The Official Arsenal Opus
Sue Mott first set eyes on Charlie George in the Arsenal
Reserves in 1970. That was enough. She became a lifelong Arsenal supporter.
Her career in sports journalism began at Nottingham
University (where Brian Clough was the manager with Nottingham Forest), and
continued to the Hull Daily Mail (where Hull City were relegated to Division
Four), and the United States (where Franz Beckenbauer was playing for the New
York Cosmos, George Best for the San Jose Earthquakes and rather ageing
remnants of Derby County for the Seattle Sounders). She then transferred to
Australia (the football team took Scotland close in a World Cup qualifier)
before moving back to Britain, where she covered tennis and football for The
Sunday Times. She currently writes for The Daily Telegraph, as a weekly sports
columnist and interviewer.
She has covered three World Cups and three Olympic Games,
plus the major events in tennis, rugby, golf, cricket, yachting, rowing and,
once, pigeon racing. She co-presented the BBC television sports news programme,
On The Line, and is a regular broadcast journalist on both television and
She was the author of the book, A Girl”s Guide To Ball
Games, shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award, and was
voted Sports Feature Writer of the Year in 1996.Like many Arsenal supporters,
the emotional bond with Highbury remains strong.
After being spotted playing for non-league Alvechurch in
1982, Alan Smith”s professional career began at Leicester City, where he
quickly forged a fruitful attacking partnership with Gary Lineker. On Lineker”s
departure, Smith took over the main goalscoring burden until relegation caught
up with the Foxes.
By this time, however, Smith had already become George
Graham”s first major signing for Arsenal in an unusual agreement (since made
illegal) that saw him loaned back to Leicester for the remainder of that
Once permanently installed at Highbury, though, the rangy
striker became a key part of Graham”s ambitious plans. After scoring in the
League Cup Final defeat to Luton Town in 1988, he led the line with distinction
the following season. On a momentous night at Anfield, Smith scored the first
goal before setting up Michael Thomas for a last-gasp second, ending up, in the
process, as the First Division”s top scorer. Two years later, the
centre-forward picked up another Golden Boot as Arsenal became champions again.
Further honours followed with the 1993 League Cup and FA Cup
Double before Smith notched what was, perhaps, the most famous goal of his
entire career with the winner against Parma in the 1994 European Cup Winners”
Cup Final. But it proved his parting shot, for 12 months later, with 13 England
caps on the sideboard, a knee injury forced the 32 year-old into premature
Since then, Smith has forged a successful career in the
media. He combines regular columns and interviews for The Daily Telegraph with
commentary duties for Sky Sports.
A keen sportsman, over the years David Miller played
football for Charterhouse, Public Schools XIs, Cambridge University, British
Universities, Corinthian Casuals, Pegasus, Portsmouth FC
(3rd XI), England Amateur XI, and was coached by Norman Creek, of Corinthian fame, Bill
Nicholson, Joe Mercer and Arthur Rowe.
He was also a member of the British Olympic training squad
for Melbourne 1956, and a hurdler and javelin thrower for Cambridge University
and Achilles Club.
Miller started work as a sub-editor on The Times in 1956,
and went on to be chief football correspondent of the newly launched Sunday
Telegraph in 1961, chief sports correspondent of the Daily Express and then of
The Times, before returning in 1997 as a freelance writer at The Daily Telegraph.
He has covered 13 World Cup final competitions, received the FIFA Jules Rimet
Centenary Award in 2004, written four books on the World Cup – 1970, 1974, 1978
and 1982 – and biographies of Sir Matt Busby and Sir Stanley Matthews.
Miller has attended 19 summer and winter Olympic Games,
written biographies of Sebastian Coe and Juan Antonio Samaranch and six books
on the Olympics. Now semi-retired in Norfolk, he sails, quietly, plays golf
even more quietly, and is president of Old Carthusian FC, the FA Cup winners in
Patrick Barclay has been The Sunday Telegraph”s football
correspondent since 1996. He previously worked for The Guardian, Today, The
Independent and The Observer, always covering football. He often appears on television
and radio, passionately discussing the great issues of the game.
