Slideshow: Germans victorious as a marble-ous time was had by all

The lords and ladies of the marbles rings held their annual Good Friday gathering in Crawley.

Teams from all over the country and further afield knuckled down for the World Marbles Championships at the Greyhound pub in Tinsley Green.



Local boys and reigning champions, the Black Dog Boozers, defended their title valiantly but were beaten to the trophy by 1st MC Erzgebirge, from Germany.

The German team knocked out the champions in the semi-final before going on to defeat Handcross 49ers in the final.

Paul Smith won the Golden Oldies competition as well as being named Individual Winner, while Leila Kara was named Best Lady Player.

The 14 teams who took part were: Handcross 49ers; Rolling Drunks, from Horley; Pamps, from Ifield; Yorkshire Meds – made up of players from Yorshire and Algeria – Gabi’s Gang, from Horsham and Saxony, Caterham Cowboys, Johnson Jets, from Crawley, 1st MC Erzgebirge, from Germany; Pimps, from Ifield; Average Joes, from Redhill; Tolleymen, from Turners Hill; Black Dog Pups, from Northgate; Charlwood Strikers, and Black Dog Boozers, from Northgate.

This year’s tournament was named in memory of Ron Fox, father of organiser Julia McCarthy-Fox, who died in November.

Ron and his wife Jean were familiar faces at the championships where they ran a marbles stall.

Sam McCarthy-Fox, secretary of the British Marbles Board of Control, said: “Not only have we lost a much-loved member of our family, this tournament and I have both lost one of our greatest supporters and British marbles has lost a great ambassador.”