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Tiddlywinks Bibliography

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The Tiddlywinks Bibliography is a compendium of all substantive and obscure citations to the game of tiddlywinks in all available resources:  newspapers, magazines, books, government records, images, audio, video, websites, etc.  In other words, if the game of tiddlywinks was mentioned either briefly or in detail, it should be in the Tiddlywinks Bibliography.

Introduction · Newspapers · Schools · Magazines · Books · Letters etc.· Diaries and Narratives · Photographs · Video/Audio · Comics · Visual Art · Tiddlywinks Publications · Equipment · Patents · Trademarks · Copyrights · Legal Cases · Miscellaneous · Museums & Collections

School Publications


Contra (for Chartered Accountants Students Society of London)

before Aug 1966 Page 19
Oct 1966 (Winking World 1,0 page 9, and Winking World 11, page 12—excerpts)

Eton College

Eton College Chronicle (Eton College)

14 May 1903 Number 1007 Page 1


  • I have often wondered if the rank abundance of indoor games, which are played in these days, is a modern affliction, or coaeval with the human race. To the former view I incline as an optimist; for to look on it as a perpetual heritage is a dreadful thought. Visions of the Cave-men playing Tiddley-winks, and the awful quarrels that must have ensued; thoughts of whole dynasties of Eameseses at their nightly Old Maid:—such things are enough to draw the fiend Despondence to him who looks into the future of the human race.

Imperial College (London)

Alumni Reunion (Imperial College, London)

16 Sep 2006 Page 8
  • Jeremy Stockbridge

    Electrical and Electronic Engineering 1966, MSc DIC Mechanical Engineering 1970

    [...] On the domestic side, I met Christine playing tiddlywinks at Maria Assumpta. We settled in Surbiton and have never moved!

Imperial Matters (Imperial College, London)

Winter 2004 Issue 25 Page 5

  • World tiddlywinks champion_

    Andy Purvis, Biological Sciences, Silwood Park, won the world title in singles tiddlywinks.

    The Imperial College lecturer went head to head against American Larry Khan who was defending his world title. Andy won by 30 and a third to 11 and two thirds after becoming hooked on the game almost 20 years ago as a student at the University of Cambridge.

Imperial News (Imperial College, London)

29 Oct 1994 Number 147
  • >>> Imperial world class at tiddlywinks
    This week Dr Andy Purvis, Department of Biological Sciences, became the world champion at tiddlywinks. Dr Purvis commented: "It's a brilliant game which deserves to be taken seriously. It is complex and quite creative. There is a lot of strategy but it is not frustrating like chess because you can recover from mistakes, or like professional snooker which is impossible for a mortal to play."

(Imperial College London) Reporter

Oct 1966 (Winking World 10, page 9, and Winking World 11, page12—excerpts)
17-30 Nov 1998 Issue 71

"Fourth win for tiddlywinks champion"

  • Silwood Park's Andy Purvis has won the world singles tiddlywinks championship for the fourth year running, beating American Larry Kahn by 30 points to 19.

    "This was our fourth meeting in the world championships," said Mr Purvis, a university research fellow set to become a lecturer in the Department of Biology in 2000. He is also the current UK champion and has twice won the American national finals.
  • Mr Purvis, who says he was very pleased with his win on 19 November, is coach for the College's tiddlywinks club. "Everyone else has only been playing for a year while I have been playing for 15 years now. We have got maybe the second biggest club in the country."
  • Next week, his team plays Oxford University, a long-standing club in comparison to Imperial's which is just over a year old.
  • Mr Purvis added: "Cambridge is the dominant force and we get crushed by them on a regular basis."
  • US challenger Larry Kahn, who holds the record for winning the world singles the most times, says he has spent £20,000 on tiddlywinks, an amateur sport.
  • The 1998 world singles championship was the 49th contest. The IC tiddlywinks club meets every Monday at 17.00 in the summer room at Silwood Park.
1-14 Dec 1998 Issue 72

"Letters to the Editor"

  • Tiddlywinks delight

    Dear IC Reporter,
  • I was delighted to read in the IC Reporter that Imperial boasts the world tiddlywinks champion, and that Imperial are in training to play Oxford. It reminded me of my own fine career as a member of the 1978 Cambridge University tiddlywinks team. In those days Oxford were in demise. Well actually they didn't even have a team. So for the Blues match we drove over to Oxford, rounded up eight people who were prepared to learn, taught them in the morning, and thrashed them 8-0 in the afternoon. This gave us great satisfaction and we were consequently awarded our colours - quarter Blues - for this resounding success.
  • Yours sincerely,
    Steve Warren
    Blackett Laboratory
27 Oct 2004 Issue 145

"World tiddlywinks champion"

