Alwyn Robinson has been snapping away at local hockey and football matches for over a decade. But it was in 2010 that he became captivated with the possibilities of following some of the best sportsmen in the world when Argentina & Messi came to Dublin.
Equipment upgrades ensued and in May 2011, Alwyn attended the first of two big football tournaments at the Aviva Stadium. A four-team tournament between Ireland, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland saw the hosts crowned champions of the Carling Nations Cup. Later that year, Inter Milan, Celtic and Manchester City took on an Airtricity side in the Dublin Super Club.
In 2012, Alwyn focused on working with the Irish Hockey Association and went to Wales and Slovakia as the Irish videographer at the EUROs. The men’s and ladies’ FAI Cup Finals were the highlight of 2013.
2014 saw Alwyn covering Hell and Back, GAA, Futsal and more football and hockey including two Wembley visits to capture memorable moments of his favourite football club Cambridge United.
In 2015, having teamed up with Extratime.ie and Backpagefootball.com, Alwyn began attending League of Ireland matches and most notably local side Bray Wanderers.
Alwyn’s journey perhaps peaked in 2016 as he covered 16 matches over the space of four weeks at the EUROs in France.
“Our dedicated team of photographers are some of the unsung heroes of extratime.ie. No seat out of the rain in the press box for them with a decent view out over the game. They are down on touchline in all weather, these men and women, bringing you the great visuals to accompany our writing. Al took to the roads of France that month to bring the action from a remarkable 11 group games in 13 days and you can read more about what it was like to photograph the tournament from his photographer’s postcard here“. Extratime.ie