Subbuteo: Football flicks off at Elland Road

Young competitors demonstrate their skill.

Young competitors demonstrate their skill.

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Football crazy competitors have been getting a flick out of going head-to-head in a new Subbuteo tournament.

Around 40 fans of the world-famous football game were flexing their fingers as they gathered at Elland Road on Sunday. (August 11)

They spent the day locked in a duel of the digits to decide who would be crowned the best in the North and go on to face other winners from around the country later this year.

The victorious individuals in the Northern finals of the new Subbuteo Challenge Cup will now go on to challenge winners from the Scotland and the South.

Organiser Mark Watson told the YEP the day had been full of fun with a competitive edge.

He said: “It’s all individuals competing and we had a real mix- some people who’ve been playing the game for decades and others who’ve only just started. The game was off sale for many years and we brought it back so there’s a whole new generation picking it up. It’s been a great atmosphere here today and it’s lots of fun.”

Subbuteo was developed in 1947 by Englishman Peter Adolph. His game was a development of a previous table soccer game that had been first introduced in 1920.

The hugely popular game involves flicking figures, many in authentic football kits and which stand on weighted bases, across the tabletop pitch towards a ball.

Mark said the enduring popularity of the game mirrored that of football itself.

He said: “Football is so big now and Subbuteo gives people a chance to play a game of 11-a-side football indoors.

“For the new generation, it’s an alternative to them sitting in front of their computers and has the social aspect of getting round the table and playing with other people.”

Yesterday’s tournament ran through most of the day, with the eventual winners now going on to the finals at the National Football Museum in Manchester this October.

For more details about the tournament visit: www.subbuteochallengecup.co.uk

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