  • Andy Purvis, biological sciences, Silwood Park, has taken the world title in singles tiddlywinks.
  • The Imperial College lecturer went head to head against American Larry Khan who was defending his world title. Andy won by 30 and a third to 11 and two thirds after becoming hooked on the game almost 20 years ago as a student at the University of Cambridge.
  • "It's a brilliant game which deserves to be taken seriously," he said. "It is complex, quite creative and there is a lot of strategy but it is not frustrating like chess because you can recover from mistakes."
  • January is the 50th anniversary of modern tiddlywinks, invented by Cambridge University students Bill Steen and Rick Martin.
22 Nov 2006 Issue 170 Page 10
  • Tiddlywinks champion retains his title
  • [Color photograph of Andy Purvis]
  • Professor Andy Purvis from the Division of Biology has fought off American challenger Larry Kahn to retain his world tiddlywinks champion crown. Professor Purvis, who has been playing the sport since he joined the tiddlywinks society at Cambridge University in the 1970s, also took the English singles title for the fourth consecutive time at Queen’s College, Cambridge, last month. He explains that there’s much more to the game than just flicking ‘winks’ into a cup: “It’s a stra- tegically complex game—like croquet or chess— with players trying to capture each other’s winks by covering them with their own, and recapturing their own captured winks.”

Cambridge University

CAM Articles (Cambridge University)

Michaelmas 2004 Volume 43 Page 44
  • Notice Board

    To celebrate its fiftieth anniversary, the club will be holding a celebratory dinner on Saturday 15 January 2005. Former players are most welcome. For details, contact Stewart Sage at Queens’ College on 01223 335607. Email: For other anniversary events, see

(Unknown, 2007 or before) Volume 51 Page 12

Article about Prince Philip.

  • Prince of Learning
  • But it hasn’t all been serious. Challenged to a match early on by the Cambridge University Tiddlywinks Club, the prince appointed the Goons as his royal champions, initiating a much publicised charity tournament played in March 1958 before a packed Guildhall.

    ‘As the royal colours,’ reported the Sunday Times, ‘the Goons wore curious long yellow cotton gar- ments with orange, yellow and black school caps, and ties embroi- dered with the initials of the Royals Tiddlywinks Club 1958. Cambridge were immaculate in dinner jackets and bow-ties bear- ing a wink rampant.’


The Cambridge Student

Michaelmas 2008 Issue 4 Page 17
  • Tiddlywinkers

    Although widely associated with rainy childhood afternoons, Tiddlywinks is a serious competitive sport.

    Sarah Knight, a PhD student from Selwyn College and part-time tiddlywinks enthusiast told TCS more: “We practise one evening a week for a couple of hours, but never for so long that we can’t make it to the bar for a few swift pints afterwards...”

    And what about the rules? “Well, it’s quite a complicated game! No, really. The little plastic counters – these are the “winks” – come in 4 colours: red, blue, green and yellow. You can either play doubles or singles. In a doubles game, there are 4 players who divide into teams of 2, and each person plays one colour. In a singles game, the partnerships remain, but 2 people play 2 colours each.

    “The winks are moved around the mat using a bigger plastic counter – the “squidger” (again, really) – and, just like the kids’ version, there’s a pot in the middle. But unlike the kids’ version, the game isn’t entirely about getting the winks in the pot. Instead, it’s more about building up tactical areas on the mat and bringing your opponent down.

    “Games last roughly half an hour, and at the end of the game, the winks that are in the pot are worth 3 points, or “tiddlies”, and uncovered winks on the mat are worth 1 tiddly.”

    Overall,how would you describe Tiddlywinks? “We like to think of it as a cross between snooker and chess.”

  • [Image of a commercial tiddlywinks game]

Christ's College Magazine (Cambridge University)

2008 Number 233
  • Page 81: Alumni News Highlights

    Page 87: 1954 Year Group Representative Mr Lawford Howells writes: An issue of The Spectator magazine in late 1957 had an article headlined ‘Does Prince Philip Cheat at Tiddlywinks?’. For the Cambridge University Twiddlywinks [sic] Club, founded in 1955 by Bill Steen, Lawford Howells and Brian Tyler from Christ’s, together with three other undergraduates from Trinity and Pembroke, this was like manna from heaven. What an opportunity!

    Without delay a letter was sent to the Duke of Edinburgh, regretting that there should be any doubt as to his integrity when playing this noble sport, and proposing that this rumour be scotched once and for all by playing a challenge match against the CUTwC. Prince Philip accepted the idea and, as was the custom of royalty in the past, he nominated champions to represent him. The champions chosen were from the Goons – a team with Spike Milligan as captain, ably, and usually hilariously, assisted by Harry Secombe, Peter Sellers, and others associated with the popular radio comedy programme.

    The Royal Tiddlywinks Tournament took place in the Guildhall, Cambridge, on 1 March 1958, before a crowd of six hundred spectators.

    The picture accompanying this piece was taken on 1 March 2008, at a Royal Tournament arranged to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Goons match. It shows five members of the CUTwC team who played in 1958, sporting their old, somewhat moth-eaten CUTwC ties. For this recent contest, the Duke of Edinburgh chose the Savage Club, London, as his champions. It was a very spirited and closely fought encounter, with the CUTwC prevailing in the end.

    As in the Goons match, the event finished with a rousing rendering of the Tiddlywinks Anthem, as with the previous occasion, proceeds went to the Duke of Edinburgh’s charity.

