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Competition: Win Cantona and Rooney Ts

November 17, 2014 Tags: , , Shorts 19 comments
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That one second that changes everything. The sudden rush of ecstasy. The complete loss of inhibition. The wild celebrations. There is no better feeling than a stoppage time goal.

The Art of Football’s crafted designs emulate the beauty of those moments never forgotten, capturing the energy, passion and euphoria that erupts from that one magical goal. Limited in number, each design, like any good piece of art, is completely original.

Rant has two T-Shirts to give away in this week’s competition. First prize is “All Hail the King” – a moment of Eric Cantona beauty. Second prize is “Winning in Style” – Wayne Rooney’s last minute overhead against Manchester City.

To win tell us about your favourite Manchester United moment. Comment below or on Twitter (@unitedrant #rantcast) to enter. The best answer, as chosen by Rant Cast presenters Ed & Paul, gets the Cantona T. Competition closes Saturday 22 November, 12 noon.

The Art of Football Manchester United collection can be found here.

Wayne Rooney Eric Cantona

The art of Subbuteo

January 15, 2014 Tags: , Reads 22 comments
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Released in the 1940s, and surging to prominence in the ’60s, Subbuteo harkens back to a simpler, more innocent, arguably more beautiful epoch, particularly when discussing the beautiful game. And this pertains to football both on- and off the field.

On the pitch, diving was less prevalent – if not non-existent – reflecting the sturdier moral rectitude of the players, and perhaps society. Additionally, the notion of a one-club servant was commonplace, underscoring the importance of loyalty.

Away from the pitch, modest wages seemingly kept the players honest. That is by no means to intimate that every player of yore was a beacon of saintliness, but generally they appeared to be less affected and more upstanding citizens than a number of their contemporary counterparts.

And even the manner in which everyday fans endeavor to emulate our heroes has evolved – perhaps devolved, depending on your perspective – remarkably. Young folk of yesteryear would flick around little 3D men, and communicate with fellow humans partaking in the game, who were actually present in the same room. All prior to the advent of computer games. This is not to demonise technology, but Subbuteo very much constitutes a real, offline experience as opposed to gaming; a virtual pastime.

Over the decades, Subbuteo has progressively become ingrained into the nation’s footballing psyche. It’s now firmly solidified its position as a national heritage game, and can simultaneously draw upon its cool retro appeal, increasingly important in a materialistic era when people wistfully yearn for meaningful anachronisms.

That considerable appeal is not lost on Terry Lee, founder of Subbuteo Art, who has established a business hand-crafting customized Subbuteo pieces. “Immortalizing iconic football moments in Subbuteo” is how Lee dubs his work.

Ryan Giggs, 1999 FA Cup Semi-Final celebration

Giggs ‘99 FA Cup semi-final celebration


JS: You’re a Villa fan I believe. As a non-MUFC fan, how are you viewing Moyes’ tenure so far, and MUFC fans’ reaction to him?

TL: I believe David Moyes is the right man for the job. Sir Alex Ferguson’s legacy is immense; a near impossible task for any manager, and MUFC need to stick with their new manager. Today, football managers are too quickly shown the door; the fans need to look long-term and Moyes is a manager that can be with United for 10-15 years.

Sir Alex Ferguson

Fergie Time


David Moyes

A Moyesey Moment (at Everton)


JS: How do you view the current MUFC squad – are there any players in particular that you fear playing against, or any players that don’t worry you at all?

TL: The MUFC squad is a fantastic mix of experience and youth. There are many young players coming through that you can see have the United quality about them. As a Villa fan it is fair to say we fear all players at the moment. I love my Villa but the club is going through a very rough patch this last few years.

Marouanne Fellaini

Fellaini’s distinctive ‘do – the goal-scoring pose remains an unfamiliar sight for Reds


JS: In your opinion, who’s the best ex-MUFC player to have later played for Villa and vice-versa?

TL: My personal favourites who arrived from United would have to be Peter Schmeichel and Paul McGrath. We were blessed having a player of Paul McGrath’s caliber; a truly outstanding player. The obvious player to leave Villa for United can only be Dwight Yorke, a great player for Villa and an amazing player for United. No supporter wants to see a great player leave but you can understand their reasons when United comes knocking. Dwight Yorke was a great loss.

JS: From what you’d seen of Ashley Young at Villa, did you think he’d prove good enough to make it at United? Based on what you’ve seen of him at United, is your opinion the same?

