Wolverhampton Table Football Club started as a group of 4 players playing for fun back in September 2016. In January 2017, in the hope of drawing out other players locally, a small event was arranged and advertised locally and on social media.
The "Roy Holden Tournament" turned out to be a great success, with a turnout of 14 players from as far as Sheffield, Worcester and Lincoln, along with local radio and press coverage. The tournament was named after the man behind the successful Wolverhampton club from 1965 to 1999, who sadly passed away in 2011. Roy loved Subbuteo and was a fantastic player, with many titles to his name.
A week after the tournament, the clubs official opening was held at The Poynings, in Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, where the club still play every Sunday at 7pm. Justin Scott, the Club Chairman said "It was a slow start with only 5 or so players, and sometimes I was on my own, but, I kept turning up and kept advertising and eventually it paid off." The club now boasts 15 regular players, with a host of events to take part in.
The clubs ethic is that the game should always be enjoyable and fun, and players should always respect one another. This ties in with the way Roy set up the original club many years before. However, don't be fooled by this as they remain highly competitive, and the standard of the game has improved considerably across the group with the club picking up trophies at several other clubs events in recent times.
The club has also earnt recognition from WASPA, achieving "Top Club" status in 2018. Current County Champion Richard Badger, said "it's a great club to be a part of, and we all do our bit to help its success, from setting up pitches, coaching new players or managing the clubs website."
The club aims to develop more players and build the club further, and has held demonstrations at "The Way" youth centre and at a recent premier League football match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Huddersfield Town at Molinuex Stadium to over 500 people. Mick Hammonds, 2017 WTFC League champion and current WTFC Cup Holder said "We are lucky to have such a good group of players locally, but we work hard to find new members. It's fantastic to see the game still holds so much interest for so many people."
The club has its own website, Facebook and Twitter sites, and has also maintained good relationships with radio and press in the area. The "express and star" newspaper dedicating 3 quarters of a page to the club in January 2019, and club members regularly appearing as guests on WCRFM, the Community Radio Station. The club even has a shirt sponsor "Jimmy Trims Cult Barbershops", and a tournament sponsor, "Unit 3 Toys and Collectibles."
The club has developed a close relationship with three other clubs, London Road (North Wales), Derry City (N.Ireland) and Glasgow STSC (Scotland) and the clubs now meet every season for an annual Inter Club event, played over a weekend. This year to be held in Wolverhampton, following two excellent events in North Wales and over in Derry.
The club hopes to build further in 2019, with more demonstrations, local advertisement and social media presence and will also be hoping to put Wolverhampton Table Football Club on the map when competing in Glasgow at the Scottish Grand Prix this February.