Europa League 2019

For the first time GTSA took part in the FISTF Europa League. The competition took place in Belem, a suburb of Lisbon over the weekend 26/27 October. The club was represented by Dave Gladman, Malcolm Lees and Brian Spoors and they were joined with 24 hours to spare by American, Patrick Sheridan. Sheridan, who plays his subbuteo in Denver Colorado, had been due to play with Piraeus in the tournament but the club had to withdraw only 3 days before the competition. GTSA were able to secure a loan transfer from Piraeus, the first in FISTF history.

With two late withdrawals including Piraeus, twenty two clubs went into the draw for four groups. Glasgow were drawn in Group 1 along with four other teams. AS Hennuyer (Belgium), CFT Puylaurens (France), TSC Stella Artois Milano (Italy) and GRD 1st May Tires (Portugal).

The tournament was well organised and ran smoothly. The pitches, newly laid, proved to be slow and sticky. This made control of the ball and maintaining possession very difficult.



Glasgow TSA04CFT Puylaurens
M. Lees01J.F. Bolard
B. Spoors16Leroy S.
D. Gladman01Roger T.
P. Sheridan06Leroy D.
Glasgow TSA03GRD 1º Maio Tires
M. Lees02Paulo Laranjeira
B. Spoors010Paulo Elias
D. Gladman04Luis Abreu
P. Sheridan11José Santos
Glasgow TSA13TSC Stella Artois Milano
Patrick Sheridan01B. Mazzeo
Dave Gladman02M. Suffritti
Malcom Lees16A. Iorio
Brian Spoors50
AS Hennuyer40Glasgow TSA
Despretz S.51Brian Spoors
Aggelinas C.81Malcolm Lees
Marain G.50Dave Gladman
Dieudonne D.10Patrick Sheridan

Therefore at the end of Saturday’s play Glasgow had finished 5th in the group. This meant that on the Sunday they would play for places 17 to 22. Because two teams had withdrawn Glasgow would play only 2 games on the Sunday, not 3.



In their first match Glasgow were drawn against Europa FC TFC (Gibraltar) and lost 3-0. The final match was against Wolverhampton to decide 21st and 22nd places. Wolves had lost their first match controversially in extra time against Attard SC (Malta). Wolves really should have won that match but instead they found themselves facing Glasgow in the final game. Remarkably the match finished 2-2 with the same number of goals for and against. Malcolm Lees and Patrick Sheridan had gained wins for Glasgow, Justin Scott and Mick Hammonds for Wolves. After a long 7 minutes it was Patrick Sheridan who broke the deadlock by scoring the winner against Richard Badger and so saved Glasgow from finishing last.


The Europa League Champions were FCD Mortellito Barcellona (Italy) who defeated Sporting CP (Portugal) 2-1 in the final match.

Scottish Grand Prix – Individual Competition


Fifty eight players competed in the Open and Veteran Categories. The Open was won by Spaniard David Gonzalez who defeated Alexander Haas of Austria. Thomas Wittman (Austria) and Justin Finch (England) were the losing semi-finalists.

In the Veteran category Antonio Montano of Spain retained his title after defeating Guy Palmer of Gibraltar. John Field (Gibraltar) and Andy Beskaby (Scotland) were the losing semi-finalists.

Full results can be seen here.

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Derry Open 2018


This tournament took place over the weekend of 5/6 May. Twenty four players took part in the individual tournament on the Saturday and teams from Derry (2), Glasgow, London Road and Wolverhampton competed on the Sunday. On Saturday Tom Burns, Willie Fleming and Malcolm Lees all qualified out of their groups. In the second round the 12 qualifiers were drawn into 4 groups of three. Almost against the laws of probability all the Glasgow players ended up in the same group. It was Tom Burns who progressed to the semi-finals where he lost to Mark Farrell (White Star and Ireland) by 1-0. In the final Farrell played Derry’s Kenny Beggs. After a 1-1 draw after extra-time, the match went to shots where Beggs was victorious 2-1.


