Friday, 28 August 2020

News from England, Wales and Northern Ireland

We are sorry we didn't put give more exposure to the latest events in the UK but it deserves for sure a lot of respect has a lot of work has been done to make Subbuteo popular again in different areas.


On July 23, there was a small tournament in Brighton with just three players taking part but it was good to see Alan Lee taking the honors while Dave croucher was runner-up and Ian Maskell took the third place.


On July 25, the Wolverhampton club was back in action after a long break. Here again, it was a small event with four players and Richard Badger was the winner with Justin Scott being 2nd, Mick Hammonds 3rd and Peter Sleeth 4th.

"Congratulations to Richard Badger on his win in the first WTFC post lockdown tournament - the July WASPA. The small competition, played at a home venue was limited to invite only. It was a closely fought contest, played in league format. It came down to the final game, and Richard's draw with Mick was enough to edge out Justin, winning the league by a single point. It was a great afternoons play, and a good start for the club hopefully returning in the near future, once our room is available again. Well done to Richard, Justin, Mick and Peter who took part, and played for their respective supported clubs", reported the organizers. See the Wolverhampton Facebook page here.


The day after, Haverhill Rovers TFC was holding a very first WASPA tournament with a good turnout of 8 players. Elliot Bellefontaine defeated his father Martin in the final (2-1) while semi-finalists were Alan Lee and local player Marco Barqueiro.


In England again, the first Stanway Rovers Flickers SC tournament took place on July 29 with 6 players competing in a group format. Martin Hodds was the winner with 5 games won while Martin Bellefontaine was runner-up. Other involved players were Alan Lee (3rd), Howard Romain (4th), Cieran Dadds (5th) and Francesca Bellefontaine (6th).


In August, the first tournament of the month was held in Wrexham, Wales where the London Road club was glad to be back in action. Here again, there were many close games but Brian Daley finished on top of a league of 9 players. The final standings were as follows:

1. Brian Daley
2. Alan Lee
3. Cayne Matthews
4. Chris Bedford
5. Ruby Matthews
6. Dan Nicholls
7. Mark Tilling
8. Lucasz Whittle
9. Michael Bennett


In Northern Ireland, the Derry City players held their first event for a long time with 4 players involved. Nick Pearson from England finished on top of the leagu with all games won.

Final table:
1. Nick Pearson
2. Martinog Bradley
3. Oisin Mór
4. Jude Morrow


Finally, Liverpool TFC was also back in action last Sunday. As the venue of the club was not available, the tournament took place in Wrexham with 8 players. brian Daley defeated Alan Lee in the final while Cayne Matthews and Ruby Matthews reached the semis. Chris Bedford beat Nick Pearson in the plate final and it was good also to see Gavin Roper of the new club from Burnley taking part!

Forthcoming events

The future is promising with more events to come. See hereunder a list of forthcoming events:

Sunday 30th August: WASPA Event at Haverhill Rovers Table Football Club Flick off at 10am. This is an open invite. The venue is at Haverhill Rovers FC, Contact Gerry Harrington Email: gerryharrington131060@gmail.com

Monday 7th September: Bristol Subbuteo Club WASPA Event at Bristol Manor Farm FC. The Creek, Portway Bristol BS9 2HS. 7pm Start. All Welcome. Free event with Trophies. Contact- Bernard OConnor 07720593398.


Tuesday 8th September: Surrey Saracens tournament. Contact is surreysaracens@gmail.com

Wednesday 9th September: WASPA event at Stanway Rovers Flickers SC. Flick off 7pm. All welcome. The venue is at Stanway Rovers FC, Colchester. Contact Alan Lee Email: alanlee@lewiswaterman.co.uk 

Monday 21st September: Cardiff Bluebirds WASPA Event at Bristol Manor Farm FC. The Creek, Portway Bristol BS9 2HS. 7pm Start. All Welcome. Free event with Trophies. Contact- John Lauder or Bernard OConnor


Wednesday 23rd September: Solent Subbuteo Club WASPA Event at QE2 Activity Centre Southampton. 7pm Start. All Welcome. Contact Corey Martin Email: coreymartin89@hotmail.com or 07947471078

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