And The Winner Is…

Back in November, a journey was started that finally came to an end today in my dining room. Twenty two little plastic men, one six year old boy and a thirty-one year old boy fought out the final of Eoin’s Subbuteo Cup. We started with 32 teams and slowly ploughed through 8 groups of 4 in the first round and so on until, 63 games of Subbuteo later, we had a winner. But before the winner is revealed, here is the journey in full…

First Round
Group 1
Man City 1 – 0 Ajax                 Vasco De Gama 3 – 2 Celtic
Celtic 2 – 2 Man City               Ajax 1 – 1 Vasco De Gama
Ajax 3 – 0 Celtic                      Vasco De Gama 1 – 2 Man City
Man City & Ajax qualify

Group 2
West Ham 0 – 0 Austria Salzburg               St Patricks 1 – 2 Newcastle Utd
Austria Salzburg 2 – 2 St Patricks               Newcastle Utd 0 – 2 West Ham
St Patricks 1 – 0 West Ham                        Austria Salzburg 2 – 1 Newcastle Utd
Austria Salzburg & West Ham qualify

Group 3
Tottenham 1 – 1 Liverpool                     Charleroi 0 – 0 Shrewsbury
Liverpool 1 – 0 Charleroi                        Shrewsbury 2 – 1 Tottenham
Shrewsbury 0 – 1 Liverpool                    Tottenham 2 – 1 Charleroi
Liverpool & Tottenham qualify

Group 4
Nott’m Forest 0 – 1 Everton                    AFC Wimbledon 0 – 1 B M’gladbach
Everton 1 – 1 AFC Wimbledon               B M’gladbach 0 – 0 Nott’m Forest
AFC Wimbledon 4 – 4 Nott’m Forest      Everton 1 – 1 B M’gladbach
Everton & Borussia Moenchengladbach qualify

Group 5
Milan 0 – 0 Portsmouth                        Man Utd 1 – 1 Fluminense
Portsmouth 2 – 1 Man Utd                   Fluminense 0 – 0 Milan
Fluminense 0 – 1 Portsmouth              Milan 2 – 2 Man Utd
Portsmouth & Milan qualify

Group 6
Arsenal 1 – 0 Bolton                            Bayern Munich 0 – 1 Aston Villa
Bolton 2 – 1 Bayern Munich                Aston Villa 2 – 2 Arsenal
Aston Villa 1 – 1 Bolton                       Arsenal 0 – 0 Bayern Munich
Aston Villa & Arsenal qualify

Group 7
QPR 1 – 1 Benfica                           Swansea 2 – 1 Graz AK
Benfica 3 – 3 Swansea                    Graz AK 0 – 0 QPR
Swansea 1 – 0 QPR                        Benfica 0 – 1 Graz AK
Swansea & Graz AK qualify

Group 8
Rangers 2 – 1 Juventus                  Charlton 2 – 4 Chelsea
Juventus 3 – 5 Charlton                  Chelsea 0 – 1 Rangers
Charlton 2 – 2 Rangers                   Juventus 3 – 3 Chelsea
Rangers & Chelsea qualify

Second Round
Aston Villa 2 – 1 Ajax                     Swansea 1 – 0 West Ham
Liverpool 1 – 0 Graz AK                 Portsmouth 2 – 1 Tottenham
Man City 2 – 1 Chelsea                 Austria Salzburg 3 – 4 B M’gladbach
Everton 3 – 4 Milan (aet)               Rangers 3 – 2 Arsenal

Quarter-Finals
Man City 2 – 0 Liverpool (pens)         Swansea 0 – 3 B M’gladbach
Milan 4 – 5 Rangers (pens)                Aston Villa 3 – 2 Portsmouth (pens)

Semi-Finals
B M’gladbach 1 – 3 Rangers            Aston Villa 0 – 3 Man City

The Final

                    Rangers vs Man City

                                                     AND THE WINNER IS…

In case you were still unsure, City won 3-1.
This is all dedicated to Eoin Moore, without whom I wouldn’t have spent most of our time together holed up in his bedroom or, if we were lucky, in the dining room. Oh, and yes, he IS a City fan! 
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