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adrianf wrote:
10 Feb 2012, 07:45
Here is mine, Dales Sports in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent. It was a sports shop located opposite the 'spikey man' in the main commercial centre of Stoke. As you walked in, the teams were all located on shelves in front of you and I used to spend hours perusing which team to buy.

Great thread, great memories
Wow. Dales Sports, I bought Subbuteo Test Cricket from there in the late 70's although I was more a regular in Abbott & Mould in the Arcade, Newcastle Under Lyme, Billy Mould had been Stokes captain in the late 30's.

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Excellent thread, this. It's an old thread, but one worth keeping going. (Swesaint recently resurrected it. Nice one :thumbsup: ).

I used to buy most of my Subbuteo stuff (hw teams, mainly) from two independent shops in Barnsley. Midwood Sports and John Briton's toys; each shop located on Shambles Street in the town centre. Both shops, coincidentally, closed down in the same year, 1997. (There was a team on Ebay a couple of weeks ago with an orange John Briton's price sticker on the end of the box; a ref. 222, I think it was).

Also bought a few teams from Cravens in Wakefield, near the bus station, and a few from Suggs Sports in Sheffield. Both closed long ago. (Suggs were still selling heavies in the short splash box in the mid 80's. They had a fair few teams in stock at the time. I bought a couple; should have bought them all, with hindsight).
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Suggs in Doncaster for me, top floor of Arndale Centre. They started out in Liverpool IIRC (2 brothers; later split into 2 separate companies) Donny branch closed early 2000's
One of the brothers played cricket for England, as well as 1st Div footy (Sheff Wed?)

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For me there were a few but the main ones were, Lightfoots in Rhyl, Gallys in Chester, and jewels in Rhyl

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When I get teams with named price labels on, I always google the name to see where the team originally came from.
Surprising how many forums are out there that talk about old shops in various Towns. And old pictures to view of the old shops.

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Always nice to get a team with the original shop label, the favourite in my collection is West Ham which has ' Chambers Upton Park'. I used to buy my teams at Hove Sports Depot, unfortunately I have none of my original stuff. So if anyone has any teams with that label and wants to sell look no further.

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cityfan247 wrote:
09 Feb 2012, 19:47
my Subbuteo buying as a kid was mid 70's into the early 80's.

I was a right spoilt kid back then. I remember I used to buy a team almost every week ( if I'd been good- and I normally was !!). Living in Cleethorpes near the Grimsby Town ground I had the choice of 3 great stores that stocked subbuteo - all within walking distance.

My fav was Loftus- sadly no more it closed about 10 years ago- I presume the guy retired.. A brilliant model shop a couple of streets away from Blundell Park on Grimsby Road. great shop- i can almost still smell it- it had a certain model shop smell- whatever that is. Stocked Hornby, Scalelectrix, Revell/Hornby models and of course Subbuteo. The only down side was the Subbuteo was behind the counter stacked on shelves so i dont recall you were able to go through them yourself and open them up. I used to make a list up from the catalogue and see what they had in. They often had unusual teams- i bought a Haiti there and a 129 St pauli

next up was Ramsdens superstore which had a massive toy department upstairs ( it is still there as is the Toy section- sadly no Subbuteo) Bought loads of teams from here many of which i still have complete with price stickers- most 75-90p. Tended to stock the more common teams but you could rifle through them and open them up and hold the figures etc- tremendous. Still have a 206 Coventry in the 'New Coventry' long box bought from there and a 'New Burnley' named box 170 with the 'V'

Finally Craske & Smiths on Cleethorpe Road in Grimsby. I think this was a general sports shop which also socked Subbuteo- Again seemed to stock more unusual teams- bought Zaire here and a Cardiff 205 irecall . I also remember they had 'spare' players to buy- almost every team you could think of.ACE. Again sadly this store closed oh must be 20 odd years ago.

happy days indeed :D

Is this the same Ramsden's that you used to frequent back in the day, Ian. A decent looking ref 16, clean early 70's long box c/w a Ron Ramsden shop sticker. I've never seen a team with this shop sticker before.


https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-Subb ... SwHbleEkI0


I like shop stickers. The vast majority of my teams haven't got them attached. A few have. I wish I had a few more. :(
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Yes Ron Ramsdens . That's the store I used to go to so that team was sold in the Grimsby area . Nice one Paul.

The price sticker and style of box preceeds my era by a handful of years..

I still have 30 or so of my original teams as a kid that have price stickers. They are a nice bonus on a box I think and helps date the team.

You may have started a theme for a new thread in the reference photo section. ' shop price stickers'

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Just noticed the seller is Grimsby based

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I have put bid on it now. Got several Arsenal's but I am bidding on it for the box and price sticker really

Damn you Paul mate........this is another purchase spree I can see myself slipping into.

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cityfan247 wrote:
20 Jan 2020, 21:18

Damn you Paul mate........this is another purchase spree I can see myself slipping into.

:lol:
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I used to buy my subbuteo stuff in The Toy shop,Bridge Street, Walton on Thames, Surrey in the 1970s.
Always had a good selection and would order anything in if wanted.
I don't live in that area anymore but been told it's a Thai restaurant now.

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The flagship SUBBUTEO retailer in Tunbridge Wells was George Coker Sports opposite the station. As you might imagine it was always fully stocked, and if memory serves, its entire stock was approx 80% Subbuteo, with the rest made up of sports equipment. Did lovely SUBBUTEO window displays as well! It is now a jewellery shop.

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krama wrote:
22 Jan 2020, 19:01
The flagship SUBBUTEO retailer in Tunbridge Wells was George Coker Sports opposite the station. As you might imagine it was always fully stocked, and if memory serves, its entire stock was approx 80% Subbuteo, with the rest made up of sports equipment. Did lovely SUBBUTEO window displays as well!
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Sounds like Subbuteo paradise, Mark.
And I've been imagining walking into the shop you mention for the last half an hour. :)
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krama wrote:
22 Jan 2020, 19:01
Did lovely SUBBUTEO window displays as well!
You have any Subby-related photos in the family vault then Mark? :wink: :wink:

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the toy shop near me was kosticks in Kingsbury London NW9.
small shop with tuns of subby teams.
I will always remember the out of reach - physically and by price! - world cup set that my dad wouldnt buy me and I didn't have enough pocket money for.
my hw ref 4 n my collection today still has the shops price sticker on it

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