In The Box




‘In the Box’ is a unique and compelling collection of images from the world of competitive Subbuteo, an iconic 80’s/90’s miniature football board game. The project, initiated in 2010, took Tom Groves and his camera across Europe, visiting several of the major tournaments and capturing a series of images with illuminating clarity and humour which brings the sport to life in spectacular fashion

The photos guide us through the bizarre yet fascinating oddities of a sport that many people thought had died. Included in the book are images of euphoria, passion and dedication as well as quotes from the world’s top players, each providing a personal insight into why Subbuteo means so much to them. The final section of this artist book, printed on a different paper stock pays homage to the childhood game ‘Top Trumps’ and idolises a range of players from the European circuit.

Published in 2013, the book has been sold all over the world and featured in ‘The Guardian’ and ‘L’Obs’ as well as been widely distributed online.




Editioned Prints from this series are available at various sizes