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Sunday, 31 January 2010 » The Net »


The use of a goal net is a fundamental requirement when it comes to playing a 'proper' football match. Jumpers for goalposts are fine and shooting into a netless, full-size goal in the local park is good fun... but only for a while.

Let's face it, at the, er, end of the day, well before you get into discussions about goal-line technology, you really do need nets hanging off of your goal posts.

For Sunday morning footballers, the hanging of the goal net is a ritual that is almost as important as the game itself. This image of Black Meteors FC players shows that teamwork is vital even before their match on Hackney Marshes kicks off...



Cooperation is undoubtedly the name of the game. If you don't have the opportunity to lift out the posts and lay them down - or you've forgotten your stepladders - the only solution is to mount a team-mate's shoulders...



Once the nets are up, even the pre-match warm-up is more satisfying. I risked lens and limb to grab this shot of Lapton FC players getting in some shooting practice...



The nets themselves become part of the footballing landscape. Stalwart Hackney & Leyton Sunday League Chairman, Johnnie Walker, attends matches at the Marshes every week... rain, snow, wind or shine. Here Johnnie is seen enjoying a cigar as he watches the action from a vantage point between the nets...



Bizarrely, the use of tape to hang the net has become a controversial issue on the Marshes. On the South Marsh, tape is now banned and new fangled 'cable ties' must be used to secure the onion bags. On the neighbouring East Marsh, the old-fashioned methods reign supreme and tape is still de rigeur...



When the final whistle is blown, the nets have to come down. Members of the Shoreditch Fire Penguins team show that height is an advantage when detatching the precious mesh...



More from the Marshes soon I'm sure. Clickety, click this linkety-link for some images from this morning's action.

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