A former Sports Journalist of the Year, Barclay has been to
seven World Cups and seven European Championships. His acclaimed biography of
Jose Mourinho was published in 2006. He admires the Arsenal regimes of both
George Graham and Arséne Wenger, but the club of his heart is Dundee; an early
hero was Ian Ure, who left Scotland for Highbury in 1963.
Barclay, wrote the analysis of the careers of managers
George Graham and ArsÃ¨ne Wenger for the Opus.
Tom Watt is probably best known in the UK as an actor, but
has broadcast on football, for BBC Radio Five Live, TalkSport, BBC London and
Channel 4 since the early 1990s.
As a writer his first three books were The End, an oral
history of Arsenal”s famous North Bank terrace; A Passion For The Game, with 90
first-person accounts of life behind the scenes in the professional game; and
The Greatest Stage, the official history of Wembley Stadium. More recently, he
was the ghostwriter of David Beckham”s million-selling autobiography My Side.
Watt has also written extensively about sport, books and
television for The Observer, The Times, The Daily Mail, Scotland On Sunday,
Ireland On Sunday and The Sportsman and is currently working on a series of
football books for a leading children”s publisher. He profiled the
for the Opus.
Rob Clark has been a sports writer and editor for almost 20
years, working for a variety of magazines, including The Official Guide to Euro
2004, United Review, the FA”s new Wembley launch programme, England Rugby,
Squash Player and a number of Sky Sports publications. He has also written
sports features for Renault”s Va-Va-Voom website, and has covered major tennis,
cricket and rugby union tournaments, interviewing such well-known figures as
Gary Lineker, Brian O”Driscoll and Michael Vaughan.
He now finds most of his time is taken up with ensuring that
his sporting knowledge stays marginally ahead of that of his 11-year-old son,
Matt. Clark interviewed Rod Sheard, of the architects HOK Sport, Sean O”Connor,
who runs Arsenal”s London Colney training ground, and
the statistician Fred
Ollier for the Opus.
James has been a part of the Arsenal publications team since
August 2001, writing mainly for the Club”s official monthly magazine and the
award-winning matchday programme.
Each month he interviews ArsÃ¨ne Wenger for the manager”s
exclusive article in the official magazine, and also regularly interviews
members of the first-team squad, academy and Ladies team for official
publications. James, 29, also works for Arsenal TV, conducting post-match
interviews at home games, which are broadcast on screens around Emirates
A lifelong Arsenal fan, he has written two Arsenal books,
The Immaculate Season and The Kings of Cardiff, and contributed to many others,
including The Arsenal Miscellany and 100 Greatest Games. James wrote about the
founding of the Club, the development of Highbury, and the Arsenal Ladies team
for the Opus.
Edworthy began her journalistic career on the literary pages
of The Times and The Daily Telegraph after an 18-month stint at Harpers &
Queen. After four years as the assistant literary editor of the Telegraph, she
put in a transfer request and became a features writer for the newspaper”s
Highlights include trailing Nigel Mansell and Damon Hill in
their Formula 1 world championship-winning seasons, ghostwriting columns for
Steve McManaman and Slaven Bilic during Euro 1996, and writing a diary from
Wimbledon each year.
Edworthy is the co-author, with Steve McManaman, of El
Macca: Four Years with Real Madrid. Edworthy compiled the fans” section for the
Samir Singh was born in Newington Green in 1981 and has been
an Islington resident and an Arsenal fan his whole life. His first Arsenal game
was in 1989. He attended many matches as a Junior Gunner, as well as Arsenal
Soccer Schools in the old JVC centre, and obtained his first season-ticket in
1995 in the West Lower before moving to the Clock End in 2000. He is now
settling in at Emirates Stadium, the new home of football.
He studied classics at Wadham College, Oxford, before
becoming the museum assistant at Islington Museum. During the final season at
Highbury he wrote a series of programme articles on local history. In 2006 he
worked as the historical researcher for the new Arsenal Museum. Once it had
opened he joined the Club”s community department to work on the Arsenal Double
Club education programme. Singh told the story of the film, the Arsenal Stadium
Mystery, for the Opus.
