Table football - or ’foosball’ as Joey and Chandler have the
irritating habit of calling it on Friends - attracts almost as many
obsessive fans as the real thing.
Get down to Cafe Kick in Exmouth Market of a Saturday and you’ll see
dozens of wild-eyed players and spectators hunched over tables. The
place is so alluring it even featured in an Adidas ad for the World
Not that this was any surprise, as more than a few agencies have
installed tables to entertain and inspire those hard-working
Even Channel 4 has one in its canteen - I’ve heard Michael Jackson’s a
dab hand, but don’t quote me.
The thing about table football is that it requires genuine skill,
determination and concentration, not to mention hours of practice. As
with real-life football, it has its own complex set of rules, the most
well-known being the ’no spinning’ decree that so many amateurs
Unfortunately, the real experts at the game are unlikely to earn
millions of pounds, drive flash motors or get caught snorting coke in a
Portuguese toilet. That’s because they’re all eight-year-old French
Available at Cafe Kick, 43 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell EC1.