Introducing the DIY Subbuteo scoreboard with a real digital screen

If like me you have bought far too many Subbuteo job lots and box sets on eBay chances are you already have a pile of the traditional Subbuteo score boards.

The cut out team names and tiny plastic number wheels are everywhere in the Subbuteo world – but one fan has blown them out of the water with a stunning hand made digital score board.

Are you ready to feel bad about your Subbuteo stadium set up?

Twitter user @Yeboah214 – presumably a Leeds fan – has revealed a simple MDF scoreboard that can hold a phone for a stunning digital look. It looks fantastic and, if you have the required skills, should not be too expensive to make.

He says: “I work as a joiner so I have a lot of small off cuts of MDF board I keep to one side for my little projects. The materials I’ve used for this are 6 & 12mm MDF, gorilla glue, and acrylic model paints. Had a play around with the idea on my breaks and down time. I’d noticed people using scoreboard apps so thought it would be really cool to have a live scoreboard to bring the stadium to life.

“As well as that I’ve already made something similar for my youngest son. He’s into WWE in a big way, I made him a custom ring and arena with a stand for his tablet to play entrance videos. “

Being a joiner obviously helps but the scoreboard is another excellent innovation for anybody who wants something a bit different in your stadium. We asked for advise on making our own version of the scoreboard.

He says: “My advice would be to have a good idea on what you want your model to look like. Don’t be afraid to try things and experiment, and don’t be scared of making mistakes. The most important thing is enjoyment. If you don’t enjoy what you’re doing, it will probably show in the end product.”

Thanks to @Yeboah213 for sharing his design with us. If you have a DIY scoreboard or accessory to share please get in touch.

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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