North East Table Football Alliance

  Subbuteo in the North East since 1978

The Brigantes Premier League

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For many years at our club we operated a policy of play when you can, but trying to find a way to make all results count towards a final ranking table to determine a champion. We tried various strategies, with mixed success. The problem is always that the players that play the most will usually amass more points than those that play less often. So our champions have not always been the best players, but they were always the players who played the system best in that season.

We wanted to move forward in a more structured way and the new look NETFA will be a traditional league of 8 players in season 1. Games will be played home and away, a lot of games will be played on neutral pitches. Games will be played in batches of three or 4 games and all games will have an appointed referee.

For example, the first set of games will be at Mike's in Guisborough and will feature the games Mike v Andy, Mike v Chris and Andy v Chris, with the spare player in each match being the ref. So Mike plays two homes games while Andy and Chris play an away game each and then a neutral venue game.

The emphasis on this structure is that the players involved respect each other enough so that all the fixtures get played in good time so that at the end of the season we have no byes, just a completed fixture list. The best man will win!

The Brigantes Trophy!

Our club trophy is unique and we had it made to order. The rationale behind the design is quite simple really. In Roman times, there was a tribe of Britons called the Brigantes who occupied a territory of northern England, roughly the same as our catchment area of players. Hence our name! Not a lot remains of this tribe but artefacts discovered near Stanwick included the Stanwick Horse Mask, which we have had recreated to be the centre-piece of our trophy.


The horse mask was created by an artist called Melanie Guy (www.melanieguy.com) and the granite block is made from Shap Granite supplied by Galloway Stone Products. Many thanks to both for helping us to create really special trophy.

September 2019 results!

21st September 2019

Ponteland


Due to the first round of games being postponed last weekend this set of fixtures was the first to be played in the 2019/20 Brigantes league. In light of this pre-match talk highlighted that one of us could be at the bottom of the league at the end evening but one of us, or even all of us, would be at the top of the league. That, or them, persons would be like the newly promoted team in the premier league being top after one good win on opening day and their fans excited to get a screen shot or paper clipping of the event because they knew it wouldn’t last long.


To the games.


First up was Nigel v Nick which turned out to be an end to end exciting game. Nigel took the lead after 90 seconds  with a low shot into the corner. Nick responded by pushing players forward immediately and having a number of shots all of which were saved by Nigel’s keeper. Nick did score but only for it to be ruled out for offside. The second half was of a similar vein with Nick pushing as many players forward as possible and at one point all his players were in Nigel’s half. Nigel stood firm with a great goalkeeping display and the game ended 1-0.


Nigel Lamond 1-0 Nick Pearson.


Next was Stephen v Nick which was largely dominated by Nick with fast accurate play. The first half saw Stephen’s goalkeeper thwart Nick on a number of occasions until the stroke of half time when Nick hit a shot from the corner of the box which hit the net just as the buzzer went for time. Stephen had more possessions in the second half but was unable to create a equaliser.


Stephen Dobbison 0-1 Nick Pearson.


Finally it was Stephen v Nigel and in the first half of the game both players had good possession and chances. However, it was Stephen who scored first, a goal which came midway through the half with a low shot into the bottom corner from out wide. Nigel came out on the attack in the second half and had numerous chances and shots all of which were repelled by good defensive blocks or good goalkeeping.


Stephen Dobbison 1-0 Nigel Lamond.


A great evening with some great action which was played in a enjoyable atmosphere with genuine sportsmanship, honesty and integrity.



27th September 2019

Hexham


Jeff and Steve started first. A much improved Steve blocked solidly and even forced a free kick in Jeff’s area but he squandered the chance. But after about 10 minutes as Steve is prone to do, he jumped into a flick too quick with the spare goalkeeper, missed the ball and gave Jeff the easiest of tasks to slot into an empty net. This opening goal took the pressure  off the home player and another mistake by Steve 5 minutes later allowed Jeff in again for the second just before halftime. Steve battled well the second half with some superb blocking but was generally unable to create an opening in Jeff’s defence. With 4 minutes left, a well constructed move and low well placed shot by Jeff finished the scoring.



Jeff Parsons 3-0 Steve Dobbison


Chris and Steve followed and Chris started lively and whilst creating some good chances, never quite got his game going. Steve responded  with good frustrating blocking without creating anything himself.  With just a minute before halftime left, a 50/50 decision allowed Chris in for the only goal of the match. Chris persevered but two fine saves  and good defending by Steve kept Chris  out. With a minute or so to go, Steve could well have equalised with his one chance of the game but a fine  save by Chris  stopped the shock result.


Chris Kaberry 1-0 Steve Dobbison



Chris against Jeff was the third game. Neither player had been very good so far on this opening fixture date for them but Chris started off the more confident and attacked Within 5 minutes Jeff missed the ball with  his spare goalkeeper and only Chris committing a foul prevented him from being an early goal up. But that goalkeeper miss summed up Jeff’s standard in this game, unable to block accurately and keep any possession. Chris scored from a central position after 8 minutes and the result did not seem in doubt.  Chris was far more accurate with block flicks and long flicks always keeping Jeff on the back foot. Jeff created very little whilst Chris ploughed forward always creating something. The second half continued on the same pattern but whilst there was only one goal in it, Jeff was always in with a shout. But no gaps appeared in Chris’s defence and but for a overhit ball Chris could have converted  a spare goalkeeper error. He also created other good chances to be out of sight. With five minutes remaining, Chris deservedly added a second from the left wing.


