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BAC/BAe

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This Surrey club was successful throughout the decades at National and International level. Achieving numerous honours 
and won for themselves and as England representatives (ER):
  • World Titles                     1 (ER)
  • UK Titles                          4 (ER)
  • TWIF Open Club Titles   2
  • National Titles                 17
1969
1969

Byfleet Sports Ground (Front to Back): R Smith, P Butler, K McCarthy, D Howlett, T. Thomas, T Moucaell, D Winsor, P Twells - Coach Fred Radford (Courtesy of BHS)#01

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Parish Day Open, Surrey Front to Back: ? (Courtesy of BHS)#02

1997
1997

TWIF World Indoor Open Club Championship, Torbay, Devon 640K Champions Back Row: Keith Dawkins, Mark Cox, Nigel Summers, Dave Viner, Bob Sergusson Front Row: Keith Houghton, Derek F, Trevor Thomas(Coach), James Cannon, Christie Jones (Courtesy of JCC)#07

1969
1969

Byfleet Sports Ground (Front to Back): R Smith, P Butler, K McCarthy, D Howlett, T. Thomas, T Moucaell, D Winsor, P Twells - Coach Fred Radford (Courtesy of BHS)#01

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Barber Brothers

This Essex club was formed in 1949 by 8 brothers - Abbey, Bob, Jim, Tom, Len, Peter, David and Bill Barber. The team competed in numerous local fetes and shows until they got the tug of war 'bug' and travelled farther afield to test themselves on the AAA's circuit. Gaining a runners up at the AAA's championships held at the White City Stadium, London in 1955.
Amongst the founders of the Association in 1958 the club folded a season later.
1949
1949

Wickham Bishops Fete (Courtesy of BFC)#01

1955
1955

Cambridge (Courtesy of BFC)#02

1992
1992

The Barber Brothers with Totham Bull ToWC made up of some of their relations. (Courtesy of BFC)#05

1949
1949

Wickham Bishops Fete (Courtesy of BFC)#01

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Barking

Originally formed in 1930, the club disbanded in the 1950s only to reform in 1966.
The club was a mainstain of the Tug of War Association but folded completely in the mid 80s.
The club was coached for many years by stalwart Norman Lee, who was also a Grade 1 Association Judge.
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(Courtesy of NLC)#01

1973
1973

Association National Indoor Championships,Crystal Palace, London (Front to Back): - , - , - , Ernie Cook, - , - , - , - Norman Lee (Coach) (Courtesy of NLC)#02

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Squad (Left to Right) Back Row: - , John Stanger, Norman Lee (Coach), - , - , Fred Illing, - Front Row: - , - , - , - , (Courtesy of NLC)#07

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(Courtesy of NLC)#01

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Basingstoke

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They joined the Federation under the name Lodden Valley
1989
1989

Federation Championships, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire 600K Champions (Lodden Valley) (Front to Back) - , - , Chris Rice, - , (Courtesy of SGC)#01

1989
1989

Federation Championships, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire 600K Champions (Lodden Valley) Back Row: - , - , - , Keith Wickens, Alan Hewett Front Row: Chris Rice, - , - , - , Brian Pyle (Courtesy of SGC)#01

1989
1989

Federation Championships, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire 600K Champions (Lodden Valley) (Front to Back) - , - , Chris Rice, - , (Courtesy of SGC)#01

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Bata

This team were, like so many teams of their era, a company side, part of the British Bata Shoe Co. based in East Tilbury, Essex.
They were a competitive side and their company even produced a range of trainers for the indoor circuit.
1954
1954

Gala Sports Day at Bata This photo has been reproduced by kind permission of the Bata Heritage Centre in East Tilbury, Essex (Courtesy of BHC)#01

1958
1958

Squad This photo has been reproduced by kind permission of the Bata Heritage Centre in East Tilbury, Essex (Courtesy of BHC)#02

1970
1970

Squad Back Row: Alan Thomas(Coach), Jed Stone, Geoff Hall, Ian Lovett, Dave Cooper, Ted Atkins. Front Row: Champ Johnson, John Graves, Keith Ford, Paddy, Eddie Colgate. This photo has been reproduced by kind permission of the Bata Heritage Centre in East Tilbury, Essex (Courtesy of BHC)#06

1954
1954

Gala Sports Day at Bata This photo has been reproduced by kind permission of the Bata Heritage Centre in East Tilbury, Essex (Courtesy of BHC)#01

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Beckton Gas

Founded in 1935,this Essex club had a long and successful history within the sport.
One of the founding clubs of the Tug of War Association in 1958 they were renowned for their fighting spirit and guts.
They reached many National & Championship finals but only managed a single National win, the 100st in 1967.
The club was forced to move when the club lost its ground after the closure of the  gas works. They moved down the road to Barking and changed their name to Curzon Tug of War Club in 1974.
  • National Titles              1
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The Original Becton Gas Team Back Row: ?, Bill Davis, Peter Romano, ? Middle Row: Joe Mercer, ?, Roy Matthams. Front Row: ?, ? , ? , (Courtesy of DFC)#12

c late1950s/early 60s
c late1950s/early 60s

Possibly at Ford Sports, Rush Green, Essex Back Row: Alf Chapman, Harry Collier, Bill Davis, Joe Mercer, Peter Romano, Tom Hall (Coach) Front Row: Albert Allen, Ronnie Luland, Dave Romano, Roy Matthams, Fred Pearce (Courtesy of JMC)#09

c1970s?
c1970s?