The Islington-born Callow, who runs the UK sports editorial
agency, Hayters Teamwork, has been an avid follower of Arsenal”s fortunes for
more than 40 years and has been writing about them for almost 20 years.
He has tried to remain unbiased while covering sport for
most national newspapers, including his work as a football reporter for the
News of the World, The Observer and The Independent on Sunday. His true colours
may have appeared more obvious in his writing for Arsenal”s official website
and the Club”s official monthly magazine.
Callow is also the co-author of The Little Book of Arsenal.
Callow covered the Dennis Bergkamp testimonial at Emirates Stadium and the
Highbury auction for the Opus.
D. J. Sagar
D. J. Sagar is a former deputy editor of Keesing”s Record of
World Events, the authoritative monthly digest of major social, political and
economic events from around the world.
He was a founder of the Cambridge-based CIRCA Research and
Reference Information, specialising in reference works on international
politics, economics and current affairs, which produces a variety of books,
periodicals, ad hoc reports and electronic data.
Sagar has edited, co-edited and contributed to many books,
including the Cassell Dictionary of Modern Politics, The ITN Factbook, and The
Economist: the Columbia Dictionary of Political Biography. He is the author of
Major Political Events in Indo-China and a major contributor
to Cambodia: A Matter of Survival.
A life-long supporter of Burnley Football Club, he attended
the same school as the “Natural-Born Claret” Andy Payton, one of the greatest
goalscorers ever to wear the famous claret and blue shirt. Sagar wrote the
timeline in the Opus statistics section.
Most Arsenal photography you have seen in the past 15 years
or so was probably taken by Stuart MacFarlane, who has worked full-time for
Arsenal since February 2001, having previously covered the majority of the
Gunners’ games while working for photographic agency Colorsport, which he
joined in 1988. He photographs every first-team game, including friendlies, as
well as having exclusive access to training sessions and other Club events.
As well as covering Arsenal, MacFarlane has worked at the
Barcelona Olympics, two Winter Olympics, Euro 96, three Rugby World Cups and
one British Lions Tour. One of the photos Stuart took at the 1999 Rugby World
Cup, of the Wales hooker Garin Jenkins being gouged, earned him the prestigious
Life Magazine World Sports Photograph of the Year Award, and was named UK Press
Sports Photograph of the Year.
During his time covering the British Lions, MacFarlane
joined in the social side of the game with the team to such an extent that he
was mentioned by name in the national press. His latest claim to fame is that
he became the first player representing Arsenal to be sent off at Emirates
Stadium, during a sponsors’ five-a-side tournament in the summer of 2007.
David Price joined Arsenal Football Club in 2002, having
previously worked for photographic agency Colorsport, where he first met his
current boss and mentor, Stuart MacFarlane. Price, 30, works at all of
Arsenal’s home matches, as well as most of the reserves’ and Ladies team’s
fixtures. He also covers some of the more unusual photographic jobs at the
Club, once snapping an anteater named Gilberto with his Brazilian international
namesake at London Zoo.
Price’s photography appears in the Arsenal matchday
programme and official monthly magazine, as well as on Arsenal.com. Examples of
Price’s work was featured at two special exhibitions held at Highbury, and he
has had photos published in numerous Club titles, including The Official
Illustrated History of Arsenal.
Price, who took up photography after breaking a leg in 2001,
was the photographer responsible for documenting the construction of Emirates
Stadium, and lists the highlight of his career to date as covering the victory
parade celebrating winning the Premiership through Islington in 2004.
An enthusiastic and talented sportsman himself, Price is a
long-time Arsenal fan and lists his all-time favourite players as Edu, Gilberto and Patrick Vieira.
Robert Wilson, son of Arsenal’s Double-winning goalkeeper
Bob, might never have become a photographer at all, let alone one of the
leading lensmen of his generation. Robert had studied photography at school,
but was set to go on to train as a furniture designer. A late decision saw him
switch to photography college, after which he assisted photographers in the
celebrity/TV world for three years.
