Inside the hyper-realistic Craven Cottage Subbuteo stand

Self isolation for many of us during the coronavirus outbreak means completing some of the Subbuteo projects we have been putting off.

For one Fiorentina fan in Italy the latest project is one of the most accurate representations of a real life football fans we have seen.

Cristiano Bartolomei is a fan of La Viola but has a soft spot for English team Fulham. He has created a stunning replica of Craven Cottage’s Riverside Stand for his Subbuteo stadium.

More is to come – he’s currently working on the rest of the stadium and the detailed dugout, stand and lighting look just like the real thing.

Cristiano has used finnish wood fibre with 3D printed seats and small lights to create the classic night game atmosphere.

The stand may be no more in real lie, with Fulham currently redeveloping that side of the stadium as part of a major rebuild but as least it will be immortalised forever in Subbuteo form.

Cristiano says: “I’ve chosen Craven Cottage because it is linear and not to big, and the classical English stadium.”

Work has already started on the Putney Stand and the Johnny Haynes will be last, according to Cristiano. We can’t wait to see it finished and we’ll be sure to share the final results.

Of course, Craven Cottage is not the only Subbuteo stadium based on the real thing. Previously we have featured stunning replicas of Goodison Park, Brighton’s old Goldstone Ground and Southampton’s former home, The Dell.

Stephen Hurrell
Stephen Hurrell
Stephen is the founder and editor of The Hobby Online and The Hobby by Subbuteo.Online print magazine. He is a giant nerd and specialises in Subbuteo, retro football kits and consumer stories. A journalist and editor of 15 years, he has written about football for some of the UK's biggest publications.

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