Swindon Advertiser uses Subbuteo to beat Southampton pics ban

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The Swindon Advertiser has come up with a classic wheeze to get around the Southampton FC ban on independent press photography.

Chief sports writer Anthony Marshall recreated scenes from the Swindon Town clash with Southampton on a Subbuteo table football game, Holdthefrontpage reports.

Explaining how he beat the ban, Marshall writes: “As Swindon thumped the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy holders 3-0 on their own patch to progress to the second round of the competition, 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 was where Subbuteo came in. Several members of the sports desk raided their parents’ attics and came up with quite a collection of items from the childhood game.

“And after a quick paint-job we were able to go back to our youths and recreate the key moments from Town’s drubbing of the Saints.”

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