In this our third look into the world of toys and Tottenham. We find another board game. We take a look back at some table top games over the years and a few cars for the boys to zoom around the carpet.
This top picture takes us back to the world of Subbutto. A finger flicking game which is still going strong and there are even tournaments for players to complete in. You could add all-sorts of extras to your home pitch including working floodlights, supporters and trainers. Ah the old rug rat days.
We mentioned that small play figures certainly date back to 1904. In this article we bring the various sets together for the first time. I know these days everyone is surgically attached to their play-stations or whatever but will it ever match up to the imagination?
As for those sets of figures this one dates from the Double winning side of 1961. Below that is the 1904 box set.
I've had a dip into the trivia mines to fill out the gaps.
This one also comes from Gary Mabbutt “ I loved playing for Spurs and every part of the club. When you are at a club for 16 years, your name becomes synonymous with them. When that club is Spurs that’s something special.”
In between those the 1930's saw this set below the actual players waiting for your instructions and to the right the box top.
Danny Blanchflower was asked if a player like Hoddle was a luxury in the team he said “Hoddle, a luxury? it’s the bad players that are a luxury.”
Danny was always willing to speak his mind, once when a Director said to him “Your trouble is you think you know all the answers” he replied “Oh Bless, you don’t even know the questions.”
Jimmy Greaves talking about Darren Anderton and his reputation for being injured - ‘I’m 58 and I’ve played more football in the last two years than Darren If the Black Death swept through London you wouldn’t want to live in the next street to him he would be sure to catch it.’
I was chatting some while ago and the conversation turned to cars we remembered that sometime during the sixties (we think, we were far too mature for that sort of think) there were several vehicles that had a Spurs logo on them. Much later my old buddy sent me a link which contained several vehicles. I am fairly sure these are not the ones I remembered. I seem to remember that there was an articulated lorry.
Anyway, I did contact that site and ask for permission to borrow their pics but there was no reply. I assume that the site is no longer active.
Therefore I've taken the liberty of using a couple of their images if our anomalous benefactor is out there, thank you very much.
Below our very own Gary Lineker and a board game he put his name to some years back. The Footballer of the Year. No idea how it works and quite sure I never played.
Pat Jennings reflecting on his early days said in 1972 said about goalkeeping. "I wonder if you could live through those changes now. In recent years the job has become easier. Much more thought and work goes into defenses and therefore the keeper gets a lot more cover. Even though it cuts both ways. Occasionally the cover is so deep you cant see the ball at all. Then there it is - behind you. "
The half time break in games was not introduced until 1870, at that time the teams would only change ends if the score was still 0-0. The half time rule as we know it arrived in 1876.
Another player operated table top game and Striker. Again figures came in your of team colours.
Below we find Martin Chivers at Hamleys the toy shop in Regent Street, London and he is passing on a few tips to eager purchasers.
They say footballers talk with their feet, here is why when pundits are caught off guard - Glenn Hoddle, has made a few slips in his time, ‘ I think in international football you have to be able to handle the ball’ and “there is a lot of work that has been put in that hasn’t been put in” while on another occasion, ‘Getting picked gives you half that confidence or 50% of it.
.”As a manager he came out with “we changed it to a back four and went 4-3-3’ and
“ I have a number of alternatives and each one gives me something different’ not to mention this insightful ‘With hindsight its easy to look at it with hindsight.’ or
Then there was the brilliant ‘I have never heard a minutes silence like it’ and ‘ When a player gets to thirty so does his body.’
Another vehicle from bygone days with a Spurs logo.
If you want to check out those earlier trips to the toy shop where we had Monopoly, Action Man, puzzles, Scalextric and many more fun items stuffed into the back of the wardrobe then go to
If you know of any Tottenham Toys, and even better pictures of, do get in contact. I have a few more and if your good boys and girls and save your pocket money then we can have another trip down to the toy shop later on.
And I'm still convinced that I once saw a Barbie doll wear a Spurs shirt but no else seems to recall it !
Sorry to say the website seems to have started playing 'sillies' changing the size of images again, here is hoping.
I shall leave you with a little play-person, I'm off to write my letter to Santa.
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