Still exists after over 40 years, as the organisation which oversees all official events in the county, such as county championships, Staffordshire Association Cup, Team Championships and member clubs and leagues.
Staffordshire is England's 2nd largest county after Yorkshire, and stretches from Leek in the far north, down through Stoke-on-Trent, Stafford, Cannock, Bloxwich and Walsall. The south-west of the county has one of the most productive towns for star players, Wolverhampton, whilst the far north-east of the county has Burton-on-Trent, which has been a hotbed for players and large clubs of over 30 members in the past. In the centre of the county, the Lichfield TSC, with its 30+ membership and the enigmatic Tom Taylor, was almost the national centre of subbuteo in the late 1990s.
Created way back in 1969/70 season by Mike Bradbury of Hednesford and Guy Smith from Tamworth TFC, they are still active, and they are Life Presidents of the Association. Mike chaired the 5 man committee which ran the STSA until 1999 when he handed the reins over to Tom Taylor, until he moved out of the region to Knighton, just in Powys, and so Mike took on the mantle once again.
Going into 2017 with renewed optimism thanks to many former star players returning to the game after decades away, Staffordshire has 3 active clubs- South Staffs with 20 members spread across half the county from Burton to Rugeley and Bloxwich to Willenhall. Games are either played at members hmes or at the Jumpnation centre by Junction 10 of the M6, again on Sunday nights.
A new Wolverhampton TFC run by Justin Scott plays at The Poynings Centre, Tettenhall on Sunday nights with at least 8 members. The North Staffs Old Subbuteo Club in Woolaston, Stoke has an annual international tournement in the summer but caters more for collector enthusiasts.
To list all the county senior,youth,junior and team champions over the last 45 years would be a tedious read, but if you want to see the whole story, then Mike Bradbury and Algy Taylor are writing the story of the STSA and the Lichfield TSC respectively, and both books will be published inJune 2017, priced at around £8 from Mike at 19 Calstock Road, Willenhall, or Black Hill Books, Clun..
Below is a resume of important competitions and titles won by the leading players during 1968-2017-
Name Senior champ Youth champ Staffs Cup winner South Staffs TSC County League
Mike Bradbury 16 18 11 10
Carl Bradbury 3 7 1
Keith Holden 3 1 3
Roy Holden 1 3 1
Paul Ryan 4
Paul Hackett 4 1
Gurbax Atwal 2
Adam Bradbury 1 3
Dean Whittaker 2
Sean Bradbury 2
Mick O'Sullivan 2
Trevor Silvester 1 1
Paul Riley 1 1 1
Tony Jungklaus 1 1
Algy Taylor 1
Anthony Beddows 2 1 2
Tony Machin 1
Guy N.Smith 3
Jonathan Hayward 2
Mike Hammond 2
Richard Kane 2
Mike Murphy 1
star players from the 1990-2010 era,such as Anthony Beddows, Chris Short, Perry Robinson, Matt Lampitt, Dean Whittaker, all members of both the South Staffs Club and the Wolverhampton TSC went on to become Midlands and England Youth Champions, and were capped several times for England at World Cup events etc. Beddows went on to become European Youth Champion, and players not in the above list, such as Nick Lampitt and Steve Davis were also capped.
Roy and Keith Holden between them won the long-running Wolverhampton League at least twenty times;
Mike Murphy was perennial champion of the Brownhill League in the 1970s
Steve Davis was Aldridge League winner several times;
Mike Hammond won the Penn League several times in the 1980s
Paul Ryan and Tony Machin won many events in the county championships during the 1980s and 1990s
Mike Bradbury won the Mercian Cup 8 times in 14 years, other winners included Roy Holden, Tony Machin (3), Paul Hackett (2) and Guy Smith
Mike Bradbury won the Black Country Open 4 years running 1985-1989
Paul Ryan won the West Mercia Open 3 years running 1986-1989
Paul Hackett was Staffordshire Youth champion for 4 years running 1976-80
Mike Bradbury won the Manor Farm tournement in 7 of the 12 years it was contested 1976-1988
Mike Bradbury came 4th in the 1974 British Championships and was Midland Subbuteo champion in 1982
Mike Bradbury was Midland Senior League champion in both 1995 and 1996
Carl Bradbury was West Midlands champion in 1993
Mike Bradbury was North Midlands champion in 1993
Roy Holden has been Midland Subbuteo champion twice in the 1980s.
Chris Short and Matthew Lampitt both went on to play at International level for Valletta TFC of Malta.
2017 Mike Bradbury (Willenhall) 3-0 Justin Scott (Wolbverhampton)
Recent Staffordshire Cup Finals- 2016 Mike Bradbury (Willenhall) 3-0 Guy Smith (Clun)
2015 Guy Smith (Clun) 1-0 Mike Bradbury (Willenhall)
2014 Carl Bradbury (Rugeley) 4-1 Mike Bradbury (Willenhall)
2013 Nick Lampitt (Brownhills) 0-0 Mike Bradbury (Willenhall) cup shared (played in Knighton)
2012 Mike Bradbury (Willenhall) 5-2 Adam Bradbury (Walsall)
2011 Sean Bradbury (Rugeley) 2-0 Mike Bradbury (Willenhall)
2010 Carl Bradbury (Rugeley)* 0-0 Sean Bradbury (Rugeley) Carl won on shots
2009 Carl Bradbury (Rugeley) 1-0 Tony Morrall (Heath Hayes)