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I have just obtained my review copy of Daniel Tatarsky's "Flick to Kick - An Illustrated History of Subbuteo".
Though I do not have the entire finished version, I can reveal that it comprises 7 main chapters (average 15 pages in length) under the headings..."The glory of Subbuteo". "Life before Subbuteo" "The father of Subbuteo" "Up for the Cup" "The peak years" "Collecting" and "It's not Football but it is Subbuteo"
The most striking feature of the book for me was the fine picture quality. It contains 100 illustrations altogether, mainly in colour apart from some old archive material, and these are nicely interspersed with the text as each chapter unfolds. How much hard information you derive from it depends on your level of Subbuteo knowledge, but it's certainly written in a lively, often humourous style which holds the reader's attention throughout.
This is clearly a well-researched piece of work at least on a par with "50 years of flicking football" (which I thought was excellent) released back in 1996. The two are actually quite similar in some respects, but due to being more up-to-date and in full colour, "Flick To Kick" could be deemed a successful (and long overdue!) upgrade of its predecessor. I'm sure it will be the new Subbuteo reference book for a good least until book 2 comes along, as briefly alluded to by the author.
I'm looking forward to this already!
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on 8 January 2005
For a true subbuteo enthusiast, this one comes as a "holy book" of faith. Packed with information about the origins and the evolution of the game, guides the reader form the early years when we really played the game on our knees to the glorious era of the 80's when hundreds of players attended every major local or international event, sometimes in front of hundreds of spectators like it happened in Athens 1986 Subbuteo World Cup. Recalling rhousands of memories with the help of splendid coloured photos, showing old and rare equipment or advertisements and catalogs of the game through the years, this book can't go without notice by any devoted subbuteo fan. Perhaps not useful to people who would wish to improve their technique, this book is definitely NOT a training manual for table football players, but it certainly helps discovering (or remembering) a magic that no longer exists around modern football tables. If "Roy of the Rovers" used to be your favourite read, if you ever tried the "long swerve" successfully, if you ever felt your heart beating out of control before you flick for a penalty kick, if you still have a laugh talking about that match you lost in extra time with some old friends, DON'T MISS this one!!
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on 20 January 2013
Covers the history of Subbuteo and the early forerunner Newfooty very well. Perfect for a forty something wanting to relive their youth or for someone contemplating life as a collector. Not encyclopaedic, being fairly short.

High quality production hard back too.
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on 29 October 2006
I have read this lavish hardcover three or four times.I wish it was 400 or 500 pages,i feel that although it is so detailed and accurate is too small for describing the SUBBUTEO PHENOMENON.

Every man around 35 years old SHOULD have been an owner of a SUBBUTEO set when he was young.I cannot remember any other toy with so many devoted fans that years and so fanatic for those vintage original sets and teams these years we are living now.

This piece of art is not a British property anymore.A large toy company located at the USA bought the rights of this toy some years ago and unfortunately decided to "kill this game".Tons of such notes and articles have been posted by various lovers of SUBBUTEO the last years about the decision of the above mentioned toy company.

Anyway this book has been written by an author who trully loves and knows trivia and facts about SUBBUTEO.

Please buy it for you and reserve an extra copy for your male kids.They have to learn about SUBBUTEO and the real fun that can provide during playing.

I can hardly wait till the second volume.The author promised it will be out soon.

Till then enjoy this superb reading.
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on 12 March 2014
Discovered the football table top game when I was twelve (1968) so this book is full of nostalgia. Enjoyed the memories.
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on 1 February 2015
A pleasure to read and own. Has lead me to discover a very much alive world subbuteo football scene. Fascinating...
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on 9 February 2010
I was a Subbuteo freak, I remember as a teenager (and older) sending my postal-order to Tunbridge Wells, then waiting on the postman to deliver my new team/balls/World Cup nets. Sheer bliss! There are some brilliant pictures in this lovely little book, the story is told with humour and affection. The sheer range of accessories available was mind-blowing, with hundreds of team colours ( as seen in the famous team wall-chart) there was everything from ball-boys to cameramen, from fancy nets to new scoreboard. The author gives us a history of table soccer and how Peter Adolph was clever enough to patent his new game, which another unfortunate `inventor` failed to do. I have sent for the Teenage Flicks book as well, so I am on a retro roll. If you too were around in the olden days of football games, I recommend this wonderful book.
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on 29 July 2014
fast delivery and as described. excellent!
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on 17 February 2012
Book arrived much sooner than expected, well wrapped and in perfect condition.

Super book for the enthusiast- lots of interesting facts and figures. Bought it as a present, and it was a big hit.
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on 3 March 2016
very good
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