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On the Brink photography exhibition

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As the days became shorter and the nights darker, Simon Hughes began a journey through the north west, the country’s most successful football region.

During the winter of the 2016/17 English season Hughes met the individuals shaping the game, those able to explain how and why moods are changing from the top of the professional ladder to amateur levels.

Through interviews with Jürgen Klopp, Sean Dyche, Gary Neville and many other players, owners, chairmen, directors and politicians, the themes of globalisation, geography, industry, politics and finance are never far away.

Photographer Alex Baillie travelled around the area as well, joining fans on the terraces of ancient football stadiums like Carlisle United’s Brunton Park; entering dressing rooms ahead of FA Sunday Cup ties; meeting legendary managers like Joe Royle in his living room.

In conjunction with the release of On the Brink, publisher deCoubertin will showcase Baillie’s exclusive photography and this gallery will focus on Merseyside football. The club’s covered here include Liverpool, Everton, City of Liverpool, Tranmere Rovers and Home Bargains FC.

From Friday 8 September until the end of the month, Alex’s work will be available to see at the Baltic Creative building in Liverpool. Opening hours: 8.30am – 6pm.

On the Brink: A Journey Through English Football’s North West, is released on Thursday 7 September. Get it here

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