Tilbury Community Centre Tug of War Team

Tilbury Community Centre Tug of War Team

by Cliff Cowin

The Tilbury Community Centre Tug of War Team was founded and coached by Medlock Bibby and brought pride to Thurrock in national competitions in the 1960s.

Medlock will be adding as many names as he can remember shortly.

Please let us know if you can remember any names in the pictures or any interesting tales about the Tug of War.

Medlock would love to hear from anyone who remembers him.

Med does not have a computer, but I will pass any messages on to him.

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  • In the above picture – The last person on the bottom row Is David Prior . This is the first time we have seen him in his tug of war outfit. Thank you for sharing this this has made my day x

    By colleen prior (01/04/2023)
  • Hi Cliff,

    We hope that Med is still well and to let you/him know that the website regarding tug of war can be found at the Tug of war archive. I know he doesnt have a computer but it is accessible via a mobile device. If he has anymore images he would like to contribute the details can be found there or by contacting myself.

    By martin (28/06/2021)
  • Hi Cliff,
    I didnt know if you had heard from Medlock regarding any other pictures for our archive.
    We are interested in any photos and information regarding organised tug of war in Essex and beyond.
    If anyone else wishes to contribute we would greatly appreciate it

    By Martin (28/08/2020)
  • Thanks Cliff,
    sorry for the delay in replying.
    When you next speak to Med pass on my best wishes, tell its from Joe Mercers (Beckton Tug of War Club) boy.
    If he has any photos of East Tilbury as well that would be fantastic.

    By Martin (30/05/2020)
  • Hi Martin,
    I spoke to Med yesterday and he said that he did have some more Tug of War pictures stored away. He said he will sort them out when he gets a chance.
    When they are available I will post them on this site.
    Best wishes

    By Cliff Cowin (14/05/2020)
  • Hello Cliff,
    I knew Medlock Bibby and the Tilbury Tug of War Club from when I was a puller with Rainham (Formerly Beckton & Curzon) Tug of War Club during the 80s/90s. We are attempting to create a pictorial archive for Tug of War and would be interested in any photographs, plus description, of any teams that pulled in organised competition from the periods of the 1950s to 1990s.
    If you and anybody you know can help us please contact us.

    Let me know


    By Martin (09/05/2020)
  • Med has given me some names for the Tug of War picture 1.
    They vary a bit to Percy’s recollections.
    It was a long time ago.
    Top row: Derek Sullivan – Freeman – ? – Medlock Bibby – Johnny Risk – ? – Cansfield
    Bottom row: Bert Heggie – Brown – ? – Billy Webster – Pat Cook – ?

    By Cliff Cowin (13/04/2018)
  • In the first photo I see Derek Saddington, Norman Wood, Johnny Risk and Bert Heggie and all the other faces I remember but I’m struggling to put names to them.

    By Percy Dalton (12/04/2018)

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