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Subbuteo Art competition winners

January 25, 2014 Tags: Shorts 2 comments
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The response to United Rant’s ‘Subbuteo Art’ competition was resoundingly positive, with hundreds of suggestions, ultimately spawning over 60 unique and novel ideas. Many iconic moments, including Matthew Simmons’ attempt to headbutt Cantona’s boot, were proposed on countless occasions, so those who came up with the new idea first were entered into the competition. Many more suggestions had already been Subbuteised by Terry Lee, craftsman par excellence.

It proved extremely challenging to judge the winners, and in all honesty, any three of the 63 – individually listed at the bottom of this article for those interested – could have been selected. Determining an ‘iconic’ moment is a particularly subjective matter for any football fan, with specific episodes holding places in our hearts to varying degrees, and for differing reasons. It might be a moment witnessed live, shared with someone special, or a during a fond period in our lives.

The winning entries are based loosely on the following criteria;

  • Images indelibly imprinted into the minds of the majority of Reds
  • Important moments in the club’s history
  • Images of players or moments that do not already belong to Terry’s impressive collection
  • Images that would be visually appealing in Subbuteo form.

Congratulations to the trio of winners, who will all be sent their customized (first-of-its-kind) Subbuteo piece by the end of February.

1. @gobble17 – Lee Sharpe’s corner flag celebration!

Lee Sharpe Shuffle

Sharpey was probably the first glamour player of this generation’s formative years. Sandwiched in between Danny Wallace and Ryan Giggs on the left, Sharpe came to prominence during the 90-91 season, fast becoming one of the most enthralling prospects on the scene. Even when a Giggs assumed the mantle on the left berth, many fans were adamant that Lee could have potentially proven an equally majestic player. Alas, his career was cruelly hindered by a combination of injury and illness.

But the majority of Reds remember Lee with endearment, not only for his raw footballing ability and cultured left-foot, but also his joie de vivre, manifested most vividly through his imaginative goal celebrations. When he wasn’t devising his own dance routines such as the “Sharpey Shuffle” – the ’90s infinitely more creative version of Gangnam Style –  he was impersonating Rock ‘N’ Roll royalty, inventively supplanting corner-flag for microphone. Oh how we “Love Lee Tender.”

Whilst his reputation as a bon vivant away from the pitch ingratiated him to the fans, it may ultimately have proven his undoing with the head honcho. Lee was famously scolded by Sir Alex Ferguson for leading a fledgling Giggs astray at a house party. It’s amongst the numerous anecdotes Sharpe recounts with aplomb if you get the chance to attend one of his guest speaker appearances.

2. @Benny_Red – Paul Scholes/Gary Neville kiss!

Gary Neville Paul Scholes Kiss

This amorous embrace transpired following Scholes’ last minute-winner at the Etihad Stadium versus another team in the vicinity who like to make a din. Marvel at its majesty; an instance of platonic puckering up that animated even the most heterosexual of United fans. It doesn’t matter how alpha you are, you cannot but enjoy the sight.

The two men from the “Class of ’92” are polar opposites personality-wise, but shared a passion for their club and everything it represents. G Nev elicited from Scholesey this manifestation of love for United, which ordinarily remained latent, and we are eternally indebted to Gary for it.

3. @teddiehenson – The Schmeichel cartwheel!

Peter Schmeichel

It was a spectacle to behold at the culmination of the ’99 Champions League Final: 6’3″ Peter Schmeichel defying gravity by making his own mammoth frame revolve 360 degrees – to mark the most dramatic comeback in the beautiful game’s illustrious history. It was an explosion of sheer cartwheeling joy from The Great Dane, perfectly encapsulating the unadulterated relief experienced by every single United fan at the precise moment, whilst leaving us more rotund Reds to stick to our metaphorical internal cartwheels of elation.