  • Black and white photograph from the Cambridge Evening News: Left to Right [:]
    Bill Steen (m. 1954), Lawford Howells (m. 1954), Graham Ridge (Caius), David Morton (Caius) and Peter Downes (m. 1956).
2011 Number 236
  • Page 30: Emeritus Professor William (Bill) Steen
    elected a Fellow Commoner in 2010

  • Color photograph of Bill Steen

    He writes: “It is something of a dream come true to become a Fellow of this College. Since birth the College has been part of my life; my father, S. W. P. Steen, walked to Christ’s daily bringing home news of the College. In 1952 I did my National Service as an RAF pilot. I started by flying Harvards around the Rocky Mountains in Canada and finished flying Meteors around Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. I spent four exhilarating years as a student at Christ’s studying Chemical Engineering and starting the Cambridge University Tiddlywinks Club with fellow 1954 matriculands – Lawford Howells (now year rep for 1954), Brian Tyler, Ian Pascoe and Roger Parker and others. After graduating I participated in the design and building of the world’s first continuous brewing plant. I married Margaret in 1960 and we went to Bengal in 1963 with the Methodist Missionary Society to lecture in Industrial Chemistry at a rural University College. We returned in 1965 and I joined the Metallurgy Department of Imperial College and lectured in Process Metallurgy. I had a spell in East Africa working for the United Nations advising on

  • Page 31:

    chemical industries for the East African Community. My research at ICST involved building my own CO2 laser in 1967 and was consequently awarded a BOC/SERC grant to do research. I wrote one of the first textbooks on “Laser Material Processing” in 1991, now in its 4th edition, and Liverpool University offered me “The James Bibby Chair of Engineering Manufacture”. I was invited to give laser courses around the world in Spain, Chile, Brazil, USA, China, India and South Africa as well as the UK, and asked to advise the governments of Sweden, Canada, Taiwan, and Japan on growth areas in laser processing and lead a group of scientists viewing laser work in the Japan and Korea. In 1995 I was elected as the first President of the Association of Industrial Laser Users (AILU), of which I was a founder member; in 1996 The Laser Institute of America presented me with the Schawlow Award for services to laser material processing and the University of Vigo in Spain named a laboratory after me. In my retirement the Goldsmiths’ Company, of which I am a Liveryman, uses me on their technical committee promoting apprenticeships in jewellery and precious metal work. It has also been good to serve the College as Editor of the Magazine between 2001 and 2006 and to now catalogue the College’s picture and photograph collection.


Light Blue The Magazine of University Sport (Cambridge University)
(likely article)

News and Events (Cambridge University)

25 Oct 2002  
  • The tiddly champs
  • Cambridge Evening News (p1)
    Report that Patrick Barrie and Ed Wynn are the tiddly wink world pairs winners.
14 Feb 2003    
14 Mar 2005    

Queens' College Officers of the Clubs (Cambridge University)

  • Tiddlywinks

    President: Alan Harper

    Secretary: Matthew Adams

    Treasurer: [none listed]
  • Tiddlywinks

    President: Alan Harper

    Secretary: [none listed]

    Treasurer: [none listed]

Queens' College Record (Cambridge University)

Record 1995 Edition  


  • This year Queens' winkers have been busy organising a weekend of celebrations commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the invention of the modern game. During the weekend Queens' hosted the Cambridge Open, which was an extremely strong international tournament including virtually all of the world's top 30 winkers as well as many older faces from the early days of the game. Although Queens' Tiddlywinks Club may have been busy organising tournaments, we've also been winning them too, with Dr Stew Sage triumphing in the National Handicapped Individual Pairs and Dr Nick Inglis playing with the victorious group in the National teams of four. Also with Dr Anthony Horton and Alan Harper being part of the winning Varsity Match team, it has been a successful year again for Queens' winkers. Hopefully this year will see the resumption of Cuppers with King's and Caius fielding sides capable of overthrowing the dominance of Queens' in this sport.
Record 1997 Edition: Sporting Record  


  • 1996 began rather quietly for Qu.Tw.C, its members contributing more to the University club than organising activities in the College. The club did manage, however, to organise a very successful bop in early May. The profits from this have enabled us to purchase an enviable collection of equipment. Qu.Tw.C. has had a very disappointing year recruiting novices, possibly the result of some poor singing at the squash, hence the active membership is currently low. We therefore invited other colleges to compete in our annual fiddled handicap tournament, this year the Sir Nicholas Scott (get drunk and fall over). As tradition demands, it was not at all clear who actually won.
  • It was another strong year for Qu.Tw.C. members' achievements. At Easter the current president, Andrew Dominey, won the Scottish National Pairs with old Queensman, Alisdair Grant. More recently, old members Geoff Myers and Matthew Rose won the English National Pairs, but unfortunately Geoff was unable to retain the World Singles title, losing to an American challenger. Queens', as ever, provided a splendid 5 of the victorious Varsity Match team of 8 (Ed Wynn, Rupert Thompson, Andrew Dominey, Andrew Young and David Clarkson).
Record 1998 Edition  


