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Brookfield Solo League: Season 04.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 25 Jul 2016, 20:10

So here we are then, as the Brookfield League begins its fourth season, it finds itself entering a new era of media coverage. It is hoped that readers will find it interesting and enjoy following the clubs' fortunes.

The first match our reporters are covering is the Season's opener, the Charity Shield, played this year between Aberdither United and Bullford.

League Champions Aberdither are considered one of the strongest sides in the League; they won Season 01's F.A.Cup, although got relegated at the same time. With several changes of personnel they recovered to remain unbeaten in last season's campaign until the penultimate match. Their style of play is a 4-3-3 formation, with careful accurate passing through the midfield.

Bullford, by contrast, could hardly be more different. Only a late run prevented them from relegation last season, although, of course, they were successful in the Cup, after having been beaten finalists the previous year. Their style is a much more direct 4-2-4, with two wingers and two central strikers up front.

The match.
After only two minutes a one-two on the half-way line with Mariner, put Dobson through for Aberdither, and his long shot went only narrowly wide. If this was thought to begin one-way traffic, it certainly did, but for Bullford. Southall, and some of his defenders were constantly saving or blocking shots. In addition, a Friio free-kick was deflected, at the last second, by Hurst, to prevent Tynan from having a shot right in front of goal. When half-time arrived, though, the Aberdither defence was still unbreached.

The second half started the same way. Then Bullford finally had a stroke of luck when a Tynan thunderbolt was deflected to Labone and, before even he could react, struck him and went in. This produced more advanced play from the Aberdither midfield, and all it produced was a second for Bullford. A slide-rule pass through the middle from Friio was flicked on by Tynan, directly into the path of Rafferty, 2-0.

More Aberdither pressure, and for the first time Rankin became the busier goalkeeper, but mainly just gathering the loose balls. Eventually, a left-wing corner found its way through to Mariner, who, despite the close attentions of Rankin and Clement, was able to slot home a consolation from just outside the corner of the goal area.
Final score: Aberdither Utd 1, Bullford 2 .
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Aberdither United (4-3-3): Southall; Stevens, Hurst, Labone, van den Hauwe; Bracewell, Cahill, Dobson; Mackie, Mariner, Kilbane.

Bullford (4-2-4): Rankin; Worrall, Coughlan, McElhinney, Clement; King, Friio; Noone, Tynan, Rafferty, Dalton.

We hope you've enjoyed reading this, and if so, please visit us again next week when chief reporter Dave Blackpool will be watching the skillful and well-organised Iveley Park side host new-look Melchester Rovers. It is expected to be one of the best matches of the League's opening fixtures.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 04.

Postby jenksy » 26 Jul 2016, 06:37

Very good match report, the SUBBUTEO season is under way. Look forward to reading more as the season progresses. The dreams of great things for all as everyone starts at P0 W0 D0 L0 P0. How many divisions do you have?

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 04.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 26 Jul 2016, 08:41

Thank you for your reply, Jenksy. At the start of "last season" the League expanded to two divisions each of ten clubs, with a six team conference.

Throughout all its previous lives, and the early part this one, its always had six-team divisions, which I've always felt the were the most manageable. Most of the clubs' names (not these two) have been have remained the same during the various existences. The earliest clubs came from some comics of the day, when several sides won leagues and cups but never played each other!

The players, though, in this reincarnation, are all from the two clubs I've cheered on over all these years, so I'm supporting every team!

A little bit of inside information for you, hoping that i'm correct in assuming that you're a Southampton fan. When Mill Town play Western Villa, in Division One, (not until the ninth round of fixtures,) there will be a "Saint" on each side; Bradley Wright-Phillips (M.T.) and Michael Evans (W.V.)

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 04.

Postby Donegal Subbuteo » 26 Jul 2016, 11:52

Great stuff. Can't wait till October till I get started on my own solo league again.
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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 04.

Postby jenksy » 27 Jul 2016, 17:03

Thank you for your reply, Jenksy. At the start of "last season" the League expanded to two divisions each of ten clubs, with a six team conference.

Throughout all its previous lives, and the early part this one, its always had six-team divisions, which I've always felt the were the most manageable. Most of the clubs' names (not these two) have been have remained the same during the various existences. The earliest clubs came from some comics of the day, when several sides won leagues and cups but never played each other!

The players, though, in this reincarnation, are all from the two clubs I've cheered on over all these years, so I'm supporting every team!

A little bit of inside information for you, hoping that i'm correct in assuming that you're a Southampton fan. When Mill Town play Western Villa, in Division One, (not until the ninth round of fixtures,) there will be a "Saint" on each side; Bradley Wright-Phillips (M.T.) and Michael Evans (W.V.)