There was better fortune for the Glasgow players in Sunday’s team event. They won all four matches to take the trophy and match their success at London Road in September. Derry marked their improvement by finishing runners-up.


Many thanks are due to Martinog Bradley and his team at Derry City TFC for their organisation of an excellent and enjoyable tournament.


Scottish Grand Prix 2018

The event took place over the weekend 10/11 February 2018 at the Normandy Hotel in Renfrew. Players from eight countries took part in the individual events on the Saturday. Sergio Ramos of Portugal was victorious over England’s Chris Thomas in the final of the Open. The Veteran competition was won by Spain’s Antonio Montano defeating old rival Daniael Scheen of Belgium. This was Scheen’s second successive final loss in the GP. Daniel Scheen’s son Noe won the final of the Under-19 with victory over Thomas Price of England whilst Thomas won the Under-15 title by beating Ruby Mathews of Wales.

The WASPA Plate was won by Brian Daley (England) who overcame Martin Bellefontaine (England) in the final.

Full results can be viewed here.

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On the Sunday the team competition was won by Tiburones of Spain who defeated Royal 78 Kaisermuhlen of Austria in the final.

The Plate was won by Dundee United A team.

Pictures from Sunday:


McCrea Financial Services Scottish Grand Prix

The event took place over the weekend 8/9 April at the Normany Hotel in Renfrew. Players from Belgium, Greece, Malta and Spain as well as the UK took part. The Individual Open and Veteran competitions were on the Saturday and the Team competition on the Sunday.

It was Malta who dominated both Saturday competitions. Massimo Cremona took the Open title defeating his fellow countryman, Angelo Borg in the final. Joe Mifsud, also from Malta, defeated tournament favourite Daniel Scheen of Belgium in the Veteran final. Glasgow’s Baver Bari and Tom Burns both reached the quarter-final stage whilst Steve Bennett (Dundee United TFC) was most successful Scot when he reached the Veteran semi-final.

The WASPA Plate was won by David Baxter (Manchester TFC) who overcame Andy Boyer (Yorkshire Phoenix) in the final.

If Saturday belonged to Malta, Sunday was Yorkshire’s day. In a very close final they defeated Roligans of Greece after having lost to the same team in the group stage.

All the results can be viewed by clicking here.

Pictures from the tournament:


Scottish GP, Dundee

The Scottish Grand Prix took place over the weekend of 2-3 April at Tannadice Park, Dundee. Glasgow were represented on the Saturday in the Veterens’ category by Dave Gladman, John Halpin amd Malcolm Lees. All three players qualified out of their groups but Gladman and Halpin fell at the barrage. Halpin went down 3-1 to Colin Tarry whilst Gladman lost to a sudden death goal for Brian Daley after a 1-1 draw. Lees, however, reached the semi-finals where he opened the scoring against Daniel Scheen of Belgium. Lees played well but eventually lost 5-2. Scheen won the final against Brian Daley who had put out Steve Bennett in the other semi-final.


Alexander Haas of Austria was the Open champion while London’s Elliot Bellefontaine won the Under-19. Gareth Christie was victorious in the Plate.


Five teams competed in Sunday’s Team Event. Tom Burns joined the other Glasgow players to complete the team. Glasgow victories over both Dundee teams ensured that Glasgow were the best placed Scottish side. Defeats to Yorkshire and Royal 78 Kaisermhlen meant a third place finish. The Austrians were tournament winners.




More pictures from the day



Yorkshire International Open


A full GTSA team of Tom Burns, Dave Gladman, John Halpin and Malcolm Lees headed south for this 2-day event in Heckmondwicke, Yorkshire. There was a large Scottish participation with one quarter of entries to the Open and Veteran categories being STFA members.


It was to be an excellent Saturday for Tom Burns, qualifying second in his group to earn a quarter final place against Italian Marco Ghigliotti. A stunning 5-1 victory saw Burns set up a semi-final clash with Steve Bennett. This was to be the closest Burns has come to overcoming the Scottish champion. Bennett took the lead but Burns pegged him back only to lose a goal two minutes from the end. Burns had the chances to get the winner himself but it was not to be.