TL: I believe Young should have stayed at Villa, just like Stuart Downing, Gareth Barry and James Milner. What a great midfield we could have had. But I can fully understand him wanting to join United; who wouldn’t?! I do believe he shone so much more at Villa though, and never really got off the ground at United. You see it a lot nowadays when a key player for one team becomes a fringe player at a bigger club. Ashley could have been a long-standing hero at Villa but sadly he will soon be forgotten by United fans. I would just like to say I am a huge fan of his and his connection with Gabby Agbonlahor was magical.

JS: Moving onto Subbuteo, has it always been a hobby/interest of yours? I believe there are proper tournaments held; have you ever played it at a decent level?

TL: I have always been a fan of Subbuteo since my first set as a child, but I have never entered any tournaments because I’m not that good!

JS: What is it about Subbuteo that appeals to you?

TL:  It is a British institution. I love the fact that you can re-enact all your favourite footballing moments and it is a hands-on experience instead of all the footballing computer games there are now. There were hundreds of teams made over the years and you could find and learn about teams you had never heard of previously. I love the paintwork of the Subbuteo figures pre-’80s when each figure was hand painted by locals in the area.

George Best

Georgie’s disallowed goal vs England’s Gordon Banks ‘71


JS: You allude to computer games. In the face of kids now growing up playing computer games, do you believe the fact that Subbuteo is an embedded institution increases its prospects of longevity?

TL: Computer games and kids go hand-in-hand in today’s world; nothing will change this as technology is always progressing and more time is spent now in front of computers and on mobiles.  I am 31-years-old and I’m also guilty of spending too much time in front of a computer screen, although not playing games. Subbuteo will always be a part of many peoples’ lives and is still being passed down through families. Subbuteo is on the rise and hopefully with the World Cup coming up we will see more youngsters asking for Subbuteo sets and playing out their own versions of Brazil 2014.

David Beckham

Beck’s free-kick vs Greece at Old Trafford 2001


JS: How did you come to create customised Subutteo pieces? Is it purely a commercial venture, or are you genuinely passionate about the craft involved?

TL: It all started from recycling broken Subbuteo pieces; I had painted teams before but saw an opportunity to create iconic single figures that people would like to collect. I am deeply passionate about Subbuteo Art and everything that comes with it; from creating, painting and glazing of the miniature figures to the emails, tweets and sending the figures worldwide.

David Beckham

Beckham, Champions League final ‘99


Paul Scholes

Scholes, Champions League ’99 (unfortunately not the final)


JS: Are you the world’s only Subbuteo artiste, as far as you’re aware?

TL: As far as I am aware I am the only Subbuteo artiste who creates the iconic moments in football. There are numerous painters of Subbuteo teams but very, very few of these use Subbuteo products.

JS: Is Subbuteo a global game? Do you get many requests from abroad to create bespoke figures?

TL: Subbuteo is global; I have requests from all over the world. My main market is Europe but there are many, many requests from Asia, Australia and the Americas.

Fabian Barthez

Barthez appealing Di Canio’s goal for West Ham at Old Trafford 2001


JS: What’s the most random or abstract  fun figure you’ve been asked to create?

TL: The most random figure must be a custom figure I made of a Subbuteo fan in his work uniform taking his dog for a walk. I was also once asked to create pieces of Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho playing Subbuteo.

One man and his dog

Sunday League games nationwide are often played out before one man and his dog

JS: What’s the most requested figure you get asked for?

TL: The most requested figures are Rene Higuita and Arsene Wenger. Of the United figures, Wayne Rooney’s overhead kick followed by ‘Fergie Time’.

JS: Are there any figures that have proven been particularly tricky to recreate, or that you couldn’t actually manage?

TL: So far I have been able to create all figures that have been requested. The trickiest must be the Gazza ‘dentist chair’ figure with four figures on one base, and all the figures needing manipulating in some form.

JS: Any MUFC-related requests that stand out in your memory?

There is a very recent request of the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knee slide in the 1999 Champions League final. This stands out only because I can’t believe it has never been requested before. Such an iconic moment for every United fan. I see this piece being very popular with the collectors.

Ole Gunnnar Solskjaer

Solskjaer ’99 Champions League Final Winning Goal Celebration


JS: Have you ever showcased your work at an arts’ fair or museum etc?

