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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 The Byfleet Heritage Society)#01

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Parish Day Open, Surrey Front to Back: ? (Courtesy of The Byfleet Heritage Society)#02

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1997
1997

TWIF World Indoor Open Club Championship, Torbay, Devon, England. 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 The James Cannon Collection)#07

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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 The Byfleet Heritage Society)#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 The Barber Family Collection)#01

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1955
1955

Cambridge (Courtesy of The Barber Family Collection)#02

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1992
1992

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

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1949
1949

Wickham Bishops Fete (Courtesy of The Barber Family Collection)#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 The Norman Lee Collection)#01

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1973
1973

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

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

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(Courtesy of The Norman Lee Collection)#01

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Basingstoke

Based in Basingstoke, Hampshire they enjoyed a reputation as a hard, competitive team.
   

They pulled in the Federation under the name Lodden Valley, where they became 600K Champions in 1989.

 
  • Federation Titles                 1
1989
1989

Pulling as Lodden Valley Federation Championships, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire 600K Champions (Front to Back) ? ,Alan Hewett ,Chris Rice, ?, ?, ?, ?, ? ,? (Courtesy of Steve Gardner Collection)#01

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1989
1989

Pulling as Lodden Valley Federation Championships, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire 600K Champions Back Row: - , - , - , Keith Wickens, Alan Hewett Front Row: Chris Rice, - , - , - , Brian Pyle (Courtesy of Steve Gardner Collection)#02

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1991
1991

TWIF European Open Championships, Stans, Switzerland. Back Row: Trevor Maxwell, Eric Lamb, Alan Cover, Trever Annals, Micky Crook (Coach), George Raulin (Reserve) Front Row: Chris Rice, Andy Stephens, Andy Bunker, Kenny Froude. (The Michael Crook Collection)#04

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1989
1989

Pulling as Lodden Valley Federation Championships, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire 600K Champions (Front to Back) ? ,Alan Hewett ,Chris Rice, ?, ?, ?, ?, ? ,? (Courtesy of Steve Gardner Collection)#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 (Front to Back): (Photo reproduced by kind permission of The Bata Heritage Society, Tilbury, Essex)#01

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1958
1958

Squad (Photo reproduced by kind permission of The Bata Heritage Society, Tilbury, Essex)#02

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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. (Photo reproduced by kind permission of The Bata Heritage Society, Tilbury, Essex)#06

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1954
1954

Gala Sports Day at Bata (Front to Back): (Photo reproduced by kind permission of The Bata Heritage Society, Tilbury, Essex)#01

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Batheaston

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Late 1970s?
Late 1970s?

Back Row: ?, Steve Roach, ?, ?, ? Front Row: (From the Penry Davies Collection courtesy of Nick Barnicoat) #01

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Late 1970s?
Late 1970s?

Back Row: ?, Steve Roach, ?, ?, ? Front Row: (From the Penry Davies Collection courtesy of Nick Barnicoat) #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 The Dave Romano Collection)#12

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1958
1958

(Front to Back): Bill Davies, Albert Allen, Tom Hall (Coach), Roy Matthams, Joe Mercer, Harry Collier,? (Courtesy of The Matthams Family Collection)#25

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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 The Dave Romano Collection)#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
1989
1989

TWIF European Championships, Rimini, Italy Representing England 560K 4th Place Back Row: Front Row: (From the Penry Davies Collection courtesy of Nick Barnicoat)#05

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1993
1993

Federation National Championships, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire 460K Runners Up (Left to Right): (Courtesy of The Steve Gardner Collection)#04

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1998
1998

TWIF World Championships, Rochester, USA Representing England (Front to Back): (Courtesy of The Dave Kitchener Collection)#03

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1989
1989

TWIF European Championships, Rimini, Italy Representing England 560K 4th Place Back Row: Front Row: (From the Penry Davies Collection courtesy of Nick Barnicoat)#05

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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, Eamos Flaherty , Arthur Stewart (Coach), Des Creamer, Pat McElligott Front Row: - , Willy Nugent , Frank King , - , John Dowd (Courtesy of the ToWA)#11

