Continuing our series of extracts from ‘The Lost World of Football’…
Ever since 1955, when they released their 1/72 Spitfire model kit, Airfix had been satisfying little boys’ unquenchable thirst for recreating World War II.
I had painted up a boxful of Commandos and some Desert Rats I had inherited, as well as some German soldiers, and had painstakingly put together a Hampden bomber with fairly mixed results. How you were supposed to stop the ‘cement’ from clouding up the glass canopy of the cockpit was anyone’s guess.
After several back lawn battles, in which the Hun were always easily slaughtered or forced into an undignified retreat, I went to Zodiac Toys in Leicester to buy some reinforcements.
And there they were on the shelf, just waiting for me… Airfix Footballers – Sports Series – 1/32nd scale.
If there was one thing better than war it was football and I was at the counter with a box before my feet touched the floor.
After buying a fresh palette of paints (olive and Nazi grey being replaced by football colours like royal blue and claret) I set about recreating the kits of the day.
‘The Lost World of Football’ is available now in branches of WH Smiths and Waterstones or can be ordered here…