Subbuteo artist brings football’s beautiful moments to life

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Terry Lee has loving recreated Wayne Rooney's stunning overhead kick for Manchester United in the Manchester derby.
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The football season is about to kick off, promising another year of amazing goals, controversial clashes and magic moments that has fans all over the UK counting down the sleeps until they see their team back in action. But if you’re a football fan of a certain age you might well recall a football spin-off game that beat all others - Subbuteo. 

Kids all over the world  would spend hours kneeling over a strip of green cloth, using a forefinger to propel small plastic football figures towards league and cup glory. In the days before FIFA on the Playstation, Subbuteo was how you lived your football fantasies when it was too wet outside to play for real. And now one artist has taken the beautiful game's gorgeous relative to a whole new level. Ground breaking football fan and Subbuteo artist Terry Lee has condensed some of football's most famous moments into iconic mini models.

From Diego Maradona's Hand of God to a custom World Cup XI line-up, Terry creates his mini models based on requests from fellow fans and just for sheer pleasure.

We got in contact with Terry to find out where this new art form came from, how he does it and just how much one man can love Subbuteo.

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What is Subbuteo art?


If you've heard of Subbuteo art before it'll likely be through Terry's Twitter or Facebook accounts where you’ll find collections of his work spanning the history of football, with players and moments from across the globe.

In its simplest form these are plastic models of players in the Subbuteo game format, sat atop semi-circular pedestals. So, yes, you can actually use these to play a Subbuteo game. Although Terry might not recommend this after putting in countless hours to create the detailed figures.

The models are painstakingly assembled from body parts collected from crushed players. The kits are then hand-painted in achingly accurate detail. There are even stadiums complete with Astroturf style ground covering for that authentic feel you remember from your childhood.

The figures extend beyond the real football pitch with the likes of Sylvester Stallone making an appearance. His goalkeeper character from Escape to Victory can be seen grasping the ball in that famous blue shirt. 

Terry's passion for Subbuteo came from fixing broken players. Something all Subbuteo fans will be familiar with.
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Where did Subbuteo art come from?


Originally Terry, now 33 years old, was simply aiming to fix some broken figures. It was when mending the model pieces that he came up with the idea of modifying them.

He ended up making a fixed model of Columbian goalkeeper Rene Higuita looking like he was doing his famous Scorpion Kick from Wembley 1995. This grew into the myriad creations that exist today, with plenty of hard work.

Terry first began by painting models for friends. Once this proved to be very popular, as people searched for more detail on their kit, he explored more.

Talking of that first Higuita model Terry says: "As a goalkeeper in my younger days my first obvious choice was the iconic image of Higuita and after many attempts I came up with a figure I was proud to display. I knew there was something special with this figure as even my wife Camila was impressed. I then posted the figure on my blog, Twitter and Facebook and it was shown, shared and blogged around the world."
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What are some of the best Subbuteo art moments?


There are plenty to choose from but some of the favourites include Bobby Moore held up with the World Cup trophy of 1966 and the Zinedine Zidane headbutt to the chest of Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup.

One of the most impressive creations has to be the Sergio Agüero model. In this moment he is depicted with his shirt in hand celebrating. That said, equally impressive in terms of detail is the Paul Gascoigne Dentist Chair celebration with three other England players at their victory over Scotland in Euro '96.

Talking of his favourite creation, Terry says he's enjoyed making them all but does commit to one. 

"To be honest I enjoy every piece I work on but if I had to be pressed for a favourite it would have to be Higuita and his Scorpion Kick. I remember watching the game on TV with my father and was blown away, for me a truly iconic image in football. This figure has also helped me achieve coverage of my work to a wider audience through great websites such as this one."
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How do you amass a large enough collection to edit parts?


One of the most used sites for Terry is eBay. He says this is his main source of Subbuteo figures. There are thousands of items up for grabs here so it's the go-to place for most of Terry's Subbuteo needs.
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Get your own football moment recreated as Subbuteo art


Terry works on new request daily and is happy to work on new ideas for football's classic moments and characters.

If you want to submit a request he can be contacted on tecalee@hotmail.co.uk or on Twitter @SubbuteoArt .

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Can you name these footballing moments?


We've picked four more classic moments from Terry Lee's Subbuteo art collection. Think you can name the teams, players and the moments? Give us your best in the comments below.
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