Wednesday, 13 August 2014

League of Blogs 2014

Yes folks it's League of Blogs time again!

What's 'League of Blogs' I hear some of you ask? Well, you can have a look at the entire history of the project here or take a look back at last year's and 2012's to get a quick overview, but in short it all started with a love of designing kits and a desire to share that with other bloggers.

Once again, we've not rested on our laurels and have striven to come up with something different for 2014.

As such, the theme for this year's League of Blogs is the "Turn of the Century" (the 19th/20th Century, that is, not the year 2000!). Now, that doesn't mean your designs have to reflect the style of that era (though the little Subbuteo man does have a rather 1900's look about him this year), but what it does mean is instead of a wallchart or sticker book, League of Blogs 2014 will be presented as old-timey cigarette cards. Genius!

As with last year, we'll be allowing badges as well as kits, though again, just a Home and Away kit... they didn't have 3rd kits in 1900 so we're not having them now ;-)

There's also a great prize this year! Whoever we choose as having our favourite kit design will win a whole Subbuteo team hand-painted in their winning design, courtesy of the awesome Adam of Fantasy Flicker. (Last year's winner & several other LoB entries can be seen here)

So here's what you need to do:

  • Create a 'club badge' for your blog or podcast. You may have a logo already, but if you want to create a new one anyway, that's fine.
  • Create a kit. You can create an 'away' one as well if you wish... we've made room for one. No '3rds' this time though :)
  • Create a tagline for your blog. This should be a single sentence explaining what your blog or pod is or what it aims to achieve.
For the kits:

Choose a template to download by clicking on the JPG or GIF images below. When the full-size version opens up on your screen, save it to your computer.

.GIF template

.JPG template

Get colouring! You can design your strip digitally with a graphics package like Adobe Photoshop or you could print the template out, colour it in with your felt-tip pens and scan the finished article. Either way, you should have a .JPG or .GIF file at the end of the process for each strip you're designing.

Send your .JPGs or .GIFs to admin [at] thefootballattic [dot] com along with your website's name and URL.

Oh and if you're not much of a designer or you don't own any felt-tip pens, why not tell us what you'd like your kit to look like? Email us at the address shown above with as much detail as possible and we'll try to turn your ideas into reality!

For the badge:

Freestyle is the name of the game here! :) You can create a traditional coat of arms/shield-based badge or you can create a modern-style logo. Of course if you already have a logo for your website or podcast, you can submit that as your 'club badge.' If you need any help creating anything, just give us a shout and we'll see what we can do.

Once you've done that, we'll present them in the following style in the League of Blogs Gallery.

Right... that's our efforts... now over to you!

Any questions, give us a shout in the comments below, via Twitter or on Facebook.

P.S. If you've entered the League of Blogs previously, you can use your old badge / kits if you wish... just let us know.


  1. you chaps are fantastic, I don't have a blog anymore but so I can't get involved, but I love what you're doing.

    1. Thanks Rob! Out of interest, what was the blog you used to have?

  2. It was called "One pound the large flag" I described it as a poor man's Match of the Day, a round up of the weekend drawn in felt tip.
    Four Four Two picked it up and changed the name to "the draw specialist". A few years ago I decided it was time to try and get a degree and so I just didn't have the time to keep it up. Here's the original version, I don't think you can find the 442 one anymore.