  • The college Tiddlywinks Club has unfortunately had another quiet year with few activities - just the usual cuppers win (Queens' A: David Clarkson, Andrew Dominey, Stewart Sage and Rupert Thompson) - and poor undergraduate recruitment. Members again seem to be focusing their efforts more on the University Club. This did not impair current members' performances in tournaments, however. In March, Andrew Dominey won the Oxfordshire Open and soon after with David Clarkson, jointly won the Scottish National Pairs, a tournament now dominated by Qu.C.Tw.C. winners.
  • In traditional fashion, former Qu.C.Tw.C. players also excelled at the National Tournaments. Geoff Myers and Matthew Rose retained the National Pairs, David Clarkson and Richard Moore were in the winning side at the National Teams of Four and no fewer than seven former Qu.C.Tw.C. players qualified for the National Singles final, most notably Stewart Sage, who had not achieved this feat since 1987! Queens' provided slightly fewer of the Varsity Match team than in recent years, hindered slightly by a policy to field first year players! Tim Hunt and Andrew Young did play.
  • 1997-98
  • Captain: James Hopgood
    Secretary: Andrew Dominey
    Treasurer: Tim Hunt
Record 2003 Edition  


  • Another quiet year for the college Winks Club, although there have been strong showings by members at University and national level. Our Junior Treasurer, Alan Harper, was President of the Cambridge University Tiddlywinks Club (CUTwC) for 2001-2. In February he captained a victorious Varsity Match Team, of which half the players were members of QuCTwC (Anthony Horton, Matthew Adams, Matthew Harper and Alan Harper). Stewart Sage, Senior Treasurer of the Club, was part of the Ferrets, the winning team in the Wessex Cup.
  • Ed Wynn retained the World Pairs title (with Patrick Barrie); Ed and Patrick have held the title since March 2000. Ed was also the joint winner of the London Open with former Qu.Tw.C player, Matthew Rose, and won the National Individual Handicapped Pairs, in November. Matthew Rose won the National Singles tournament in October.
Record 2004 Edition  


  • It's been another quiet year for Qu.T.W.C. with Cuppers being uncontested again. Next year holds more hope due to a small resurgence of the University Club. However this lack of College activity hasn't meant our members have been inactive, with Dr Stewart Sage, Dr. Nick Inglis and Alan Harper all playing in this year's National Singles final and Alan and Matthew Harper representing the University in the Varsity Match. Hopefully this year we shall be a bit more active and successful.
Record 2005 Edition  
  • Tiddlywinks
  • This year Queens' winkers have been busy organising a weekend of celebrations commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the invention of the modern game. During the weekend Queens' hosted the Cambridge Open, which was an extremely strong international tournament including virtually all of the world's top 30 winkers as well as many older faces from the early days of the game. Although Queens' Tiddlywinks Club may have been busy organising tournaments, we've also been winning them too, with Dr Stew Sage triumphing in the National Handicapped Individual Pairs and Dr Nick Inglis playing with the victorious group in the National teams of four. Also with Dr Anthony Horton and Alan Harper being part of the winning Varsity Match team, it has been a successful year again for Queens' winkers. Hopefully this year will see the resumption of Cuppers with King's and Caius fielding sides capable of overthrowing the dominance of Queens' in this sport.
Record 2007 Edition  
  • Page 6: Dr Stewart Sage has decided to move on after 19 years as a Fellow of Queens’. He has been a most successful supervisor in Physiology for medics and vets and also natural scientists as well as serving as Director of Studies for Biological Natural Sciences. He has for many years been a Tutor for Graduate Students and for most of that time masterminded graduate admissions. He has also been a high profile member of successive May Ball Committees and was a stalwart supporter (both as a singer, as an organiser and in his undergraduate days as an instrumentalist) of the St Margaret Society. His exploits as an internationally-ranked tiddlywinks player are legendary. He will be sorely missed and the College wishes him well in his new post as a Fellow of Selwyn College.
  • Page 35: Tiddlywinks
  • In January the Tiddlywinks Club kicked off another busy and successful year with the Cambridge Open tournament and the annual dinner, which was held in the Armitage Room. Queens’ hosted two major tournaments in April: both the world and national pairs. The Varsity Team made a victorious trip to Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and won 80–32. Queens’ students Alan Harper, Serita Rana and Toby Wood were amongst those who returned from the Oxford match with quarter blues. Queens’ winkers ended the academic year in style with a ‘garden’ party on the rooftop of the Erasmus Building.
  • Color photograph: The Varsity Tiddlywinks Squad
  • Page 36: Officers of the Clubs 2006-7
  • Tiddlywinks
  • Captain/President: Serita Rana

Selwyn (Selwyn College, Cambridge University)

Oct 2008 Issue 15
  • Sage Reflections
  • [3 black and white photographs of Stew Sage, 2 playing tiddlywinks]
  • My spare time, such as it is, is mainly devoted to croquet, real ale and tiddlywinks, though not always in that order. I took up winks on my arrival at Cambridge, having been told (wrongly) by my college ‘parent’ that almost everyone in my college played the sport. Contrary to popular belief, the adult game bears little relation to that played by children, being as much about strategy and tactics as physical skill. It is best thought of as a combination of chess and croquet. I wink regularly with Cambridge University Tiddlywinks Club, now based in Selwyn and of which I am Senior Treasurer. I am also Vice President of the English Tiddlywinks Association and play in most national tournaments, currently being ranked 20th in the world. I can be found in the Fellows’ Garden most Sunday evenings in summer when the weather affords putting to use the croquet set Dr Thompson and I presented to the Fellowship on my arrival in Selwyn. It is not unknown for either a game of croquet or winks to end in a glass or two or real ale.