I think Saints "fan" is pushing it a bit these days. In my youth I watched every home game and several away games each season. These days I find professional football so far removed from real life that I refuse to pay the exorbitant prices and I am very disillusioned by the whole set up. Loyalty is just something that supporters have, not players, managers or the people running the clubs. When a team can win the FA Cup and the manager is still a failure that says it all for me. Anyway that's enough ranting mate. Back to reality. I started my league with 6 teams, then went to 8. The league then expanded to 2 divisions of 9 (I had 9 SUBBUTEO/ Zeugo teams). This season will be 2 divisions of 12 (I've been spending a few pennies on more teams). This should take me nicely through to spring, with a mini Christmas league for the winter break and 2 cup competitions. I play all of Vanguard Rovers matches and some others from various teams as the fancy takes me, the roll of the dice sorts the rest. All my teams are named after roads in my area and every team has its own ground (I have built loads of, simple stands, terraces and barriers half in blue and half in red!). My games are 16 minutes each way (allows a minute for stoppages and retrieving balls blasted out of the ground). And I have great fun playing with myself (haha). Its very interesting following my fellow solo league players and I enjoy reading the match reports and all the other different things that people do in their SUBBUTEO worlds. The great thing is that you can adapt rules and methods to make it all work for you. Think I've gone on long enough now. So I'll leave you all in peace. Keep on playing and having fun!

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 04.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 31 Jul 2016, 09:03

Match Report: Iveley Park 0, Melchester Rovers 0.

After two seasons of underachievement, the much changed Melchester side would probably not have chosen this to be their opening fixture of the season. Iveley Park are one of the League's most stylish and consistent teams. On the other hand, it would provide a good early test for the visitors.

The game began with both sides looking to attack, but with defences on form, the few chances that were created were certainly not easy. Both goalkeepers were kept quite busy, but more with the routine rather than the spectacular.

Half-time came and went with little change in the pattern of play, plenty of energy and end-to-end action, but little excitement in either goalmouth.

The home side were the more creative, with Mikel Arteta and new signing Colin Harvey, playing against his former club, pulling the strings in midfield, but when the play got further forward, Rovers' defence held firm. That couldn't have been said about them on too many occasions last season, when they had the leakiest defence in Division One. It was the same at the other end too, with Rovers having plenty of attacks, but little getting beyond the home defenders.

In the end, a good open game which lacked any real excitement. Rovers will possibly be slightly the happier, as their attempted return to a former open, attacking style of play contributed to an even game against capable opposition.

Iveley Park (4-2-3-1): Shilton; Wright, Yobo, Weir, Hinchcliffe; Arteta, Harvey; Steven, Heath, Pienaar; Sharp.

Melchester Rovers (4-2-4): Howard; Hibbert, Stubbs, Unsworth, Snodin; Kendall, Reid; Limpar, Royle, Cottee, Morrissey.

Elsewhere: Aberdither Utd. visited Bullford in a Charity Shield rematch, and came away with a 1-0 victory, although Bullford will claim, with some justification, that the ball didn't run for them, especially in the closing stages.
In the game between the promoted teams, South Barsham defeated Hodwell, also 1-0.
Last season's two surprise teams produced an end-to-end game, with Mill Town 2-1 home winners against Hinton Utd.
Western Villa and Eastroke Utd. produced a traditional passing game which would have delighted the connoisseurs, with visitors Eastroke winning 2-1.

Eastroke will be the hosts in next week's featured match, when they play Mill Town. We hope you will join us then.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 04.

Postby lloydie1109 » 01 Aug 2016, 11:59

Keep it going Dave

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 04.

Postby jenksy » 02 Aug 2016, 06:30

Looks like the Brookfield league is well and truly under way mate. Great reports, keep them coming! A few more weeks and the Midanbury league will be kicking off as well so hopefully we'll have a busy section running on the old forum!

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 04.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 02 Aug 2016, 09:15

Thank you for the feed back and encouragement, gentlemen.

One of the bonuses I discovered when I joined the forum, is how interesting I found reading about others' interests and experiences of the game as a hobby. The "social history of grass roots Subbuteo," as it would probably be phrased.

I started to put up reports and information about my league on the off-chance that some others might also enjoy such a read.

The two aspects of the game which originally fascinated me were the availability of all the teams' colours (only forty back then) and the piece in the Handbook about numbering and naming the players. It seemed to give "official approval" to what I was starting to do.

And so began a life-long hobby and fascination, or possibly even an addiction; but it remains great fun, as well as keeping an old man's brain active!

As long as some of you like reading them, I'll keep producing them!

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 04.

Postby lloydie1109 » 02 Aug 2016, 10:32

PLEASE DO DAVE, ALWAYS GREAT TO READ ABOUT OTHERS SOLO LEAGUES

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 04.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 05 Aug 2016, 11:33

Eastroke Find Their Missing Link

Eastroke Utd. 1, Mill Town 1.


Last year's fifth-placed side hosted the team who finished one place higher in their opening home fixture of the new season. It has become known as "Match of the Greens" but the visitors must always change. This time into a brand new all-yellow kit, with the home side in the legendary Sporting Lisbon kit, which they became partial to last season. Very smart both teams looked, too.

