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Part 5: Newfooty Team Lists.
The aim of this page is simply to list (and illustrate where possible) the different colour kits that were available for Newfooty players through the game's history. Due to a lack of photos, I have not split the illustrations up to show the variations in 1950s figures. As with Subbuteo, the figures were available in both card and celluloid. The celluloid teams exist both with, and without printed numbers on the back of the shirts. As the players are printed on a clear celluloid figure, the numbers tend to show through on the fronts of the figures. The 1950s teams feature a number of different action poses, and the selection below randomly covers all of these.
Team Colours 1927-1940s.
More work is required on the early period of Newfooty. Oddly, the two sets I've used to illustrate the early years have the same colour teams provided, albeit with different illustrations. The teams on the sky background are 1930s, and the chaps on the right are from a war time set. There were 14 teams available in the late 1930s, and 20 teams were originally produced in the new post war figure. At this time, the figures were all card.
An 1930s set seen recently had the following thirteen colours available.
White Shorts: Shirts Red; blue; green; blue and white quarters; blue and white stripes; red and white stripes; black and white stripes; and all white.
Black Shorts: Shirts white; black and white stripe; red and white stripe.
Blue Shorts: White; blue and white stripes.
The new all-action teams arrived in 1948. A set released just prior to this had a few plain shirts still available in the old figure, but did add one extra team - tangerine with white shorts. They were offering the players at 1s per dozen.
"1947 figures in one position only": White shorts. Shirts Red; blue; green; tangerine; and white.
Team Colours 1948-58
In this era, the team colours were listed on the final page of the catalogue. These were not laid out nicely like the Subbuteo team lists, but the 1953 list mentions that "a complete list of the various English Scottish, Northern Irish, and International teams available on request."
The 1953-54 catalogue had 23 team colours compared with 28 in the 1953-54 Subbuteo version. Like Subbuteo, this number was slowly increased. By 1958 the list had reached 28 kits.
Again for comparison, I've included the Subbuteo reference next to the Newfooty version. What is good news for Newfooty collectors is that the two teams in each box set seem to be a random selection from the range. So unlike Subbuteo, where every box set is just blue/white vs red/white, a Newfooty set is always a surprise. As noted on the accessory list, there was a difference in celluloid figures between the old plastic balancing disc figures and those designed for the later all-in-one bases. The earlier figure had a small tag that fitted through a hole in the disc. The illustrations were also different though, with more (and different) action poses, and no shirt numbers.
2008: A big thank you to Martyn Burr who kindly supplied many of the pictures for this expanded section.
June 2022: A large collection of Newfooty went through ebay earlier this year, and it included the first un-used Newfooty cardboard team cards that I have seen. These were laid out in the team formation of the day, as opposed to the straight lines of Subbuteo. A rather attractive item. Seems a shame to punch them out.
Teams available in the undermentioned coloured jerseys.
A good selection of Newfooty teams with white shorts.
A different selection of card teams. Note the unusual tangerine with black sleeves, only produced in card (to my knowledge).
|1950||1951||Sub ?||1953||Sub ?||1958||Sub ?|
|Red and white stripes||N||Y||4||Y||Y|
|Blue and white stripes||Y||3||Y||Y|
|Black and white stripes (Dropped in 1953 Reintroduced as plastic only in 1958)||N||Y||34 (5)||N||Y||34|
|Red and white sleeves (Celluloid introduced October 1951)||Card||Y||16||Y||Y|
|Red and white hoops (Celluloid introduced October 1951)||Card||Y||----||Y||Y||1969|
|Green and white stripes (Celluloid introduced October 1951)||N||Y||----||N||N||36|
|Green and White hoops||Card||Y||25||Y||Y|
|Blue (Royal Blue in 1958)||Y||Y||2||Y||Y|
|Blue and white hoops||N||Y||11||Y||Y|
|Claret and blue sleeves||Card||Y||7||Y||Y|
|Blue and white quarters. (card only in 1950 and 1951)||Card||Y||12||Y||Y|
|Blue and white halves (card only in 1950 and 1951)||Card||Y||----||Y||Y||31|
|Tangerine and black sleeves (card only in 1951)||Card||Y||----||Y||----||N||----|
|Green and white sleeves||Y||N||----||Y||----||Y||1965|
|Blue and white sleeves (Celluloid only in 1953)||N||N||17||Y||17||Y|
|Black and white hoops (Plastic only in 1957-8)||N||N||----||N||----||Y||1969|
|Blue and amber sleeves (Plastic only in 1957-8)||N||N||----||N||----||Y||----|
A kit Subbuteo never covered. The blue with amber sleeves worn by Mansfield Town in the early 1950s. Produced in Newfooty 1957 onwards.
