08:05AM, Wednesday 05 March 2014
Nostalgic football fans from across the country and around Europe are preparing for the UK's biggest Subbuteo fair in Maidenhead.
Held in the WRVS Centre in York Road - next to the home ground of Maidenhead United FC - the sixth event will be the biggest yet and held over two days.
The fair was started at Boyne Hill Cricket Club by Jon Rosten from Maidenhead and has grown to be recognised as one of the most popular and best events for fans of the table-top football game in the UK.
It will be on Saturday, March 15 and Sunday, March 16.
Kick off for the new the Maidenhead Subbuteo Festival Cup is at 2pm on Saturday before the return of the popular trade fair on Sunday, which will offer a selection of team sets, figures and accessories for collectors.
The weekend will conclude with the Maidenhead Subbuteo Anglo-Italian Cup, where a field of 36 Brits and Italians will square off to take home the prestigious Maidenhead Cup.
"It's a nice thing and a fun day to celebrate the game and turn it in to a bit of a weekend," said Jon.
"I didn't expect to get this level of support."
The father-of-three will not compete for cup glory this year.
The 48-year-old has hung up his boots to concentrate on running the event after a typically English heartbreaking quarter-final defeat against Italian opposition last year.
However, he will be rooting for a British winner this time around after players from the continent have dominated the competition for the last couple of years.
"The Italians in their forums talk about the 'Maidenhead tournament'," said Jon.
"It's on the map in Italy.
"They get dead excited about it."
There are still spaces for teams in the Saturday tournament.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to enter.
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