Tommy Hindley – By Dave Shopland

Dave Shopland remembers his friend Tommy Hindley

“Tommy Hindley was without doubt one of the top three sports photographers I have ever had the fortune to work with and the best tennis photographer, fact. His coverage of the Olympic Games over the last four decades was amazing and his archive stands as a testament to his talent. Whatever sport he photographed he would always take images of the highest quality and he retained his enthusiasm and drive throughout his exceptional career.
 Tommy told me the story of a recent trip to the West Country to cover a Saturday rugby match.
 The weather was not on his side and he was denied access to the match due to a snowbound M4 where cars were stationary. He hobbled up to a motorway bridge and took a picture, which made the front page of the National Sunday papers. He was as enthusiastic about his snow picture as any top tennis image he had taken. That was Tommy.
 As everyone knows Tommy was a legendary storyteller and a fantastic guy to be around socially. Also legendary were his run-ins with stewards and officials, a recent one happened at the London Olympic Games where we were covering of all things, rhythmic gymnastics. As usual Tommy wanted to be in the best position to get the shot, which happened to be a TV position. “We need to be up there”, he said. So up we went, caused havoc but thanks to Tommy’s persuasive nature and apparent loss of hearing we remained there and got the shot. I’ll remember you with fondness Tommy. Goodbye my friend.” Dave Shopland