The Homes of Football
- Photographer Stuart Roy Clarke
- ISBN 9781908457196
- Hardback with dust jacket
- Colour: 270 x 290mm landscape + 192pp
Stuart Roy Clarke, growing up in England, knew he would never be a footballer when, at the age of eight, he was ‘transferred’ to a rugby-only primary school. Excelling at art as a teenager, he took up photography to observe the world around him. His perspective, at that age, was the small town he lived in, some thirty miles north of London: his family, snowfalls, sunsets, discos, concerts, would-be girlfriends … and Watford Football Club.
While at university studying film and photography, he looked everywhere for a special subject to make his mark. A series of football disasters – at Bradford, Heysel and, above all, Hillsborough, gave the game gravitas. Football was now something for documentary photographers and not just the back-page sports tribe. Clarke had found his subject – it had been there in front of him all the time.
He set himself ten years to document the game from the supporters’ perspective, capturing their joy, pathos, humour, intensity and humanity. The result of what is already a twenty-five year odyssey is The Homes of Football, a unique collection of images about our national obsession for the game.