Saturday, December 27, 2014

Our Subbuteo Part 1 - The late 60s

The first set I got was in the mid 80s with Nigel Spink and a couple of Watford players on the front. The set came with the generic red and blue teams, but a neighbour got a few teams out of his loft and gave the me, The ones that were and are still in tact came from the late 60s and had the goalkeepers on wire. The teams were Coventry, Wolves and West Ham, the yoke on the shirt gave it away that it was West Ham, although naturally we used them predominately as Villa.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

The Wolves team is a fairly rare one with the gold bases and was only made for one season at the end of the 1960s. At the time Wolves had recently been recently promoted back to the top division of English football. It seems like the boys at Subbuteo HQ had taken a bit of poetic licence with the kits though , as the picture below shows what Wolves werwe actually wearing then.
Coventry City


The Coventry team are the same style as a late 60s Subbuteo team, but I think that they are probably from a bit later, as the kit matches the one worn by the Sky Blues in 1972.
This was from the period when Jimmy Hill had taken the team up to the top division, but had already left for his years as a television pundit. Not surprisingly, it was one of those seasons that Coventry hung on to their status in the top division. They stayed there from 1967 to 2001 usually by surviving on the last day of the season, or so it seemed.

West Ham United
At the end of the 60s West Ham still had a number of the World Cup winners in their team, Villa weren't doing too well, but it wasn't until the 80s that I started playing having not been born then. I won't harp on too much about this team, as we always used them as Villa!

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