The makers of the new Bradford Monopoly game have been forced to issue a “wholesome apology” after several boxes were found to contain cards featuring the well-known landmarks of Plymouth – 300 miles away.
A family won the apology after buying the new Bradford version of the board game, only to be left disappointed.
Keen Bradford City fan Colin Watson bought the game as a gift to play with partner Suzanne Johns and children Melissa, 12 and Ben, eight.
Mr Watson said: “We are Monopoly mad. We’ve got the ordinary one, the Junior and Disney versions and this was the latest addition to the collection, so we were really excited when we opened it for the first time.
“We made a big fuss when the kids came to open it and had a big laugh about the fact that I would be able to buy places like Valley Parade and the Alhambra. It said Bradford on the box and the board was Bradford places, but the cards didn’t match. They were all places in Plymouth.”
Mr Watson bought the Monopoly set from W H Smith in Bradford city centre. The board swaps the famous London streets of the original, such as Mayfair and Park Lane, with Bradford landmarks including the Alhambra Theatre, Saltaire and the National Media Museum.
However, Mr Watson, of Ilkley, said: “The card which was supposed to correspond to Valley Parade was Home Park, Plymouth’s football ground. It’s more than 300 miles away!”
A spokesman for UK manufacturer Winning Moves, which makes the Bradford edition under licence from Monopoly owners Hasbro, offered a “wholesome apology” to Mr Watson’s family and said they would receive a full refund.