Subbuteo World has released a couple of sets of metal goals named Championship and Tournament goals. They have proved to be very popular and I asked Phil Marsden, who has bought a set, to share his thoughts. He kindly sent a comprehensive review:
I got the ones they have called Championship goals. I got these over the tournament goals as they are modelled on the same design as the Italia 90 goals which I had in my childhood and were a great sturdy deep design.
When I returned to the hobby in late December aged 42 after about 30 years since playing it in my childhood I bought the plastic Pegasus ones with red netting see picture for £14.99, which were again modelled on the Italia 90 design, as they had no metal ones and I needed some goals as my childhood ones had not survived.
Aesthetically the metal goals look great, very sturdy, stronger and weigh much more than the plastic goals so even without sticking down they will remain in place. They just straight away feel like a higher quality product than plastic goals I have and definitely much better than some of the modern subbuteo ones with the horrible plastic netting which just shouts out cheap toy.
They even come with the net already fitted perfectly so you can get them straight out of the box and play. Some plastic ones even with cotton netting can be a pain to attach the netting especially as I remember the Mundials, althougth they did look great once you got the netting on*. Also, the ‘dink’ noise they make when the ball hits the post and stanchion is brilliant. All further add to the whole recreating association football on your table top that was the aim of Subbuteo in the first place.
They are deep like the plastic ones I have and so you definitely know when the ball has gone in even if it does bounce back out. I know some people have posted in the groups the price is too steep as two to three times the cost of plastic goals. Yes you don’t need to have them to play and they are probably a luxury table football item to buy when you could get plastic ones from £15 to £20.
However, you can definitely tell the quality difference, they will cost more to make and will last probably forever so for me, just like the bespoke hand painted teams I now get, they are well worth the investment for the years of use I will get out of them now I am back enjoying this great hobby. To sum up if people plan to continue with this hobby long-term and want to add to the aesthetic and feel of real football when playing or plan to be a club/tournament player then I highly recommend investing in them. If just getting back into it then perhaps start of with some plastic ones either old Subbuteo ones or Pegasus plastic ones with cotton material netting not plastic netting, see how you go and then think about metal goals at a later date.
The Pegasus Championship and Tournament goals are priced from £45 and are available on the Subbuteo World website.
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