NOT JUST CRICKET…

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Pa­trick has also cov­ered other sports, pri­mar­ily for The Sun­day Times. Some­times, he’s even had to choose be­tween a day at Lord’s or the men’s Wim­ble­don fi­nal…

Have you pho­tographed other sports?

■ When I worked for The Sun­day Times in the sum­mer they used to take great joy in say­ing, “How do you fancy go­ing to the Wim­ble­don ten­nis fi­nal this Satur­day?” They did it to wind me up be­cause they knew I would rather go to the cricket! I did the Con­nors-Ashe fi­nal in 1975, but if there had been a Test match at Lord’s I prob­a­bly wouldn’t have done it.

Any other sports?

■ My favourite was Olga Kor­but, the gym­nast, when she first came to Lon­don. That was fab­u­lous. Two days at Wem­b­ley. I’ve also pho­tographed rugby. In those days you had to get the film back quickly, and I re­mem­ber do­ing the All Blacks ver­sus Wales match in 1973. When I say that, I mean I did the first ten min­utes! I had to get in the car, then drive like hell down the M4 to get the film to the pa­per. Did any­thing hap­pen in the first ten min­utes? Not a shot. Not even a penalty goal!

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