Fan-Plastic: How Paper Beat Footie Photo Ban



An evening newspaper has come up with an ingenious way to beat a League One football club’s ban on photographers.
nstead of real-life pictures of their team thumping Southampton, readers of the Swindon Advertiser were treated to Subbuteo recreations.
The newspaper resorted to the tiny plastic figures so Town fans could savour their team’s 3-0 drubbing of Saints on Wednesday night.
They were treated to five key moments of action from the game, which saw the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy holders go out of the competiton in the first round.
Sports writer Anthony Marshall said: “We were left unable to print images of the match unless we paid Southampton for their own copies.
“But, along with almost every paper – regional and national – across the country, we boycotted that idea and decided to come up with something original and innovative instead.”
That is where the Subbuteo models came in.

Charlie Austin celebrates with the away fans after bagging the second goal:

Said Anthony: “Several members of the sports desk raided their parents’ attics and came up with quite a collection of items from the childhood game.
“After a quick paint job we were able to go back to our youths and recreate the key moments from the match.”

Anthony, who was at the game in Southampton, sent back pictures from his mobile phone to make sure the Subbuteo re-enactments were as accurate as possible.

Keeper David Lucas pulls off a fine first half save to keep out Rickie Lambert’s free-kick:

f the photography ban is still in place when the two teams meet in the league next February, Anthony says the Subbuteo players could be brought out of retirement again.
The Swindon Advertiser is not the only newspaper to find a novel way of beating Southampton at their own game.
One in Plymouth commissioned a series of Roy Of The Rovers-style cartoons while another in Bournemouth Echo reprinted black and white photos from the 1920s.

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    Ammara said,

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