Friends of 9-year old Toby Brown have reacted angrily to the news that the Subbuteo World Cup they had planned for this summer has been put back to December. The tournament, which is being held at Brown’s house for the first time, has been delayed amid concerns of soaring temperatures in the conservatory where the matches are due to be played.
‘Even with the doors open the heat can really build up in the summer’ says Brown. ‘Dehydration is a real concern, particularly as we are limited to only 1 can of Fanta a day by our mums. Moving the tournament to winter is the obvious solution’.
However, some of Toby’s friends are not happy with the decision. ‘The tournament process has been flawed from the start’ says school friend Rory Atkins. ‘I put in a bid to host the World Cup this year – we have a large shed at the foot of our garden which is perfect for Subbuteo and doesn’t get too hot in summer. But strangely the rest of the gang preferred Toby’s sweltering conservatory’. Atkins has previously gone on record alleging that the selection process may have been skewed in Brown’s favour due to the sherbet Dib-Dabs and loom bands he was seen handing out before the meeting.
Next door neighbour Johnny Edwards believes that the timing of the tournament will also have an impact on the Subbuteo league which he organises throughout the year. ‘A winter break will play havoc with my fixture list’ says Edwards ‘as most of the players in the World Cup will come from the league. With so many games played over a short period injuries are bound to occur. If a player needs treatment after being knelt on there may not be enough time for the glue to set properly before the next game and this could be a problem when the league resumes’.
Nonetheless Brown is adamant that moving the tournament is the only viable option. ‘We explored every other avenue’ says Brown. ‘I even asked my Dad to install air conditioning to the conservatory. He said ‘no problem’ and that maybe he would invite Cheryl Cole round for a game of naked Twister once it was installed. I’m not sure what he meant but I haven’t seen any sign of the air-conditioning units. Or Cheryl Cole’.