Love thy game

Perhaps it was divine intervention.

Look at the date on this application, a registration for copyright of a miniature soccer board game – 9 July 1966. Three weeks later to the day England wins the World Cup for the first time. It gets better. The authors are British subjects living in Australia. We’re not done yet though … one of the authors is a Reverend!

Gripped by World Cup fever some 40 years ago, Arthur Frank Oliver and his teenage son Leslie co-invented and designed the World Cup Soccer Game, complete with flick counters, plastic white posts and green nets.

The likes of Kewell, Viduka and Aloisi of course hadn’t even been born by then, but the authors’ meticulous drawings would no doubt have impressed a youthful Guss Hiddink, currently in charge of the Socceroos campaign in Germany.

Unlike England though, the Reverend and his son didn’t receive any spoils, for the Patent Office blew the whistle and rejected the application on grounds of ‘several formality deficiencies’. It’s just not sport.

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    Application to register copyright for a miniature soccer game
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    Diagram included in the application for copyright
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    Diagram included in the application for copyright
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