Woking Collectors' Fair Review -
2nd March 2003
(Thanks to Jon Shelley for providing this review and the
Woking Football Club - The Venue
Another insight into the world of the Subbuteo Collectors'
Fair. This one was held on 2nd March 2003 at Woking Football
Club, Woking, Surrey, UK. As always it was an excellent venue,
free to enter, with plenty of items on offer and even some
pitches to play on, including a cricket pitch. The turnout again
this year was very good with an estimated 200 people in the room
at the peak (double that of last year's event, due to more of
the general public attending).
"Little Green Boxes" everywhere !
Paul Woozley did an excellent job of
organising the event and several of the regular collectors' fair
goers were in attendance. (Paul Woozley, Jon Shelley, Andy
Boucher, Craig Bland, Tony Blake, Gordon Findlay, Trevor
Spencer, Chris Smith, Steve Pollard, Michael Peacock, Stan
Russell (plus others). This year saw a full time toy and
memorabilia trader there. His stall was an absolute collectors
dream, with spare players, empty team boxes and much more
besides. The famous Peter Upton and club creator in the making
Steve Pollard both added their expertise to the event, whilst
Flats collector Stan Russell charmed all alike with his honest
and informed views.
More "Little Green Boxes"
Prices held steady, with regular common heavyweights fetching
around £10 each. Some rarer teams up for grabs, included ref 60
FC Subbuteo, ref 36 Rapid Vienna, and ref 55 Anderlecht, ranging
from £20 up to £50. Best find of the day goes to Paul who bagged
a cracking mint Football Express and several tasty original
heavyweights in numbered boxes. (I managed to prise the ref 7
West Ham away from him for my own collection). On show was the
Brazilian licensed version of Subbuteo called Pelebol. This was
notable for the fact that the players were moulded base
heavyweights one team of which were green. Steve Pollard was
later seen sneaking off with an extremely rare Floodlit Cricket
set tucked neatly under his arm... price to be kept quiet
Brazilian Subbuteo "Pelebol"
Again alongside the sellers' tables were three
pitches. Both football and cricket were played most of the day
with the highlight of course being the Peter Adolph Trophy match
between my miniature Toffeemen and Tony Blake's miniature
Bournemouth team. This year we decided to play with 50s flat
players and this led to a far better spectacle than last time
out. The score at full time was 1 - 1, with the Toffees
equalizing an astute chip from the Cherries. Bournemouth
eventually ran out 4 - 3 winners in the Shoot Out and Tony takes
the trophy home to the South coast.
Match of the day! Toffees v Cherries 1-1
(3-4 after Penalties)
Tony Blake (right) - The Peter Adolph
Trophy Winner 2003
All in all another fantastic day out, with all people
attending asking for Paul make it a regular yearly event.