TL: Not as of yet, but hopefully in the future I will have some larger displays of iconic footballing moments showcased.

Wayne Rooney

That overhead kick from Rooney against another team in the vicinity who like to make a din


JS: I sincerely hope so too. Your work certainly warrants such exposure. Has anybody high-profile within the game (player, manager, media member, fan) ever contacted you or commented upon your work? 

TL: There have been a few so far and interest from the media, players and mangers is steadily growing. To date, Romario – an idol of mine – has two figures I created for him and was kind enough to send me signed photos of himself holding the figures, and also a signed Brazil shirt. John Sheridan also kindly sent me a photo holding a figure of himself. Tim Cahill has recently shown interest and I am hoping to get a figure out to him soon. There are also quite a few high profile ex-international footballers from Europe and South America that will hopefully be seen with Subbuteo Art figures in the coming future.

Three men and a baby

Bebeto’s USA ’94 World Cup “baby cradle” celebration with Mazinho and Romario


JS: I imagine Cahill will want one of himself sparring the corner flag, his hallmark celebration. Well cheers for your time today Terry, and your work is magnificent. You may have discerned this by the number of orders I’ve recently placed!

TL: Haha, no worries Jonny, many thanks.

In conjunction with this interview, Jonathan and Terry are running a competition. Terry’s existing MUFC-related pieces are interspersed throughout this interview post, so the challenge for you is to propose an iconic MUFC moment for Terry to immortalize in Subbuteo (Subbutealize?)

The best suggestion will have his/her piece custom-made and sent by Terry. Please leave your ideas in the comments section below the interview – or on Twitter (please use hashtag #unitedrant and @unitedrant @JonathanShrager so we can find your entry)

Deadline for entry concludes on Sunday 19th January. Best of luck!

For anybody interested in Terry’s work, he can be contacted at ;

Web: www.subbuteo-art.blogspot.com
Email: tecalee@hotmail.co.uk
Twitter: @SubbuteoArt

Compo: Get up close with Best and Cantona…

November 1, 2011 Tags: , Shorts 7 comments

… T-Shirts that is, in Rant’s competition to win this fantastic pair of original designs from Live Breathe Futbol. Arguably the two finest players to grace Old Trafford, Best and Cantona have  appeared in more than 650 games for United, scoring 262 goals between them. From Best’s dribbling, to Cantona’s ability to ‘open the can’, each is remembered with great affection by United supporters worldwide. While Best was lost to use five years ago, Cantona lives on, bringing his New York Cosmos to Old Trafford in August.

They say football is about the moments ; when Best scored in the ’68 European Cup Final or King Eric struck to win the ’96 FC Cup. To be in with a chance of winning, get involved on Twitter, Facebook or in the comments below and tell us about your favourite CANTONA or BEST moment:

  1. Tweet and let @unitedrant and @LiveBrtheFutbol  know about it
  2. Post a comment on the LBF Facebook page
  3. Drop us a comment about your favourite Cantona or Best moment below

LBF t-shirts offer a unique take on the beautiful game, with designs that reflect the character and personality of the players. Based in Philadelphia but shipping worldwide, LBF Ts are available for around £15 / $20.

Good luck!

Win a signed 2010/11 United shirt and stadium tours with Betfair

September 27, 2011 Tags: , Shorts 13 comments

* competition now closed*

Here’s a chance to win a signed Manchester United shirt and one of 20 Old Trafford stadium tours, with United Rant and @BetfairSports! Proving once again that not only does Rant giveth, but giveths again.

In Betfair’s latest ad, United winger Ashley Young takes on team-mates Dimitar Berbatov and Patrice Evra in a very special game of bowling. The trio attempt to floor the ten pins using lightweight footballs, taking on couch potato and footballing wannabe Chris Weber, with the baying crowd betting on their mobiles as to who will emerge as King Pin.

“It was harder than I thought it would be because of the weight of the ball and having to strike it so low over a relatively short length of space, “said Young, who has already provided five assists this season.
“Hats off to Patrice and Berba, they showed unbelievable skills. And all I can say about Chris is ‘he tried his best!’”

Ranters: for a chance to win there’s three ways to enter…

Get involved on Twitter. Simply tweet:

I want to win a signed #MUFC shirt in the @BetfairSports #Stars&Strikes competition http://bit.ly/pwwjOk RT to enter!