Obviously most of the teams correlated to a Subbuteo equivalent. The variations came in the more obscure kits. It's amusing to note that both Subbuteo and Newfooty have a black and white stripes with white shorts option early in their range, which is dropped in the early 1950s and then reintroduced.
Newfooty were first with the blue and white halved team (Subbuteo ref 31 added in 1955) and the green with white sleeves (NF 1953, Subbuteo ref 45 in 1965). They also had a green and white striped kit in 1951 (Bradford PA) but had dropped this by the time Subbuteo introduced it in the mid 1950s. Subbuteo's red and white hooped team had black shorts until the late 1960s, as did their black and white hooped side (ref 24), which Newfooty produced with white shorts in the late 1950s.
Subbuteo never produced the odd Tangerine with black sleeves outfit that was available as a card team in Newfooty from 1950-53. Nor did it have an equivalent kit to the blue with amber sleeves team that appears in 1958. However, Subbuteo were first with blue with white sleeves (ref 17), and also Man City's sky blue, which did not arrive in Newfooty until the late 1950s. The unusual Bradford City/Bradford Park Avenue colours are also missing from Newfooty, as are the gold and black hoops and stripes introduced for Scottish sides.
A selection of Newfooty player with black (and blue) shorts.
|Black Shorts||Blue Shorts|
|Black and white stripes||8||White||18|
|Red and white stripes||9||Blue and white stripes (features 1950-52 but dropped 1953)||51 in 1969|
|Blue and white stripes (added by 1953)||22|
|Old gold, blue sleeves. (added by 1957-8 but only in plastic)||26|
This has a much simpler table because there were so few teams issued with black/navy shorts and little coming and going.
This team is owned by Newfooty collector Simon Goodman, and is the first "non-catalogued" team that either of us have seen. (Of course, I haven't seen every catalogue, so I suppose it might be on one somewhere). With its yellow and white hoops, it is a very attractive kit, and unlike anything Subbuteo did. The thing is - who would have played in this?
Crestlin 3-D Colour List 1962-63
When Newfooty returned under the Crestlin moniker in the mid-1960s, the game had a new figure to deal with. As with Subbuteo, the Newfooty 3-D plastic figures needed to be painted of course. This gave Newfooty more flexibility as to what colours were available. The 1962-63 price list had a huge section on team colours. For the first time, these included team names alongside the colours, finally matching up to the Subbuteo lists. Oddly, some of the quirky Subbuteo colours transfer across. For example, the yellow and black striped team with white shorts is described as Barnet and Milan, and Brazil have blue sleeves and black shorts alongside Torquay. Was this copies from Subbuteo, or did both share a third source?
What is more interesting is the addition of lots of the smaller national teams. It is very surprising to see countries like India, Pakistan, Antilles, and Nicaragua being advertised in 1962. Reading football books of the era, it is rare for anyone to be interested in football this far from home. I own a World Cup book that includes all the qualifying, but few of these teams feature in either 1962 or 1958. I assume Newfooty had access to some form of official FIFA colours list?
I'm so impressed by these national sides, that I've highlighted all of them on the list below. I've also added a column to show the colours that were still available in card and celluloid. I make it twenty one sides still available this way.
Newfooty 3D teams and sets are so rare that I do not expect to be able to illustrate very much of this list. In fact, it is reasonable to ask how much of it was actually ever painted by Crestlin Limited. However, a few 3D sets exist in collecting circles, and I've added pictures of the sets I am aware of. I have seen the Sheffield Wednesday/Aston Villa set, and the set with blue/red shirts and black shorts more than once, but they might just be the same sets being sold on, rather than (say) sets from the same batch. I have included a goalkeeper in this little picture selection showing that these used the same figure as the rest of the team (it also shows that the metal is still visible on the bottom of these bases). Note that the blue on the blue/black figure looks lighter than on the blue with white sleeves. Given that the blue/black team represented Uruguay on the team chart this might actually make sense.
