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Season 2021-22

Spence Wins Broughshane Summer Cup 24th July 2022

Ballyclare's Barry Spence was on form in today's small WASPA event in Broughshane, lifting the Summer Cup with victories against local men Kenny Beggs and Colin Perry. Colin, who is an avid collector, is continuing the comeback to playing, following his recent appearance at the Ballymena Open.

Kenny Beggs, Barry Spence, Colin Perry

Barry Spence 2 Kenny Beggs 1
Barry Spence 4 Colin Perry 0
Kenny Beggs 2 Colin Perry 0

Barry Spence 2 2 0 0 6 1 6
Kenny Beggs 2 1 0 1 3 2 3
Colin Perry 2 0 0 2 0 6 0

Barry Spence v Colin Perry

Kenny Beggs v Colin Perry

Northern Ireland Players in FISTF World Rankings June 2022

Five Northern Ireland players are in the FISTF World Rankings, following the Derry International Open. See excerpt below.
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Full World Rankings

Northern Ireland players in FISTF World Ranking

Derry FISTF IO Semi-Final: Guido Cerullo (Italy) 2 Kenny Beggs (NIR) 1

FISTF IO: Gage Badger 3 Lawrence Watson 1

FISTF IO: Martinog Bradley, Competition Manager

FISTF International Open, Derry 11th & 12th June 2022

Italian, Guido Cerullo, Wins Derry International Open

Italian player, Guido Cerullo, won the Derry FISTF International Open with a 3-1 victory over Dublin's Mark Farrell in the Final, following a 2-1 semi-final win against Northern Ireland's Kenny Beggs. The other beaten semi-finalist was England's Alan Lee. 28 players took part at the The Nerve Centre in Derry, travelling from England, Wales, Rep of Ireland, Germany, Italy and USA, giving it a true International flavour.

Results (Individual)
Results (Team)

Well done to Martinog Bradley and Derry City Club for organising. Check out Reports, photos, videos and results on Derry City TFC Facebook

Winner: Guido Cerullo (Italy)

Final: Mark Farrell (Rep Ireland) 1 Guido Cerullo (Italy) 3
Video on Derry City TFC Facebook

Bryan Arnold from USA

Fred Elesbao from Germany

Kenny Beggs (NIR), Jason Christopher (Eng), Paul Eyes (USA)

Bryan Arnold (USA), Paul Eyes (USA), Fred Elesbao (Germany)

Derry's Lawrence Watson and Martinog Bradley running the show

Northern Ireland Players

There were 3 Northern Ireland players taking part. Kenny Beggs topped his group, then beat Jason Christopher (Eng) and Paul Eyes (USA) in the knockout stages before a narrow semi-final defeat to eventual champion, Guido. Martinog Bradley and Lawrence Watson were knocked out at the group stages.

Thanks to Bryan Arnold from USA for uploading the following videos to the American Subbuteo AssociationTV Youtube channel:

Guido Cerullo (Italy) 2 Kenny Beggs (N.Ireland) 1

Kenny Beggs (N.Ireland) 2 Paul Eyes (USA) 0

Group 1: Alan Lee, Jason Christopher, Andy Fitzpatrick, Dee Jenkins
Group 2: Paul Eyes, Brendan Ashley, Lawrence Watson, Tom Heslop
Group 3: Mick Hammond, Cayne Matthews, Martinog Bradley, Dan Nicholls
Group 4: Fred Elesbao, Bryan Arnold, Oisin Mór, Nicky Moore
Group 5: Mark Farrell, Richard Badger, Nick Pearson, John Moore
Group 6: Guido Cerullo, Ruby Matthews, Mick O’Brien, Gage Badger
Group 7: Kenny Beggs, Justin Scott, Brendan Rodgers, Daniel Kaliszewski

Cayne Matthews 5 Brendan Ashley 0
Mark Farrell 5 Ruby Matthews 0
Justin Scott 3 Fred Elesbao 1
Richard Badger 2 Mick Hammond 1
Guido Cerullo 2 Bryan Arnold 0
Kenny Beggs 5 Jason Christopher 1

Alan Lee 1 Cayne Matthews 1 (shots 3-2)
Mark Farrell 4 Justin Scott 1
Guido Cerullo 4 Richard Badger 2
Kenny Beggs 2 Paul Eyes 0

Mark Farrell 2 Alan Lee 1
Guido Cerullo 2 Kenny Beggs 1

Guido Cerullo 3 Mark Farrell 1

Wolverhampton WIn Team Event

Wolverhampton pipped Wobbly Hobby Club to the Team Title. Both teams finished on 10 points so it was decided on number of games won. It looked to be going Wobbly's way until the final few minutes of the last session between Wolves and Irish Premier League A, when Mick Hammond snatched a late victory over Kenny Beggs, which was enough to tip the balance in Wolverhampton's favour.

