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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 :-)