June 2023: Very pleased to add the Arsenal team to the small list of illustrations of this figure. A big thank you to Colin Forward who sent this one in.
|Shirt Colour||Shorts||Teams||Flats available?||Subbuteo No|
|Red||White||Lots of teams!||Yes||1|
|Red, white sleeve||White||Arsenal, Bournemouth, Rotherham, St Patricks, Stirling Albion||Yes||16|
|Red and white stripe||White||Stoke||Yes||3|
|Red||Black||Belgium, Spain, Yugoslavia||14|
|Red and white stripe||Black||Lincoln City, Panama, Sheffield Utd, Sunderland, Southampton||Yes||9|
|Red||Black||Albania (duplicates Belgium etc above)||14|
|Red and white hoop||Black||Hamilton||20|
|Maroon||White||Arbroath, Hearts, Hungary, Northampton, Stenhousemuir||Yes||27|
|Claret, blue sleeves||White||Aldershot, Aston Villa, Burnley, Crystal Palace, West Ham||Yes||7|
|Claret and amber stripe||Black||Bradford City, Motherwell||23|
|Sky blue and red stripe||Sky||Barcelona||19|
|Blue||White||Lots. Includes Canada, India, Honduras and Japan||Yes||2|
|Blue, white sleeves||White||Ipswich, Peterborough||Yes||17|
|Blue and white hoop||White||Coleraine, Kilmarnock, Millwall, Morton, Racing Club Paris, Reading, QPR||Yes||11|
|Blue and white stripe||White||Brighton, Colchester, Huddersfield, Oldham, West Brom||Yes||3|
|Blue and white quarter||White||Bristol Rovers||Yes||12|
|Blue and white half||White||Blackburn Rovers||Yes||31|
|Blue and white stripe||Black||Argentina, Hartlepools, Sheffield Wednesday||22|
|Blue and white stripe||Blue||Nicaragua||No*||Eventually 51|
|Sky and blue halves||Black||Bishop Auckland||33|
At this point, the catalogue points out that "Other colours supplied in 3-D teams on request".
* Blue and white stripes with blue shorts was a team Newfooty had offered in 1950-52 in card. Not available by this era though.
|Shirt Colour||Shorts||Teams||Flats available?||Subbuteo No|
|Old gold (yellow)||Black||Brentford, Derry, Hull, Newport, Norwich, Oxford, Sweden, Southport, Watford, Wolves||Yes||6|
|Old gold (yellow) blue sleeve||Black||Bangor, Drumcondra, Brazil, Torquay United||Yes||26|
|Old gold, blue hoop||Blue||Ecuador||----|
|Black and gold stripe||White||Barnet, Milan||35|
|Black and gold stripe||Black||East Fife, Port Vale||30|
|Old gold and black hoop||White||Alloa, Dumbarton||33|
|Black and white stripe||White||Juventus, Queens Park, St Mirren||Yes||34|
|Black shirt||White||Morocco, New Zealand||----|
|Black and white hoop||Black||Dundee United, East Stirling||24|
|Black and white stripe||Black||Dunfirmline, Grimsby, Newcastle, Notts County||Yes||8|
|White shirt, red hoop||White||Peru, Turkey||----|
|White||White||Airdrie, Bulgaria, Czech, Coventry, Pakistan, Portugal, Real Madrid, Red Banner, Rochdale, Swansea, Southend United||Yes||21|
|White||Black||Austria, Ayr, Bolivia, Darlington, Derby, Fulham, Gateshead, Lebanon, Luton, Mansfield, Distillery, Dundalk, England, Stockport Co, West Germany||10|
|White||Navy||Bolton, Bury, Colombia, East Germany, Greece, Iceland, Israel, Preston NE, Tottenham, USA, Waterford||Yes||18ish|
|Green||White||Chester, Cork Athletic, Eire, Egypt, Hibernian, Iran, Mexico, Plymouth, S. Africa, S. Rhodesia, Sudan||15ish|
|Green and white stripe||White||Bradford||Yes||36|
|Green and white hoop||White||Celtic, Shamrock Rovers||25|
|Red and yellow hoop||White||Partick Thistle||29|
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