Selwyn College Council Meeting Minutes (Cambridge University)

20 May 2008 Page 4
  • cc2008.138 Any Other Unreserved Business


    Council granted permission for Channel 5 to film members of the University Tiddlywinks Club in the Old SCR on the late afternoon of Wednesday 11 June. Dr Sage gave assurance that he would make the crew aware of the need not to cause disturbance in the Court and outside the Porters’ Lodge.


Selwyn College News online (Cambridge University)

Modified 20 Feb 2008  
  • Alice: A Fresher's Tale
  • 26th February-1st March
  • 8pm, Chadwick room Selwyn College
  • Tues-Thurs £5/7 Fri-Sat £6/8
  • Book online at
  • Boasting a talking cat, tiddlywinks champion, rebellious fellows and unpersuasive heathens this hilarious tale follows Alice, our fresh-faced heroine as she encounters the strange and mysterious Cantabridgian world.
    Foremost a Fresher's tale of formals and fellows, Facebook and fire-alarms, we explore Alice's hopes, insecurities and potato-hurling habits in some mind-blowing musical numbers. Jim and Kate-her squabbling college parents, the dictatorial master, an elusive porter and the Bishop himself all impact upon whether Alice will ever truly fit in. Brought to you by 'The Mighty Players', who had recent success with 'The Zoo Story' at the ADC theatre, we hope to bring the real life and soul of Cambridge to the stage in an all singing all dancing form. This is not just a musical. This is Selwyn The Musical.
  • The Mighty Players are pleased to announce the premiere this brand new musical written about life in Selwyn by students at Selwyn. Produced to coincide with the 125th anniversary, we invite all students, alumni, fellows and porters to come and enjoy the show. For more information please contact Anna Seeley (

Societies Directory online (Cambridge University)

accessed 7 Jan 2012  
  • Cambridge University Tiddlywinks Club [CUTwC]
  • Our society will introduce you to a sport requiring skill, concentration, tactical awareness, nerve and most importantly, a sense of fun. You will receive first class tuition from world and national champions and many of our members go on to play in our annual Varsity match against Oxford, gaining a coveted quarter-blue. When not playing "winks", we are a very sociable society and can often be found on pub crawls, in a bar playing drinking games, on punt trips or at club dinners, with all members welcome to join in these and many other merriments.
  • E-mail:
    Category: Quirky - different and unusual
    Registered: Yes

Stop Press with Varsity (Cambridge University newspaper)

8 Mar 1975 Page 11 "A nod's as good..." re 17th varsity match Original (CUTwC)
22 Nov 1980 Page 16 "Outwinked!" re CUTwC loss to Southampton Original (CUTwC)

Alumni Record (Trinity College, Cambridge University)

  • Page 35: Alumni Achievements 2009-2010
  • Page 36: 1995 M Fayers, member, 2010 England Tiddlywinks team, victorious over the USA, in Washington DC.
  • Page 39: 1960 M A C Relle, member, 2010 England Tiddlywinks team, victorious over the USA in Washington DC.
  • Page 40: 1972 G Thorpe, member, 2010 England Tiddlywinks team, victorious over the USA, in Washington DC.

The Fountain (Trinity College, Cambridge University)

Spring 2011 Issue 12
  • Page 1: Triumph at Tiddlywinks
  • Page 2: This issue of The Fountain is largely about time. [...] Charles Relle represents time extended, possibly the world’s longest-serving international sportsman, if Tiddlywinks be a sport.
  • Page 16: TIDDLYWINKS

    By Charles Relle
  • Color photograph of Geoffrey Thorpe, Matt Fayers, and Charles Relle
  • Last year three members of Trinity— Matthew Fayers (1995), Geoffrey Thorpe (1972) and Charles Relle (1960), all experienced international players— were in the eight-man English team that, at an away match in Washington, beat the USA at Tiddlywinks by125 points to 99, so shaming England’s World Cup footballers. Matthew and Geoffrey, like many tiddlywinks players, read Mathematics; Charles, exceptionally, read Classics.

    The world’s first Tiddlywinks Club was founded at Cambridge in1955 by eight students, two of them Trinity men, who thought that a Blue as well as a degree was useful in seeking a job. Not being sporty types, they had to invent a game—and their number, eight, became the size of a university or international team.

    Tiddlywinks, once a children’s pastime, requires strategic thought as challenging as Bridge or Chess. And it is fun to stir incredulity by announcing, ‘I play Tiddlywinks for England.’

  • Charles Relle (1960).To learn more about the English Tiddlywinks Association visit

Digital copy (NATwA)

Varsity (a Cambridge University undergraduate newspaper)

early Mar 1958 "Goons Gamble Grail at Guildhall Gambol"
early 1958 Re Babycham and Guinness supplied for Goons match (Winks Rampant)
2 May 1964 "The Unusual Sports No. 1—Tiddlywinks"/"HOW MANY FOR THE POT?". Photo Original (CUTwC)
~Mar 1988
  • Tiddleywinks
  • A Cambridge admissions tutor denied rumours this week, following an article in The Guardian, that a person might gain a place in the university solely on the ground that he or she was a tiddleywinks champion, writes Jonathan Marsh.