Winning Team: Wolverhampton


1. Wolverhampton Table Football Club 10pts
Wobbly Hobby Subbuteo Club 10pts
Derry City TFC 6pts
Irish Premier League 'A' 3pts
Irish Premier League 'B' 0pts

All 5 teams at the Derry International Open

Justin Scott (Wolves), Barry Spence (IPL), Lawrence Watson (Derry)

The Nerve Centre - Venue for the Derry FISTF International Open

Previous Northern Ireland International Events

It was Northern Ireland's first FISTF event for 12 years. For a bit of nostalgia, here are the previous International Opens & Grand Prix organised by Northern Ireland Table Football Association:

2010 Belfast International Open
2009 Belfast International Open
2008 Belfast GP & IO
2007 Belfast International Open
2006 Belfast GP
2005 Belfast International Grand Prix
1994 Northern Ireland International Open, Bangor
1993 Northern Ireland International Open, Bangor

Derry City Beltane Cup 30th May 2022

Eight players attended the 2022 Beltane Cup at Derry City Table Football Club's new premises, the Derby Bar. Kenny Beggs topped the 6-Round Swiss Table, with Martinog Bradley 2nd and Barry Spence 3rd. The Club was pleased to welcome newcomer, Frankie Connolly from Donegal. Results

All Players at the Derry Beltane Cup

Final Table

Irish Championship - Round 3 - Dublin

Aaron Skinner Wins Dublin Open Sat 14th May 2022

England's Aaron Skinner won the Dublin Open, beating fellow Englishman, Kevin Cordell, 2-1 in the final. Best player from Northern Ireland was Barry Spence who reached the semi-final. Dublin's Mark Farrell was the other semi-finalist. Aaron's son, Finley made it a Father and Son double by winning the Junior title. Martinog Bradley beat Mick O'Brien in the Plate Final. It was the biggest Irish Circuit event of the season so far, with 17 entrants, six of whom travelled from England. Many thanks to John Moore, Mark Farrell & Andy Fitzpatrick for organising at the excellent Cherrytree Pub in Walkinstown, Dublin 12.

Full Results

Dublin Open Winner: Aaron Skinner

Dublin Open Final: Aaron Skinner 2 James Cordell 1

Northern Ireland players in action ...

Three Northern Ireland players took part. Barry Spence made the Semi-Finals, losing to 1-2 Kevin Cordell. Kenny Beggs lost 1-2 to Barry in the Quarter-Finals and Martinog Bradley won the Plate with a 3-1 Final victory over Mick O'Brien.

Barry Spence (Semi-Finalist) v Aaron Skinner (Winner)

Plate Final: Mick O'Brien 1 Martinog Bradley 3

Kenny Beggs v Andy Fitzpatrick

Dublin Open 2022, Cherrytree Pub, Walkinstown

Derry City Easter Cup 25th April 2022

Derry City TFC played the first tournament at their new venue, The Derby Bar in Great James St, BT48 7DF. Kenny Beggs topped the 5-player table ahead of Barry Spence.

The Derby Bar - Derry City TFC's new venue

Barry Spence v Dee Jenkins

Players at the Derry Easter Cup 2022

Table & Results

Irish Championship - Round 2 - Ballymena

Farrell Wins Ballymena Open Sat 26th March 2022

Mark Farrell won the 2nd event of this season's Irish Circuit in Ballymena, with a 3-0 victory over Martinog Bradley in the Final. Losing semi-finalists were Barry Spence and Kenny Beggs. John Moore beat England's Joe Harrington in the Plate Final and Daniel Kaliszewski beat Fiona Moore in the Junior Final.

Results | Newspaper Report | Video

Ballymena Open 2022 - Video

Ballymena Guardian Report (click to enlarge)

Trophy Winners: M.Bradley, M.Farrell, D.Kaliszewski, F.Moore & J.Moore

The WASPA event was hosted by Kenny Beggs & Barry Spence at Ballymena Showgrounds, home of Ballymena United FC. There were a few drop-outs due to covid but still a good turnout of 14 players, including Donal Convery and Colin Perry making a comeback on the Irish Circuit after many years. Great to have the two Junior players (Daniel and Fiona) and a big thanks to Gerry and Joe Harrington who travelled from England. There was also coverage by local newspaper, the Ballymena Guardian

Final: Mark Farrell 3 Martinog Bradley 0

Plate Final: Joe Harrington v John Moore

Group matches in the Des Allen Suite, Ballymena Showgrounds

All 14 Players at the Ballymena Open

Group Match: Colin Perry 1 Craig Stewart 1

Group Match: Barry Spence 1 Donal Convery 0

Group Match: Mark Farrell 1 Kenny Beggs 1

The venue ...

