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John and Lou shake hands prior to their historic meeting.

During the week preceding the running of the 1912/13 FA Cup competition the entry list changed at least half a dozen times, with the final change coming literally ten minutes before flick off.

In the end, the entry list was:

Jeremy Boothman – Aston Villa

Lou Bouwmeester – Oldham Athletic

John Devaney – Everton

Ian Johns – Newcastle United

John and Lou had last played one another in 1968, so their meeting in the 1st round was quite poignant.

Results were:


Everton (4) 5 Oldham Athletic 0

Aston Villa (2) 3 Newcastle United 0


Newcastle United (0) 1 Oldham Athletic 0


Aston Villa (0) 1 Everton 0

Matches were 15 minutes each way and the competition was played according to Old or “Advanced” Subbuteo rules.



 Photo taken during the recent ESA Spring Cup competition in Enderby. I’m playing Colin Tarry, with not a hair in sight.

WELL DONE TO JEZ AND ANDY                                                                     

Congratulations are due to both Jez Boothman and Andy Boyer (pictured above) after they both finished worthy runners-up in two separate competitions. Jez narrowly lost the final of the Old Subbuteo English Open Cup in Newcastle under Lyme, while Andy finished second in the plate in a high quality field in an ESA Satellite tournament held in Enderby.


PDF versions of three of the club’s official publications can either be viewed online or saved to your computer by clicking on the following links:

Official Tournament Programme

Shed Cup 2012 Programme

Shed Cup 2011 programme


The third running of the above competition was held at The Morning Star pub on the evening of Thursday 2nd April 2015. The competitors were Andy Berry (Unreal United) and John Devaney (Moston Torpedo), and the results were as follows: 1ST LEG  Unreal United 0 Moston Torpedo 0 2ND LEG  Moston Torpedo 3 Unreal United 0 [Moston Torpedo won 3-0 on aggregate] For more information about the competition and its origins click here.


UK and Ireland Team Championship

The above event took place in Heckmondwike on Saturday 28th March with Lincoln Flickers one of the eight teams involved. It was an excellent tournament, played in the right spirit throughout. Teams comprised 3 players instead of the usual 4. Despite losing all 3 of our group matches, the Flickers were always competitive, not least because Jez Boothman was in fine form. Among his victories was a 2-0 triumph over Andy Boyer who was representing Yorkshire Phoenix B. Ironically, in the play off for 7th and 8th places Jez succumbed to his only defeat of the day, but the two other players in the team both won so it ended 2-1 in our favour. FLATS CHAMPIONSHIP The second running of the club’s flats competition had to be postponed last October because the date chosen was too close to that of the TSPA’s national flats championship. I am now hoping to hold the competition later this year, in May, June or July. However, before I settle on a date I thought it would be a good idea to assess the level of interest in a flats tournament in Lincoln. Therefore, without asking for any firm commitment at this stage, I’d simply ask you to get back to me via the Leave a Reply button (above) if you would be interested in principle in taking part in such a competition. If you would, I’d also like to know if you have a preference as to month (May, June or July) and timing (Saturday from 11am, Sunday from 1pm, or Wednesday evening). Equipment used and rules will be the same as for the TSPA national championship (baize pitch, 25mm “big balls”, celluloid or card flat playing figures) and there will be teams available to borrow on the day for players who don’t have their own.


An article about the club can be viewed on the website by clicking here.


A very brief (37 sec) video containing highlights of one of the club’s first ever open competitions, the 2010 Copa Del Santa, held at our original home venue of The Morning Star, is viewable here.


Read about NewFooty, the game invented in the 1920s which some claim was a direct predecessor of subbuteo, by clicking here.


Our long-delayed ‘old subbuteo’ competition, commemorating the FA Cup tournament of 1912/13 (and coincidentally the club’s fifth anniversary) has been scheduled for Sunday 5th July. Read all about it here.


Information about three lesser known types of subbuteo has now been added to the site, i.e. – Subbuteo Cricket Subbuteo Rugby Subbuteo Hockey


The Longest Postponed Fixture of All Time?

Well, just possibly …….

During the 1960s, John Devaney and Aloysius Bouwmeester were good friends who lived in the city of Elizabeth, just north of Adelaide in South Australia. John hailed originally from Liverpool whilst Aloysius had been born in the Netherlands capital city of The Hague. In 1968 and 1969 one of their favourite pastimes was playing subbuteo table soccer and they were among the founder members of The Charmouth and District Table Soccer League, John as Everton and Aloysius as Leeds United.

In January 1970 Aloysius visited John hoping to play a game of subbuteo, but this proved impossible as all the subbuteo equipment had been packed away in preparation for John’s family’s voyage to England. The two friends found other ways to amuse themselves, and then parted. It was the last time they saw one another – but that is soon to change. On 2nd July, Lou (as Aloysius is now known) will be visiting Lincoln with his wife Sue and staying with John and his wife Laura. So what has all this got to do with a postponed sporting fixture? The answer is simple: at 1pm on Sunday 5th July the Lincoln Flickers Subbuteo Club, of which John is president, will be holding an open competition at The Morning Star pub involving players from various parts of England – plus Perth in Australia, which Lou now calls home. The draw has been carefully arranged so that John and Lou will meet in the first match – forty-five and a half years after their postponed fixture on the other side of the world! If this doesn’t potentially constitute a record for the longest postponed fixture in the history of sport I’d be extremely surprised.

