Possibly the most beloved boxed football game that isn’t
Subbuteo, Super Cup Football was first produced some time in the 1980s, and continued unabated – through fresh box design after fresh box design – right up until the ’90s. Its battery-powered motion was futuristic when it first came out, and even by the time it quietly disappeared (doubtless killed off, like so many others, by computer games) there wasn’t really anything else like it.
In truth, it doesn’t actually play an amazing game of football – with a tiny ball being slammed about frenetically by players, it’s more akin to a jazzed-up table football than anything else – but there’s still marvel to be had in the way someone somewhere managed to come up with a table-top game in which players could dribble
, and the attention to detail throughout is terrific, right down to supplying you with spare unpainted players that you could paint in your favoured team’s colours (although I’ve yet to see evidence that anyone, anywhere, ever bothered to do this). Despite being too loud to play for more than about five minutes at a time, a complete, working boxed one is still one of the finest things you can stumble across in a charity shop.