"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.
Stuart Roy Clarke.
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