Directions: Exit M2 onto Raceview Road and follow the signs to
Ecos Centre. Take first exit off Roundabout onto Kernaghan's Lane, then turn right towards Showgrounds car park (Coordinates: 54.8707822803542, -6.263059970260716). Tournament is in the Des Allen Suite, above the Main Stand. See Map.

Directions from Belfast | Directions from Derry

Spring Cup, Derry 21st March 2022

Martinog Bradley topped the 4-player table, with Brendan Rodgers finishing second. Details on Derry City Facebook.

Martinog Bradley v Dee Jenkins

D.Jenkins 1 B.Rodgers 1
L.Watson 0 M.Bradley 2
M.Bradley 0 D.Jenkins 0
B.Rodgers 3 L.Watson 2
D.Jenkins 0 L.Watson 0
B.Rodgers 0 M.Bradley 2

Martinog Bradley 3 2 1 0 4 0 7
Brendan Rodgers 3 1 1 1 4 5 4
Dee Jenkins 3 0 3 0 1 1 3
Lawrence Watson 3 0 1 2 2 5 1

Slemish Cup, Broughshane Sat 19th March 2022

A mini-WASPA tournament was held in Broughshane, near Slemish Mountain, to enable players in the area to get some practise for next week's Ballymena Open. Kenny Beggs and Barry Spence had narrow victories over Donal Convery before drawing 1-1 with each other. The draw was enough for Beggs to top the table on goal-difference.

Donal Convery, Kenny Beggs & Barry Spence

Kenny Beggs 2 Donal Convery 0
Barry Spence 1 Donal Convery 0
Kenny Beggs 1 Barry Spence 1

K.Beggs 2 1 1 0 3 1 4
B.Spence 2 1 1 0 2 1 4
D.Convery 2 0 0 2 0 3 0

Irish Championship Round 1 - Falcarragh

Bradley Wins in County Donegal 26th Feb 2022

Martinog Bradley won the first event of the 2022 Irish Championship Circuit at the Sean Bheairic Visitor Centre in Falcarragh. He topped the 7-player table ahead of Kenny Beggs on goal-difference, after the pair drew 2-2 in the final game. Barry Spence finished one point behind in 3rd place. Andy Fitzpatrick, making a comeback after 15 years, came in 4th.

Martinog Bradley (left) receives trophy from Event Organiser, Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers v Martinog Bradley

  FINAL TABLE P W D L F A Pts Goal-Diff
1 M.Bradley 6 4 2 0 19 2 14 +17
2 K.Beggs 6 4 2 0 14 4 14 +10
3 B.Spence 6 4 1 1 10 2 13 +8
4 A.Fitzpatrick 6 2 1 3 4 7 7 -3
5 O.Mor 6 1 2 3 4 7 5 -3
6 B.Rodgers 6 1 2 3 7 15 5 -8
7 Daniel 6 0 0 6 0 22 0 -22

Barry Spence v Oisin Mor

Daniel v Andy

Martinog Bradley (Winner) & Kenny Beggs (Runner-up)

FISTF World Cup 17th-18th Sept 2022

Check out the Official Facebook Page for the FISTF World Cup to be held in Rome on 17th-18th September.

Unlike normal FISTF Tour events, players can only qualify for the World Cup after being nominated by their National Association (NITFA in the case of Northern Ireland) or through the World Ranking. The process is explained in detail at the following link: FISTF Qualification Process


Northern Ireland is allowed two individual representatives per category and one Team per category. The Team Squad may consist of up to 6 players.

The advertised closing date for initial applications was Mon 7th Feb 2022, to allow time to book cheap flights. Selection for the individual event was based on WASPA Rankings (Jan 2022) because they are the most relevant for active Northern Ireland players.

The players listed below all confirmed their entry before the deadline, so their places in the team are now guaranteed. The top two players in each category will also play in the individual events, with the third player being listed as a reserve in case of drop-outs.

Applications are still invited to fill the remaining team places, on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register your interest by emailing Kenny Beggs, ken@nitfa.org.uk and keep checking here for updates.

Martinog Bradley (40) Simon Stewart (124)
Lawrence Watson (91) Eoin Adams (unranked)
Craig Stewart (272)  

To be eligible, players must also be registered by their country with FISTF. The current list is available here: FISTF-Registered Players. Type 'NIR' in the search box to see the list of Northern Ireland players.

