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The card game rewarding obscure football knowledge under pressure

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about TFG

The card game that rewards obscure football knowledge under pressure, launching soon. That's our tagline, but the backstory spans over a decade. The game was created by four friends at school, Jack, Jamie, Sam and Simon.
 

Fast forward to today, and we’ve spent the past year bringing it to life in the form of a card game to be enjoyed with family at home or with friends over a nice cold pint.

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our history

For many years there was a legend of a mythical game. A game that tested the most obscure football knowledge under the tightest of time pressures. What began as four teenagers playing to pass the time soon evolved into sightings of grown men being ejected from bars for playing too loudly. The game began to spread, and where time needed to be passed, the game stepped in to fill the void. Bars, buses, airports. One minute before your bride walks down the aisle.

School trip - 2008

Invented the game on the coach home from a school trip.

Dublin - 2015

Played for five consecutive days and introduced the game to an international audience

Simon's wedding - 2017

Passed the time whilst waiting for Simon’s soon-to-be wife to walk down the aisle

Euros - 2021

A pre-game pint and a quick round during the Euros led to the question “How can we put TFG out into the world?” and one hour later we registered the domain name thefootballgame.co

2008

2022

Wetherspoons - 2013

Played so enthusiastically we were asked to leave

Barcelona - 2017

Found the game’s spiritual home; towers of beer and unlimited popcorn in a Catalan cave

London - 2020

After 2 years of Covid with no pubs, we rushed back to the London bar scene and played with so much vigour multiple tables decided to leave

meet the
founders

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Favourite football memory

“Probably the 2002 FA Cup Final. Half my family support Arsenal and the other half Chelsea. I grew up in Devon but was back in London visiting family. We all had a big barbecue and watched it outside on what was the biggest TV I’d seen at the time. As I was ten, my memory of the game is a bit hazy but I remember both of the goals so well, going crazy and spending the next few months screaming “Parlour!!” or “Ljungberg!!” every time I took a shot.”

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Jack

Favourite football memory

“As a Villa fan, theres not many to pick from. Our route to the FA Cup Final in which we ended up getting demolished by Arsenal isn’t really up there. Our Championship play off final win is definitely a positive. But for me personally its watching Villa smash Inter Milan 3-0 at Villa park, which was pretty amazing. It was only a friendly but it was awesome to see it in person. It was my era of Villa players and my favourite team and the calibre of players that Inter had at that time was also world class”

Sam

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Jamie

Favourite football memory

“As a Chelsea fan, it has to be our first Champions League win. Everything about that run was miraculous. In the midst of the most inconsistent season with a caretaker manager, we managed to turn around a deficit against Napoli and beat Barca with 10 men. Then the final, playing Bayern Munich at their home ground, getting battered for 90 mins, equalising right at the death and then winning on penalties was such a rollercoaster.”

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