Greyhound Marbles

The 49'ers

Hoarwithy 49’ers


When Barry Ray moved, with his family to Hoarwithy, Hereford in the early 1980s he still came and played at Tinsley Green each year with his team the Handcross Rebels.


In 1984 a new team appeared the ‘Hoarwithy 49’ers’ with Darren Ray playing at number 3 in the team. Three years later he was joined by sister Alison.


Other team members were Duncan, Alistair, Robert, Alec and Fiona McCready, Gary and Mark Harris, John and Dennis Pardington, Justin O'Neill, Steven Dore and Mick Jennings.


The Hoarwithy 49’ers played until 1995, when they became just the 49’ers for two years 1996 & 97.

Over the Years there have been three incarnations of the 49'ers team.



The team changed in 1996 and was David Atkin, Justin O'Neill, Darren Ray, James Masters, Alison Ray and Mat. In 1997 the team was changed to the members we know today Dave Atkin, Mike Plank, Darren Ray, James Masters, Alison Ray and Richie Reimer. 1997 was the year that they won the championships for the first time.

Handcross 49’ers


In 1998, as most of the team now lived in or around Handcross they renamed the team in honour of the spiritual home. It’s remarkable that for the past 20 years the same team has arrived at Tinsley Green Each year, often or an array of unexpected machines.

They were



Runners up


2001, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014

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The Winning Team 1997

Alison and Darren 1996

Darren and Alison 2007

The team were 

Individual Winner

Best Lady

1991, 1992, 1993,1996, 2006 and 2007

1994, 1996, 2001, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2015

Darren and Alison were

Dave and Mike have been refereeing the ‘Golden Oldies’ for quite some time now and I am happy to say that they have taken over all the hard work of organising the event. They both play for the Handcross 49ers and have done so from the beginning first playing in 1996 & 1997 as the 49ers changing to the Handcross 49ers in 1998


The team 2017

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