The early exchanges would have been predictable, Eastroke's 4-2-4 system, with most moves played through their hard-working midfielders, contrasting with Town's 4-3-3, with most of their moves going via one of their wide men, to supply the recent purchases who, they hope, will add strength and pace to their front line.

Early chances were few, but just before half-time Eastroke's slight superiority was rewarded when Larrieu advanced a long way from his goal for a deep left-wing cross, didn't make it, and the ball was played back in for Graham Stuart to make it 1-0, which it stayed until half-time.

Two minutes into the second half, a Bradley Wright-Phillips shot was blocked, but rebounded straight to Latchford, 1-1.

Neither of these teams has a "what we have we hold" strand in its DNA, and as the game progressed the game became rather more frantic, though less skillful. Eastroke still had slight superiority, and a few more chances, though the best chance came at the other end, when Megson ran on to a Latchford flick, and connected perfectly for a goal-bound shot. Somehow, not only was Hodge able to get behind this thunderbolt, he managed to turn it around the post. So 1-1 it remained until the final whistle.

Both sides will be satisfied, but slightly disappointed. Eastroke appear to have found, at last, a replacement for the retired Duncan McKenzie. They have missed his role as the link between midfield, when they are occupied with defensive duties, and the other front men. Graham Stuart is a different type of player, but early indications are that he can play this key position in their set-up almost as effectively as his distinguished predecessor. On the other hand, it needed that save, which will be long-remembered, to prevent Mill Town going home with all three points.

Eastroke Utd. (4-2-4) Hodge; Mark Patterson, Gabriel, Lyons, Pointon; Horne, Stuart McCall; Nevin, Pickering, Stuart, Temple.

Mill Town. (4-3-3) Larrieu; Nisbet, Mark Smith, Tyrone James, Sullivan; Kevin Hodges, Megson, Capaldi; Wright-Phillips, Latchford, Bolasie.

Elsewhere: Aberdither Utd 0, Western Villa 0; Hinton Utd. 0, Iveley Park 2; Melchester Rov. 0, South Barsham 1; Hodwell 1, Bullford 0.

This leaves little South Barsham as the only side to win both their opening matches. Next week Dave Blackpool has been re-directed to watch them take on route one specialists, and last season's runners-up, Hinton United. We hope you can join us.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 04.

Postby lloydie1109 » 05 Aug 2016, 16:04

Some great Greens there Dave

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 04.

Postby BlackpoolRock » 06 Aug 2016, 09:41

Indeed! Even though most of them were wearing yellow on this occasion.

There would have been one extra Green on view had Eastroke been able to find a place for Marc Edworthy. Under league rules, though, any player who hasn't played in a quarter of the matches over a two year period is entitled to ask for a transfer, which the club is obliged to accept. George Foster (Hodwell), Martin Barlow (Blundell City), and Joe Mason (Aberdither Utd.) are in similar situations, so watch this space, as they say, come the end of the season. It is anticipated that there will not be a shortage of interested clubs for these players.

Also, Aberdither Utd. are constantly looking for a strike partner for Paul Mariner. They know who they want, but the player's current club, understandably, are most reluctant to sell. Obviously we can't name names, bit it is though that Bullford may finally accept the inevitable once this season is over.

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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 04.

Postby ralphtheclaret » 06 Aug 2016, 10:29

This evening will see the first results of the new campaign
,The League Cup begins either side of the border as a prelude to the new League campaign next Saturday.

The new season see's the Scottish League founded 1976 celebrating it's Ruby anniversary still a young upstart when compared with the League south of the border which this time turns 61 .

The featured game is likely to be a Scottish League Cup tie as I've just spotted a fixture that allows a rare boxset Reds v Blues using the late 60's flats ...

After very little debate the alter egos of Edinburgh City will not be appearing in the League this season so we retain two divisions of 22 and 24 clubs ... nothing changes in England and Wales this time so again we retain the five division set up ...

One or two new kits on the table mind ...
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Re: Brookfield Solo League: Season 04.

Postby lloydie1109 » 07 Aug 2016, 08:44

Indeed! Even though most of them were wearing yellow on this occasion.

There would have been one extra Green on view had Eastroke been able to find a place for Marc Edworthy. Under league rules, though, any player who hasn't played in a quarter of the matches over a two year period is entitled to ask for a transfer, which the club is obliged to accept. George Foster (Hodwell), Martin Barlow (Blundell City), and Joe Mason (Aberdither Utd.) are in similar situations, so watch this space, as they say, come the end of the season. It is anticipated that there will not be a shortage of interested clubs for these players.

Also, Aberdither Utd. are constantly looking for a strike partner for Paul Mariner. They know who they want, but the player's current club, understandably, are most reluctant to sell. Obviously we can't name names, bit it is though that Bullford may finally accept the inevitable once this season is over.
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