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The Team Colours Project.

Classic Heavyweight 1967-1980.

References 101 - 200.

The teams up to reference 150 continue the big expansion of European club sides of 1972-73, covering more Italian sides, as well as teams from Switzerland, South Africa, Austria, German and France (showing the Subbuteo export markets of the time). After this, we see the World Cup 1970 teams finally join the numbered range, plus an update for the 1974 World Cup of Australia, Zaire and Haiti. There is also the first sighting for the classic (but very wrong) Santos of Brazil.

1974 also sees a return to the English and Scottish leagues, covering a few more minor sides, and updating other clubs. This took the chart to 190, which it where it remained until 1978.

After a false start in 1977, which sees numbers 191-195 used and then disregarded, the team range exploded in 1978 with an increase from 190 teams to 322 teams. This page just touches on the first 10 of these new teams, which again are mainly updates and additions to the English and Scottish leagues.

Getting back to the 1972 expansion. An interesting addition is the new Crystal Palace at ref 102. Previous changes to the Crystal Palace kit had stayed on reference 40, and a new number signals that this practice of replacing obsolete references will cease for a few years. The next team to get a catalogued change is ref 173 Portsmouth which gains blue shorts in 1977. This is a minor change, but seems to get the ball rolling as the 1978 expansion sees a number of sides replaced. This is most obvious in the French section (136-150), where French distributors Delacoste would update the teams on a yearly basis.

The Team Colour Chart. 

  1. Carlisle Utd, Birmingham City. 1972-80 (1981)
  2. Crystal Palace. 1972-80
  3. Messina (Italy) 1972-80 (1986)
  4. Triestina (Italy) 1972-80 (1986)
  5. Venezia (Italy) 1972-80 (1988)
  6. Alessandria (Italy) 1972-80 (1986)
  7. Basle (Sz), Panachaiki (Greece) 1973-80 (1986)
  8. Grasshopper Club (Sz) 1973-80 (1986)
  9. Lausanne Sports (Sz) 1973-80 (1986
  10. Lugarno (Sz) 1973-80 (1986)

The South African sides 115-118 and 120 all leave the range by 1984.

  1. Servette (Sz) 1973-80 (1981)

  2. Winterthur (Sz) 1973-80 (1985)

  3. Zurich (Sz) 1973-80 (1986)

  4. Switzerland 1973-80 (1993)

  5. Cape Town (S. Africa) 1973-80 (1983)

  6. Southern Suburbs (SA) 1973-80 (1982)

  7. Hellenic FC (SA) 1973-80 (1982)

  8. Durban United (SA) 1973-80 (1982)

  9. Everton, Cowdenbeath, Gillingham, lots of other blue and white teams..... Jewish Guild (SA) 1973-80 (1986)

  10. Durban City (SA) 1973-80 (1982)

121- 126 Austrian sides, 127 - 134 German sides

  1. Vienna (Austria) 1973-83

  2. Austria Vienne 1973-83

  3. Austria Salzburg

  4. Wacker-Innsbruck 1973-80 (1985)

  5. Lask 1973-80 (1988)

  6. Donawitz. 1973-80

  7. Fortuna Dusseldorf (Ger) 1973-80 (1983)

  8. Bochum. 1973-80

  9. St. Pauli, Also Clydebank (Scot), Sunderland 2nd. 1973-80 (1985)

  10. Wuppertaler S.V. 1973-80


136 - 150 French sides (unless otherwise stated)

  1. Armenia Bielefeld (Germany) 1973-80
  2. Borussia M'Gladbach 1973-80
  3. Stuttgart. Also - Turkey (International side) 1973-80 (1986)
  4. Borussia Dortmund in the early 1970s, Zebbug Rangers (Malta), Newcastle 2nd in 1980. 1973-80 (1986)
  5. Leicester City, Stockport County, Preston North End, Halifax Town. 1973-80 (1981)
  6. Angoulime (France) 1973-80 (1983)
  7. Bordeaux
    • Original Navy blue shirt with white "V" 1973-77
    • White shirt with blue "V", blue shorts 1978 only. 
    • Kit returns to blue shirt, white "V" 1979-80 but with blue socks with white trim. Also this could be just the standard blue rather than navy blue of the early version.
  8. Nimes (France), also Crewe, Doncaster, Bristol City, Wrexham, and the usual red/white suspects :-)
  9. Lyon 
    • Original version 1973-77
    • Second version - All red with blue/white sleeve and sock trim (1978 only)
    • Third version - Red with blue and white stripes (1979), with a possible fourth version with simple blue stripes in 1980. The "zombie" pictures in the 1979 and 1980 catalogues are different, because the sock trim also changes.
    • The h/w shown for the "striped version" has just the blue stripes (like 1980), but the sock trim of 1978-79. Oh dear....
  10. Marseille

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  1. Nancy

    • Version without shirt stripes 1973-79

    • later version with stripes 1980 (1991)

    • The Italian catalogue of 1992 still illustrates this team with a heavyweight player without the chest stripes.

  2. Nantes

    • Original version (with green hoops) 1973-77

    • This original version was also produced with black shorts in France

    • With green shorts, but without the green hoops 1978-1980 (1991)

  3. Bastia

    • Original version (white with blue hoops) 1973-77

    • Sometimes this version is shown with blue trim on the socks.

