Southampton players are given instructions by their manager in the dressing room, March 1949
An email pinged through to me the other day from The FA Boot Room online magazine, which contained an article by new England U21 coach Aidy Boothroyd.
In it, he describes how one of the tools they use to help their players work through problems on match day is a Subbuteo table.
“We’ll have the Subbuteo table there which has become quite popular now because players are quite kinaesthetic and they want to grab hold of things and they want to shift them around. We also find the players will talk more when it’s about them in that particular position.” said Boothroyd.
I remember seeing a picture posted on Twitter by Chelsea youngster Izzy Brown in March 2016, which showed a Subbuteto table in the dressing room after England U19s reached the UEFA Under 19 European Championships.
67 years later, can you spot the difference?