1960s

In 1960 there was a preliminary match between the Terribles and the Crackpots to get the draw down to eight team, the Trerribles went on to win, going through to the main championship.

The draw was made and in the first round the Rebels beat the Winklepickers, the Terribles beat the Masked Marvels, the Spitfires beat the Jets and the Tigers beat the Exiles. The semis saw the Tigers beat the Spitfires and the Terribles beat the Rebels. In the final the Terribles beat the Tigers.

England beat Wales in the International, which was held after the main championships were over.

The 1961 championship fell on the last day of March, and was covered by many of the ‘Nationals’ the next day April 1st –All Fools Day.

Before the event George Burbridge and four of the best marble players paid a visit to the South African jazz musical ‘King Kong’. They gave a demonstration of the game and invited the cast to Tinsley Green on Good Friday.

  What with the sunshine and the 13-man cast of King Kong, the ‘Marbles’ drew the largest crowd for many years. The Daily Herald even sent no less a person than their leading sportswriter Tom Phillips to cover the event he wrote. “I witnessed on of the greatest tragedies of the ring yesterday. Five deaths in the afternoon. A family of three wiped out by killer blows.” He went on “George Burbridge championship organiser and announcer, was stunned when the slaughter of the Tigers began. Three of the Tigers are dead! He gasped over the microphone, Bert Sired, Bert Sired junior and George Burberry. Then Harry Sired was killed. George roared; The whole of the Sired family is dead! And now ‘Wee Willies’ gone. Never in the 36 years of Tinsley Green marbles have five men in one team been killed in the final.”

One of the many visitors was Hilary Brock a student who came to Tinsley looking for material for her college thesis on children’s games. She was told to see the organiser George Burbridge but not to mention ‘children’ or ‘games’. Len Smith beat teammate Jack Dempsey 7-5 to win the individuals.

1962 saw the end of the 'Marbles' as it had been from its conception and first championship tournament in 1932. No longer was it to be the rural event it had been for 30 years, and as a country sport before that. Glass marbles were to be used it was disclosed by the organiser George Burbridge.

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