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Lancaster City thanks club photographer as he says farewell

Phil Dawson (centre) with the Lancaster City players

Lancaster City FC has said thank you to their official photographer as he bid a fond farewell to the club.

Phil Dawson has been capturing Lancaster City games, home and away, since August 2021 and has been the man behind the camera for many other local sports fixtures.

He has also photographed games involving Morecambe FC, Lancaster City FC Ladies, Slyne with Hest FC, Morecambe Hawks FC, Hest Bank United FC and Heysham Atoms ARLFC, as well as for local stage productions, including Blackadder at the Lancaster Grand Theatre recently, live music performances and awards presentations.

As part of the club’s Dollies in the Community programme, Phil started up a walking football club for Lancaster City in September.

Walking football sessions take place every Thursday at Bay Leadership Academy from 6.45pm to 8pm and attract new players, both male and female, of all ages and abilities on a weekly basis, including volunteers from Lancaster City.

He has now handed over the reins to Neil Munro and the sessions will continue.

Phil, who will be returning to Dunbartonshire in Scotland, received a signed home Lancaster City shirt and a squad photo as gifts and a thank you from players and staff for his contribution to the club.

After their 2-1 win against Morpeth Town at the weekend, Lancaster City posted a message on their social media written by Phil.

“My time at Giant Axe is coming to an end. I’ve absolutely loved being part of this club and have felt very much part of the team and the Dolly Blue Family.

“I would just like to say its been an honour and privilege to be part of the club since August 2021 and I've been very fortunate, being up close and personal with some decent players and coaching staff who are also great people off the pitch as well.

“As for the social media team, who are all volunteers, they do an amazing job keeping the supporters of this great club updated with everything going on in and around The Giant Axe and somehow young Maddie (Whitehouse, Head of Media and Design) manages to make my photos look half decent with her graphics.

“Lastly and most importantly, I want to thank the club for giving me a chance, when I offered to help out at the start of last season. It’s been a brilliant experience and one I won’t ever forget.”

Phil has also provided photos for Beyond Radio and other local media outlets, and we would like to thank him and wish him all the best for the future.

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