Six months ago I decided to publish a Subbuteo magazine. I’m a journalist and come from a magazine publishing background but the months following my decision have been tough. Designing, writing and publishing a magazine from scratch is extremely difficult and I encountered quite a few big setbacks on the way.
However, it has all been worth it. Introducing The Hobby magazine by Subbuteo.Online. Issue 001 is finally complete and ready to go.
The magazine will cost around £5 and is 52 A4, full colour pages of Subbuteo history, features, news and reviews. I want it to be bigger and better every issue and we’ll be seeking advertising in future to improve the page count, quality and bring that cover price down.
The first issue is off to the printers for a sample. Once I get that back in the next few days I’ll open orders. It should then be days before you can get your hands on it.
What is in there?
Hopefully something for everybody. I’ve got an interview with the son of Subbuteo founder Peter Adolph, Mark, who rarely talks to the press about Subbuteo so it’s a big honour to have a chat with him.
I’ve also interviewed former Roy of the Rovers editor Barrie Tomlinson about the brand’s tie-ins with Subbuteo. Other features include an in-depth look at the Munich 74 box set and Subbuteo World Cup (and a lovely feature by Table Football Monthly’s Keith Littler on a major rival to Subbuteo at the time).
We have a painting masterclass from Westwood Table Soccer for those who love to create their own designs, a look at Paul Darke’s jaw-dropping Subbuteo collection, a superb stadium build based on a real-life ground, columns from Flick for Kicks and Subbuteo Collector, a look at two very rare Subbuteo reference numbers, club news, price guides and a review of the Pegasus 5-a-side pitch – plus lots more.
I’m nervous about sharing this with the world but I hope you love it as much as I enjoyed putting it together.
But first, if you get a minute, please fill in this form (or see below) to express interest in ordering a copy. I’m using this to judge how many I need to get printed so that I can meet demand and keep the price to a minimum.