Jeff Parsons 0-2 Chris Kaberry



Not a good day for the home team but all games were played in a good spirit. Many thanks for the travelling players for coming in such poor weather.

October 2019 results!

5th October 2019

Great Ayton


First up Beefy (me) and Andy

From the get go I had a good flow and pace to my game, playing quickly and precisely everything seemed to be working nicely, Andy started well blocking with skill and always trying to create his own attacking positions. After 3 minutes the first goal was scored with a chipped finish into the top corner, and with another couple of goals followed before half time, it seemed my set up flicks and shooting were both working really well. When your opponent audibly sighs after a deft set up flick you know you are doing something right. Despite the score line reading 3-0 at half time Andy had definitely had his moments, with a touch more luck he could easily have had a goal or 2. The second half followed the same pattern as the first with some fast precise attacking and good blocking giving the game a really nice feel, both players showed great sportsmanship in calling themselves for infringements that were on the blindside of the referee. A fourth goal game from a quick attack and great finish into the top corner, it was said no keeper would have had a chance.


Neil Beeforth 4 – 0 Andy Mill


The evenings second game saw Jeff and Andy lock horns. Early possession was dominated by Jeff without “really” troubling Andy who was always looking to make a decisive break up field. The deadlock was broken when Jeff created a shooting chance on the right which he converted via a defender with the ball sneaking in at the near post. This served to spur Andy on and he grew into the game as an attacking force, shortly before half time he created a chance wide on the left, some educated blocking made it look like the chance had gone but Andy knew better, quick flick with 1 player and then a shot with another at a moving ball saw the ball fly into the net. Now this is where it gets interesting, the first player used had gone into an “offside” position but as both he and the ball were still moving when the shot was taken by the other man he becomes passive therefore the goal stands, round of applause to Jeff for pointing this out as the ref, whoops, had originally called it offside, great sportsmanship and a great goal 1-1 at half time. The second half was an open affair with both players going for it, yes I am talking about the same Jeff you all know, at one point he had 5 attackers. Both players had chances, and both players showed true sportsmanship in a tight 15 minutes, Jeff managed to fashion a good chance with a few minutes remaining and scored his second goal of the game, after going behind Andy pushed to try and grab an equaliser but just couldn’t work an opening in a now tight defence, good game with the goal of the night finished 2-1 to Jeff.


Jeff Parsons 2 – 1 Andy Mill


Jeff won the toss and elected to take first flick, this set the pattern for the first half where I just couldn’t get the ball, Jeff dominated possession but didn’t really have any clear chances, in my brief moments of possession I managed to create one or 2 swift attacks that could have resulted in chances but Jeff was up to it and blocked well 0-0 at half time. The second half was more even in terms of possession and as it wore on it became more apparent that Jeff was happy to hold on to a point, even when I only had 1 defender he refused, or chose not to push forward, I also think I blocked every opportunity he had to get the ball forward with my 8 strong midfield and attack, a few corners and shots from an angle failed to find the target and the game finished in stalemate 0-0


Neil Beeforth 0 – 0 Jeff Parsons


A good evening of subbuteo with all 3 players showing the spirit we have grown accustomed to in our wonderful league.



11th October 2019

North Shields

Results only, reports to follow


This looked like a routine win for Mike but it was far from that. Dave was never out of the game and showed some really clever tactical blocks that stopped Mike in his tracks more than once. Once Mike was ahead though, he never looked like losing it.


Dave Brothers 0 – 2 Mike Parnaby


Andy continues to soldier on after his recent health issues and here they were starting to get on top of him a little. That said, although his mobility is down on par, his Subbuteo is also improving quickly and he created quite a few half chances in the game. Mike was ruthless though ond made sure of the win.


Andy Mill 0 – 3 Mike Parnaby


This one could have gone either way as both players fought hard to get the upper hand. Eventually it was Dave who scored the winning goal, a nicely finished low shot into the far corner.


Andy Mill 0 – 1 Dave Brothers



25th October 2019

Chopwell


A competitive, but more notable for defence and blocking, evening in Chopwell produced the following results.


First up was Dave 0 v 0 Andy. Not many chances and as close as the score suggests.


Dave Brothers 0 – 0 Andy Mill


Second was Jeff v Dave. The only goal came after 2mins when Jeff's attempted lob off a defender trickled in at the far post, to the consternation of the static keeper. Not many more chances, but some excellent blocking.


Dave Brothers 0 – 1 Jeff Parsons


Finally Andy v Jeff. For over 20mins Andy defended manfully and had the odd first half chance. The game turned half way through the second half when Andy saw a chance of a quick break and went to play a quick long ball up field with his kicking keeper........and missed the ball from 3". Two flick later Jeff scored into an empty net. Jeff's second goal was well worked, with close control in the build-up.


