The McGregor Statue at Aston Villa

A photography student from City of Wolverhampton College is in the picture after his work was published in a Birmingham football magazine.

Paul Davies, aged 50, was delighted to see an article about his photo of the William McGregor statue at Aston Villa’s football stadium appear in the club’s match day magazine.

The image was part of a photo documentary on Birmingham, entitled “There’s more to Birmingham than Benefits Street” in which Paul aimed to disprove some of the negative stereotypes held about the city.

He chose to use the statue at Aston Villa to represent a part of Birmingham’s heritage.

Paul said: “The seemingly constant Birmingham bashing in the national media has long annoyed me and has therefore inspired me to do this project.

“The fact that McGregor’s idea of a football league has been adopted in virtually every country in the world and has generated countless £billions is very important and should be more widely appreciated on a national level. I firmly believe that if his idea had originated in Manchester or London it would be far more recognised and celebrated.”

Pauls’ project also included nine other images, including those of James Turner Street, Birmingham Library, the Custard factory and a cityscape of Birmingham at night from the top of the library.

He added: “I am particularly happy with my final picture of the Birmingham cityscape as it sets the tone of what I believe should be Birmingham’s true image; that of a busy, world class modern city with a proud heritage and a bright future.”

Paul’s photograph appeared in the match day programme on Saturday 21st February 2015 for the Aston Villa v Stoke City Premier League game.


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