Monday, December 29, 2014

Our Subbuteo Part 2 - 1976-1980

I  bought these teams in the 1980s from a couple of lads on a market stall who had clearly outgrown the hobby. I can tell that the teams came from 1976 - 1980 due to the boxes that they came in and the fact that they are still clearly hand painted.

Sunderland achieved promotion in 1976, but despite topping the table for a while they went straight back down.

Celtic were champions of Scotland every year between 1976 and 1982, which is perhaps not that surprising. It was a time when Danny McGrain and Kenny Dalglish were playing for the hoops.

The picture below shows Celtic celebrating winning the Scottish FA Cup in 1977.

In the 1978 World Cup there was only ever going to be one winner and the military junta in host nation Argentina were going to make sure that they won it. In the second group stage after a violent 0-0 draw with Argentina, both teams needed a win. A lot has been made of the 0-0 draw played out by Germany and Austria being responsible for teams kicking off at the same time, but this was equally dubious. Argentina delayed their kick off to see what they had to do against Peru. Brazil won 3-1 against Poland, meaning that Argentina needed to win by 4. They managed to win 6-0 and then beat Holland in the final. Brazil beat Italy in the play-off and Nelinho scored a cracking goal for 'the moral champions'.

Here's Nelinho in action in that game against Italy.

Newcastle United
It definitely wasn't all fun and games up in the North East during this period. Newcastle reached the League Cup Final in 1976, but lost to Manchester City. The talismanic Malcolm MacDonald was sold to Arsenal and the Toon were relegated.

Here's 'Super Mac' and Willie Donachie in that League Cup Final.

We tended to use this team as Derby, but the black shorts gives it away that the team is actually Fulham. During 1976 George Best and Rodney Marsh both played for the Lillywhites. Fulham were facing financial problems and were relying on the two has beens predominately as a revenue stream.

Here's Best and Marsh enjoying themselves at the Cottage:

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