Division One

This blog started on August 2011 as a way of showing the 1969-70 english first division through playing subbuteo.

It’s taken almost 6 years but finally I’ve reached the end. I wouldn’t believed when I first started this that it would take so long.

So this is the end of this subbuteo season and the end of this blog.

I might continue a federation of flickers, a fantasy football league played with subbuteo players on modern bases.

But first a rest.



Division One

Sunderland arrived with a mission plan. And they executed it to the letter becoming Division One Champions for 1969-70.

Sunderland have been erratic in the second half of the season. They dropped many points, which allowed Nottingham Forest to skip over them and take top spot. This game required courage, calmness and a resolute spirit. Sunderland showed all those traits and more. They were determined to win and with Tueart at his scoring flair, the inevitable happened. Sunderland are champions on the last game of the season. And what a great season it was.

Early in the second half and Sunderland are dominating. Hughes heading forward with the ball.

Tueart receives the ball and faces the mighty Leeds defence.

Tueart passes one defender…

And with a twist Tueart leaves three defenders in his dust.

Tueart and Sunderland face destiny.

Tueart and Sunderland take one step toward the Division One title.

Harris to make the cross for Sunderland.

Tueart captures the ball without breaking his stride and heads for the league title.

Tueart breaks through the Leeds defence and destiny awaits him.

Tueart scores a double as Sunderland become Champions of 1969-70

And Sunderland celebrate their achievement.


14 April 1970

15 April 1970

Nottingham Forest put on a sublimely last day performance to maintain first spot. They are a point above Sunderland with the Roker Park team having to travel to Elland Road and beat FA Cup Winners Leeds to snatch the title, which was all but won by them half way through the season.

Forest easily brushed away a weak Coventry, a Coventry who have survived for another season in the First Division. Forest had not lost for their last 19 games of the season, 18 of those wins.

Stoke on the other hand have been relegated along with WBA.

Tottenham finished top of the rest in third with a super win over rival Arsenal, while the young Burnley side finished a very credible fourth.

Division One

Tottenham Hotspur  3

Arsenal     0

Tottenham needed a mere 10 minute spurt to beat Arsenal in this surprising end of season North London derby. In those 10 minutes of the second half, after a desperately edgy first half, Spurs scored three times and finished the game off.

Spurs started their 10 minute goal spree with a Chivers penalty

Gilzean double the lead a few minutes later with a spectacular free kick.

Tottenham gain a corner.

The corner lands at Peters’ feet.

His miskick heads towards Chivers.

Chivers finishes with aplomb to make it 3-0 and a great end to Tottenham’s season.

It was still touch and go at the top with both Forest and Sunderland winning away. Forest maintain a one point advantage, but Sunderland have a game in hand. That challenge is away to Leeds, so the championship will probably run till the last day of the season.

Sunderland keep the hunt going with a strong away win at Manchester City. City lost after five straight win (9 matches without loss) that catapulted them up the table.

Arsenal had a good London derby win over West Ham – their fourth win in a row. Meanwhile West Ham have only had 1 win in 9.

After 3 consecutive win, Chelsea have now lost two in a row.

Derby beat Wolves for their first win in 4 games. Wolves are winless in 7.

Both Leeds and Crystal Palace had strong wins in preparation for the FA Cup Final next week.

Newcastle’s win over Manchester United means they’re back to wining ways, while Manchester haven’t now won in 4 games.

Division One

Coventry City   2

Stoke               0

This was a must win for both teams. A victory would guarantee survival in the First Division. A loss and it would be tender hooks. In the end it as the home team who kept their nerve and their shooting boots. With the win Coventry guaranteed survival, while Stoke are in a most unenviable position as they have fallen into the relegation zone. With a poor goal average Stoke are now favourites to join West Bromwich Albion in the Second Division next season.

Coventry’s Hunt charging forward.

A little flick and Joicey has the ball.

Hunt continued his run and got the ball back.

A slight twist to the right and Hunt is facing the Stoke goal.

Hunt makes it 1-0 and Coventry are closing in on survival.

Martin looking to pulsate a long ball forward.

He finds a speedy Carr being chased by two Stoke defenders.

No one can catch Carr and he makes it 2-0

Division One

WBA              0

Nott Forest     2

It took two penalties but that was enough for Forest as they converted both and continued to lead the Division.

Forest score the first of two penalties.




Nottingham Forest could only muster a draw at home with Manchester United, pushing them a point ahead of Sunderland who will play their postponed match against Leed in late April. Forest’s 16 game win streak is now over.

Forest have WBA away and Coventry at home, surely two games they can win, while Sunderland have the more difficult games with Manchester City away, Liverpool at home and Leeds away. Perhaps Forest have done enough to win the Championship.

In the relegation mud fight it’s Ipswich, Stoke and Coventry who have to fight to survive.

Monday 30 March

Division One

WBA     1

Chelsea 0

Astle heading forward to meet the Chelsea defence.

Astle twists to the right to open up the defence.

Astle keeps on going, looking for an opening as the Chelsea defence hunt him down.

Astle is being pushed wide.

Astle finds the moment and shoots. He puts West Brom ahead.

Tuesday 31 March 1970

Division One

West Ham    1

Wolves          1

Curran heading forward for Wolves.

Dougan receives the ball surround by Hammer defenders.

Dougan turns and he’s free.

Dougan opens the score for Wolves.

In the second half Greaves is powering forward.

Greaves with a pass to Hurst.

Hurst shoots but it takes a vicious deflection…

…and into the net it goes. West Ham end up with a draw.




Nottingham Forest, the juggernaut of the League, keep smashing forward. Their 6-0 demolition of Newcastle, who beat Sunderland at Roker Park yesterday, showed exactly why they’ve won 16 games in row. Sunderland recovered from yesterday’s shock loss to easily deal with Derby County. Sunderland play Leeds in the last match of the season. They will probably need to win big to win the title.

Spurs surprisingly lost again, to already relegated WBA. This run of losses has happened a few times this season for Tottenham. Manchester United lost the Manchester derby and missed their chance to get closer to Spurs. City have now had 4 wins on the trot and are slowly rising up the table. They’re now at 7th.

Crystal Palace continue to win as they build up for the Cup Final. Meanwhile Leeds drew, now having only won 1 game in the last 5.

While the relegation contenders all lost.

Two minutes before half time Pardoe heads into the United penalty box.

Young received the pass from Pardoe but he’s surrounded by defenders.

Young does the insane and back heels a pass to Lee.

Lee makes sure City hit the front in the derby.