For those of you familiar with the analog world before iPhones and the interwebs, you likely remember how footy was played indoors before FIFA '93 or Championship Manager -- a charming little game called Subbuteo.
As with any old-school niche item, it still has a cult following. As it turns out, one Welshman is now using the iconic Subbuteo figurines in a new, cool way.
Tom Taylor is recreating the goal-scoring celebrations of today's players by molding tiny replica Subbuteo players in their likeness. Though, this isn't the first time Mr. Taylor has done this sort of thing. Years ago, he fashioned a miniture crocked Wayne Rooney, complete with crutches.
He also made a streaker.
Honestly, while I always historically lost interest in the actual gameplay rather quickly (flicking those little guys over and over is maddening), I always found the players, sold in sets of almost any possible team (or you could paint them yourself... which appeals to the kind of dork, i.e. me, that tried to do that with foosball players), to be the most appealing part of the whole set-up.
The question now becomes, what Subbuteo replicas should be next?
We here at UF have a few ideas... and welcome yours, as well.
-- C Ronaldo primping in a mirror
-- Dirk Kuyt with head in hands after missing another sitter
-- Craig Bellamy swinging a golf club
-- Joey Barton with cigar
-- Robbie Fowler snorting the goal line
-- El Hadj Diouf spitting on a fan
-- Eric Cantona kung-fu kicking a fan
-- John Terry 'respecting' a ref
-- Michael Owen on the ground, injured