My only real hobby away from Motherwell Football Club is Subbuteo, those finely detailed ‘wee mens’ as my daughter Clare T. puts it. Almost everyone of my generation has played Subbuteo but I’ll bet not many have gone back to it after a gap of, oohhh what…..20 years at least. Not that I was any good at it, and I’m still not, but ability doesn’t have to hinder enjoyment of the game. I renewed interest when we moved into our first house and my box of Subbuteo from my childhood was moved with us, the thought came to me that there was potential for a wee bit daftness. I got a few of the lads down one Sunday for the inaugural One Step Beyond Subbuteo tourney, big carry-oot, and a right good carry-on, none of us particularly skilful at the game, and the proper finger flicking technique was universally ignored in favour of a more comfortable method. So enjoyable was that night that calls were made for another, then another, but it sort of died away as I became busier (and each of the weans came along, difficult enough with initially only Amber to invade the pitch never mind Clare & Evan as well).
But the bug had bitten again and I set out to add to my collection of teams which then stood at around 20 or 30. Top of the shopping list was obviously any Motherwell teams I didn’t have, I found the numerous Subbuteo sites on the web, and my collection rapidly grew to over 150. I’ve also been able to complete my replica Fir Park Subbuteo stadium, with the miniature terraces and stands, although the cost of spectators means the stadium is about as full as some of our darkest 1st Division days. The gallery shows my complete collection if you’re prepared to go through it all.
HW 1 Generic red team, start of most collections. I liked this one with black inners on the base, little bit different from the norm.
HW 2 Generic blue team, also shown is a variant with black inners of which I have only one spare player.
HW 3 West Brom with white sleeves. Variant shown with striped sleeves is listed as Huddersfield I believe.
HW 4 Stoke City with unusual blue outer base
HW 5 Man City, standard sky blue team
HW 6 Watford
HW 7 West Ham
HW 8 Newcastle. One of my original teams from my childhood
HW 9 Sunderland, another of my earliest purchases, obviously my Whitley Bay holidays had an effect.
HW 10 Fulham
HW 11 QPR and their famous blue & white hoops.
HW 12 Bristol Rovers, unmistakeable quartered jerseys.
HW 13 Blackpool
HW 14 Bournemouth, or Albania to be more exotic
HW 15 Bohemians
HW 16 Arsenal
HW 17 Sheffield Wednesday
HW 18 Bury
HW 19 Crystal Palace or Barcelona
HW 20 Hamilton Accies early version with black shorts
HW 21 Leeds Utd
HW 22 Stockport
HW 23 Bradford
HW 24 Queens Park
HW 25 Celtic
HW 26 Bangor
HW 27 Hearts
HW 28 Norwich Original team had white socks. Variant shown later issue with green stripes one sleeve
HW 29 Partick Thistle
HW 30 Cambridge