Venue Unknown (Front to Back): Frank Baker, ? , ?, Tony Williams, Dave Romano, John Potter, ?, Joe Mercer, Bill Davis(Coach) (Courtesy of MMC)#03

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The Original Becton Gas Team Back Row: ?, Bill Davis, Peter Romano, ? Middle Row: Joe Mercer, ?, Roy Matthams. Front Row: ?, ? , ? , (Courtesy of DFC)#12

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Bedford Ladies

Founded in 1988, they are one of the England's most successful and long serving ladies teams. 
Achieving numerous honours 
and won for themselves and as England representatives (ER):
  • World Titles                  
  • UK Titles                       
  • National Titles              
The club is still active
1996
1996

TWIF World Championships, Slagharen, Netherlands. Representing England (Front to Back): Marion Kitchener, Alicia Hawkin, Marian Frances, Annette O'Toole, Heidi Towse, Tara Adams, Dina Grogan, Julie Pettit (Courtesy of ToWA)#02

1996
1996

TWIF World Championships, Slagharen, Netherlands. Representing England Back Row: Dina Grogan, Tara Adams, David Kitchener, Julie Pettit, Marion Kitchener Front Row: Debbie Brough, Heidi Towse, Annette O’Toole, Alicia Hawkin, Marian Frances (Courtesy of DKC)#01

1996
1996

TWIF World Championships, Slagharen, Netherlands. Representing England (Front to Back): Marion Kitchener, Alicia Hawkin, Marian Frances, Annette O'Toole, Heidi Towse, Tara Adams, Dina Grogan, Julie Pettit (Courtesy of ToWA)#02

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Beech Hill Blues

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The Luton based club formed in ?? were very succesful during the 70's to 90's. Representing England several times and gaining top honours.
and won for themselves and as England  representatives (ER):
  • World Titles                     3 (ER)
  • UK Titles                          3 (ER)
  • TWIF Open Club Titles   2
  • National Titles                 20
1978
1978

Association National Championships 640K Champions Back Row: Eddy Hamilton, - , Arhtur Stewart (Coach), Des Creamer, Pat McElligott Front Row: - , Willy Nugent , Frank KIng , - , John Dowd (Courtesy of the ToWA)#11

1980
1980

TWIF World Championships, Basel, Switzerland. Representing England. 640K Champions (Front to Back): (Courtesy of MMC)#08

1989
1989

UK Indoor Championships, Representing England 680k Champions Back Row: Alan Ludkin, ?, ?, Eddie Hutchinson, Pat Muldoon Front Row: Dave Viner, Fran norris, Athur Stewart (Coach), John Dowd, ? (Courtesy of the ToWA) #10

1978
1978

Association National Championships 640K Champions Back Row: Eddy Hamilton, - , Arhtur Stewart (Coach), Des Creamer, Pat McElligott Front Row: - , Willy Nugent , Frank KIng , - , John Dowd (Courtesy of the ToWA)#11

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Bell Harp

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1986
1986

Indoor / Outdoor Competition, Wapping, London (Courtesy of MMC)#01

1986
1986

Indoor / Outdoor Competition, Wapping, London (Courtesy of MMC)#01

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Bordon

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Team pictured with the Spanish international side. (Courtesy of the ToWA) #01

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Team pictured with the Spanish international side. (Courtesy of the ToWA) #01

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Britons School

Formed in 1995, this team were the youth section of the Rainham Lessa Tug of War Club and part of the Association's Startex program that brought tug of war to schools.
At the 1995 Association Nationals they won the 500K class and were runners up in the 530K & 560K.
In 1996 they were runners up.
They also achieved a winners and runner up at the Royal Tournament.
Sadly the team disbanded when the members reached school leaving age.
1995
1995

Association National Championships, Tonbridge, Kent. 500K Winners. (Courtesy of JMC)#01

1995
1995

Association National Championships, Tonbridge, Kent. 500K Champions Back Row: Front Row: (Courtesy of JMC)#02

1996
1996

Association National Championships, Minehead, Somerset. Runners Up Squad. (Courtesy of JMC)#04

1995
1995

Association National Championships, Tonbridge, Kent. 500K Winners. (Courtesy of JMC)#01

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Broadmoor Staff

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Originally made up of Staff members from Broadmoor Hospital in Berkshire, they were another tough side.
  • National Titles              1
  • Inter County Titles       1
c1963
c1963

(Courtesy of MMC)#01

c1963
c1963

(Courtesy of MMC)#01

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Broadmoor Youth

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  • National Youth Titles         7   
1991
1991

Association National Championships, Scunthorpe, Humberside 560K Youth Champions Back Row:- , - , - , - , Clive Bonnett(Coach) Front Row: - , - , - , - (Courtesy of the ToWA)#03

1992
1992

ToWA National Championships, Blackpool, Lancashire. (Front to Back): Trevor Canning, - , Jonathon Scott, - , - , - , - , - , Clive Bonnett(Coach) (Courtesy of the ToWA)#01

1993
1993

TWIF European Championships, Minehead, Somerset Representing England 560K Youth Bronze Back Row: - , Clive Bonnett (Coach), Chris Hooker, - , - , KIrk Scott (Assistant) Front Row: - , - , Trevor Canning, - , Jonathon Scott (Courtesy of the ToWA)#02

1991
1991

Association National Championships, Scunthorpe, Humberside 560K Youth Champions Back Row:- , - , - , - , Clive Bonnett(Coach) Front Row: - , - , - , - (Courtesy of the ToWA)#03

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Broadway

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Competing at Ifield, Sussex. Coached by Joe Stenning. (Courtesy of the ToWA)#01

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Competing at Ifield, Sussex. Coached by Joe Stenning. (Courtesy of the ToWA)#01

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Burlesdon

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1966
1966

Association National Indoor Championships 88st Champions (Front to Back) (Courtesy of the ToWA)#01

1966
1966

Association National Indoor Championships 88st Champions (Front to Back) (Courtesy of the ToWA)#01

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