Oil on canvas, 20" x 20"
John is a friend and former work colleague of mine. We once shared an office. John is a retired Railway Signalling engineer. At the time that we worked together I wrote the software for the computers that controlled the trains.
John supports Sunderland Football Club (his home-town team) – hence the tie. He is a qualified cricket umpire – hence the pose. He supports Somerset County Cricket Club, making visits to watch matches occasionally. The setting is the County Ground, Taunton, which is recgnisable by the two churches.
The scoreboard shows a moment from a famous game – Somerset beat Australia in a one-day match. The scores depicted actually happened (though not with John as the umpire). John is giving Ricky Ponting out.
In the crowd I have shown myself and my son, Owen, in our Arsenal shirts. One of the hoardings is Vaughan-Harmon, the company that we worked for (now part of GEC). John used to be secretary for a cricket team in St Albans, St John Fisher. Hence the left-most hoarding.