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Thursday, 28 January 2010 » In the Beginning... »


...there was 'The Goalmouth Scramble'.

Time for a spot of TGS history. Don't worry folks, I'll keep it brief!

The first website I developed, back in the mid-1990s, lived at the URL http://www.netcomuk.co.uk/~gmen/index.htm. It was indeed called 'The Goalmouth Scramble' and brought together the latest news from three organisations that I was involved with at the time: East Ham United FC, Millwall Lionesses FC and Winger Magazine. It was an opportunity for me to learn a bit about HTML and I could showcase a few of my photos at the same time.

Reuben Gane, the indefatigable manager of East Ham United, was a driving force behind the web presence, submitting idiosyncratic articles under the pseudonym of 'Roland Clooge'. Here's Reuben pictured at East Ham's Manorway ground posing by a 'Snappy Sales' (his own company) advertising hoarding...



I've not been able to lay my hands on the pages from the original site, although I'm sure I've archived them to a CD somewhere. So, the most recent screenshot I can find (via the 'Wayback Machine') is from early 2004. This was the year that the tgsphoto.co.uk domain name was first used and 'The Goalmouth Scramble' was soon to become simply 'TGS'.

Sadly the images are lost from the page but it is possible to see 'The Goalmouth Scramble' name living happily alongside the 'tgsphoto' brand. The tagline in those days was 'Football in Essex in Pictures'...



The images were searchable to a certain extent, there was a blog, RSS feed and some rather odd, downloadable XML files. Clunky? Yes, but it did the job.

Things have moved on a fair bit over the last few years. I'm covering more sports now and TGS has a number of excellent regular contributors, helping to grow the archive. Image hosting has been moved from my own server to PhotoShelter to increase speed and functionality. The blog disappeared a few years ago but has now returned and the new (weird and wonderful) world of social networking has been incorporated into the TGS vision.

It's (perhaps) interesting to note that if you pop 'The Goalmouth Scramble' into Google, the top result is tgsphoto.co.uk.

Plans are currently afoot for another web presence. It's early days but watch this space ;)

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2 Comments:

Blogger Pixel8 Photos said...

Ask it and thy shall answer!

Good work Gav. Have to say I always assumed the G in TGS stood for Gavin, although not sure that the T and S was supposed to be!

28 January 2010 at 10:19  
Blogger DannySing said...

Hi there,

I was a player with East Ham between 1997-2000. Love the picture of Reuben that you have up here! Do you have any other images from East Ham games? I'd love to see a few if you have, especially from the time when I was playing.

I remember a professional photographer coming to one of the home games and taking lots of shots that he sold on to the players a few weeks later. I bought a couple. Not sure if that was you or not?!

Anyway, would love to hear from you if you have any other things East Ham United related.

Dan

17 July 2011 at 22:49  

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