The rest…

  1. @TusharMUFC Sir Bobby hugging Sir Matt after we won the 1968 European cup
  2. @eirebadboy What about Cantona on the goal post after his penalty return V L’pool
  3. @hothorseherbie George Best celebrating his goal, European Cup Final 1968 or Eusebio applauding Stepney same game
  4. @Andrew_Kenyon MACHEDAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA (Winning goal versus Aston Villa at Old Trafford)
  5. @bigG1511 Gary Nev Kissing Badge after rio’s late winner vs liverpool
  6. @RohanKrishna27 Robin van Persie hugging Sir Alex Ferguson (versus Stoke City)
  7. @doleary02 RVP last minute goal v City. Just as he’s striking it. Perfection.
  8. @Benny_Red Scholes/Neville kiss! (Etihad Stadium after Scholes’ last minute winner)
  9. @WoodZRC berbatovs over head against Liverpool
  10. @MonarchyofKiko Danny Welbeck. Just being dat guy
  11. @RohanKrishna27 Evra pretending to bite a prosphetic arm thrown at him in jest by Red at OT (Evra’s Luis Suarez reference)
  12. @Joe_Cooper_ O’Shea nutmegging Luis Figo
  13. @StretfordEnd361 Solksjaer’s winner vs Liverpool in the FA Cup, 1999. First time I properly lost it for a goal.
  14. @akachesterseven RONALDOOOOOOOO pic.twitter.com/9gMZcJ2njM (Ronaldo’s free-kick celebration)
  15. @dannyj14 This #Moscow pic.twitter.com/62aHhq1lZ (John Terry head in lap following penalty miss in Moscow)
  16. @MochineGun Keane heading 1st in the revival vs Juve ’99 semi-final
  17. @NicholaMoreland can I have this please #keano pic.twitter.com/hNqRkkpdxL (Keane stamping on Gareth Southgate)
  18. @lanodnugg how about @NormanWhiteside after ’85 cup final goal.
  19. @Benny_Red my 2nd & last. Not as famous but the Evra/Rafa celebration – loved that! pic.twitter.com/KtJ8oZUXdX
  20. @akachesterseven VAN PERSIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEE pic.twitter.com/am5XGl1Gs1 (RVP striking superb volley versus Villa)
  21. @666bungle Hughes celebrating after goal in the Cup winners cup final v Barca
  22. @Tubs0161 Fergie bowing to the away end at West Brom last season?
  23. @1markcollard Beckham after scoring from half way line
  24. @lanodnugg or how about Fergie & Kiddo celebration v Sheffield Weds in ’93?
  25. @lanodnugg one more…Robbo on fans shoulders after Barcelona in ’84
  26. @MUFCMeash what about Ronnie collapsing to the floor in tears post Moscow shoot out win!?
  27. @AdamRoss7 solakjaer celebrating his first goal after injury at Charlton away
  28. @FalseMidfield Owen celebrating after scoring 4th in 4-3 derby win
  29. @furno_ooo Strachan, equaliser at Anfield 3-3 … smokin’!
  30. @UnitedBeforeFergie Stuart Pearsons trademark fist clench goal celebration
  31. @finchy2385 sparky’s last minute volley vs Oldham in the fa cup semi (as Hughes is striking ball)
  32. @_tom86 Scholes celebrating after his CL semi final winner.
  33. @jackkholt Always sticks in the memory. pic.twitter.com/69wxLSVt5C (John O’Shea and Rio Ferdinand celebration following John’s last minute winner at Anfield ’07)
  34. @p1zza_face Cole’s goal against spurs in 99
  35. @n4lum How about this?? #unitedrant pic.twitter.com/ZWuTlfOjEI (Giggs standing over Patrick Vieira)
  36. @killalldippers How about a recreation of this? Surely one of the beautiful moments in world football. #unitedrant pic.twitter.com/rrKpmPkpdJ (general Eric Cantona glide)
  37. @AdamRoss7 was also wondering about a keane and scholes one like this… pic.twitter.com/VFfX2gWErH (suited and booted holding trophy at CL ’99 final)
  38. @MUFCMemorabilia Giggs and Ince shocking goal celebration :- pic.twitter.com/stE90ASAJA
  39. @barafundler Jimmy Greenhoff celebration after his goal in the 79 SF replay at Goodison
  40. @petejacksonjr Peter schmichaels last minute penalty save vs arsenal fa cup semi 99
  41. @teddiehenson the Scmeichel cartwheel ! (’99 CL final)
  42. @JonathanShrager SAF holding a tea cup in one hand, hairdryer in the other
  43.  @JonathanShrager The United Trinity #UnitedRant pic.twitter.com/WwvZAF9SW6
  44.  @Andrew_Kenyon Eric FA Cup goal ’96 (moment he strikes ball, body position, technique)
  45. @Alex2PointZero http://t.co/K3VSAHZv1k (John Terry slipping as he’s taking a penalty in Moscow)
  46. @treble99united Sharpey Shuffle
  47. @RedDevil93 Van Nistelrooy’s celebration vs Arsenal after scoring the pen in unbeaten breaker
  48. @Andrew_Kenyon O’Shea’s chip at Highbury
  49. @dezoduck FUCKWHATISAIDBEFORE! This should win EVERYTHING ‪#unitedrant‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ ‪pic.twitter.com/uMXu2aNsBi‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
  50. @faredealing cantona’s crowd surfing at palace! ‪#seagulls‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
  51. @dezoduck Or this ‪#unitedrant‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ ‪pic.twitter.com/n8MUAjy2q6‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Becks wearing LUHG scarf post-Milan game
  52. @gobble17 Lee Sharpe corner flag celebration!
  53. @pram_head Keane tackle on Haaland
  54. @kiani93 http://t.co/AP4jWBJPsp Rafael and Fabio celebrating together
  55. @kiani93 http://t.co/1ogNKjQKAr Scholes ’08 CL semi-final strike
  56. @teddiehenson The Babes all lined up on pitch in that iconic image
  57. @ ’08 CL final team lined up on halfway line reacting to winning penalty
  58. @joepetruccio how about his run in with Vieira in the tunnel?
  59. @john_simps Rooney and Ronaldo celebrating towards Kop http://bit.ly/1d2D06y
  60. Tom Parkinson: VDS CL winning save/celebration ‘08
  61. Anirudh Agarwala: Ronaldo’s goal (with Rooney’s assist) against fulham in the opening game of the 2006-07 season. Has to be the moment when I knew united were back in the running to win titles again after the long drought (relatively)
  62. philip young: Hughes open armed celebration at Maine rd after scoriing against the scousers in 85
  63. @MilkyJoe1974 last shout and it’s Adnan scoring the winner today

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