12:50PM, Monday 17 March 2014
A group of dedicated Italian fans descended on the WRVS Centre over the weekend for a celebration of all things Subbuteo.
The annual event is among the biggest UK fairs dedicated to the popular table-top football game, which launched in the 1940s, and attracts nostalgic collectors from far and wide.
Held at the centre in York Road over Saturday and Sunday, this year's event attracted about 20 people who had made the trip especially from Italy, where the game has a big following and even has some semi-professional players.
Now in its sixth year, the fair was started by Maidenhead resident Jon Rosten and has gone from strength to strength.
The weekend featured two competitions, the Maidenhead Subbuteo Festival Cup on Saturday and the prestigious Maidenhead Subbuteo Anglo-Italian Cup on Sunday, which featured over 30 players.
Sunday also saw a trade fair take place, featuring rare team sets, some of which are among only a handful still in existence.
Jon said about 100 people had stopped by over the weekend, ranging from youngsters to nostalgic adults.
"It's a bit of fun and nobody should take it too seriously," said Jon.
"It's really grown and it's a good laugh."
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