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Re: The games children played in the past – What is/was “Kick-cog”?

Thanks go to Eric Smith (via Paul Dunnill) for the following description of "Kick-Cog" as it was known around the Teesside area in the 1950's.

"Kick-Cog" was a variant of "hide and seek" with the finder having to kick the first person they could find and catch. The seeker's prey were the cogs. Once the seeker had successfully kicked one of the hiders (cogs) it was their turn to hide and the cog that had been kicked became the seeker. Rule was that the previous seeker was exempt from being kicked by the cog that they had just kicked.

Thanks for this explanation.

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Re: The games children played in the past – What is/was “Kick-cog”?

It seems that there were a number of variants to the game "King-cog", the one that I played in Stockton in the 1950s was slightly less physical than the one described above. It went as follows-

First you all agreed what was to be the catcher's base, this was usually a lamp-post if you were playing in the evening.
Then the game of hide and seek began. As people were found they had to go and stand by the catcher's base.
But if one of those hiding could sneak past the catcher, they could run to the base, kick-it whilst shouting "Kick-cog", then those that had previously been caught all ran off free and were allowed to hide again.

There was a variety of ways in which the children decided who was to be "it" i.e. the catcher, but they would take too long to tell here :-)