After a 30-year career that started as an indentured junior photographer at the Reading Chronicle, Stuart Robinson was elected as vice-chairman of the Sports Journalists’ Association earlier this year. Here, the Daily Express‘s sports photographer answers the Questionnaire, on Botham and Elle Macpherson, “photographer’s shoulder”, and the help of the Frescos
How did you choose photography, and sport, as a profession?
Played sport as a youngster but knew I would never be good enough to earn a living from it. Just fell into photography as a way to stay involved.
Wht was your first assignment?
West Ham v Ararat Yerevan 1976 ( I think) , helping out a proper photographer.
Dr Who: Tennant or Baker? David Tennant.
What has been your most memorable assignment during your career? Sydney Olympics.
Oasis or Blur? Who?
What is the latest task you have been working on – was it good, bad or indifferent? Pardew v Wenger (handbags at dawn), pictured right.
What might you be doing if you didn’t work in sport?
I was training to be a draughtsman.
Flintoff or Botham? Botham (left). Been there, seen it, done it. Flintoff has yet to perform as consistently.
What sports do you play – and to what level?
Play golf but currently injured with a shoulder problem and have not played since May.
Nicklaus or Tiger? I can’t separate these two.
Has any of your family had an involvement with journalism?
My father was a sports sub on the Standard.
What sporting event would you most like to attend as a spectator?
Anything either of my kids are competing in.
Jodie Kidd or Elle Macpherson? Elle Macpherson.
Which colleagues or managers have been the greatest help to you in your career?
Michael Fresco helped me massively in the early days. I also learnt a lot from Peter Jay and Monte Fresco.