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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Stan Bowles Speaks

...About Subbuteo! From a book out tomorrow, "Teenage Flicks: Memories of the Sub-beautiful Game" by Paul Willetts

The Independent, October 29, 2008 "Subbuteo: Plastic fantastic
" For men of a certain age, Subbuteo was the beautiful game in miniature. Nick Harris recalls the joys of a phenomenon which at its peak captivated millions"
Bill Shankly did it at home in his living room. Graham Taylor bonded over it with his father in the early 1950s, then used it as a tool in management. More than once it was used to promote the FA Cup final, as in 1976 when Southampton's Mick Channon took on Manchester United's Martin Buchan before the Saints slayed United in a real giant-killing.
- Jeff Stelling did it, as did Stan Bowles, Will Self, Alastair Campbell and millions of others. And if you are a man born between 1945 and 1980, the chances are that you did it too. Subbuteo rocked.....

Stan Bowles, Former QPR, Man City and England midfielder

- "Subbuteo kept me busy while I wasn't on a football pitch. I used to play after I'd finished training. And right from my early days as a professional footballer, I met loads of managers who used it to talk through tactics. I remember that happening when I was at my first club, Man City. Dave Sexton was also keen on using Subbuteo when he took over as manager of QPR. He was very thorough. He'd move the little men around and explain how he wanted us to play. Course we didn't take any notice of him. You know what footballers are like. To tell you the truth, I thought he was talking a load of bollocks. Then I started thinking about what he'd said, and I realised he was quite clever..."

From The Independent


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