Winston Churchill - Chapeau!
In 1904, Winston Churchill crossed the floor of the House of Commons, defecting from the Conservatives to sit as a member of the Liberal Party. In 1908, he was promoted to the Cabinet as President of the Board of Trade. Under the law at the time, a newly appointed cabinet minister was obliged to seek re-election at a by-election. Churchill lost his Manchester seat to the Conservative William Joynson-Hicks.
A little reported fact from this time, was the strength of feeling around the wearing of hats. Rumour has it that Winston Churchill always remembered this encounter, and this was a key trigger for his subsequent involvement in the conservative party, some 16 years later.
At the Film Premier of Subbuteopia in Genoa, there was much celebration of Subbuteo over a weekend in the Summer of 2012. High profile Subbuteo celebs were there, including The 1978 Subbuteo World Champion, Andrea Piccaluga (then 15 yrs old), who had his finger insured for £25,000 by Subbuteo Sports Games Ltd. He played a series of games against all-comers on the day much to the delight of the Olds that had gathered together to celebrate and reminisce all things Subbuteo.
In an English corner of the hall where everyone was playing, the D-list Subbuteo celebs, Forfoxsake and Fingers were playing a tournament of their own with some Special Teams. The more bonkers of these teams are pictured below. They were joined by Ghigliotti09 and his family, and played a doubles match with his two young daughters with one goalkeeper each in the same goal! The records (which have been mislaid) showed that Queens Park Palace won the final... in that corner of a foreign field.
Queens Park Palace
The Linesmen at the Chingford Old Subbuteo Event
Royal Doulton Subbuteo Figures
Royal Doulton made a set of Subbuteo figures in 2004. There were 13 different strips which related to the following Subbuteo references:
Ref 1 - Man United;
Ref 2 - Everton;
Ref 6 - Watford;
Ref 7 - West Ham;
Ref 8 - Newcastle Utd;
Ref 9 - Southampton;
Ref 16 - Arsenal;
Ref 21 - Leeds Utd;
Ref 25 - Celtic;
Ref 41 - Liverpool;
Ref 42 - Chelsea;
Ref 154 - Derby County.
The bonus model for anyone purchasing all 12 models was Ref 50 - Brazil.
Any serious Subbuteo collector will collect them and keep them in their box in a pristine condition. A more extravagant collector will actually get them out of their box and display them in cabinet. A silly collector will see what they play like…
Here was a unique opportunity. Never before had the Subbuteo Royal Doulton FC ever played an actual Subbuteo match. But someone had made a Subbuteo light!
Subbuteo Royal Doulton FC v Subbuteo Lights FC?! 😃
Subbuteo spectators enjoying a day out on the Ponte Vecchio, overlooked by an enormous bust of Dante Alighieri with Piazza Singoria and the Battistero, Cattedrale and Camponile in the background...
Tray and plate
Ken and Family in London
Made to celebrate a visit to the Mestre Old Subbuteo Club in 2014.
Behind the South Bank
Horses - a short cameo project!
Many years ago, an Old Subbuteo player was give a teddy bear when he was born. The bear became know as 'Bitey-Ted' on the account that if you pressed him in the chest his mouth would open, and when you let go, he would bite your finger! 😀
15 years later, Bitey Ted received a gift of a Southampton kit, and has been wearing it ever since...