Dave Gladman also qualified in second place and this set up a place in the barrage against Colin Tarry. The game finished 1-1 and with no goal scored in extra-time the tie went to shots. Gladman was unable to find the net with any of his efforts and a single goal was enough to put Tarry through.


Although neither John Halpin nor Malcolm Lees qualified out of their groups, both reached the semi-finals of the Plate, Halpin losing to DUTFC’s Rob Conway and Lees losing to Brian Daley of Yorkshire.



In an all Scottish Vet final Steve Bennet got the better of Dave Baxter (Perugia) by 1-0. In the Open, Dave Pawsey was victorious over Elliot Bellefontaine but only after the game going to extra-time and Pawsey scoring a golden goal.


It was a tough draw for Glasgow in Sunday’s Team Event where the opponents were London Essex, GSCDC (Glide, Slide, Chip and Dip Club) and Yorkshire B. Glasgow were narrowly beaten 1-0 by London. Three matches ended in draws so a victory was very close. Against GSCDC GTSA were dismantled in all matches as they lost 4-0. Pride was restored with a 3-1 win over Yorkshire B.


DUTFC had a very successful day, winning their group then beating London Essex in the semi-final with an extra-time golden goal scored by Steve Bennett. It was a tough ask in the final against GSCDC but a 2-1 scoreline reflected a great effort.


The competition was featured on BBC News.

Congratulations and thanks are also due to Yorkshire Phoenix for a very well-organised and enjoyable tournament!

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Glasgow International Open 2015

Twenty eight players took part in Glasgow’s second FISTF international event of 2015 at the Normandy Hotel in Renfrew. This was also the first event of the new British Circuit for season 2015/16. Both individual and team competitions were keenly contested over two days of competitive but sporting subbuteo. Congratulations go to winners Dave Pawsey (LEU) in the Open, Dave Baxter (Per) in the Vets and Elliot Bellefontaine (LEU) in the Under 19s. Yorkshire Phoenix were victorious in the Team Event.




As far as Glasgow players were concerned, Barry Corr reached the semi-finals in the Open and Tom Burns, the barrage in the Vets. Glasgow’s A and B teams finished fourth and fifth respectively in the team competition.

The Plate competition was won by Australian Rob Green who defeated LEU’s Martin Blanchard in the final.

Many thanks to all the players who supported our event.

Full results can be seen here.


100 pictures from the weekend:



English Grand Prix, Gillingham

England’s top competition of the season was held at the 44Two Sports and Social Club, Gillingham over the weekend 18/19 July. There was a big entry list with 75 taking part in the individual events on the Saturday and 12 teams on the Sunday. Tom Burns, Dave Gladman and John Halpin were there on the Saturday to compete in the Veteran individual competition and they were joined by Dave Butler on the Sunday for the team event. Scotland were also represented by Dundee United TFC.


Individual Events

The Veteran event comprised 7 groups of 4 and one of 5. Neither Tom Burns nor John Halpin progressed beyond the group stage. Burns was drawn in the group of 5 which included Olivier Pere, Dave Pawsey and Darren Barnes. Halpin found himself alongside number 1 seed Lucio Cannichio of Italy in his group. Each Glasgow player managed one win but were defeated in their other matches. Dundee United’s Rob Conway and Andy Beskaby also were unable to qualify.


Good fortune, however, befell Dave Gladman. One of his group, Dave Samuel of Wales, withdrew just before the competition began. A 1-0 victory over Rudi Peterschinnigg and a draw against Tony McCann were enough for Gladman to win the group and go to the last 16. There he faced Australian, Bob Green. No goals were scored in normal time or indeed after extra-time and so the game went to shots. Gladman won 3-2. So to the quarter-final where Gladman’s opposition was Martin Hodds. Gladman played well in the first half and kept the score at 0-0 but Hodds stepped up in the second period to run out 2-0 winner.


