Vintage ad: The dark days of Subbuteo hooliganism
Hello. My name is Andy Dawson and I’m almost 37. In three weeks time I am getting married. Possibly as a direct result of these two facts, I have recently begun feverishly collecting old Roy Of The Rovers comics from the early 1980s. It’s obvious what this is all about – I want to be nine years old again. That’s okay, it’ll pass. I hope.
One of the finest things I’ve found in the comics is a vintage Subbuteo ad from 1981. In case you’re not familiar with the classic flick-to-kick table football game, some of its more hardcore players were obsessed with attention to detail, splashing out vast amounts on teams in different kits, dugouts, stadium parts and floodlights. Then there's this...
Yes, it's a hooliganism-flavoured set of accessories. You could enhance your table-top Subbuteo ground with policemen, ambulancemen and advertising hoardings. Spookily, there’s even the crowd barriers that most real-life supporters had to peer through in order to watch the beautiful game for most of the 1980s. And a battered fan being whisked away on a stranger, presumably following a terrace skirmish.
Tiny plastic Millwall must have been in town that day.