March 02, 2009
Roll up! Roll Up!
Trawling through a box load of old photographs, I found this old picture. It feels a bit like catching up with an old friend!
On a trip to Southport in the late Eighties I came across this wonderful fairground stall. If my memory serves me correct you pulled the players foot back and he shot a two pence piece, over a void. The idea of the game was to land the penny onto a revolving island in the middle. If your coin landed on the designated target, you won a prize.
I love the players haircut and the simplicity of the kit. I could never work out if he was centre forward or centre half. Either way, I bet he could tell a story or two. The games has echoes of baby-foot, and should you like table football, you'll probably enjoy Nicola Shwartzs book table head over at pocko books.
It was sad to read that the fairground at Southport has since been demolished. I do hope this old fella' found a good home, somewhere!