Homemade Football Goals

Liverpool based photographer Michael Kirkman has spent the last two years travelling through some of the most deprived areas of the country in search of makeshift goals.

In describing how the “Urban Goals” project came about, photographer Michael Kirkham hones in on a street corner in his resident Liverpool. “I used to see this one goal in particular in Granby, in Toxteth, on the corner of Jermyn Street, and just by the side of it someone had sprayed ‘RIP Chedz’. He was some Toxteth cat. I don’t know who he was, but he must have died. It got me thinking about the surroundings in which kids in the area play soccer, the urban goals of the kids who live there.”

“Urban goals” has a double meaning here, both in the sense of the literal white-paint goalposts which Michael photographs and the aspirations of kids whose kickabouts happen up against bricks walls in Britain’s inner cities. In the two years since “RIP Chedz” caught his eye, Michael has travelled through some of the most deprived areas of the country in search of makeshift goals. A roofer by trade, he has no formal training in photography and no art school diploma, but his photos are ethereal, beautiful and a compelling testament to working-class life.

 

Read the full article at Vice.com: https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/59wqkn/the-ramshackle-goals-we-make-to-play-soccer

By Will Magee photos by Michael Kirkham