Our next player profile is with Terry Edge an absolute legend of the game of Subbuteo. Terry is a former English Champion from 1969 and possibly the only player to ever release a book about the game strangely named "Flymo and Shedbuilder" a wonderful tale about a 13 year old boy named Ben who is sent on a Subbuteo journey of a lifetime:
1. When did you first start playing?
The first time I saw a Subbuteo pitch and figures was on the living room floor of a neighbour, Nigel Shepherd. I was entranced; never heard of Subbuteo before. The pitch, the figures and the goal all looked magical. He had Real Madrid, too, which just added to the wonder: all white was not very common back then. This would have been 1960. Then my parents bought me a box set for Christmas: two flat teams, goals but no pitch if I recall.
2. Which was your first ever big tournament?
I can't recall exactly but I played in Essex during the late 60s and it had a huge membership at that time. I played in the Upminster League, and we played other Essex leagues just about every week. Then there was the Essex Championships, to qualify for the Regional Champs, to qualify for the National Champs (no national league at that time). So, the first big one was probably the Essex Champs. However, I had joined the Hackney League at age 13 (1965), which took place above the Bakers' Arms in Leyton - Ron Russ and various other England internationals were members.
3. Which is the best tournament you have ever attended?
Probably the Europa Cup in Holland in about 1972. The game was getting pretty big at that time and the tournament was televised, quite large crowds, too.
4. What was the best goal you have ever scored?
Against Kurt Erb in the Europa Cup in Vienna 1978. It was the last group game; he was European Champion at the time. He was leading 1-0 in a very tight game. With a couple of minutes left, I had a shot right in the corner of the shooting area. I knew it would be the only chance I got. He had a couple of defenders quite close to the ball and his goalkeeper was in the perfect position. Only one shot would work: a fast chip, clearing the goalkeeper's head, then dipping just under the crossbar. It needed my finger to be relaxed at the point of hitting the back of the base. Funny thing: as soon as I hit it, I knew I'd scored - because the pressure and timing were right. Erb looked up and nodded to me in appreciation: a moment I still treasure.
5. Who would you describe as being the toughest player you have faced in England?
Probably Tony Cornell. I guess we all have players who just get our number. Tony was a brilliant, instinctive player and he somehow just knew what I would try to do before I even did it.
6. Who would you describe as being the toughest player you have faced in the World?
Dick Rietveld. He was a genius. I played him in the Europa Cup in Romford in 1971. I went 2-0 up. He stood back from the table, shook his head, then went up several gears. It was 2-4 to him at half time. In the second half, I played the best I've ever played and got it back to 4-4. He stepped back and shook his head again, then went up even more gears to a level I couldn't match. The final score was 4-8. Although I lost, I was actually laughing during that second half because it was such a pleasure to play against so great a player, and I guess to make him go up those gears.
7. What has been the best match you have ever played in?
Probably the above. Also, beating Ron Russ 5-1 in the final of the English Championships in 1969. It had been a long day and Ron played very well in the first half to lead 0-1. I'm not sure why but in the second half, I just sort of let myself off the leash and played the way I would in a training game, and it was one of those magical periods when everything you try comes off.
8. What has been your best moment or achievement in the game?
Coming second in the English League in 1978 (Paul O'Donovan Rossa won it). After winning the English Champs in 1969, there was a rule change which basically killed off shots hit on the run, i.e. because you couldn't play on if a figure was lying down (common with flats) or off the pitch. I was a fast player and this change spoilt my natural game. Working hard with Paul, I had to relearn my game; become a better defender, in short. The other achievement I'm proud of is forming the 70s Masters (again, with Paul) in 2002 and getting together some great, old (really old in some cases) players from that time - like Mike Dent and Norman Gleave. Ron Russ didn't want to play but he turned up to greet us all at the first event. It was really a brilliant experience to share memories with them all again, and to play some table soccer too.
9. What has been the funniest moment you have seen on a trip away to a tournament?
Possibly playing in the Downton Open (around 1976). I had a few beers at half time and during the next game decided to play with the other guy's team instead of my own.
10. Which football team do you support?
11. What is your favourite food?
Cheese omelette, and Mrs Luke's home made pasties.
12. Do you have any other hobbies?
It's more than a hobby, but I'm a writer and freelance editor. I wrote children's fiction for many years, then a few years back switched mainly to writing Science Fiction and Fantasy. More details at my website: www.td-edge.com.
13. What is your favourite holiday destination?
14. What is the best movie you have ever seen?
It's a tie between Local Hero, Terminator 1, and Terminator 2.
15. What is your favourite TV series?
From a writing standpoint, in comedy it would have to be US sitcoms like Frasier, Scrubs and Two and a Half Men. In drama, again mainly US: The West Wing, Fringe and The Good Wife.
16. What is your favourite music?
Atmospheric classical like Sibelius and Vaughan Williams; folk music - too many to mention - but I like traditional with a modern twist, e.g. Kathryn Tickell; rock: Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Dead Can Dance, Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, the Beach Boys.
17. Which person do you have most respect for in life?
My partner, Kim, and my friend Paul O'Donovan Rossa.