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Peter Upton's

Subbuteo Tribute Website.

Contributions and Thanks.

And Further Help Required.

Since this site first appeared in March 1999 I have received many interesting e-mails about bits of Subbuteo I had omitted - often because I knew nothing about them. This information has enabled me to update my history substantially. I am especially grateful to the following people:-

Mark Adolph  - For obvious reasons!
Claudio Angelini  - For details of the new Parodi range, plus team and accessory photos.
Andy Ankerson

 - For Subbuteo Angling and Sport Billy.

Ric Bagnall  - For help with the cricket pages.
Andy Bathgate

 - For the five-a-side stuff, Targetman, and tracksuited teams.

Andrea Bianchini  - for team project help.
Black Jack  - For details from Italian catalogues inc. teams 191-195 and the 1980 European Championship finalist team wraps.
Kevin Blair  - For the P100 box scan (and some team help ages ago, which I'd forgotten to credit!). Thanks also for a fantastic New Zealand catalogue. Kevin now runs two websites - his name links to his useful searchable database, but he also runs a Subbuteo swapping service: eSubbuteoSwap
Tony Blake  - For scans of 1950s catalogues, and some team list help.
Steve Bowes

 - For his picture of Set T.

Mark Brady  - For the Football Express rules.
John Briggs  - For general work on the team lists, and the heavyweight winged shorts variant figure.
Martyn Burr  - For pictures for the Newfooty team list.
Joe Butt

 - For Charles Stadden info, for his home-painted figures, and the scans from his collection.

Lorenzo Carloni  - For the C186 TV Tower kit, The Beatles, and the Hasbro display case.
Pierre Chastenais

 - For details of C174 The World Cup Winners pack I've devoted a whole page to a look at this item.

David Cook

 - For Tunbridge Wells memories, and cottage industry info.

Bernard Cros  - For work on the team appendices beyond the call of duty !!!
Carlo De Gennaro  - For countless useful pictures, and Goleador Derby (Italian Striker!)
Francesco Disabato  - for the red ball boys.
Anthony Downes  - For early 1980s team list information
Paul Eyes  - For supplying set Y (with Stewart) Paul runs the subbuteousa.com website.
Peter Ford  - For supplying the description of Journey into Space.
Peter Frans  - For corrective work on the Belgian team appendix
 Fabrizio Frazzoni  - Porto in the Portuguese teams, and general team assistance.
Austin Futers  - For Hasbro team project work.
Malcolm Grant

 - For details from the 1980 catalogue.

Stewart Hannah  - For supplying set Y, and some team colours help. Not only does Stewart have a website, but he also runs the Yahoo! Subbuteo group.
James Hardcastle  - For Spanish team and box set details and pictures.
Ashley Hemming  - For early catalogue details, C109N, and the original floodlighting set.
Riccardo Hilbe  - For the blue ball boys and early cricket fence.
James Hills 

 - For lots of Super Striker pictures and information.

Nigel Hills  - For the 1949-50 catalogue scans that completed the A-Z range, and the 1940s column on the team list appendix.
Matt Johnstone  - For the NASL catalogues.
Mark Kenyon

 - Big contributions to the team lists and the Hasbro numbering conundrum.

Paul Ketley

 - Another helper on the team list front.

Uli Kretz

 - For his list of 1990s Subbuteo Teams, 1990s accessories, and for encouraging me to list all the Subbuteo accessories in the first place. It's all Uli's fault really ;-)

Eddie Lang  - For finally solving the NN small goals riddle, the early version of C113, and details of the 1968-69, 1970/71 - 1972/73, 1990 and 1993 catalogues. And that was just for starters... General unflagging assistance for many years
Filippo Leone  - For details of the Gola team, and team project help.
Paul Lloyd  - He's basically the font of all knowledge regarding Subbuteo rugby (and a lot more besides!)
Marco Longinotti  - Portuguese teams, hybrids and general quirky item spotting.
Lance Marsh  - for the wonderful 63168 Stuttgart team.
Andy Mason  - For details of Italian teams 501-528
Chris McKay

 - For details of Set R, and C120.

Stefano Montecchiesi 

 - For a large chunk of team colours, and scans from Italian catalogues, and home painted teams. You can see more of Stefano's teams, and a great team list by clicking on his name, and visiting his website.

Ian Moore  - For providing details of Capri Knockout Cricket.
Panos Panagiotides - For spotting more team list variations
Mike Peacock - for the Italia 90 team wraps and a couple of team project pictures. Mike runs the enjoyable Little Plastic Men website.
Stefan Peters 

- For allowing me to use the Hasbro figures on his website to illustrate the team lists. Stefan runs the Duke Subbuteo Site with pages in German, and English.

Dimitrios Philippides - For the 1980, 1989 and 1995 catalogues, and also for filling my house with teams from the  Waddingtons and Hasbro 1990s European ranges. If you're looking for teams and accessories from this era, Dimitrios should be your first stop (and he now has his own website with lists of what he has available)
Andrea Putignani  - For team project help, for the new Italian box set, and for ongoing attempts to solve the green Santos kit conundrum!!
Jesús Ridao  - For essential Spanish catalogue details
Ian Roberts  - For a great Subbuteo medal picture.
Stan Russell   - For details of 1950s Subbuteo, and for sending me the 1996 catalogue, and for lots of general help and enthusiasm. He's sadly missed by the Subbuteo community.
Stefano Saroni 

 - For team project help.

