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Eric Cantona UK Tour 2017 – A1 Sporting Speakers & Matt Hardy Photography

Last week the Manchester United legend visited the United Kingdom,

Partnered with A1 Sporting Speakers they hosted a variety of shows up and down the country. I was booked to attend the shows and also photograph behind the scenes of the event.

I have photographed Eric before in Portugal alongside Icons.com and it was great to see him again. We started the week in Bournemouth before heading to London and finally Manchester. It was such an incredible a surreal experience photographing him on and off stage and also having many evening dinners with him and drinks after the shows. From the moment he showed his face in the morning till the time we left the restaurant he was non stop signing autographs and posing for photos. Eric is adored by hundreds of thousands of fans all over the world, however in Manchester he is classed as a god. The crowds chanted his name and sang his songs whilst he was on stage and as he finished each show he was given a standing ovation. 

Below are small selection from the tour and my time with the King.

What a week!

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Eric Cantona, A1 Sporting Memorabilia & Matt Hardy Photography

I was off to meet a legend and I mean LEGEND.

Another drive up to Heathrow which is soon becoming a 2nd home for me for a flight out to Lisbon. This would be my first time in Portugal and I can certainly tell you its GORGEOUS. I was heading out with A1 Sporting Memorabilia who as you know by now work with some incredible people.

It was time for me to photograph Eric Cantona, who if you don’t who he is, well then I suggest that you look him up. Long retired from the sport that he still adores he is still a huge influnce in the game and loved by millions of footballing fans across the globe.

I won’t bore you with how nice the hotel was or how hot is was because I’m not that kinda guy, But it was stunning and boiling ;)!

So the big man arrived, After knowing what he was like on the pitch (sometimes he got a bit lively) I was eager to meet him. A warm smile and handshake the man has changed but in a positive way, More relaxed and humble and also sporting a fantastic beard to which I soon regretted getting rid of mine.

We got underway with the job in hand and then it was time for a photo with the king (he was dubbed this in his career days)

I knew it had to be a good one as I might not meet the man again so I pulled out my best smile and…. well I will let you make up your own mind image below.

All I can say is that it was truly incredible to meet him and he gained even more respect from me after he departed such a humble and nice man.

Thanks Eric

The King & I

The King & I

If your a huge football fan and love sports memorabilia then I suggest that you check out A1 Sporting Memorabilia for there incredible range of signed products.

Below are a selection om images from the meeting and the products I have photographed for A1 Sporting Memorabilia.

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Wayne Rooney And Matt Hardy Photography

A1 Sporting Memorabilia conducted yet another private signing session with the Manchester United & England legend Wayne Rooney.

Matt Hardy & Wayne Rooney

Matt Hardy & Wayne Rooney

We met with Wayne Rooney to conduct the exclusive signing session on 30/3/2016 in Manchester.

A stunning new range of Wayne Rooney signed items now available to buy direct from A1 Sporting Memorabilia.

I work very closely with A1 Sporting Memorabilia and attend all their private signing sessions to photograph the sporting celebrities they work with.

Below are a selection om images from the meeting and the products I have photographed for A1 Sporting Memorabilia 

My professional shoots start from as little as £200, and if you have your own event or celebration then this is ideal for you.

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