Winston (originally Winston Bak 2 Skool) (Churchill College, Cambridge University)

Michaelmas 2005 Issue 1 Page 23

Interview with Donnacha Kirk, President of the Cambridge University Tiddlywinks Society by Anita Davies. Black and white photograph of Donnacha Kirk.

  • This week, Winston interviewed Donnacha Kirk (DK), the one and only undergraduate member of the university Tiddlywink society, and thus by default its President. We found the President a little worse for wear, glazed eyes and drinking vodka out of a toothmug,

    Winston feared that like many top athletes he had finally buckled under the pressure of the game
    and intense lifestyle, but apparently his state was due to spending eight hours in a dark room with sub atomic particles.

    Why is Tiddlywinks better than any other university sport?

    It is the only game that combines a high level of physical skill and mental agility, both of which are essential to become a champion Winker. It is the only sport that allows you to have a

    quarter blue (maybe that means they have jackets in a rather fetching check pattern, hmm). Also those who play are the biggest drunks in the world, each session involves drinking games that last roughly three times as long as each training session.

    What has been your proudest Tiddlywink moment?

    Beating Oxford because they failed to turn up, so becoming varsity champion by default and making it for the first time in to the top 100 winkers. The 50th anniversary dinner was pretty good, having to give a speech to the american and Canadian delegation, and telling the traditional president’s joke about wanking behind boulders. Actually I think the best would have to be being rung up by Richard and Judy to be interviewed about the Sport of Kings.

    For ignorant people, could you give a brief outline of Winking rules? (the president explained these enthusiastically, with hand gestures).

    You have teams of two. There are winks (little counters) and a pot, (a pot), and a squidger (for flipping the winks). There are two basic moves, potting (where you try and get it into the pot), and squopping (covering your opponent’s wink). That's where the strategy comes in. There are other moves as well, the boondock, the penhalligon and the John Lennon memorial shot.

    Who do you respect most in the world of Tiddlywinks?

    Dr Nick Inglis, a fellow here who invented the John Lennon Memorial shot. He also appeared on Blue peter as the only person who can squop nurdled winks

    What qualities do you need to be a good Winker?

    You must be male, fat, with a beard, over 40, and wear glasses. Studying Maths is a help, and you need to be able to consume three pitchers of real ale at a sitting without losing winking accuracy.

    How would you explain the decline of Cambridge Tiddlywinking?

    As a society it has a long and illustrious history, we’ve played the Goons and a select team of MPs in the House of Commons. Our patron is Phil the Greek, who presented the Silver Wink (trophy) to the society. It is also the most successful varsity sport. But the membership have discovered that playing winks and then drinking a is a lot less fun than just drinking, so now they just drink a lot rather than winking. But our undergraduate members have doubled this year (now a grand total of two), so I am sure that we are on the upward swing again.

    Anita Davies

Digital copy (NATwA)
Lent 2005 Issue 2 Page 13
  • Donnacha Kirk

  • [black and white photograph of Donnacha Kirk]

    2nd year Natsci

    Close friend and next-door neighbour of Winston Editor. Has appeared in many plays around Cambridge, most recently ‘Oxygen’. Is currently working on several directorial projects (alongside Winston Editor). Also President of Cambridge Tiddlywinks Society and member of Cambridge Gaelic Football team.


Lancaster University

Accessed 8 Jan 2012 online

History of Lancaster University in the 1960s. It opened in 1964.

  • student social life
  • For those more interested in less taxing sports, there was also a Tiddlywinks club, an apparently competitive sport that required "teamwork, guile, resilience at the knees, gamesmanship and co-ordination between the eye, thumb and the index finger."

University of Leicester


"GENIE Jumping Genes" with photographs

  • It is a hands-on activity which will grab the interest of younger pupils as well as being of great interest for older students who may be able to use it for more directed study about the human genome and causes of human diseases.
  • The aim of this activity is for students to use tiddlywinks to represent sections of jumping genes, which they then flick onto a poster which is representative of a section of the human genome. Where their "gene" lands either will or will not disrupt the gene and may then cause disease. An accompanying PowerPoint presentation is used for students to look up the gene on which their jumping gene has landed and information is provided about what cause (if any) this will have.

Queen Mary University of London

Queen Mary University of London Library Services Archives

Jul 2010
  • Page 1: Catalogue of the Archives of Westfield College (1882-1989)

    Toni Harding, Assistant Archivist

  • Page 306:

    WFD/17/8 Item

    Tiddlywinks Club account book

    1 vol

    Includes details of individual receipts and expenditure of the Tiddlywinks Club between Summer Term 1963 - Oct 1970.

    Includes a list of members for 1969-1970 session.

    In an envelope at the back: The Rules of Tiddlywinks, issued by The English Tiddlywinks Association; list of equipment of the Club, Apr 1970; and details of expenses incurred for match at Essex on 7 Dec, c.1970.


