Author-Mike Bradbury, President Staffordshire Subbuteo Association 1969-1999
FOUNDED IN 1969
The club was founded way back at christmas 1969 when 14 year old Mike Bradbury had his first set for xmas. The very next day he involved his friends Simon and Peter Bowden and Mike O'Sulllivan and Graham Whitford from the Cannock Grammar School which Mike attended.
The following Easter, Mike was in contact with the then Staffs County organiser for ETSA, Guy Smith from Tamworth. Guy regularly came over to Hednesford to play in the league and taught them all how to spin, swerve, block-flick and generally get far more out of the game than they thought possible.
Mike and Guy created the Staffordshire County Subbuteo Association in Easter 1970 and set about pursuading all known and future leagues and clubs in the county (the 2nd largest in area in England) to join it.
The next few years saw Mike take over as county organiser, he set up a county association, expanded the club to 4 divisions of ten players, with Divisions 2,3,4 being regionalised as players were joining from W'ton,Stafford,Burton,Lichfield,Walsall,Cannock,Rugeley and Birmingham.
Mike persuaded the entire Wolverhampton club, which Roy and Keith Holden had set up even earlier,circa 1965,to merger, and the quality of the player which the club now posessed in membership saw them trounce other Midland teams.
Eventually the top players entered the National scene and enjoyed many years of Opens and national League table soccer, and of course hosted the annual Staffordshire Open. The Staffordshire Association Cup, set up right back in 1969/70 season, ran for over 30 years and had over 400 entrants in total over the years. There were 64 places in Round 1 !!
The Staffordshire County association, always an independant organisation, eventually joined both ETSA, the Subbuteo Association, and the Sports Council and was followed keenly by the Express&Star and Walsall Observer.