Subbuteo.Online – The End (Sort of)


For the past five years (on and off) I’ve been running a little Subbuteo blog here at Subbuteo.Online. It’s been fun. I’ve been featured on BBC, in 442 Magazine, on Darren Bent’s Twitter feed (long story) and in my very own print magazine, The Hobby.

But all good things come to an end. You will have noticed the lack of updates recently and the massive delays in issue 003. In that time when I’ve been inactive lots has happened in the world of Subbuteo and I’ve felt for a while that excellent organisations such as the ESA and wonderful groups, websites and video channels provide everything a Subbuteo enthusiast needs.

As the brand has sadly been neglected by owner Hasbro and license holder Longshore there isn’t really a need for a Subbuteo news website. So here’s the plan.

The website is not really visited by Subbuteo enthusiasts anymore. Instead it is mostly visited by people looking or valuations or casual players seeking answers about the game.

With that in mind I’ve decided Subbuteo.Online is going to change. I am introducing a new name – The Hobby Online – and the site will now expand to cover lots of other football hobby content, from stickers to kits. There will hopefully be lots of interesting content but it will be broader in scope and we’ll be saying goodbye to the Subbuteo name.

But if you still want to hear from me in a Subbuteo capacity there is some good news. I’ve recently decided to quit my very fun but very stressful job and with that I have a tiny bit more spare time to pursue some passion projects. That means The Hobby magazine will continue as a purely Subbuteo-focused publication and I will now have a lot of time to revamp and refine what it is and get issue 003 ready to go to the standard you all deserve.

I’ll still post some Subbuteo bits to the site but I’m also relaunching a dedicated Subbuteo newsletter featuring everything to do with traditional Subbuteo. It will include in-depth interviews, features, nostalgia, stadiums, rare teams and oddities, news and everything else that I loved covering over the years. It will be a weekly mini version of the print magazine with unique content and it will remain absolutely free. The Hobby newsletter will launch this week and you can sign up here.

If you want to get involved in any of the above, ask any questions or just ask for my address so you can send me orange Tango Subbuteo balls you can get me on

Thank you all for the amazing support over the years. I look forward to the next five with you all.

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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