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Minisoccer, marketed from 1964 by Minisoccer Ltd.

Postby glittering-prize67 » Mon Jun 26, 2006 5:41 pm

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Hi everyone,
Does anyone know where I can buy some legs for a sixties Mini Soccer game? I think they were wooden ones but standard metal ones would do the job. Any info or manuals etc. on this game would be great.
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Postby pennymachines » Tue Jun 27, 2006 5:56 pm

Hello Simon,

To quote from my piece about the origins of coin-op football:
The electro-mechanical age brought Minisoccer, marketed from 1964 by Minisoccer Ltd., of Southall, Middlesex (patented by Albert Leslie Cane in 1965), which enjoyed a period of popularity with its sixteen miniature players running up and down the pitch in parallel tracks and pivoting to kick. It was the first game in which the footballers had to chase the ball to keep up with the action, and skillful interceptions were possible. The goalies were hand cranked, the score at each end was registered by rows of bulbs, and following the rules of football, the ball returned to play until time ran out. A six-a-side hockey variant employed the same tracking player system, and was covered by the same patents.
See the US patent here.

Your chance of finding some original legs must be very small and in my opinion it would be a shame to spoil such a nice machine by fitting metal pinball legs or the like. I suggest you get some hardwood (beech, I think) and make a set. The dimensions are 31" x 1.5" x 1.5" with a half inch by half inch by 9 inch inset at the top to support each corner of the table.
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Mini soccer - payout?

Postby JC » Tue Jun 27, 2006 11:25 pm

I presume the machine Simon has is the one sold on ebay recently (with no legs). I was tempted to bid on this, but was discouraged by the lack of these wooden appendages! A similar machine sold at the Wookey Hole sale last November, which I really wish I'd bought now. I remember these machines as a boy back in the 1960s, when they would have been really modern machines. I'm intrigued by the picture posted by Pennymachines which clearly shows an allwin style payout cup. Did these machines have some sort of winners payout?

Jerry :-?

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Postby badpenny » Wed Jun 28, 2006 7:04 am

..............looks to me as if it's directly underneath the coin entry, so I bet ten bob it's just the coin return ............... over to you Mr Pennymachines who's right?
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Re: Mini soccer - payout?

Postby glittering-prize67 » Wed Jun 28, 2006 8:53 am

The payout cup is just a coin return from the coin mech. It does not payout. I'm doing away with the coin slot altogether and having free play buttons at either end. One in red and one in blue, to match player colours.

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Mini Soccer

Postby stoxman22 » Sun Sep 09, 2007 9:10 pm

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What can anyone tell me about this latest purchase. The notes I got from the seller are that it is around 1962 vintage and manufactured by Mini soccer Ltd.
I remember playing on one of these machines in Mablethorpe in the 70s and I dont think I have seen one since. Everything is there but the original glass has been damaged and the original legs have been replaced. There is a bit of work to do with the timer which is mechanical, at the minute it just keeps playing.
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Postby pennymachines » Sun Sep 09, 2007 11:43 pm

Great game, lots of fun, especially with several players at each end. If you figure out the timer, let me know - I'm trying to fix one with the same problem.

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Minisoccer

Postby morten müller » Sat Dec 15, 2007 9:00 am

Morten Müller, Denmark
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Postby badpenny » Sat Dec 15, 2007 10:34 am

I remember playing these in England in the late '60s early '70s. I always imagined there must be a complex arrangement of chains or guide wires inside.
Is there a motor for each player or is it one large constantly running motor to which you engage your players by a sort of clutch arrangement when you depress the levers?

I nearly found out when I spotted one standing outside in someone's back garden. I knocked on the door to enquire if it was for sale, and was greeted with waves of apathy. I later learnt it remained outside all winter then they burnt it!

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Postby morten müller » Sat Dec 15, 2007 3:57 pm

Does anyone know how much this machine is worth in England? I'm thinking of selling it. Best regards Morten Müller.


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