Robert’s passion for portrait photography developed out of
that experience and he went on to freelance in the world of fashion and
advertising. He has worked for some of the leading companies in the world,
including Nike, adidas, Guinness, Lloyds TSB and Aer Lingus, winning multiple
awards for his work.
Apart from the images in this Opus, Robert has photographed
many other Arsenal players, from Ian Wright to Dennis Bergkamp, also ArsÃ¨ne
Wenger, and footballers from Vinny Jones to David Beckham. In 1996, a family
collaboration saw the publication of One: Images of a Goalkeeping Season with a
foreword by Bob, photographs by Robert and words by brother John, who presents
Radio’s Four’s Front Row.
His father retired when Robert was five, but as a decent
goalkeeper himself, playing to county level, Robert recalls watching Bob
coaching at the Club’s London Colney training ground. Later he helped out with
coaching himself at Bob’s goalkeeping schools.
Robert is, needless to say, a staunch Arsenal supporter,
despite admitting to one inexplicable slip when he supported Queens Park
Rangers for a year around the age of five. He is married to Sarah, they have
two young sons, Max and Tom.
Andy Cantillon, director of photography for the Opus series,
has been working for a variety of magazines for the past five years. Now
concentrating mainly on portrait photography, he also shoots vivid, colourful
travel images. Personalities he has photographed include the Mexican actor and
director Gael GarcÃa Bernal, the American rapper Obie Trice and Eric Schlosser,
the American journalist and author. His images have appeared in Q,
International DJ and Touch, among other magazines, as well as in advertising
campaigns for companies such as Vodafone. Cantillon photographed Patrick Vieira
and Sir Henry Cooper for the Opus and the Arsenal fans.
London-based photographer Suki Dhanda has been a regular
contributor to publications such as The Observer, The Sunday Times and the
Daily Telegraph, shooting well-known personalities ranging from Paul Newman and
The Arctic Monkeys to Kelly Holmes and Tony Blair. Dhanda cites emotion,
realism and identity as key elements of her work. In 2006 she had her work
displayed at London Underground stations featuring portraits of dogs and their
owners, as part of the celebrations of the Chinese Year of the Dog. These were
commissioned by Platform for Art in partnership with The Photographer’s Gallery.
Dhanda is part of the Gallery’s education programme, Pressing Issues,
facilitating workshops at schools in London. She was also one of eight
photographers commissioned by the British Council to focus on aspects of
Contemporary Muslim Experience in Britain.
Dhanda photographed George Graham for the Arsenal Opus.
Paul Downes set up his first studio 20 years ago, working in
the magazine industry. Through that initial business he worked on accounts such
as the original MUFC magazine and its offshoot Glory Glory Man United, as well
as for publishing houses including IPC and Emap Elan. As a wannabe sports
photographer and United supporter, he says any football-related photography is
a bonus. With his latest company, Objective Image, which he set up five years
ago, he has photographed sportsmen such as cricketer Mark Butcher and darts
player Wayne Mardle. The bulk of his work still comes from the magazine world,
where he deals with titles such as Elle, Cosmo Girl and M&S Magazine.
Adam Lawrence is a portrait photographer whose commissions
have taken him all over the world. His work ranges from semi-naked women to
accountants, footballers to DJs, but what unifies them is Lawrence’s ability to
get the best out of people. Originally from Manchester he now lives in North
London and for the Arsenal Opus was asked to cover Ian Wright. Even as a
Manchester United fan he felt a lot of nostalgia walking around the area
surrounding the old Highbury ground with all the redevelopment work in
progress. Lawrence had already photographed ‘Wrighty’ on a couple of occasions
before and describes him as a ‘true gentleman, one of the nicest and most
entertaining characters in football‘. His other commission for the Opus was photographing
Russell Lee was born and brought up in Coleraine, Northern
Ireland, where he developed a love of photography in his teens. He studied
photography and film at university before moving to London where he started to
work as a music photographer. The picture agency, Millennium Images, took on
his portfolio and his work was subsequently used to illustrate articles and
features (as well as front covers) in New Scientist magazine, and he also
supplied images for various educational book covers. Lee has also been
commissioned to do shoots for publishers such as Random House and Faber while
continuing to have his work published in various magazines such as Time Out and
Kerrang!. A keen musician, Lee has travelled as far afield as Japan to perform
at festivals, but he never forgets to take his camera with him. Lee was not a
football fan before working on the Arsenal Opus. Lee photographed Pat Jennings,
Liam Brady and Tom Watt for the Opus.
