Checking Tolleys in the bar from left to right
Mickey Doyle, Bert Sired sen, Ron Westbrook (landloed), George Burbridge,
Harry Langridge and Bert Sired jun.
1958 saw the Tigers fighting back they made it to the final once more, but lost to the Telcon Terribles. The Crawley Observer said Tinsley Green’s own team, before the 1957 event, had won the championship on six occasions and this year they had Sam Baily (45), known as the “Druham Wizard,” to play for them. He had retired from marbles, but agreed to fill in the gap caused by Harry Langridge being unable to play. One of the biggest surprises of the day was the defeat of the reigning individual champion, 52-year-old Billy Wright. Billy Wright had held the championship title four times and for the last three years in succession. “Len Smith made the mistake last year, I made it today,” he said.
The Tigers were in the finals again in 1959, and were runners-up for the second year in succession. “Wee Willie” Wright won his individual crown the Crawley Observer said He was thrilled to win again, “But he could not have done it without this,” he laughed holding up his hot water bottle which he keeps in a special pocket sewn inside his coat to warm his fingers. He also wore thick woollen mittens knitted by his wife. Watching him play were his wife and eight-year-old granddaughter, Glyn Mitchell. who is also a keen marbles player.
1960 saw the Tigers and the Telcon Terribles teams battling it out for the championship in the finals, for the fourth year running the Terribles were victorious. “Wee Willie” Wright lost the individuals to Len Smith.
1961 was much as the year before with the Telcon Terribles beating the Tigers in the final. Unlike last year “Wee Willie” Wright did not get through to the individuals he told the Crawley Observer I was off form today, but will be back again next year and hope to do better.
In 1962 the Tigers and Telcon Terribles meet in the semi-finals with the Tigers coming of second best. “Wee Willie” Wright was true to his word last year and was back in the final of the individuals, but his best was just not good enough and he was beaten by Len Smith. It was the last year that the team played it was said that it was because of the glass marbles that were used, I don’t think we will ever know the whole story. In the Crawley Observer Because of the introduction of glass marbles, Tinsley Green Tigers, as a team, has now finished. Billy Wright said one regular member of the team refused to play on Friday with glass marbles, and a substitute had to be found. The others said it would be the last time they play. ‘So that is the end of the Tigers,’ said Billy, who is a former world champion and a tool maker at the Crawley factory of Meatal Box. However he will continue to play at Tinsley Green as he has been invited to join another team.