That Goal against Greece / by Simon Mooney

Yesterday, I spoke to Dickie Pelham from The Sun after reading about his award-winning photograph of David Beckham's celebration nearly twelve years ago at Old Trafford. His injury time equaliser meant England had qualified dramatically for the 2002 World Cup in Japan. I've been thinking back to our pictures from the game. At the time, we were running The FA's Official Photo Library so four of us were covering the match. I asked Ed Sykes to shoot from up in the television gantry for an exclusive aerial view and he came up with this absolute belter.

While The Sun would probably want a picture with the ball leaving his foot, I think the player often makes a better shape just before or after.

I love how this frame isolates Beckham from the other 67,000 or so people in the ground. For a few seconds, he really was on his own.

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Dickie Pelham's Picture

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