Subbuteo World - the worlds
Subbuteo Table Football, Zeugo, Pegasus and Total Soccer website
Subbuteo was a mainstay of
childhood, teenage, and often adult, pastimes back in the
pre-technology days of the sixties and seventies and has
remained popular to this day.
But don't be fooled by the
relative simplicity of the games - be they football, cricket or
rugby. Subbuteo is very hands on and interactive and provides
a terrific platform to satisfy people's passions for the game
and for their favourite teams. It also generated a huge collecting
and trading mentality among the aficionados.
Here Digger talks to Pete at
Subbuteo World about the world of Subbuteo and table football.
Digger: Can you please tell us a little bit about your
background and that of Subbuteo World Pete?
Pete: Before Subbuteoworld I
was a professional athlete, having competed for GB at the 1996
Olympics in Atlanta, the 1994 European Championships in
Helsinki and the 1995 World Championships in Gothenburg, where
I was 4th in the marathon. I loved to collect things like
Subbuteo and vinyl records and as my running career was coming to an
end I needed to look for some new ideas for the future. I
thought selling just Subbuteo through the Net could work as no-one else was
doing so, or ever had specialised in just selling Subbuteo.
So in March 2000 I registered the name Subbuteoworld, had a
website built and in June 2000 Subbuteoworld went live.
Digger: Please tell us more about what is on offer at Subbuteo
Pete: Subbuteoworld started out
by selling just secondhand Subbuteo. When we started out in
2000 there wasn't much new Subbuteo material being made and
all the other Table Football brands that we now sell didn't
exist. At first it was easy to get secondhand items. The
Internet wasn't what it is today (I think at that time only
10% of the UK had a computer) so the best way to buy in was
car boot sales, toy fairs or advertise in papers and
magazines, which is what we did. But as time went on we were
finding it harder to buy secondhand Subbuteo as most people
were now selling their collections on eBay. So we decided to
branch out and sell new material as we realised that if Subbuteoworld was to survive and grow we had to sell new
material even if it wasn't Subbuteo branded. It was important
that youngsters had the opportunity to buy their favourite
up-to-date team and be able to collect and basically keep the
game alive. So gradually over the last 8 to 10 years we have
specialised not only in secondhand Subbuteo but also in all
new Table Football products being made. These new brands
include Zeugo from Italy, Total Soccer from Spain, Perfect
Flick also from Spain, Flickmaster from Argentina and our own
Pegasus brand. So to sum up we specialise in bring together
all the best Table Football products from around the world.
Digger: Who are your typical customers and where are they
Pete: We sell all over the
world: Africa, North and South America, Japan, Hawaii, all
over Europe, Korea, Russia, New Zealand, Hong Kong. We really
have sold to just about everywhere. We sell to parents who
want to get their kids off the XBOX; We sell to dads who want
to relive their childhood; We sell to Table Football Clubs,
professional players, collectors who want to collect all the
new teams being made regardless of brand name and we sell to
kids who have got into the game and come back to buy more new
Digger: Are youngsters getting involved with Subbuteo or does
it tend to be those of us who love and remember it from the
first time around?
Pete: Both really. Yes,
youngsters do get involved in the game, usually between the
ages of 6 and 12 then after that either they move on to other
things or they may continue to collect the teams and maybe
even join a Table Football Club.
Digger: What sort of feedback and comments have you been
getting from clients?
Pete: The feedback about the
new Subbuteo is mixed. The "old school" collectors and players
don't really like the figures of bases. The new generation
The feedback has ranged between
quote: "Morning Peter, I've just seen on Facebook the new
range of Subbuteo Teams & they look awful...oh my God what a
bad step back they've made" to "I read about the bases they
play great and much better than older lw official bases" and
also "The new Chelsea Subbuteo team arrived am today - a real
Digger: What is this enduring fascination people have
generally with Retro and nostalgia in all its forms?
Pete: I think going back to
your childhood and having those games etc; either you had as a
child or wanted but could not afford as a child. Plus the love
affair we have in this country with collecting.
Digger: And why has Subbuteo stood the test of time?
Pete: I think to put it simply...
While there is a massive interest in the real game, there will
always be an interest in the Table Football version. I don't
think it is a coincidence that in the 60's and 70's, when
football in the UK was at its peak ('66 world cup, Liverpool,
Forest dominating Europe) that Subbuteo enjoyed it's biggest
sales. Then in the 80's and 90's, the Subbuteo game declined at
the same time football was in decline: Hillsborough, Bradford
and Heysel disasters, the clubs being banned from Europe, less
people were going to football matches and the general bad
publicity that football was getting. But since the mid 90's,
the interest in Table Football has grown again as the actual
game had grown. However Subbuteo and Table Football will never
be as popular as it was 40 years ago. But there will always be
a market for the game.
Digger: What are your own Retro passions?
Pete: I have always been a
collector, I think it's in the genes. As a kid (1970's) I
collected Subbuteo, Action Man, those little Airfix soldiers.
Then in the 80's I really got into collecting records. This
lasted through to the late 90's, when I sold my collection of
over 3,000 records - mainly 7" singles. However around 1995
remember going to a car boot (looking for records) and saw a
table with loads of Subbuteo teams. Remembering Subbuteo from
the 70's and still having all my old teams in the loft I
decided to buy them. That was it - I was hooked. By the time I
started Subbuteoworld in 2000, I had 100's of teams and just
about every box set and accessory they made. The loft was full
of the stuff. I used all my collection to get Subbuteoworld
Digger: What are the best things about what you do and what do
you most enjoy about running Subbuteo World?
Pete: The best thing is I am my
own boss and I love the game. There is no better feeling than
buying a Subbuteo collection, it's just great. Even when new
material arrives like new Zeugo teams I get a buzz just
looking at the new kits (many of which have been done for
My wife Sandra used to work for
HSBC, but in 2004 I was so busy with Subbuteoworld I needed
some help so Sandra left the bank and we now run the business
together from home. It means we have flexibility to come and
go as we please, which is great when you have 2 young
children. Also I have a genuine passion for Subbuteo and Table
Football. I have been in this business now for 12 years and I
can honestly say there hasn't been one day in all that time
that I have woken up in the morning and thought "Oh God I have
to work today".
What are your plans for the
future for Subbuteo World Pete?
Pete: We plan to continue
running Subbuteoworld for at least the next 20 years and
beyond. I am not one for retiring and can see myself still
selling Table Football well into my 70's as long as I can stay
healthy. As for the business itself ,we are always adding both
new and secondhand products to the website and coming up with
new ideas to keep people interested in the game. Each year new
teams arrive which always freshens up the website and the
re-launch of Subbuteo and the advertising that has gone with
that will hopefully help our business to grow. We are top of
all the search engines and have been for 12 years. Our main
aim is to have the largest range of Table Football
on The Net and bring the best that Table Football around the
world has to offer all under one roof. Hopefully we can
continue to do that.
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