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Subbuteo: Friday Flashback Videos

Instead of showing footage of matches from yesteryear as I usually do every Friday, I thought I’d share a selection of videos about one of my favorite hobbies from childhood in the United Kingdom. The table soccer game called Subbuteo.

In the above commercial (presumably from the 1960′s), it captures the excitement of a young boy playing Subbuteo and imagining that he’s playing like the professionals.

In the more informative video below, Peter Whitehead walks the viewer through the history of Subbuteo (and similar games) and shows how it evolved over the decades. As Whitehead says, it was and is a perfect Christmas present. I remember finding the Subbuteo Stadium Edition under my tree in the late 1970s and feeling so much joy, and spending so many hours for the next few years playing the game.

And last but not least, we have a video below showing that it’s not just children who play, but also grown men. The video shows a few men playing the game and the tricks that they get up to.

If you remember Subbuteo or are curious about the game, feel free to post questions or comments in the box below. In the meantime, you can find several Subbuteo resources through this Subbuteo links page.

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3 Responses to Subbuteo: Friday Flashback Videos

  1. Bishopville Red says:

    Subbuteo kicked ass. Hours of my youth spent on playing, setting up a kluge of a stadium, practising, and so on.

    I’m not so sure I’m as big a fan of the new “men”, however. they’re flat with photos of actual players. I love my generic 3-D dudes and the little numbers I popped on them.

    I could swear my first experience with Subbuteo was from a show called “Soccer Made in Germany” where they would recreate situations on the pitch via Subbuteo. My mind might be playing tricks with me, but I’m pretty sure that was the case.

    More recently, up here in Canada The Score TV Network, hosts of “The Footy Show” started a segment during the World Cup called “The Formation Geek” where Pundit Kristian Jack would “break down” the upcoming games, showing what formations & tactics certain sides used and how their opponents could break it down. Fun episode that they bring back into play from time to time.

  2. I loved subbutteo too but then console’s and FIFA were invented

  3. B says:

    Hope you weren’t a “pusher”.
    and my perfect cousin could play…

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