The Rebels first played in the 1950’s, and were runner up in 1957. By 1966 the team had four of its present members Barry Ray, Tom Chamberlain, Richard Hayler and David Nape playing. A report from the time says, “The Rebels challenged the Terribles, for a new marbles trophy at Tinsley Green on Whit Monday. They were beaten 25 to 16 in the first game and 25 to 19 in the second.The new team stayed at Tinsley and won the championship in 1977 and 1979, they were also runners up on 5 occasions. It should be noted that they were the highest placed British team in the International match in 1992, they reached the semi finals.
The team as we know it today first played as the Handcross Pup in 1952, when they were part of the Slaugham Scouts.
Barry Ray their captain has won the individual title 4 times in 1979, 80,82 and 83.
Handcross Rebels from l to r Bill Scott, Dave Knape,
Tom Chamberline, Barry Ray, Richard Hayler and Ron Verlander.