Black Dog Boozers

A team from the Black Dog pub in Northgate Crawley first played at Tinsley Green in 1969, I have no idea who was in that team but it must have been some of the older customers of the pub.

The Black Dog Boozers are one of the most successful team at Tinsley Green; they have played in the finals a total of 19 times, winning 14 of them.

The first time the new team played was in 1980

Black Dog 1980

Black Dog Boozers 1980
Derek Gardener, Ian Gardner, lan Wells, Steve Jenkins, Roy Wells, Colin Gardener

Black Dog Argus 18th April 1981 copy

Black Dog Boozers 1981
Colin Gardener, Steve Jenkins, Alan Wells, Roy Wells
Ian Gardner, Derek Gardener

The next year 1981 saw the same team beat the Bow Street Fudgers 27 to 3, Ian making a score of 22 marbles.
In 1982 they were beaten in the semi finals by the Addington Alcos 25 to 8.
1983
1984 saw them beaten in the final by the Bow Street Fudgers.

Dlack Dog Crawley News 10th April 1985 pp

Black Dog Boozers 1985
Terry Gant, Ian Gardener, Pete Clinker
Steve Jenkins, Colin Gardener, Neil White

Black Dog Boozers the winning team web copy

Black Dog Boozers 1996
Colin Gardener, Roger Kimpton, Steve Jenkins, Ian Gardener
Chris Gardner, Neil White

Black-Dog-2013-WebCopy

Black Dog Boozers 2013
Ian Gardener, Steve Jenkins, Neil White Colin Gardener
Alan Wells Roy Wells

1985 saw the start of a six year run as the winning team when they beat the Bow Street Fudgers.
The 1986 final was a very short match, the first 3 players made no score Ian Gardener then knocked one marble out. Taffy Holmes from the Fudgers then scored 5 marbles. The next player Terry Gant from the Boozers then made a break of 34 marbles to win the game and the Championship.
1987 saw them beat the Punters in the final 25 marbles to 15.
In 1988 it was a very close final where the Boozers beat the Fudgers 25 marbles to 22.
In 1989 the Boozers beat the Handcross Rebels 25marbles to 9.
The 1990 final was even quicker than the one in 1988; the Moonshiner went first with Mel Hooper scoring 12 marbles. Colin Gardener was up next knocking 25 strait marbles from the ring, winning the championship with only two players having taken a shot.
1991 saw the Moonshiners get their own back beating the Boozers 25 marbles to 13.

Over the years, three members of the team have held the Individual title

Terry Gant
Ian Gardener
Colin Gardener

1985
1986 & 2010
1988, 1997 & 2015