No Twitter? Come up with your best video related pun in the comments section below, or on the Rant Facebook page for a chance to win.

To get a free bet with Betfair Mobile and the chance to win more great prizes, check out Betfair’s Stars & Strikes page here!

Win tickets to the FA Community Shield

July 19, 2011 Tags: , , , Shorts 80 comments

** Update – competition is now closed **

We’ve teamed up with McDonald’s, the official Community Partner of the FA, to offer ten readers the chance to win two match tickets to watch Manchester United take on Manchester City at The FA Community Shield, sponsored by McDonald’s, on 7 August at Wembley Stadium.

This year’s match will be a Manchester derby, which will see Manchester United and Manchester City go head-to-head in this competition for the first time since 1956. The Red Devils look to secure their 14th Community Shield victory against current FA Cup holders City.

McDonald’s has been the Community Partner of the FA since 2002 and aims to create more football opportunities for all. Since the partnership was formed McDonald’s has created over 20,000 qualified football coaches, offering two million hours of free, quality coaching to young players across the UK.

“This year’s FA Community Shield will no doubt be a sell-out as fans from across the country make their way to Wembley to support the Reds and the Blues. It’s going to be a great game – a fantastic match to kick-off the new football season and I wish everyone who enters the competition the very best of luck,” said Geoff Hurst, McDonald’s Director of Football.

To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize, answer the following question and email your answer to editor@unitedrant.co.uk with the subject line “McDonald’s Compo”.

Q: How many times has Manchester United won The FA Community Shield?

The Small Print

1. Rules: Please note that, in addition to these Provisions, entrants are bound by both the Promoter’s terms and conditions at http://www.unitedrant.co.uk/latest/win-tickets-to-the-fa-community-shield/ and the Supplemental Rules For Third Party Promotions Featuring Football-Themed Prizes Supplied By McDonald’s (“General Rules”) at www.mcdonalds.co.uk/policies/football-terms-and-conditions.shtml.

2. Participants: Must be 18 and over and UK resident

3. Duration of Promotion: Enter the Promotion between 6pm 18th July 2011 and 6pm 28th July 2011 inclusive.

4. Entry Criteria: Answer a question correctly to be entered in to a draw for a chance to win.

5. Conditions of entry: Limit of one entry per person.

6. How to Submit your Entry: Entries to be submitted via email. No other method of entry will be accepted. Email: editor@unitedrant.co.uk.

7. Prizes: The prize pool consists of ten prizes each of: Two match tickets to The FA Community Shield on 7th August 2011 at Wembley Stadium.

8. Prize Awards: Winning entrants will be notified by telephone and / or email and should be contactable no later than Friday 29th July 2011. Prize notification will be sent by email to the address registered at time of entry. If the winner cannot be contacted by telephone before 1pm on Monday 1st August, an alternative winner will be selected.

9. General: Winners will be required for promotional and media activity in relation to this promotion and other related McDonald’s football activities, including facilitating the publication of press releases, editorial and photographs on the UK websites of the Promoter, McDonald’s, and The FA, winners’ local media and in McDonald’s UK restaurants.

10. Promoter’s Details: United Rant, editor@unitedrant.co.uk, www.unitedrant.co.uk

Competition: win United books

March 18, 2011 Tags: , Shorts 53 comments

“People get nothing out of books but what they bring to them,” Nobel prize-winning Irish playwrite George Bernard Shaw once wrote. And to thee, Rant readers, we bring you two fine Manchester United books from the past year, each in glorious hardcover. By this time next week one lucky reader will win this fine pair!

First, a book Rant described as a “prescient tale of modern football” – Rooney’s Gold – by BBC Panorama journalist John Sweeney. Published by Bite Back, Rooney’s Gold looks into the murky underworld occupied by those on the make and take; a legion of agents and criminals seeking to profit from the United striker.

The other prize in this competition is Football – Bloody Hell! by Times columnist Patrick Barclay, published by Yellow Jersey. Barclay’s recap of Sir Alex Ferguson’s managerial career is particularly strong on the Scot’s early days, offering new insight into the world’s greatest coach as he approaches retirement.

To win this pair of books simply complete the following sentence in 140 characters or less and post below, on twitter (tagging @unitedrant) or better still – do both! Our favourite answer will win!

“Rooney told Ferguson to read United Rant because….. ”

Competition closes 11.59pm, Friday 25 March 2011. Winners will be notified by email/twitter.