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
If you've always wondered why the game is called Subbuteo then I'll put you out of your misery. It's actually part of the new Latin name for a bird of prey Falco Subbuteo. The game's inventor, Peter Adolph, wanted to call the game "hobby", but couldn't obtain a trademark.
This photo shows a basic Subbuteo starter set, which is pretty similiar to what I started out with as a child in the 1970s.
Old school Subbuteo players
An artistic close-up of an Argentinian player
The alternative to Subbuteo was playing table football down at the local pub.