Andy Mill 0 – 2 Jeff Parsons


There were a couple of discussions on the rules, but the referees were proved to be right, in principle at least.



25th October 2019

Ponteland


Mike dominated this game and won at a canter with two great strikes midway through each half. Stephen had more possession than he expected and created a handful of chance but was unable to score.

Stephen Dobbison 0-2 Mike Parnaby


Mike began the game well and scored with a low shot early in the first half. Rob dug in and began to get some possession and created a couple of chances before Mike made an error in front of his goal and Rob pounced to make the game even. Mike then had a series of shots during the rest of the match which were all saved by Rob’s goalkeeper who was having a blinder. Close to the end Rob had a chance to win but didn’t take it and the match ended in a draw. An excellent performance by Rob to hold Mike.


Rob Heseltine 1-1 Mike Parnaby


Rob carried on his fine performance against Mike in the opening exchanges and quickly took the lead. It was held for only a short while before Stephen struck back and at halftime it was all square. Both players had chances in the second half but the best ones fell to Rob and with one of these chipped the keeper to register his first win this season.


Stephen Dobbison 1-2 Rob Heseltine 



The Ranking Table 2019-20

Name
 Pl
 W
 D
 L
 For
 Against
Diff
 Points
Jeff
  6
 4 
 1 
  1
  8
  3
  +5
  9
Mike
  4
 3 
 1
  0
  8
  1
  +7
  7
Chris
  2
  2
  0
  0
  3
  0
  +3
  4
Beefy
  2
 1
 1
  0
  4
  0
  +4
  3
Rob
  2
  1
  1
  0
  3
  2
  +1
  3
Dave
  4
 1
  1
  2
  1
  3
 -2
  3
Nigel
  2
  1
  0
  1
  1
  1
  0
  2
Nick
  2
  1
  0
  1
  1
  1
  0
  2
Stephen  
  6
  1
  0
  5
  2
  9
 -7
  2
Andy
  6
  0
  1
  5
  1
  12
 -11
  1

The Ranking Table 2018-19

Name
 Pl
 W
 D
 L
 For
 Against
 Difference
 Points
 Mike
 16
 14
  1
  1
  37
  6
  +31
 29
 Beefy
 16
 12
  2
  2
  35
  9
  +26
 26
 Neil
 16
 12
  0
  4
  27
  11
  +17
 24
 Chris
 16
  9
  3
  4
  21
  5
  +16
 21
 Jeff
 16
  6
  3
  7
   9
  15
  -6
 15
 Dave
 16
  5
  3
  8
  16
  23
  -7
 13
 Nigel
 16
  0
  7
 9 
   2
  21
  -19
  7
 Rob
 16
  2
  1
 13
   7
  36
  -29
  5
 Andy/Stephen
 16
  1
  2
 13
   3
  31
  -28
  4

The Ranking Table 2017-18

Name
 Pl
 Won
 Drawn
 Lost
 For
 Against
 Goal D
 Points
 Mike
 14
 12
 2
 0
 27
 3
 +24
 26
 Neil Y.
 14
 7
 6
 1
 27
 8
 +19
 20
 Neil B
 14
 7
 3
 4
 25
 8
 +17
 17
 Chris
 14
 7
 3
 4
 18
 6
 +12
 17
 Jeff
 14
 6
 5
 3
 9
 7
 +2
 17
 Dave
 14
 2
 3
 9
 9
28
 -19
 7
 Andy
 14
 1
 5
 8
 1
20
 -19
 7
 Rob
 14
 0
 1
 13
 2
38
 -36
 1

The Ranking Table 2016-17

Name
 Pl
 Won
 Drawn
 Lost
 For
 Against
 Goal D
 Points
 Mike
 16
 15
 0
 1
 37
 13
 +24
 30
 Neil
 16
 13
 0
 3
 32
 12
 +20
 26
 Ben
 16
 12
 1
 3
 46
 17
 +29
 25
 Chris
 16
 7
 2
 7
 19
 17
 +2
 16
 Jeff
 16
  5
  5
 6
 12
 13
 - 1
 15
 John
 16
  6
 1
 9
 13
 24
 -11
 13
 Dave
 16
 1
  6
 9
 7
  26
 -19
  8
 Andy
 16
 2
 2
 12
 6
  21
 -15
  6
 Rob
 16
  1
 3
  12
 8
  37
 -29
  5

The Ranking Table 2015-16

Name
 Pl
 Won
 Drawn
 Lost
 For
 Against
 Goal D
 Points

Mike

 12
 10
 2
 0
 23
 4
 +19
 22
 Ben
 12
 7
 3
 2
 26
 8
 +18
 17
 Chris
 12
6
 4
 2
 21
 5
 +16
 16
 Jeff
 12
 5
 5
 2
 17
 5
 +12
 15
 Dave
 12
 1
 4
 7
 5
 23
 -18
 6
 Andy
 12
 0
 5
 7
 1
 15
 -14
 5
 Rob
 12
 0
 3
 9
 4
 37
 -33
 3

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