British and World Marble Championship at Tinsley Green, UK

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Every Year on Good Friday the best marble players from allover the world - or at least from Sussex and Surrey - meet in the little village Tinsley Green, right next to the London airport Gatwick. The Greyhound-Pub is one of the 5 houses, which form the whole village.
From time immemorial, there are contested the "BWMC". It is told, that there were played marble games as early as in the aera of Elisabeth I.

Nowadays, the Good Friday is the last day and the acme of the marble season, which starts every Ash Wednesday.
The winner in the marble competition gets a challence cup, which contains 6 pints of beer. Formerly, the cup was going out  filled and the second best team had to drink the beer right there and then.
Nowadays it's not quite like that: the vice winner does still get beer, but in cans.
Since 1995 visitors from Germany are there and since 1997 german teams take part regulary. In the year 2002 the cup was won by a saxon team, the "Saxonia Globe Snippers" from Chemnitz, and the Individual Champ, Benny Mehnert, was from their neighbours "1.MC Erzgebirge". Since 2003 the victory is an pure german thing. (without the best Lady)
For Details see the website Marblemuseum. (British Marbles Board of Control)


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BWMC-Results
 
1943
 
No Games
 
 
 
 
1944
 
No Games
 
 
 
 
1949
6
Tinsley Green Tigers
Arundel Mullets
Harry Langridge
 
 
1952
6
Tinsley Green Tigers
Handcross Bulldogs
Cyril Wilcock
 
 Best 
1953
6
Tinsley Green Tigers
Copthorne Spitfires
Cyril Wilcock
 
 
1954
5
Tinsley Green Tigers
Arundel Mullets
Arthur Chamberlain
 
 
1955
8
Tinsley Green Tigers
Rebels
Wee Willy Wright
 
 
1956
6
The Casuals
Tinsley Green Tigers
Wee Willy Wright
 
 
1957
7
Telcon Terribles
Rebels
Wee Willy Wright
 
 
1958
6
Telcon Terribles
Tinsley Tigers
Len Smith
 
 
1959
5
Telcon Terribles
Tinsley Tigers
Wee Willy Wright
 
 
1960
9
Telcon Terribles
Tinsley Tigers
Len Smith
 
 
1961
5
Telcon Terribles
Tinsley Tigers
Len Smith
 
 
1962
6
Telcon Terribles
Rulslip Rat Pack
Len Smith
 
 
1963
7
Telcon Terribles
***
Alan Smith
 
 
1964
6
Toucan Terribles
Tolley Flickers
Len Smith
   
1965
4
Toucan Terribles
Johnson Jets
Len Smith
   
1966
8
Toucan Terribles
Us
Alan Smith
   
1967
8
Toucan Terribles
Boys of County Armagh
Alan Smith
   
1968
6
Toucan Terribles
Jonson Jets
Len Smith
   
1969
8
Toucan Terribles
Jonson Jets
Len Smith
   
1970
10
Toucan Terribles
Jonson Jets
Len Smith
   
1971
7
Toucan Terribles
Jonson Jets
Len Smith
   
1972
9
Toucan Terribles
Jonson Jets
Len Smith
   
1973
12
Toucan Terribles
Pernod Rams
Len Smith
   
1974
 
Toucan Terribles
***
Alan Smith
   
1975
 
Toucan Terribles
Johnson Jets
Alan Smith
   
1976
 
Pernod Rams
Toucan Terribles
***
   
1977
6
Handcross Rebels
Wessex Wottsits
Jim Lay
 
Fine
1978
12
Brewery Shades
Ifield Musketeers
Bob Watts
 
Fine
1979
9
Handcross Rebels
Talbots Tolleys
Barry Ray
 
Fine
1980
12
Black Dog Boozers
Bow Street Fudgers
Barry Ray
 
Sunny
1981
16
Black Dog Boozers
Bow Street Fudgers
Paddy Graham
 
Fine
1982
13
Bow Street Fudgers
Addington Alcos
Barry Ray
 
Sunny
1983
17
Bow Street Fudgers
Handcross Rebels
Barry Ray
 
Cold/Wet
1984
19
Bow Street Fudgers
Black Dog Boozers
Paddy Graham
 
Fine
1985
17
Black Dog Boozers
Bow Street Fudgers
Terry Grant
 
Wet
1986
22
Black Dog Boozers
Bow Street Fudgers
Ian Gardner
 
Fine
1987
25
Black Dog Boozers
Punters
Paddy Graham
Jackie Hodge
Sunny
1988
26
Black Dog Boozers
Bow Street Fudgers
Colin Gardner
Jen Le Bon
Fine
1989
28
Black Dog Boozers
Handcross Rebels
Paddy Graham
Eve Vine
Fine
1990
22
Black Dog Boozers
Moonshiners
Tony Jones
 
Wet
1991
28
Moonshiners
Black Dog Boozers
Darren Ray
 
Fine
1992
22
TennKy Sharpshooters
Lions De Lyon
Darren Ray
Eve Vine
Wet
1993
17
Moonshiners
Handcross Rebels
Darren Ray
Jen Le Bon
Wet
1994
20
Black Dog Boozers
Handcross Rebels
Paddy Graham
Alison Ray
Wet
1995
16
Barrel Scrapers
Black Dog Boozers
Paul Smith
Jen Le Bon
Sunny
1996
20
Black Dog Boozers
Moonshiners
Darren Ray
Alison Ray
Dry
1997
22
Handcross 49ers
Black Dog Boozers
Colin Gardner
Jen Le Bon
Fine
1998
17
Black Dog Boozers
Barrel Scrapers
Simon Monahan
Jen Le Bon
Very Wet
1999
21
Black Dog Boozers
Handcross Rebels
Simon Monahan
Jen Le Bon
Sunny
2000
20
Black Dog Boozers
Barrel Scrapers
Simon Monahan
Jen Le Bon
Dry
2001
 19
Johnson Jets
Handcross 49ers
Mark Parsons
Alison Reimer
Fine
2002
22
Saxonia Globe Snippers
Black Dog Boozers
Benny Mehnert
Jen McGowan 
Sunny
 2003
 19
Saxonia Globe Snippers 
 1. MC Erzgebirge
 Chris Pampel
 Jen McGowan 
Sunny 
2004
26
Saxonia Globe Snippers
1. MC Erzgebirge
Chris Pampel
Jen McGowan
Sunny
2005
17?
Barrel Scrapers
Handcross 49ers
Simon Monahan 
Susi Joswich 
Fine
2006
23
1. MC Erzgebirge
Handcross 49ers
Darren Ray
Gabi Mühlisch
Wet
2007
24
1. MC Erzgebirge I
1. MC Erzgebirge II
Darren Ray Alison Reimer
Sunny
2008
21
Yorkshire Meds
1. MC Erzgebirge I
Halim Tata
Leila Kara
Wet
2009 18 Yorkshire Meds
Handcross 49ers
Halim Tata Alison Reimer Wet
2010 21
1. MC Erzgebirge
Handcross 49ers
Ian Gardner
Jen McGowan
Wet
2011 19 Yorkshire Meds
Handcross 49ers
Chris Pampel
Leila Kara Fine
2012 16
1. MC Erzgebirge
Handcross 49ers
Chris Pampel
Alison Reimer
Fine
2013 13 Black Dogs Johnson Jets Chris Pampel Alison Reimer bitterly cold
2014 14 1. MC Erzgebirge Handcross 49ers Paul Smith
Leila Kara Fine
2015 16 1. MC Erzgebirge Johnson Jets Colin Gardner
cold&Wet
2016 ?
Yorkshire Meds Johnson Jets Paul Smith Leila Kara ?

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