Subbuteo Tribute Website.
The Team Colours Project.
Classic Heavyweight 1967-1980.
References 1 - 100.
For many collectors, the classic heavyweight player of the 1970s is simply THE Subbuteo figure.
The classic heavyweight began to appear in 1967, and replaced the previous short sleeved player type very quickly. It inherited a range of fifty-two teams, and the 1966 World Cup range. The 1967-68 catalogue is the one that crosses over, with teams painted in both figures. This is important, because some of the club colours change around this time, meaning that some of the earlier colours were produced in the new figure for a very short time.
The inherited kits were mainly standard footballing colours used by teams the world over. However, a few odd little kits had began to creep into the lists in the 1960s such as Oldham at 37 and Grimsby at ref 38. Even by the time of the heavyweight figure, a couple of these stranger kits were not being used by anyone. However, this did not stop Subbuteo from selling them, and they continued to turn up throughout the 1970s. As with most things Subbuteo, there is no real rhyme or reason to the process of replacing teams.
The slow and haphazard addition of teams continued until 1971 when the team chart had reached 81 with a mixture of national teams (e.g. Chile), international club sides (e.g. Ajax, River Plate), minor English sides (e.g. Darlington), equally small Scottish sides (e.g. Montrose), and even Irish teams (e.g. Cork Celtic), before finally some iconic away kits were added to the mix (i.e. West Ham, Liverpool).
In 1972 this changed, as the first wholesale expansion into the European leagues (and export market) began. The first batch increased the teams from 81 to 106. This page gives us the Dutch sides, and most of the Italian ones from this expansion.
The Team Colour Chart.
Dating information. Now that I've split the figure types, I've had to change how the lists are dated. Heavyweight figures were only produced until 1980, and the figures in brackets are how long each number continued as a lightweight.
Although the UK heavyweight stock seems to disappear quickly. it should be noted that the 1982-83 Italian catalogue still illustrates a large number of teams in the 1-350 range with heavyweight figures. The fact that some heavyweights are still gracing the 1992 Italian catalogue shows the hazard of relying on standard dating.
Queens Park Rangers, Reading, Morton. (1982)
Bristol Rovers. Actually blank for most of this era, until Bristol Rovers returned to it in 1975. (1982)
Blackpool. International Side Holland. Was Newport County in 1969-70.
There have been sightings of a 1970s Holland away, with reversed colours (i.e. white shirts and orange shorts), but I'm not sure if it was an official variation.
Originally Belgium. Fulham 2nd in 1972-73. Other British clubs in the '70s were Swindon, Crewe and Bournemouth. International sides: Yugoslavia and later Albania. Also Sparta Prague, Beringen (Bel), Edo (Hol), Nurnberg IFC (Ger).
Was Plymouth in 1967-68 and again in 1980. Also Republic of Ireland, and Northern Ireland, Mexico and Rhodesia in the 1960s. Later, it was Cork Hibernians (Ireland).
Arsenal of course. Also Rotherham in the 1970s, and occasionally Lincoln and Stirling Albion. Also St Patricks Athletic (Ireland).
Sold as 656.612 Reims in France.
Sheffield Wednesday and Brighton and Hove Albion. Also Peterborough 1969-70 and Karlsruher (1971-72). Blank from the mid 1970s (1980)
Tottenham Hotspur, Bolton and Preston North End, and always Bury. Occasionally, Scunthorpe, Mansfield, Barrow and Tranmere. International teams include: Finland, Greece, East Germany, USA and Iceland. (1996)
Barcelona. Also Crystal Palace during the 1970s.(1986)
In France this team was sold as 656.772 Bayern Munich, and then 657.072 Barcelona.
This had black shorts 1967-68 and 1968-69
However, many shop displays of the early 1970s still have the black shorts version, and they are not too uncommon.
|"New" Partick Thistle||Black shorts until 1968-69||Alternate version?||Black shorts until 1967-68||Yellow Socks||With Trim|
Leeds Utd. Also Tranmere Rovers, Swansea City and Torquay Utd are frequent users of this number.
Almost as popular as refs one and two, this kit was also used by Milwall, Bradford, Doncaster, Port Vale, Northampton, York, Colchester and Darlington in England and countless others abroad.
In France this side was sold as 656.402 Equipe A Decorer so buyers could paint add their own colours.
Although it was also sold in as 656.472 Angers and 656.762 Real Madrid.
Sheffield Wednesday at one point,
Bradford City off and on. Was also Partick Thistle in the 1970s.
The stripes on this team seem to start as red and yellow, before becoming claret and amber. The red and yellow version then switches to ref 61 for a couple of years before disappearing.
There seems to be a "with trim" version circa 1978 to match the Partick Thistle kit of the time. Not featured in the catalogues. This also sees a return to red and yellow stripes.
The Italian catalogue of 1992 still illustrates this team with a heavyweight player (in red and yellow).
A red/yellow striped team with the sock colours reversed was sold as 656.652 Lens in France.
Queens Park. Was also East Stirling, Dundee Utd and Ayr Utd early in its life.
Like ref 20, the original black shorts version was in two classic heavyweight era catalogues 1967-68 and 1968-69
Had white shorts from 1969-70 onwards.(1996)
It does not appear as frequently
with black shorts as reference 20. The
Italian catalogue of 1992 still illustrates this
team with a heavyweight player
The Italian catalogue of 1992 still illustrates this team with a heavyweight player
Celtic and Shamrock Rovers (1996).
