Subbuteo is back as clubs welcome record numbers

Subbuteo clubs are welcoming back players in record numbers over a year after a finger was flicked in the UK.

Solent Subbuteo And Table Soccer Club reopened this week and recorded a bumper crowd as fans of the game who had reconnected with the community flocked to the opening night.

Jason Christopher says: “Solent Subbuteo And Table Soccer Club opened its doors on May 19th for the first time since the pandemic forced us to close the doors temporarily. It was great to see the return of existing club members, some guests from other clubs, and most importantly, new members.

“Including Paul Pearson – which meant the first on pitch meeting between Kits For Flicks and Argo Table Soccer. It was the clubs record turnout so far. The evening consisted of friendly matches to ease us back in before our new league season starts in two weeks time.”

Meanwhile London Road Club in North Wales are set to welcome back players on Saturday and places are in high demand.

Cayne Matthews says: “Covid restrictions on our return mean I can’t have more than 15 players and I was shocked when all places filled up within an hour!”

The Wrexham-based club is one of many preparing to welcome back players. The English Subbuteo Association’s Alan Lee has been a major driving force in the creation and support of new clubs and he took to Facebook to announce a new event. He says: “Stanway Rovers Flickers Subbuteo Club will be holding their first Club meet and WASPA of the year on Wednesday 2nd June starting at 7pm.”

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Stephen Hurrell
Stephen Hurrell
Stephen is the founder and editor of The Hobby Online and The Hobby by Subbuteo.Online print magazine. He is a giant nerd and specialises in Subbuteo, retro football kits and consumer stories. A journalist and editor of 15 years, he has written about football for some of the UK's biggest publications.

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