Some years ago, when English clubs were not qualifying for the European Competitions with the regularity that they are today, or the F.A. Premier League had not been thought about, the football visionaries felt that an indoor tournament for Football League clubs was the answer. As a result, we were introduced to the world of Soccer Six in the early 1980’s.
Whilst this continued throughout the decade with different sponsors and success ratings, the tournament did not have the status or financial support to attract all the top clubs from the Football League. Guinness eventually became the major sponsors of the event providing that attraction, with an estimated £250K prize money, and around £50,000 for the winning team. The tournament was played at the G Mex indoor arena in Manchester, over 4 evenings in December, on a knock out basis, and proved very popular, with spectators travelling to Manchester, from all 21 1st Division teams plus Manchester City also took part.
Roger Dilkes, from Mossley, Lancashire is an English former football referee who officiated in the Football League and Premier League.