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1979
1979

Association National Championships, canon Hill Park, Birmingham 600K Champions Back Row: Front Row: (From the Penry Davies Collection courtesy of Nick Barnicoat)#15

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1989
1989

UK Indoor Championships, Representing England 680k Champions Back Row: Alan Ludkin, Joe Carling, Dan Hackett, Eddie Hutchinson, Pat Muldoon, Peter Craft (England Rep) Front Row: Dave Viner, Fran Norris, Arthur Stewart (Coach), John Dowd, Liam Dillon (From the Penry Davies Collection courtesy of Nick Barnicoat)#15

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1978
1978

Association National Championships 640K Champions Back Row: Eddy Hamilton, Eamos Flaherty , Arthur 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 The Martin Mulcahy Collection)#01

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1986
1986

Indoor / Outdoor Competition, Wapping, London (Courtesy of The Martin Mulcahy Collection)#01

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Boldre

This Hampshire side started on the pub & fete circuit in the 70s and joined the Association in 1975. Always a hard team to beat they unfortunately never gained a major title.
 
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Venue Unknown Back Row: ?,Mike Boyt, ?, ?, ? Front Row: ?, Dave Forrest, Taffy Rees, ? (From the Penry Davies Collection courtesy of Nick Barnicoat)#03

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1984
1984

Boldre Open, Boldre, Hampshire 600K Runners Up (Front to Back): Steve Drodge, Alan Morley, Taffy Rees, Dave Clark, Dave Forrest, Jimmy Dunn, Mick Cottingham, Devlin Drodge, Ross Vicars (Coach) (Courtesy of the Ross Vicars Collection)#01

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1985
1985

Yeoman Quarries Open, 640K Winners (Front to Back): Dave Forrest, Taffy Rees, Dave Clark, Clive Sibley, Jimmy Dunn, Malcolm Drodge, Mick Cottingham, Roy Lakey, Ross Vicars (Coach) (Courtesy of the Ross Vicars Collection)#02

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Venue Unknown Back Row: ?,Mike Boyt, ?, ?, ? Front Row: ?, Dave Forrest, Taffy Rees, ? (From the Penry Davies Collection courtesy of Nick Barnicoat)#03

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Brigg Ladies

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Venue Unknown Back Row: ?, Front Row: Stan Blackman, ?,?,?,? (From the Penry Davies Collection courtesy of Nick Barnicoat)#02

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

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Venue Unknown Back Row: ?, Front Row: Stan Blackman, ?,?,?,? (From the Penry Davies Collection courtesy of Nick Barnicoat)#02

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1989
1989

TWIF European Championships, Rimini, Italy Representing England 520K 4th Place Back Row: Front Row: (From the Penry Davies Collection courtesy of Nick Barnicoat)#01

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1989
1989

Japan Indoor Invitational Tour Representing England Back Row: Front Row: (From the Penry Davies Collection courtesy of Nick Barnicoat)#02

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1989
1989

TWIF European Championships, Rimini, Italy Representing England 520K 4th Place Back Row: Front Row: (From the Penry Davies Collection courtesy of Nick Barnicoat)#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. (Front to Back): Joe Mercer(Coach), ? (Courtesy of The Joe Mercer Collection)#01

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1995
1995

Association National Championships, Tonbridge, Kent. 500K Champions Back Row: Joe Mercer(Coach) ?, Front Row: ? (Courtesy of The Joe Mercer Collection)#02

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1996
1996

Association National Championships, Minehead, Somerset. Runners Up Squad. Back Row: ? Front Row: ?, ?, Danny Johnson(Coach), ? (Courtesy of The Joe Mercer Collection)#04

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1995
1995

Association National Championships, Tonbridge, Kent. 500K Winners. (Front to Back): Joe Mercer(Coach), ? (Courtesy of The Joe Mercer Collection)#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
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Venue Unknown (Front to Back): (Courtesy of The Martin Mulcahy Collection)#01

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Venue Unknown (Front to Back): (Courtesy of The Martin Mulcahy Collection)#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

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1992
1992

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

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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

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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

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1966
1966

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

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