The football games time forgot
Posted on December 22, 2014
Computer games have long consigned the traditional board game to history, but before the concept of CGI Ronaldos and Rooneys, youngsters used their imagination to create the atmosphere of big-time football in their bedroom or living room. And we’re not talking Subbuteo here:
Here’s a few games that you may have forgotten…
Waddington’s Table Soccer
Basically, sophisticated tiddly winks. The players were, like Subbuteo, a little vulnerable to elbows and knees, but there was a high degree of skill involved in scoring with near post headers and the such-like. A poor-man’s alternative to Subbuteo, Waddington’s produced millions of these games – incredible, but true! The players, however, all looked like a plastic robot-cum-chrysalis.
A board game that enabled you to manage a team through the divisions, into Europe and get relegated, all in a couple of hours. Endorsed by Alan Ball, it was absorbing stuff!
A classy board game if ever there was one. You worked your way through the FA Cup, added players to your team to give you a goal –or two – start. The only way Wrexham were going to win the competition!
There were various versions of this type of game – you played with a long-armed magnet that was placed beneath the field and you controlled players on the pitch. Many a turned-over board was the result of a disputed decision!
A chunky, no-nonsense version of table football. Players stuck onto plastic blocks.
It’s a fair bet that nobody is going to get one of these games in their Christmas Stocking this year!