Table Top Football/Soccer Game
This well-produced and entertaining video brought back a lot of memories for me, and features many of the accessories that were available to buy for Subbuteo, plus a look at how to play the game, too.
We all remember Subbuteo don't we? This was a table-top soccer game (I
played it on the floor!) featuring players that looked like they had
been set in concrete, and in which you controlled the ball by flicking
the base of a player with your finger.
Subbuteo was first made available
in March 1947, although no pitch was supplied and the players were made
Fortunately, by the time I was playing it in the 70s and 80s, the game (produced by Hasbro) had improved immensely, with all the basics (such as a pitch, goals and corner flags) all included. There were many luxurious accessories also available (at extra cost to your parents!) such as floodlights, stands and even the Queen! From the late 1980's the game also featured National team colours.
Although it is remembered by many as being a footie game, Subbuteo was also available as a cricket, rugby and a hockey game.