    • Later version (all blue with white trim) 1978-80 (1984)

  4. Lille (France), Valletta FC (Malta) 1973-80 (1986)

  5. Paris-St.-Germaine. Also Aldershot (England) 1973-80

  6. Red Star, St. Etienne 1973-80 (1983)

  7. Rennes, St Andrews FC (Malta) 1973-80 (1996)

  8. Monaco

    • Has white shorts 1973-77

    • Has red shorts and socks 1978-79, and red shorts, white socks 1980-81 (1996)

  9. Sedan (France). Also Portsmouth, Raith Rovers, Stranraer, China, Yugoslavia 1973-80 (1992)

  10. Valenciennes 1973-80

Italian issue only?

Teams 151-164 (plus 166) were all released first as named World Cup teams for the 1970 World Cup. They were given numbers in the normal range in 1973.

  1. Belgium (later Belgium second). On this number 1973-80 (1983)
  2. Bulgaria 1973-80 (1986)
  3. Czechoslovakia On this number 1973-80
  4. England (hurrah). Also Tottenham, Bolton Wanderers, Derby County - 1973-80 (1983)
    Other versions: 154 was shown with black shorts in the "zombie" catalogues of 1979 to '81. It also gains a collar and cuffs at this time. However, the zombie catalogues do not seem to be able to cope with the deep blue colour as ref 44 is also shown as black. On the 1982 poster the trim remains, but the shorts are once again a dark blue. 
    • A version in black with sleeve trim is often found in Italy.
  5. El Salvador 1973-80 (1982)
  6. West Germany. Also Ayr Utd, Fulham, Hereford Utd, Port Vale, New Zealand... (1996)
  7. Mexico, Eire, South Africa, and others. On this number 1973-80 (1986)
  8. Morocco - Basically No1 with green sock tops. Wow. 1973-80 (1985)
  9. Peru. 1973-80 (1982)
  10. Rumania 1973-80 (1986)

Luton 1979-80 Burnley 1979-80
  1. Russia, or USSR. Again this is No1 with slight sock alterations. 1973-80 (1986)
  2. Sweden - On this number 1973-80 (1981)
  3. Uruguay 1973-80 (1982)
  4. France 1973-80 (1982)
    • In the late 1970s this team is often painted with two black players.
  5. Santos. First famous Brazilian club side available.
  6. Iceland, Israel, Italy. 1974-80 (1985)
  7. Rochdale 1974-80
  8. Oxford, Bradford, Chelsea 2nd, Eitracht Frankfurt (Germany). 1974-80 (1986)
  9. Luton Town. Classic late 1970s kit. 1974-80
  10. Burnley.

173 with blue shorts 1977-80

  1. Middlesborough in the late 1970s. 1974-80
  2. Coventry City in the mid 1970s. 1974-80 (1986)
  3. Portsmouth.
    • White shorts 1974-76
    • Blue shorts 1977-80
  4. Australia, and Montijo (Portugal) 1974-80 (1986)
  5. Haiti 1974-80 (1986)
  6. Zaire For that classic 1974 World Cup appearance. 1974-80 (1986)
  7. Charlton Athletic. 1974-80
  8. Ayr Utd. Farense (Portugal) 1974-80 (1983)
  9. Halifax Town 1974-80. Looks like the later Wimbledon kits.
  10. East Stirlingshire 1974-80 (1984).

  1. Partick Thistle. All too briefly. Was Bradford City away in 1980. 1974-80 (1984)
  2. St Mirren, briefly in the 1970s. 1974-80 (1982)
  3. Airdrieonians 1974-80 (1996)
  4. Shrewsbury Town. 1974-80
  5. Motherwell 1974-80.
  6. Northampton. 1974-80.
  7. Originally Forfar. Kept going by Sliema Wanderers FC (Malta) into the mid 1980s. 1974-80 (1986)
  8. Paris FC (France). 1974-80
  9. Peterborough 1974-80 (1983)
  10. Kilmarnock. 1974-80

The Original 191-195 (as shown in the Italian Catalogue of 1976)

  1. Leeds 2nd 1976-77 Became 208 in 1978
  2. Wales 1976-77. Became a C500 team in 1977, and No 319 in 1978
  3. Scotland 1976-77 Became a C500 team in 1977, and 318 in 1978
  4. Coventry 1976-77. Became 206 in 1978
  5. West Ham Utd 1976-77. Became 209 in 1978

These teams were given the numbers 191-195 in the Italian catalogues of 1976, while the English catalogues stayed at 190 throughout 1976 and 1977. However, these teams were sold in England in 1976-77 - either in named boxes such as "New West Ham", or simply "West Ham", or as properly numbered boxes. So these teams can be found in the long boxes with card interiors from the mid-1970s (whereas the 191 below would've been in a short box). I've no idea why Subbuteo forgot these numbers when the large 1978 team increase took place. 

The "with trim" version.

  1. Manchester City. Also Paris FC in 1980. 1978-80 (1983)
  2. Leicester City. 1978-80 (1982)
  3. Aberdeen. 1978-80 (1981)
  4. Crystal Palace 1978-80 (1987)
  5. Dumbarton. 1978-80
  6. Dundee. 1978-80 (1981)
  7. Orient. 1978-80 (1983)
  8. Oxford Utd with Mansfield Town added in 1979, and Wimbledon in 1980. 1978-80 (1983)
    • The British catalogues show this without the trim down the sleeves or on the shorts.
    • However, the "with trim" version was shown in the Italian catalogues. Both types were sold in the UK.
    • The scan shown is a bit washed out, but the version with less trim is tangerine rather than yellow. Hence the orange base shown here.
  9. Plymouth in 1978, but already blank by 1979! 1978-80
  10. Rochdale. Another short lived kit from this impressive English side. 1978-80

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