Subbuteo 1974-76

A Word From Our SponsorsWith sales soaring and every young boy in the land seemingly hunched over that distinctive green baize in some cramped attic, the mid 1970s period we’re covering in this second Subbuteo retro marketing collection was probably table soccer’s golden age. Advertising in these years became more family-centric to try to sell the idea that all the family – not just boys – could participate and enjoy Subbuteo. Personally, I never knew a parent who took the remotest interest.

Always keen to promote the idea that Subbuteo was as close to real football as any simulation could be, we have included an example of their clever marketing tie-ins like the time that the captains of Southampton and Manchester United played out their 1976 FA Cup Final meeting on a Subbuteo pitch as a forerunner to the game itself.

Another spin-off game advertised in this gallery was called Targetman and was aimed at a younger audience (or a cack-handed one like me.) It featured huge players who could kick in any direction and gameplay that dispensed with most conventional stoppages like throw-ins and corners.

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3 thoughts on “Subbuteo 1974-76

  1. I had that many teams I lost count in the end. I was never a fan of the stick on numbers they started putting in, you had to soak them in warm water and somehow get them to stick to the base (back of the shirt was useless). I also had the World cup (Original) and the FA cup,my mum gave it all away when she said I was ‘Too old’ to play it any more. I was in Waterstone’s book shop last week and they had a Subbuteo penalty shoot-out game priced at £9.99, it consists of a set of goalposts, one goalie one ball and of course the striker. I was tempted then I thought about remarks like “second childhood” & “Have you lost your marbles?” if I took one home, still, there is always next week 🙂

  2. There is an excellent toy museum in Mechelen. It used to have a Subbuteo display with every conceivable accessory in place – floodlights, pitch barrier, scoreboard, possibly even – from memory – a grandstand.

    Looked fantastic; I had always coveted these things but never able to afford them – but I think it woudl have made it very difficult to access the pitch to play…,

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