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by Darryl Mills

A remote football pitch in Iceland

For the last 20 years Brian Sweeney has been building a collection of the most remote football pitches in the world.  It started in 1995 when Brian was living in Iceland, and over the course of 5 years, he began attending local football games, seeing small towns coming together over not only football but a sense of community.

Brian Sweeney's photograph of John O Groats remote football pitch

Returning to Scotland Brian dived into his support of longtime team Albion Rovers. On Saturdays he began to follow Albion to the remote edges of Scotland, finding the football pitches that would bring entire towns to their edge.

A photograph by Brian Sweeney showing the remote football pitch in Erisky with the sea as a backdrop

With a population of 143 and a single road, Eriskay is one such town that can lay claim to a breathtakingly remote pitch (that is very easy to lose footballs on).

FIFA, the world body for professional football, didn't seem to mind, deeming it one of eight of  'the most remarkable places to play football in the world'.

South Uist remote football pitch in black and white by Brian Sweeney

Followed by his dutiful dog, Albion, Brian has no plans to stop finding and photographing these remarkable monuments to football, making it his duty to go to the edges of Scotland and beyond.

Brian Sweeney on the Isle of Jura with his Trakke bag and Camera accessories

Another reason why we're proud to say that Brian helped us develop our first ever camera carry - the Bannoch Messenger. Photography has been his life, and he's willing to travel the length and breadth of the world for it.

Darryl Mills
Darryl Mills



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