The photo accompanying this message was taken in 1967, and shows John (centre – aged 11) and Aloysius (right side of the picture – aged 12). When they confront one another across the baize on 5th July this year they will be aged respectively 59 and 60, and can be guaranteed to look extremely different than they do in the photo.

It promises to be a memorable and very possibly a highly emotional occasion. Places in the competition are still available.

Flickers League Results Season 2014/15

Lincs Flag PLAYERS/TEAMS Andy Berry – Unreal United; Jez Boothman – Fairfield Rovers; Andy Boyer – Old Traffordians; John Devaney – Moston Torpedo; Richard Meddings – Schmohawk Wanderers.  Results are correct up to and including Wednesday 8th July 2015.


Unreal United 0 Old Traffordians 6

Unreal United 0 Schmohawk Wanderers 1

Fairfield Rovers 2 Unreal United 0

Schmohawk Wanderers 0 Old Traffordians 1

Old Traffordians 2 Fairfield Rovers 0

Fairfield Rovers 1 Schmohawk Wanderers 0

Old Traffordians 3 Moston Torpedo 1

Fairfield Rovers 2 Moston Torpedo 1

Fairfield Rovers 1 Old Traffordians 1

Schmohawk Wanderers 2 Unreal United 0

Old Traffordians 2 Schmohawk Wanderers 0

Moston Torpedo 0 Old Traffordians 4

Schmohawk Wanderers 0 Moston Torpedo 0

Moston Torpedo 1 Unreal United 0

Unreal United 0 Moston Torpedo 1

Moston Torpedo 1 Schmohawk Wanderers 0

Moston Torpedo 1 Fairfield Rovers 3

Unreal United 0 Old Traffordians 3

Unreal United 0 Fairfield Rovers 2

Schmohawk Wanderers 0 Fairfield Rovers 2 (forfeit)


Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Points
Old Traffordians 8 7 1 0 22 2 15
Fairfield Rovers 8 6 1 1 13 5 13
Moston Torpedo 8 3 1 4 5 12 7
Schmohawk Wanderers 8 2 1 5 3 7 5
Unreal United 8 0 0 8 0 18 0

Season 2015/16 Meeting Dates


Wednesday 23rd September
Wednesday 14th October
Wednesday 4th November
Wednesday 25th November
Wednesday 16th December (Copa Del Santa) – 7pm start
Wednesday 20th January
Wednesday 10th February
Wednesday 2nd March
Wednesday 30th March (please note CHANGED DATE!)
Wednesday 13th April (Copa Libertadores) – 7pm start
Wednesday 4th May
Wednesday 25th May
Wednesday 15th June (50 Years On – The 1966 World Cup) – 7pm start
Wednesday 6th July
Wednesday 27th July

NOTE: Except for the Copa Del Santa and Copa Libertadores, all meetings commence at 7.30pm. The venue is The Eastgate Tennis, Bowls and Squash Club, Langworthgate, Lincoln LN2 4AD.

Flickers Cup Results Season 2014/15

With only six entrants to this season’s cup competition the first stage consisted of two groups of three, with the top two sides in each group progressing to the semi finals. The groups were:


Old Traffordians

Schmohawk Wanderers

Unreal United

Results Group B

Old Traffordians 8 Schmohawk Wanderers 0

Schmohawk Wanderers 0 Unreal United 0

Unreal United 0 Old Traffordians 4


Fairfield Rovers

Moston Torpedo

Woodgate Fosse ’83

Results GROUP B

Moston Torpedo 3 Woodgate Fosse ’83 0

Fairfield Rovers 3 Moston Torpedo 0

Woodgate Fosse 0 Fairfield Rovers 2 (awarded match)


Old Traffordians 2 Moston Torpedo 1

Fairfield Rovers 2 Unreal United 0


Old Traffordians 1 Fairfield Rovers 0

League Champions


2010/11  Old Traffordians (A.Boyer)

2011/12  Western Rangers (A.Curtis)

2012/13  Deltic Celtic (A.Curtis)

2013/14  Old Traffordians (A.Boyer)

2014/15  Old Traffordians (A.Boyer)

2015/16  Old Traffordians (A.Boyer)


2010/11  Not contested

2011/12  Schmohawk Wanderers (R.Meddings)

2012/13  Irish Foxes (M.Hardy)

2013/14  Moston Torpedo (J.Devaney)

2014/15  Not contested

2015/16  Not contested

Cup Final Results

2011  Old Traffordians (A.Boyer) 1 Fairfield Rovers (J.Boothman) 0 after extra time

2012  Western Rangers (A.Curtis)  2 Old Traffordians (A.Boyer) 1 after extra time

2013  Spital Subastars (A.Garbutt) 3 Fairfield Rovers (J.Boothman) 0

2014  Old Traffordians (A.Boyer) 4 Weston Wanderers (G.French) 0