Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Sheffield, South Yorks
Well Jon Crane, I was actually referring to t'other Jonny... but you are a bad boy too!
In our house (In this house! Sound like the Dentons off League of Gents!).. we have a special box full of old subbuteo players, I used to go round jumble sales as a kid and buy like, slightly damaged subbuteo teams for 5p and put the decent ones in this box we had...
But yeah a damaged player can f**k things up totally, An armless centre forward can cause a hell of a lot of problems. My subbuteo picth is akin to a Central Midlands League pitch, slight slope (even on the chipboard we put it on) and bobbly as hell... the Astroturf ones were the better ones but for traditions sake me dad insisted we got the normal one. And a scoreboard. Spring goalies and them throw in takers to me were cheating, in my book...
My dad also used to question the way I played Subbuteo, he never used to like the fact I used my thumb to drive my index finger into the ball, he used to just do it with just the index finger, which was his downfall in my opinion.
Then again, I used to take penalties with such brute force that we never knew if the ball actually went in, and the player would fly off and hit the wall and become decapitated. We always used to play on Sundays just before "The Match" on ITV (hosted by Elton Welsby), and had a match up between the two sides that were playing and see if that would determine the score... them wor t'days.
But enough remeniscing, I do have a crime related subbuteo story myself!
When I was about 13, me, my mate Ross (Ross Davenport, who is representing Great Britain now in swimming), and Pete went to Derby to do a spot of shopping. We ended up getting confronted by a group of "bigger boys", who said we had been dissing their cousin. We hadnt, me and Pete were like "come on, it's bollocks, lets go". Ross fell for the whole thing. So we had to follow him as they lead us to a side street near Midland Rd. Ross got his trainers nicked off him, they went for Pete's bag which had a computer game in but didnt get it... they didnt go for my stuff... Derby County and Leicester City subbuteo teams and a small FA Premier League Trophy!
Subbuteo - saves you from being mugged. (If they had have forced me to get my wallet out they could have got away with Ł80 cash, inexperienced fools.)
"I'm like in a shop, looking for the right man, for me jigsaw, and believe you me, I'll f**king do it. I am the law." - Gary Hayward, Belper Town FC manager.