Richard Legge discovered photography during a trip to
Germany at the age of 10 to visit his uncle, an art teacher, on an army camp.
His uncle showed him his camera, talked the youngster through the basics, and
that was that. After pursuing his interest at school and via a degree at
Norwich School of Art, Legge began assisting in London, notably Saul Fletcher,
the art photographer. His first big break came when he was asked to shoot a
music portfolio for Vanity Fair, photographing, among others, So Solid Crew,
Beth Orton and Ms Dynamite. He now does mainly portrait work in the fields of
music, acting and sport.
Legge photographed Tony Adams, Michael Thomas, David O’Leary
and the Back Four for the Arsenal Opus.
Nelson is a renowned photojournalist whose work has been
published extensively in the UK and worldwide, winning nearly every major
photography award. His work appears regularly in GQ, The Guardian weekend
magazine and The Daily Telegraph magazine. After a decade working as a photojournalist
in some of the harshest and most lawless areas of the world, including Somalia,
Afghanistan and Angola, he has increasingly turned his focus closer to home.
Gun Nation – a disturbing reflection on America’s deadly
love affair with the gun – is one of his most important projects to date. It
has been awarded five major international awards, been published as a book, and
is regarded by many as the definitive body of work on the subject. Recent work
includes subjects on obesity, cosmetic surgery and environmental pollution, and
album cover portraits for Oasis, Coldplay and the Rolling Stones. Nelson
photographed Ray Parlour for the Opus.
Based in Cheshire, Andrew Paterson specialises in commercial
and architectural photography, and also supplies a large number of pictures for
image libraries. After he graduated in graphic design from Coventry University,
a long-standing love of photography led him initially to spend three years as
assistant to a photographer specialising in car photography for the advertising
industry. Following this exciting period of ever-changing work in varied
locations, he set up his own business in the north-west. He now runs his own
company, with work ranging from complex studio shots to modern architectural
exteriors, and he is equally at home in the studio or on location.
Although not initially a football fan, this has enabled him
to work with a completely fresh approach to the subject. He now admits to
having somewhat more of an understanding of the passion and devotion generated
by football and experienced by its many followers.
Paterson visited Highbury and three Arsenal fans to
photograph their extensive memorabilia collections for the Opus.
Phil Shephard-Lewis has been at the leading edge of
photography in sports journalism for more than 20 years, attending the biggest
events and photographing some of the biggest names in sport. After studying
photography at Ware in Hertfordshire, he worked as a darkroom manager before
joining the Professional Sport agency, where he specialised in tennis,
attending all of the Grand Slams. After six years he left to pursue a freelance
career, working principally for The Observer and The Daily Telegraph. He has
covered the Ryder Cup, football’s European Championships, the Rugby World Cup
and the British Formula One Grand Prix among many other events. Sportsmen he
has photographed include Michael Jordan, Mike Tyson, Jack Nicklaus and George
Shephard-Lewis photographed Terry Neill for the Opus.
John Taylor leans towards the ‘reportage’ style of
photography. ‘I like photographing people‘, he says. Spending the better part
of 12 hours outside Highbury on the day of the last match there, against Wigan
Athletic, gave him plenty of opportunity to do that. Taylor recorded the
atmosphere of ‘The final salute’ day from the crowd’s perspective as fans
milled around the Highbury area before the game and as they left the ground for
the final time following Arsenal’s 4-2 win. ‘There was a sense of things being
over towards the end, the end of an era,‘ he says. Taylor works predominantly
for The Daily Telegraph after starting his career working for regional
newspapers and agencies.
