went down really well with the fans on facebook & it was nice to capture it. Shame it wasn't the winner.
 
This was bizarre! I was clicking away getting the celebrations of the players and the fans at Gillingham after Graham Burke had scored when all of a sudden Balint Bajner appeared from the stand making his way back onto the pitch! I didn't see him go into the crowd as I was on the opposite side of the goal, so I'd ran behind the goal to get the pictures when he appeared out of nowhere.
 
Not really much I can say about this. I think it's powerful enough and sums up the entire season. I really don't like taking these kind of photos as you feel like you are intruding on someone elses grief, but I wouldn't be doing my job properly if I didn't. Hopefully I won't have to take any like that ever again.

It's always nice to get a goal photo and this was a brilliant night to be a Notts fan when Michael Petrasso scored 2 to help Notts come back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at Oakwell. Here he heads past Barnsley goalkeeper Ross Turnbull to make it 2-2.
 
Shaun Derry celebrates after the 3-2 win at Barnsley. I could've chosen a few pics of him celebrating like this, but I made this into a black and white pic and I think it makes it more powerful.
 
Balint Bajner on 'his' night at Leyton Orient. Spurred on by a contingent of Hungarian fans in the away end, he scored the only goal of the game and at the end of the game brought his phone out and took a selfie in front of them. Something I've never seen before in 20 years of taking photos.
 
There's nothing like a good slide tackle photo. MK Dons Lee Hodson slides in on Blair Adams during the game which saw the end of Shaun Derry's Notts reign.
 
I like this as it's not your usual bog standard football photo. I could see Shaun Derry pearing through the tiny gap but I needed to get the frame spot on to get enough of his face in so that it looked a good picture. It was really hard because not only have you got him moving backwards and forwards, there was 4 other people in the shot as well who were also moving, making it nigh on impossible to get that clear shot. So when I managed to get this shot I was delighted.

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