History of Subbuteo
SUBBUTEO sets first went on sale in March 1947, after being invented by Peter Adolph. Mr Adolph had originally wanted to call the game Hobby but was refused the trademark. So instead he named it after the Eurasian hobby, a bird of prey which has the Latin name falco-- subbuteo.
The first teams had cardboard figures wearing red shirts and white socks and blue shirts and white socks.
The first kits also included chalk to allow people to make their own pitches. The first plastic figures were introduced in the 1960s.