Sir Trevor Brooking plays Subbuteo on BBC2 show

A nostalgic TV series will show Sir Trevor Brooking taking on a family at Subbuteo.

Back in Time for the Weekend, shown on BBC2 at 7pm on 9 June, will feature the former West Ham and England legend playing Subbuteo from the 1960s.

The show has the blurb: “Sir Trevor Brooking joins dad Rob and son Seth for a game of Subbuteo in the dining room, proving that he’s a demon on felt as well as grass.”

The series focuses on a modern family who are reliant on modern technology. They spend a weekend living as a family would in different eras and the latest episode features on the 1960s.

The family’s leisure activities are based on data from spending patterns of the era so it is no surprise to see Subbuteo top of the list for the latest episode.

With video games several decades away Subbuteo was the major table top sports game of the era. In the 1960s Subbuteo was entering the heavyweight era, buoyed by England’s World Cup win in 1966.

Brooking would have played for West Ham regularly during this era, playing for the Hammers between 1966 and 1984 and scoring the winning goal in the FA Cup Final against Arsenal in 1980.

It is notable that Subbuteo actually made a pack based on that final, reference C180, although boths teams were featured in their home shirts despite playing out the actual final in away kits.

You will be able to watch the episode live or on BBC iPlayer here.

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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