Row Z – Alone in a team


The above picture shows a solitary peregrine falcon sending a flock of starlings into turmoil. It won the 2005 Wildlife Photographer of the Year award for Manual Presti. 

When I first saw it I was oddly reminded of my favourite sports picture –  this one  below of Maradona playing against Holland Belgium, apparently by himself .

Maradona v Holland

And that picture always inclines me to ponder, because I have a ponderous sort of attitude to sport, on the peculiar, thankless pressure on those who are the individual superstar in a team sport.

Steven Gerrard - by Craig Brough, Action Images

Steven Gerrard - by Craig Brough, Action Images


Ian Botham

Jonny Wilkinson

Jonny Wilkinson

Zidane heabutt

Zinedine Zidane

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2 thoughts on “Row Z – Alone in a team

    August 30, 2010 at 12:20

    A nice piece. One small correction; the apprehensive crowd in the Maradona photo are representing Belgium rather than Holland. You can tell from the kit, clearly from the same designer as this Coventry classic in brown.

  2. Brit
    August 30, 2010 at 14:50

    Good spot, PeterJ… I have amended accordingly.

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