Steve Yarnell is an experienced photographer who has covered
a wide variety of sports, from Formula One to indoor rock climbing. He began
his career in the late 1960s in local newspapers before moving on to work on
the picture desks of The Daily Mail and Daily Star in Manchester. During his
time there he was involved in coverage of the Lockerbie plane crash and
Zeebrugge Ferry disaster. In 1987, he became The Daily Telegraph’s sports
stringer in the north of England. Yarnell is used to being in the thick of the
action when at work. He cites standing in a ditch in an attempt to get a
stunning shot of Carlos Sainz in the RAC Rally as he ‘exploded’ over the brow
of a hill. Sainz’s Toyota smashed into the roadside next to Yarnell, showering
him with gravel – but he got the picture.
In a somewhat less hazardous assignment, Yarnell
photographed Arsenal statistician Fred Ollier for the Opus.
After 10 years in sales and marketing, Geoffrey Young had an
‘early mid-life crisis’ and switched careers, training to be a photographer.
Over the years his work on the fashion scene saw him travelling the world and
he now has a varied career working in advertising, for lifestyle magazines, in
sport and in portrait photography. Born in Manchester, he is a keen football
fan and made an early choice (‘probably the wrong one‘) to follow City rather
than United. ‘Arsenal should be grateful to City because they give the Gunners
four to six points every season,‘ he says.
Young photographed Frank McLintock with Martin Chivers for
the Arsenal Opus.
Located in the north-east East of England, Pineapple
Aroundshot has been established for over seven years and is the official
panoramic sports photographer to the Football League. Pineapple is an
innovative photographic merchandise company developing photographic products
and solutions for clubs and associations to maximise commercial opportunities.
Pineapple already produces full product ranges for many UK and European
football clubs. Pineapple’s ever-expanding range of products and services
consists of framed photographic prints, including unique panoramic stadium
images, individual photographic prints to meet any size requirement, limited
editions and club-branded related gifts such as jigsaws and single-use cameras.
More details can be found at www.pineapplepix.com.
Polaroid Camera Team
Zenon Texeira was born in Tanzania in 1968 and moved to
England at the age of three. Graduating with a degree in graphic design from Coventry
University, he went on to win numerous national awards for design and art
direction. In 2005, Texeira, together with Howard Forrester, formed Kraken
Creative and formed a creative team to produce the Opus collection. Integral to
the inception of the Opus brand, Texeira sees his creative role with the Kraken
Opus collection as his overwhelming achievement to date. However, photography
remains his true passion – the opportunity to work with the Polaroid 20×24
proved a great adrenaline rush. Texeira captured the current squad in high
spirits moments after their Christmas party. The manager, and other legends
featured in the ‘Portrait gallery’ chapter were photographed at Emirates
Jan Hnizdo, the owner and operator of the Polaroid 20×24,
was born in 1945 in Prague, Czechoslovakia, and was taught photography by his
father. He studied architecture at the University of Prague and went on to work
as an architect and photographer in the city.
In 1982, Hnizdo emigrated to Germany, where he was employed
by Polaroid as a curator of the International Polaroid Collection, moving on to
become a Polaroid 20×24 photographer a year later. In 1993, he went freelance
and opened a 20×24 studio in Prague. Since then, Hnizdo has taken his Polaroid
camera all over Europe. Apart from being part of the team who photographed
ArsÃ¨ne Wenger and his squad, he has been involved in several shoots for the
Opus collection, including Formula One drivers and past champions and the
Manchester United and Celtic squads.
Jennifer Trausch was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and
graduated from Cleveland Institute of Art with a BFA in Photography. In 2001
she moved to New York City to develop her career and worked in commercial
assisting, printing and teaching. She has become one of only a handful of
photographers ever to operate the Polaroid 20×24 camera and is now based solely
in the Polaroid Studio in New York. She has worked continuously over the years
with the most celebrated photographers and artists of her generation, including
Mary Ellen Mark, Chuck Close, William Wegman, and Julian Schnabel. Her own work
continues her relationship with the 20×24 Polaroid Camera in an adventurous
exploration of the rural South. Trausch has travelled the world with Kraken
Opus, assisting on every shoot to date.