Tom Groves has been working on a project for the past 3 years in order to create a photobook revealing the present-day culture and idiosyncrasies of the largely unseen sporting world of Subbuteo.
Subbuteo. For most, an iconic manifestation of the 1980s and 90s, now a nostalgic throwback. A competitive table football game where kicks were flicks, the collective height of the team reached 33cms and an entire World Cup could take place on the kitchen table. However, for a small but significant group of Subbuteo fanatics, the beautiful game never died out.
In the Box documents a serious sporting world that few realise is still out there and yet it exists with the same sincerity and fervour as any other sport.
This photobook guides us through the bizarre yet fascinating oddities of the sport which is thriving across Europe today. Included are images of the euphoria, passion and dedication of the world’s top Subbuteo players as well as quotes, providing personal insights in to why Subbuteo means so much to them.
This book aims to open up a wonderful, humorous and engaging world. Many don’t even know it exists, yet it has bubbled away under the surface for years until now. In the Box is a beautifully crafted book which gives the reader a glimpse of the fascinating culture surrounding this gem of a sport.”
Travelling to various tournaments across Europe including World Cup compeitions in Palermo, Sicily in 2011 and Manchester, UK in 2012, the World Masters in Bristol, UK in 2010, the 2011 Italian Championships in Tuscany, the 2012 European Major in Mons, Belgium, and the Cardiff Grand Prix in 2011, photographer Tom Groves has captured with illuminating clarity and humour, the spirit and substance of the sporting world of Subbuteo.
Tom Groves will self publish 1000 hardback copies of the book and eleven special editions. The special editions will feature a signed copy of ‘In the Box’, a hand-painted ‘World All-Star’ Subbuteo figurine, a ‘Team Edition’ of the Subbuteo game and an editioned pigment print, all of which will be housed in a bespoke clamshell box.
Printed by the world renowned EBS print house in Verona, Italy, the book, designed by Thomas + Thomas, will feature a fabric hardback cover, replicating the feel of a Subbuteo pitch. You can pre-order your copy direct from Tom HERE.