Burns and Halpin went on to play in the Plate. Burns defeated Colin Tarry but then lost 3-2 to Dundee’s Rob Conway. Two victories saw Halpin reach the semi-final where his opponent was Tony McCann. Two goals down at half-time, Halpin came back to draw 2-2 and force a shoot-out. In the previous round Halpin had beaten Darren Barnes on shots but this time he was unlucky, just failing to reach the final.


The Veteran competition was won by Justin Finch, beating Lucio Cannichio 1-0 in the final.


Steve Bennett was Scotland’s only representative in the Open category. He qualified out of his group and reached the quarter-final where he lost 3-1. The Open was won by Belgian David Vantassel.


Team Event

The 12 teams were drawn into 3 groups of 4. The winner of group 3 along with the runners-up in all groups would play in a barrage to decide who would join the winners of groups 1 and 2 in the semi-finals. Glasgow were drawn in group 3 along with seeded Yorkshire, Kent A and Cardiff B. First up for Glasgow was Yorkshire and a famous victory was recorded, 3-0. Dave Butler beat Ben Staples 6-0, Tom Burns beat Paul Lawrenson 3-0, John Halpin beat Tony McCann/Luca Martinelli 3-1 and Dave Gladman drew 0-0 with Martin Hodds. There followed a disappointing 3-1 loss to Kent. Dave Butler managed a victory but the others all lost. A victory over Cardiff B was needed to finish runners-up and the team stood up to the plate with a 4-0 victory. The reward in the barrage was a match against Belgians SC Eugies. But it was a match which Glasgow lost 3-0. Dave Butler again did well (3 wins in his previous matches) and achieved a draw. Dundee United TFC also finished runners-up in their group but they won their barrage match to reach the semi-final where they lost to London and Essex. The competition was won by Belgian club AS Hennuyer who defeated London Essex 3-1 in the final.






Trophy winners:


David Vantassel BEL/ASH 2-1 Remi Soret FRA/ASH

Justin Finch ENG/VAL 1-0 Lucio Canicchio ITA/FIA

1st Steffen Despretz BEL/HEN / 2nd Elliott Bellefontaine ENG/LEU

Corentin Bouchez BEL/EUG 2-1 Kye Arnold ENG/KIV

Joseph Kinrade ENG/KIV 2-0 Thomas Price ENG/KIV

Open WASPA Plate:
Ralf Gregorie BEL/EUG 4-2 Ben Staples ENG/YOR

Veterans WASPA Plate:
Thomas Vulpes GER/RAI 1-0 Tony McCann ENG/YOR

U15 WASPA Plate:
Rhys Williams ENG/KIV 4-1 Louis Singh ENG/KIV

U12 WASPA Plate:
Conor Atkin ENG/KIV 1-0 Flynn Barnes WAL/CAR

AS Hennuyer BEL 3-1 London & Essex Utd ‘A’ ENG

Team Plate:
London & Essex Utd ‘B’ ENG 4-0 Cardiff ‘A’ WAL

Sunday Junior WASPA:
1st Thomas Lacey ENG/KIV / 2nd Dylan Staples ENG/YOR

Sportsmanship Award:
Gabriele Silveri ITA/FIA


GTSA congratulates the English Subbuteo Association and Kent Invicta TFC on a very enjoyable and well-run tournament!



Tayside International Open

Twenty players from Scotland and England took part in the Tayside IO at Tannadice Park in Dundee. All competitors were drawn in four groups and entered for the Open category. Four GTSA players, Baver Bari, Tom Burns, Dave Gladman and John Halpin made the trip north. Only Tom Burns qualified out of his group to reach the quarter-finals. There he lost to Scotland’s number 1, Steve Bennett. It was Bennett who went on to win the competition defeating Yorkshire’s Trevor Schott in the final. Dave Gladman, however, was successful in winning the Plate.





Only four teams took part in the Team event on the Sunday. With only a 3-man team Glasgow lost all their matches though they did manage some creditable performances. The competition was won by Dundee United’s A team who won all 3 matches.





Many thanks are due to Dundee United TFC for a well-organised and very enjoyable tournament.