Note: Travel and Accommodation will be self-funded.

Derry City TFC Winter Cup 31/01/22

Seven players took part in a league format evening. Lots of tight games and good performances from Dee Jenkins, Oisin Mor and Lawrence Watson. 

Kenny Beggs took the title with 5 wins out of 6 and 1 draw in his final game. Martinog Bradley came in runner up after a thrilling 2-2 draw with 3rd place Barry Spence and a 1-1 draw against Kenny. Results

Kenny Beggs receives trophy from Lawrence Watson

Kenny Beggs v Brendan Rodgers

Thanks to Martinog Bradley for organising.

More on Derry City TFC Facebook

Broughshane Invitational Tournament 22/01/22

A small tournament was organised in the village of Broughshane to welcome back Donal Convery to the game. Playing for the first time in 15 years, he was up against his former Northern Ireland & Belfast Barbarians team-mates, Kenny Beggs & Barry Spence and showed signs of the form which took him to the 2004 Home Internationals in England and 2005 World Cup in Belgium. The event was played as a round-robin, with Kenny topping the table on 6 points.

Barry Spence 1 Donal Convery 0
Kenny Beggs 1 Barry Spence 0
Kenny Beggs 3 Donal Convery 0

K.Beggs 2 2 0 0 4 0 6
B.Spence 2 1 0 1 1 1 3
D.Convery 2 0 0 2 0 4 0

Donal Convery 0 Barry Spence 1

Barry Spence Wins Derry Christmas Cup 13/12/21

A tight run race to the finish following a 0-0 draw between Spence and Bradley, which took the competition to the last 2 games of the night with Bradley narrowly in front on goal difference. Oisin Mor proved too tough defensively for Bradley and another 0-0 wasn’t enough. Spence got the goal he needed against Watson to finish 2 points clear at the top of the table.

Barry Spence receives trophy from Martinog Bradley

1. Barry Spence 13pts
2. Martinog Bradley 11pts
3. Lawrence Watson 7pts
4. Oisin Mor 6pts
5. Craig Stewart 2pts
6. Dee Jenkins 1pt

R.I.P. Adrian Curtis 9/12/21

The Subbuteo World is mourning the sudden loss of England's Adrian Curtis at the age of 63. Adrian was a welcome visitor when he played tournaments in Belfast and Bangor. Northern Ireland Table Football Association offers its condolences to Adrian's family and friends, in particular his son, Sam, who accompanied him on his trips to the province.

Football Writers Association Article | Yorkshire Phoenix Facebook Post

Adrian Curtis at the
2006 Belfast Grand Prix


Flashback to 2007, when host nation, Northern Ireland, finished Runner-up to Scotland in the UK & Ireland Internationals, breaking England's dominance of the competition.

Northern Ireland Team, Runner-up in 2007 UK & Ireland Internationals

Spence Wins Derry Anniversary Cup 8/11/21

Barry Spence won the Derry City 5th Anniversary Cup with a golden-goal winner against Kenny Beggs in the final. Beggs had led 1-0 for most of the match but Spence turned the game around with a superb last-minute equaliser on-the-move before scoring the winner in the first minute of extra-time.

Barry Spence (right) receives trophy from Lawrence Watson

Spence equalises against Beggs to take the game into extra-time

American Champion Visits Derry 24/10/21

American Subbuteo Champion, Patrick Sheridan, took time out from his Irish holiday to visit Derry City's famous Shed for some friendly matches against Martinog Bradley and Kenny Beggs.

K.Beggs 1 P.Sheridan 2
M.Bradley 1 P.Sheridan 1
K.Beggs 1 P.Sheridan 3
M.Bradley 0 P.Sheridan 4

Kenny Beggs 1 Patrick Sheridan 2

Martinog Bradley v Patrick Sheridan

Kenny Beggs v Patrick Sheridan

Beggs Wins Derry Frightening Flicks 18/10/21

Kenny Beggs won the annual Derry City Halloween event ahead of Barry Spence in 2nd place and Lawrence Watson in 3rd.

The frightening flickers!

Subbuteo Recreation of Coleraine Showgrounds 24/09/21

Coleraine FC supporter, Dave Reed, has made an excellent recreation of the Irish League Club's stadium. Check out the following links:

Coleraine FC website article
Belfast Telegraph article
Video tour

Dave Reed's Subbuteo version of Coleraine Showgrounds


Irish Subbuteo
Championship 2022

(Table after 3 events)

Further events to be arranged in Wexford & Derry



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Northern Ireland Championships 1979-2007

All Ireland Championships

UK & Ireland Internationals

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