    Paper Open

Sennet (a University of London Union paper)

__ Mar 1958 Letter re London School of Economics team (see Winks Rampant)
__ ___ ____ (Perhaps not Sennet) "Winking" ("There is little doubt that it will be accepted by the nation") Photocopy (NATwA)
around 1959 Letter "Bewildered" by Karl Ubeck (planted) Photocopy (NATwA)
15 Jan 1963 Page 7 "All England champions/Winkers Club reaches the peak of its career" by Michael Crick Photocopy (NATwA)
__ ___ ____ Page 7 "London Champion Winkers" Photocopy (NATwA)

Loughborough University

Student Projects (Loughborough University)


Photograph of a mechanical device.

  • W. Lightfoot
  • Mini-project:
    This project was one where we were given a brief before hand. The task was to create a mechanism that would consistently flick tiddlywinks into a cup from a set distance away.
Dec 2009

Image of a mechanical device.

Slideshow with CAD images and photograph of metal device with wink.

  • Tom Sawyer
  • CAD Model of a device to flick tiddlywinks - Integrating Studies 1a- Part A, Semester 1.
  • This assignment was part of a large group project to design and manufacture a device capable of flicking tiddlywinks into a cup a set distance away. The slideshow above shows both the CAD model from NX5, and also pictures of the final, manufactured device. The device failed to work, due to the adhesive used failing in use.

Manchester Grammar School

Ulula (Manchester Grammar School magazine)

~early 1966 (Winking World 9, page 5—excerpt)

University of Manchester

ELGAR: Electronic Gateway to Archives at Rylands (John Rylands University Library, University of Manchester)

Accessed 7 Jan 2012
  • File: Tiddlywinks Society (1959-1966)
    Reference VSS/1/162
    Physical Description 1 folder
    Scope and Content
    Established in 1959 for the playing of tiddlywinks.



"Predictive Eye Movements Are Driven by Goals, Not by the Mirror Neuron System" by Rik Eshuis, Kenny R. Coventry, and Mila Vulchanova.

  • We ran three movement conditions: the human-agent condition, in which a human agent was shown moving a toy frog toward a goal container (i.e., [1human agent, 1human motion]); the self- propelled condition, in which no human agent was shown moving the frog (i.e., [_human agent, _human motion]); and the new condition, in which a human agent was shown with hand behind the starting point of the frog, flicking it so as to propel it along a trajectory (as in the game ‘‘Tiddlywinks’’; i.e., [1human agent, _human motion]; see Fig. 1a). In the latter condition, the human-agent intention is matched to that of the human-agent condition, but human motion is not shown along the trajectory. This allows a clean test of the MNS versus goal-intention explanations for the proactive eye- movement data.

  • Fig. 1. Example of the video used in the new (Tiddlywinks) condition and experimental results. In the illustration (a), the trajectories traversed by the frogs have been drawn in, but they were not visible during the experiment. The graph (b) shows mean gaze-arrival time relative to the frog’s arrival time (time 0; positive values indicate that gaze arrived before the frog) for the human-agent, new (Tiddlywinks), and self-propelled conditions with and without end effects. Error bars indicate _1 SEM.

  • For each condition, we also compared gaze arrival times to the arrival times of the frog. Significant proactive goal-directed eye movements occurred for the human-agent condition with end effects (i.e., [1human agent, 1human motion, 1end effects]), t(11) 5 4.34, prep 5 .99, d 5 1.25, and the new (Tiddlywinks) condition with end effects (i.e., [1human agent, _human motion, 1end effects]), t(11) 5 2.38, prep 5 .93, d 5 0.69, but not for any of the other four conditions, all t(11)s _ 1.99, all preps _ .90, all ds _ 0.57. Most notably, predictive eye movements do not occur for the human-agent condition without end effects (i.e., [1human agent, 1human motion, _end effects]), t(11) 5 0.35, prep 5 .59, d 5 0.10.ƒleic

Nottingham University

(Nottingham University paper)

1962-1966 Many articles (Winking World 9, page 4)

Oxford University

Jesus College Tiddlywinks Club (Oxford University)

    "Jesus College Tiddlywinks Club" - formative webpage with one photograph as of 6 January 2012  

John Johnson Collection (Oxford University)

Apr 2004 Page 49
  • Box T3

    Tiddlywinks Society
    Poster. Inter-Varsity Tiddlewinks Match, 5 May 1958 Circular. Michaelmas Term 1986, 20 Oct 1986 Circular, 12 Nov 1986
    Circular, Jan 1987
    OU Freshers' Fair flier, 1986
    OU Freshers' Fair flier, 1987
    OU Freshers' Fair flier, 1989
    OU Freshers' Fair flier, 1990
    OU Freshers' Fair flier, 1991
    OU Freshers' Fair flier, 1992
    OU Freshers' Fair flier, 1993
    Termcard. Michaelmas Term 1995
    OU Freshers' Fair flier, 1995
    Newsletters (1st Week to 8th Week inclusive)
    Poster (Tennis player)
    Poster (Cricketer)
    Poster (Goose-stepping soldiers)
    Poster (Eccentric don)
    Rules and Techniques


The Oxford Student

18 Nov 1999  

"Top Election Tips"

