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Bob Stokoe

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 30 March 2010 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

Please stick with me as I indulge myself with one of the other loves of my life, Sunderland AFC, who play their football (soccer) in the English Premier League.

Today I start at the beginning of a photo story showing some of the fans and peripherals around a game at the 48,800 seater Stadium of Light, all the pictures were taken on Saturday 20th. March 2010 when Sunderland defeated Birmingham City by a 3 - 1 scoreline. Unfortunately I won't be showing pictures from inside the stadium during the game because of some weird image copyrights held by the club and the Premier League.

South Shields lies in between Sunderland and Newcastle and the football fans here are evenly split between the north-east's two major teams, I've followed Sunderland since I was a very young boy and have experienced both joy and heartbreak as a result.

Bob Stokoe was an absolute legend in the north-east of England, having played football for our bitter rivals Newcastle United he forged his managerial career in the clubs of the lower divisions including Carlisle before arriving at Sunderland in 1972 when our fortunes were low. Sunderland were a 2nd. Division side then and under his management he took the club to Wembley in 1973 where we beat Leeds United, who were without doubt England's best team of the time, in a legendary FA Cup Final. The statue erected in his honour after his death depicts the unforgettable moment at the end of that cup final when Bob (the Messiah) raced onto the Wembley turf to embrace goalkeeper Jimmy Montgomery who had pulled off one of history's greatest ever double saves that prevented Leeds from scoring.

Bob was well regarded and was a real gentleman.

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Julie from Easton, United States

This statue just jumps right at ya! Nice work!

30 Mar 2010 5:20am

PascalXLD from Rennes, France

C'est très sympa

Bonne journée

30 Mar 2010 5:32am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

It's a good hommage, and the processing of the photo is outstanding: how did you make it?

30 Mar 2010 5:58am

@Paco Díaz: It was filtered first with the Lucis Arts plug in then converted to black and white using Nik Silver Efex.

Yvonne Simons from Tilburg, Netherlands

Great processing Curly, this is wow!

30 Mar 2010 6:03am

PATRICK from miramas, France

wow splendid 5*******

30 Mar 2010 6:29am

T.h.o.m.a.s. from Paris, France

very nice processing for this man :)

30 Mar 2010 6:58am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

WOW! This is an amazing processing.
So cute!

30 Mar 2010 6:59am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

What a character ......... the statue and the photo are great tributes.

30 Mar 2010 7:15am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Superb photo.. excellent processing.. as always..

30 Mar 2010 7:45am

Steve from Atlanta, United States

This looks like a sketch...you do some pretty cool stuff! I liked the Bob Stokoe history lesson as well!

30 Mar 2010 8:32am

Joan Felix from Jakarta, Indonesia

Great processing.. EXCELLENT , I really like it...

30 Mar 2010 9:43am

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

love the processing, n the lil bit of history

30 Mar 2010 10:00am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Wonderful poise/pose and you have captured the sculptors intention well

30 Mar 2010 10:16am

Florence from Paris, France

A very stylished HDR indeed ! Your signature ! Remarquable.

30 Mar 2010 10:29am

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

Giving away my age, I remember the moment and it's a fitting sculpture.

30 Mar 2010 11:00am

@Ted: I was only a teenager (17) and didn't get a ticket for the final, but when Porterfield scored that goal the ceiling got well sprayed with beer! I was in tears as Bob Stokoe embraced "Monty".

Raymond from Selangor, Malaysia

Awesome ! 5 star !

30 Mar 2010 11:40am

dkc from Xanthi, Greece

I found the post processing a little too much but still its a great inspiration!

30 Mar 2010 11:44am

Photome from Uden, Netherlands

Lovely! And very intresting your serie about Sunderland.

30 Mar 2010 11:46am

Lilly from La Ménitré, France

Wonderful processing... as a drawing...
Nice to learn the story of this man !

30 Mar 2010 12:06pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A beautiful tribute to a well respected man Curly! Bravo! ;-)

30 Mar 2010 12:14pm

Alexandre Ali from Paris, Singapore, France

nice work

30 Mar 2010 12:35pm

AK3 from yokohama, Japan

The interest has been felt for the portrait like the technique of the etching.

30 Mar 2010 1:45pm

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

What an awesome and joyous moment forever captured--and a perfect addition to this series!

30 Mar 2010 2:55pm

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

Splendid capture of this most engaging sculpture. Worthy of your hero.

30 Mar 2010 3:55pm

mseguid from Es Castell-Menorca-I Balears, Spain

I like the processing... It´s amazing

30 Mar 2010 5:51pm

The MaJor from TM HooD, Iran

hmm!!! nice

30 Mar 2010 5:54pm

Charles B. from Mably, France

Beau traitement.

30 Mar 2010 6:02pm

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

ouch, made like in the rain! i love to admire it in the rain!

30 Mar 2010 7:12pm

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good evening, Curly,
Bob Stokoe took over I really interesting information on the Internet. He was a great football player. The original photo of the monument, I found there also, and received by a more precise mental image, from your current presentation. I admire your creativity and trying to understand your pictures. The inscription on the monument is very well visible. I like your presentation very much, as well as the explanatory words about it.
I wish you all the best and thank you for your nice comment. Dear greetings Christel

30 Mar 2010 7:23pm

Graham Russon from Cape Town, South Africa

Nice shot, great processing

30 Mar 2010 7:31pm

Peter Mannfolk from Landskrona, Sweden

Cool processing, very suiting! And a very nice touch to write about your team. I wish Sweden had some football teams worth looking at... I´ll have to stick to Champions League and the Primera Division once in a while on TV. Oh, and thanks for your suggestion on my post, I´ll try that. /Peter

30 Mar 2010 7:48pm

Emma from Menorca, Spain

Impresionante! Buen trabajo.

30 Mar 2010 7:56pm

Patricia (✿◠‿◠)❤ from Brecht, Belgium

Wow exellent

30 Mar 2010 8:36pm

Martin from North Platte, United States

can understand your interest here, In nebraska, we have no pro teams, but we do have the University of Nebraska, and we do have a FOOTBALL TEAM!!!! YEAH!!! o,, sorry,,,, I Digressed, Very awsome photo Curley, a pleasure to look at!

30 Mar 2010 10:15pm

Sandy Weston from United States

Curly, cool statue for the the normal guy!! Nice one :)

31 Mar 2010 1:41am

Michael Skorulski from Cigel, Slovakia

The statue is a hoot and the processing enjoyable.

31 Mar 2010 2:22am

ISO from Bogota, Colombia

Very interesting effect. I like the subject too very nice.

31 Mar 2010 3:46am

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

A legend ...this capture and b&w is awesome...seem,s you have a bit a rain in the air...wonderful work...

31 Mar 2010 3:58am

nggc from paris, France

wouaaaaaaahh crazzzzzzyyy processing, how do you do that ? beautiful !!

31 Mar 2010 10:54am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Tones are really magical…

31 Mar 2010 3:32pm

Faëlle from Lyon, France

Very original composition!

3 Apr 2010 5:35pm

Daryoush from Tehran, Iran

very nice.

4 Apr 2010 8:30pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Excellent composition and post processing!

6 Apr 2010 6:16am

1/250 second
ISO 200
27 mm (35mm equiv.)