The Subbuteo Cup first round draw

The draw for the Subbuteo Cup first round is now complete and we have some amazing ties to share with you.

You can see the draw in full here thanks to the brilliant Subbuteo Collector. Please watch and subscribe to his channel below.

Here is a full list of teams and the kits to give you an idea of what colour each team wears.

Manchester United taking on Sir Alex’s old side in Aberdeen, Sampdoria versus Barcelona and big matches for Garstang FC and Cheltenham Town have made for an interesting draw. You can see all of the fixtures below.

Norwich vs Union Berlin

Union Berlin are everybody’s favourite German side and they travel to Premier League Norwich for the first tie out of the hat. Both teams were nominated for qualification by our players.

Chelsea vs Blackpool

Another two nominated teams and a very old school cup tie between Premier League Chelsea and League One Blackpool.

Sampdoria vs Barcelona

Sampdoria, one of Subbuteo’s most famous kits, take on Spanish giants Barcelona. Sampdoria qualified via a Twitter vote, while Barcelona knocked out Real Madrid on Twitter to qualify for the first round.

Birmingham vs Athletic Bilbao

Athletic Bilbao will travel to Birmingham City in a weird sort of Intertoto Cup-style fixture.

Crystal Palace vs B36

Semi-professional Faroe Islands side B36 Tórshavn are one of the more interesting teams in the draw. They play in a Real Madrid-esque all white kit.

Rangers vs Brighton

Scottish giants Rangers knocked out Dundee in the Twitter-based vote to secure a place in the first round.

Aston Villa vs Coventry

A Midlands derby and a match up of two teams with a host of beautiful Subbuteo kits. Remember that Coventry Talbot number?

Cheltenham Town vs AC Milan

A dream tie for Cheltenham Town as they take on Italian giants AC Milan. Cheltenham one of the few teams in the draw to never have a dedicated Subbuteo team.

Bristol Rovers vs AFC Wimbledon

Another of the all-time classic Subbuteo kits as Bristol Rovers take on AFC Wimbledon, sporting a classic kit they shared with Italian 1985 champions Verona.

Swansea v Borussia Monchengladbach

Fun fact. This stunning Borussia Monchengladbach kit is Gigi Buffon’s favourite Subbuteo team. He has over 500 and supports the German side because of playing with this set in his childhood.

Bradford City vs Watford

A classic FA Cup tie between two Subbuteo stalwarts. Note the non-striped Bradford City kit used in the early days of Subbuteo.

West Ham United vs Glentoran

The only Irish entry into the first round draw is Glentoran – here using Maritimo’s Subbuteo colours because it was the closest kit I had to the famous red and green colours.

Guadalajara vs Club Independiente

North America meets South America in this international tie. Mexican side Guadalajara take on Argentine giants Club Independiente.

Kidsgrove Athletic vs Leicester

For once Leicester City are not the underdogs as Staffordshire-based part timers Kidsgrove Athletic embark on an historic cup run.

West Brom vs Liverpool

Another classic English cup tie here, as Liverpool travel to West Brom.

Leyton Orient vs Everton

And another as Everton travel to London hoping to avoid an upset.

QPR v Luton

Another derby! This time QPR vs Luton is a strong 1980s vibe. QPR are the team supported by Subbuteo founder Peter Adolph.

Juventus vs Fiorentina

We are guaranteed an Italy team in round two after this tie. You are, however, not guaranteed I have an image of a Fiorentina kit so here’s Austria Salzburg instead.

Celtic vs Leeds United

There was a short window when this would have been a tie between the two best teams in Europe. Both are Subbuteo giants and this should be a well-supported tie.

Partick Thistle vs Burnley

The third Glasgow team in the draw and one of the best Subbuteo kits around, Partick take on Premier League Burnley.

Ipswich vs Wolves

Another classic English tie and two very nice Subbuteo kits meet as Ipswich welcome Wolves.

Huddersfield vs Dundee United

Dundee United have one of the best Subbuteo kits around. Huddersfield share reference 003 with quite a few other teams.

Arsenal vs Wycombe Wanderers

A tie that has cupset written all over it. Just look at that stunning Wycombe kit.

Nottingham Forest vs Maidestone United

Another non league team enters the draw in Maidestone United. They take on Nottingham Forest.

Forfar Athletic vs Tranmere

Are Scottish kits just better than others? Another stunner from Forfar and a truly bizarre match up with Tranmere Rovers.

Wellington Phoenix vs Eastbourne Borough

Wellington Phoenix are travelling the furthest to take part in the tournament. The New Zealand side plays semi-pro side Eastbourne Town, who went viral this year with a brilliant Subbuteo-themed match day programme.

Sheffield Wednesday vs Garstang FC

What a tie for Lancashire part-timers Garstang FC! The club was supportive of the cup on Twitter and has now got a plum tie against Sheff Wed.

Bishop Auckland v Sunderland

The best ever Subbuteo kit? Non league Bishop Auckland will welcome neighbours Sunderland for a North East derby.

Newcastle United vs PAOK

Clash of the barcodes as Newcastle take on PAOK of Greece. A 1990s UEFA Cup tie if I ever saw one.

Eintracht Frankfurt vs Racing De Santander

Racing de Santander are nominated by our only Spanish player, while Eintracht Frankfurt have a stunning black, white and red kit.

York City vs Parma

Only in the Subbuteo Cup will Fabio Cannavaro, Tino Asprilla and Lillian Thuram’s Parma travel to the Kit Kat Crescent to take on York City.

Manchester United vs Aberdeen

The Sir Alex Ferguson Derby is here. The final teams to be drawn have set up a tasty tie between the legendary manager’s former clubs. With Fergie time this one could go on all weekend.

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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