  • Having £130 in your possession to buy a membership comes in handy as does attending the annual European Affairs Tiddlywinks competition to meet new people.
9 Jan 2003  

"Stories from Tab-land Vol. 1" by Rob Hoyle, James Clifford

  • The 'pure' light-blues have argued that in addition to their better standing in the Times league table, their recent victory in rugby Varsity match, and their near-total dominance in tiddlywinks over the last half-century, theirs is also the more exciting town.
16 Jan 2003  

"Stories from Tab-land Vol. 2" by Rob Hoyle, James Clifford

  • Queens' College, Cambridge is not just a haven to Stephen Fry, Erasmus and the mathematical bridge, it is also the inspiration for two of the world's greatest winkers. Yes, tiddlywinks is the new sex and they don't come much hornier than Queens' tutors.
27 Feb 2003  

"The Weakest Wink" by Joey Oliver. 2 photos.

  • OXFORD UNIVERSITY TIDDLYWINKS SOCIETY recorded their first varsity victory since 1995, and only their second in 40 years, at Queen's College Cambridge last Sunday.
24 Jan 2004  

"Marathon Woman"

  • What squad was it you were in, little man? The tiddlywinks squad?
6 May 2011  

"Oxford humbled in winking contest" by Emma Kinnaird

  • The Inter-Varsity Tiddlywinks trophy is heading back to Cambridge after a record-breaking defeat for Oxford on Sunday. The first match since 2005 finished 99-13 to the visitors after a late recovery prevented the humiliation of the first single figure score since 1958.

    After the result an open letter of apology was written by the team to Oxford Chancellor Lord Patten explaining their failure and vowing to make amends.
  • [...]

Oxford Today (Oxford, England)

Michaelmas 2010 Volum3 23 Number 1

"A question of which sport"

  • And, of course, beyond the anti-sports, youthful wit spawns spoofs like the (sadly defunct) Varsity Tiddlywinks, with its ironic Quarter-Blue, or the inter-college Tortoise Race at Corpus (still alive and crawling).

St. John's College Middle College Room (Oxford University)

2008 Page 27
  • Freshers' Handbook
  • Blue: Awarded in certain sports for competing in a varsity match for the University. Some sports only award a ‘half blue’, and tiddlywinks a quarter blue.
2010 Page 35
  • Freshers' Handbook

  • Blue: A reward for competing in certain intervarsity sports matches for the University. In respect of some sports, only a ‘half blue’ is awarded. Despite jocular suggestions to the contrary, there is no ‘quarter blue’ for the sport of tiddlywinks.

14 Sep 2011 Page 34
  • MCR Freshers Guide
  • Glossary
  • The Blue is the highest sporting achievement at Oxford and Cambridge, and is awarded only to
    members of certain sports clubs who have competed in the annual Varsity Match. In respect of
    some sports, only a 'half blue' is awarded. Despite suggestions to the contrary, there is no 'quarter blue' for the sport of tiddlywinks.

St. Hughes College Newsletter (Oxford University)

Spring 2011  
  • Page 21: 1950s

  • Page 22: I spent many happy hours practising tiddlywinks with my partner, with the next away match in mind. I was captain of the University Tiddlywinks Team, a particular honour since I was the first woman to hold that position. I insisted on retaining the title used by previous male captains, “Master of the Winks”, as I felt “Mistress of the Winks” sounded distinctly louche. All who played in a Varsity match were awarded a quarter blue.

    Caroline Zvegintzov (Mills) (English, 1959)


St. Paul's School

The Pauline (St. Paul's School)

July 1963 Pages 81-82 Edgar A. Willis obituary (Newswink 14, pages 9, 11) Photocopy (NATwA)

University of Sussex at Brighton

The Bulletin (University of Sussex at Brighton)

27 Nov 1962  

Retrospective; printed in the 3 Nov 2000 edition of the Bulletin

  • From the Bulletin, 27 November 1962
  • Society Notices
  • The Tiddlywinks Association hopes to arrange some matches next term. In the meantime practice meetings will be held, times to be posted on the notice board.
28 Feb 1978 Page 3
  • The annual Sussex Federation Field Day will be held tomorrow, March 1. Students from all over the county will descend on the campus to take part in all the usual sports, not to mention beer drinking, tiddly-winks and hop-scotch


Edinburgh University

EDINA Newsline (Edinburgh University Data Library)

Autumn/Winter 1997 Volume 2.4
  • EDINA Staff Changes
  • [Black and white photograph of Ben Soares]
  • Finally, at the end of October Ben Soares joined EDINA, having just completed his studies at St Andrews University. On his arrival he was immediately plunged into the OCLC SiteSearch software, and has already made an impact on EDINA services. He is our lead technical developer on the forthcoming Art Abstracts service. In addition to his computing prowess, however, Ben has another claim to fame – he is a world tiddlywinks record-holder!
Digital copy (NATwA)

Edinburgh University Sports Union Treasurer's Information Folder

2008/2009   Provides examples for reporting expenditures for the Tiddlywinks Club.  

University of Wales

Bangor Student Union Council Meeting Minutes (University of Wales)

9 Nov 2005 Page 3  
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