Jon Shelley

 - For dating information, for scanning catalogues for the team list, and for the floodlight information. Visit his cool website (later!!) by following the link

Brett Silberg - For the pictures of the whistle, and 1960s TV Tower.
Chris Smith  - For sending me a copy of the Subbuteo record, and general assistance. Chris is another contributor with his own website - Subbuteo365 Among the sites useful items are some very clearly written Subbuteo rules. He also runs the Independent Subbuteo Forum.
Trevor Smith  - For 61221 Italia 90 pitch details. Trev sells some very reasonably priced items at his website, and runs a Subbuteo club (click on his name to visit his site).
Wayne Smith

 - For team list corrections (especially German ones), and for his home-painted teams.

Andrew Stadden  - For sending me the details and pictures from his father's Subbuteo related papers.
Dixie Sauntson  - For his expertise on Subbuteo prior to 1970, and for Bradford Park Avenue.
Marcello Tonarelli  - For cricket and rugby rules in pdf format.
Bob Varney  - For details of flat card and celluloid teams.
Paolo Viti  - For Stefano Beverini's book, the C000 version of C166 and several other pictures.
Norman Walker  - For supplying a huge array of old Subbuteo paperwork - including all important details on the 1950s "companion sports games".
Gordon Watt

 - For the early version of set Q, and the assorted goalkeeper set (61211)

Peter Whitehead of Subbuteoworld

 - For allowing me to use pictures from his sales pages. Visit Subbuteoworld to see a wide range of 1950s accessories, and the thirty rarest Subbuteo items.

Paul Woozley  - For lots of great Striker information and pictures, plus a bit of team list help. Paul has a website dedicated to the flat celluloids and modern photo-real players.
...and Julian Booth

 - For swapping a much desired Liverpool away kit with me :-) and for team project work, and a couple of pictures.

I've not done very well at keeping this table up-to-date, so I've tried to give newer helpers a "thank you" on the relevant page. If I've forgotten you, please let me know. Everybody's help is really greatly appreciated and has made this site such a huge resource for Subbuteo lovers.

Help Required.

If you have looked at my site in detail, you may have already decided that I need some form of help....

Seriously, this website has slowly grown over the last five years to become an important resource for Subbuteo fans and collectors. This would not have been possible without the army of willing enthusiasts who have sent me pictures and information about Subbuteo items of which I was unaware. The huge credits list on the Contents page bears testament to this time and effort by so many people.

However, the website is far from complete, and the work of this Subbuteo historian is never done! So, this page is a further plea for help. I've listed below various topics and items in which I need more information. If you are a regular user of this site, and you have information not covered here, then please e-mail me, and lets share it.

I am especially interested in any first hand (but I'd even take 3rd hand!) accounts of anyone who worked for Subbuteo Sports Games. Any stories, or snippets of information would be appreciated. If you know how big the printing runs were on lightweights then I'd love to know.

A word on sending pictures. While I always love to be surprised by pictures of Subbuteo items, I'm afraid my internet connection isn't very good. Any pictures sent to me that are over 1mb can cause major frustration (and I don't have much hair as it is). So can everybody please keep the pictures as small as possible.

Okay, on with the general requests

Unknown Teams.

These have now moved to a Team odds and ends page.

Numbers missing from the Team Colours Project.

The following numbers do not appear in any English catalogues, or any of the Italian ones I've seen (which isn't that many). Many of the numbers may not have been issued. However, catalogues do not show every team in the range (the World Cup teams are a good example of this). So does anyone own any of these sides??

In addition I still need pictures for 

I also do not have illustrations for four NASL teams, 541 California Surf, 544 Atlanta Chiefs, 546 Dallas Tornado, and 547 Calgary Boomers. All four clubs folded just before the NASL range was launched, and I suspect that none of these teams was ever produced - but does anyone know different??
Ditto on 580-592 which were allocated for the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) teams in the USA. Jokari had them penciled in for a 1984 release, but this never happened.

Accessories needing photos....

Zombie numbers.

We've been making progress here on the Zombies page. If you have a zombie not listed, sent it in. Small pictures are also welcome.

Hand Painted lightweights.

By the same token, it would be interesting to work out which lightweights were hand-painted, and which of the early teams were machine printed. I've tried to post some of the results in the Lightweight lists, but any extra detail is appreciated.

Corner Kick/Throw-in figures.

Getting into the swing of these surveys, we had a discussion on the forum about which teams were done in corner kick and throw-in figures. The catalogues suggest the following: 

But I know that England (154 version) has been seen as a boxed corner kick figure, and that other colours were painted for the teams in Stadium Editions etc. Again, I need people to e-mail with which corner kickers they own or have seen, and whether this was boxed, in an Edition, or loose.

Rarity Guides.

I always try to ignore the collectable values on this site, and I'm aware that if something is mentioned as "rare" on this site, it will be taken as gospel by the dreaded toy dealers!!!

But there was a heavyweight rarity guide produced by the collectors club a few years back. I have a copy, as it used to be on Stewart Hannah's site (it may have returned). Does anyone have this and disagree with it? What are the rare zombies, or the impossible to find lightweights? I'm not really thinking in terms of the obvious stuff here - that the Belgian teams are more unusual in England that our own first division sides. I'm looking for anything that doesn't seem to make sense - like the trouble Jools is having trying to find a machine painted (or possibly any) 373 Manchester Utd away from 1982. Okay, it was only in the catalogues for a year, but it is a Man Utd kit. They must have sold quite a few....

Well, that's all the stuff I can think of for now. Of course, if you have any information at all, which you think should be on the site, then please let me know. There are no prizes, but you will get your name in the website credits, and a warm glow that comes from helping your fellow Subbuteo fans.

Peter's Wish List.

Items of Subbuteo I'm currently seeking are:

A big thank you to everyone who has helped me with previous requests on this list. I'm very grateful.

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