The UK office transformed into a Subbuteo wonderland

Offices do not need to be boring.

As many people are planning a return to work after the Covid-19 pandemic there will be more than a few of us who are not keen to return to the dull, drab office environment.

That is why one Subbuteo fan is about to become the envy of us all after setting up a Subbuteo wonderland in his office complete with a stadium, displays and even a makeshift Subbuteo curtain.

David Fairley runs a martial arts centre by day and while that is unlikely to get boring any time soon he has found a way to keep the working day even more entertaining.

Instead of the usual bland office desk with a computer, a cheery mug and a cactus he has instead built a Subbuteo stadium desk complete with Pegasus Astro pitch, three sides with fans, crush barriers and advertising hoardings.

He has an homage to Leeds’ Elland Road set up, a spare pitch and even a smaller set he can break out if visitors to the centre want. The room is also packed with Subbuteo merchandise to display and be used by visiting students.

The main stadium has some lovely little touches included painted seats to spell out the name of Leeds legend Nigel Martyn, painted fans in intricate detail, a tunnel and even custom substitute benches. There are advertising hoardings throughout and plenty of little details everywhere you look.

He says: “This is the view from around the office, including a peek at the Subbuteo pitch used as a curtain between me and the training hall.

“I got stadium set up, with stands that aren’t here yet to put underneath. The collection in the corner including Watsie’s subscription stuff and a decal Leeds display case.

“I have a spare pitch with dry earth painted on it for the dirty effect behind the shelving unit in the corner. The big board with plastic packers/builders shims is there as it’s being built into the Elland Road East Stand. There is also a basic Subbuteo set tucked away as some of the students used to like getting it out if they were waiting for brothers/sisters etc to finish their class.”

Thanks to David for sharing his brilliant office. Now where to we sign up for those classes?

The main stand
Subbuteo displays
The goals
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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