Leeds Utd in the 1950s. By the heavyweight era it was Bangor (NI) and Drumcondra (Ire). (1952-88)
This team is listed with blue shorts from 1970-71 until 1972-73, but reverts back to black with the illustrated catalogues. The version with blue shorts then becomes reference 121
Hearts, Arbroath, and Stenhousemuir. Northampton in the 1960s. York and Burnley in the early 1970s. (1953-89).
Possible alternate version that looks a little like Ajax. Worn by Hearts for the 1972/73 season, it doesn't feature in the catalogues (but Hearts fans have remembered seeing it, and several have now been sighted in collector circles). This may have just been sold as a "named box" team (see later in the lists...)
The final appearance of the original black shorts version was 1967-68. So it exists in this figure, but is hard to find.
Standard version with green shorts and white socks existed in catalogues from 1968-69 until 1980.
Variation - The green shorts version can also appear with yellow socks.
"New Norwich" variation with added trim. Originally a named box side, this was sold as reference 28 in the late 1970s.
Partick Thistle. When they changed to No23, this was left blank until it was deleted from the range. (1980)
Hull City in 1967-68. Then East Fife, Dumbarton, Burton Albion (from 1970-71), Berwick Rangers, and Cambridge Utd. (1996)
|Reversed socks||Red Collar||1967-68 only||Reverse stripe.|
|"With Trim"||1970-1973||Tangerine||Gold, Tangerine, and possibly Amber|
Originally Chester and Millwall. Later on it was Brighton, Sheffield Wednesday, Colchester, Peterborough, and Wigan among others 1967-80 (1986)
Originally a Lincoln City kit. It was later used by Exeter City 1967-80 (1996)
Portsmouth and then Rangers
First Version - Full red white and blue trim. Portsmouth. Can include shorts trim, which might be unique for a 1960s side. First shown on the Little-plastic-men website, I've recently picked up this team locally. The player is painted onto a white figure, and the white trim is bare plastic.
Second Version - Blue Shorts. Portsmouth (then blank). The common version, with simplified trim (painted onto flesh plastic). 1968-78.
Third Version - White Shorts. Rangers and Den Haag-Ado (Hol). 1979-80 (1982)
First version - green with white/black chest bands. This only features in the 1968-69 price list, and the big undated green catalogue of the late 1960s. So it is quite a rare side.
Second version - white with green/black bands 1969-80. Plymouth only used it until 1971-72, and it was then a blank side.
Anderlecht (Bel). Later Fiorentina (Ita), Beerschot (Bel) and others 1968-1980 (1991)
Two very different colours exist for the h/w of this kit - as illustrated.
Ajax (Holland). 1969-80 (1982)
AC Milan (Italy), and Bournemouth (when not 76). Also Sorrento (Italy). First appeared in 1969-80
Inter Milan (Italy) and Atalanta (Italy). Was Middlesboro away in 1973/74. Was also several German sides. 1969-80
River Plate (Argentina). 1969-80
First version - Diagonal strip 1969-70 to 1972-73 This is a weird one. The early catalogues were quite clear that this had a diagonal or slanting band, and indeed that is the real River Plate kit. However, they are almost never seen, and no early 1970s shop displays show this variation.
In addition, ref 73 Clydebank had an identical description from 1971-72 to 1972-73.
Second version - Horizontal hoop 1974-80, although the horizontal stripe must have actually arrived earlier than these catalogue dates suggest (1986)
F.C. Subbuteo (Barcelona). 1969-80
Subbuteo had a factory in Barcelona, and this was apparently their team's colours. Mark Adolph has pictures of a side from a different Subbuteo factory wearing the same kit. The top was simply a yellow t-shirt with the word Subbuteo written across the chest in red. Obviously, this could not be done at this scale, so it changed to a red hoop.
The colours match the Catalonian flag, although this could be a coincidence.
The original version of 61 (1969/70 to 1971/72).
Original from 1970-71
Original from 1971/72
Liverpool 2nd. Later Clyde and Darlington. 1971-80 (1986)
Den Haag-Ado (Hol) 1972-80 (1986)
Twente Enschede (Hol) 1972-80 (1986)
Utrecht (Hol) 1972-80 (1984)
Feyenoord (Hol). Also used as QPR 2nd. 1972-80 (1996)
Go Ahead (Hol) 1972-80 (1986)
Haarlem (Hol) 1972-80 (1981)
M.V.V. (Hol) 1972-80 (1982)
N.E.C. Nijmegen (Hol) 1972-80 (1986)
Como (Italy) 1972-80 (1991)
91-99 Italian sides.
Parma 1972-80 (1986)
Trento, Verona 1972-80 (1986)
Catanzaro, Roma 1972-80 (1991)
Sampdoria 1972-80 (1982)
Bologna, Casertana, Cosenza, Taranto 1972-80 (1995)
Bari, Padova 1972-80 (1986)
Brescia 1972-80 (1986)
Palermo 1972-80 (1986)
Reggiana, Salernitana, Torino Introduced 1972-80 (1995)
The kit has been seen in both red and claret. The claret version is lovely.
Manchester Utd, and Mantova (Italy).Orient in 1975-76. 1972-1980
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