Mr Varley’s career began in 1975 when he was still in school and joined Hickes Photographers “for the grand old sum of £1 a day,” he said.
This was after his father, Doncaster-born Daily Mirror photographer John Varley - whose images include the famous 1970 shot of Pelé exchanging shirts with Bobby Moore at the World Cup in Mexico - decided that his son “wasn’t going to be sat at home kicking my heels in the school holiday”.
After leaving school he joined the firm properly - getting a company moped - before going over to the Mercury Press in Liverpool. In the late 1970s he set up as a freelance sports photographer aged just 18 and says he has not looked back since.
He has travelled around the world - to Europe with Leeds United, to Australia and nearby nations with the Rugby League, and to America for the golf.
Mr Varley, 60, said: “I always loved sport because it’s so photogenic.”
Having covered Leeds United for so many years - an image from his first trip to Elland Road was of Duncan McKenzie jumping over a Mini - he is pleased to see them back in the Premier League.
“I’ve been through everything with them,” said the Leeds man.
Mr Varley’s son Jack, 32, also works with him part-time, and will likely take over his father’s archives one day.