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Baker: All Roads Lead To Wembley (detail)

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One photographer’s love letter to Sunday League football

In the last couple of weeks the professional football season has returned in all its overhyped glory, but for thousands of amateurs around the UK it’s the start of the Sunday League season that really matters.

A photographer known only as Baker has produced a tremendous homage to this strange sporting subculture, where half-time refreshments often begin and end at Marlborough Lights and a mist of preventive Deep Heat hangs in the air above some hilariously inventive swearing.

The series is called All Roads Lead To Wembley in recognition of the structure of the football pyramid and its premier cup competition which means (at least nominally) every team starts the season with a chance of playing at the hallowed home of English football.

Taken at Hackney Marshes, where dozens of games take place simultaneously every week, the pictures are clearly a real labour of love as only a true believer could have captured the marvellously evocative details Baker picks out with his camera.

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Baker: All Roads Lead To Wembley