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Game involving anything over 4 people and a tennis ball. It was vital that a corner of the playground tarmac with high fencing was used. Very popular alternative to football:

The rules are a little hazy, but the general idea was to throw the ball within a uncertain radius and hit someone with the ball. Once hit they had endure one of two things. They either suffered "tunnels" - which basically meant everyone (except the poor individual who'd been hit by the ball) standing in a line a foot away from the fence and throwing "double punches" at the victim, as they ran through the gap inbetween the line of kids and fence being subjected to double punches; or they could take the alternative.

The "alternative" was that everyone took pot-shots at the victim - i.e they threw the ball at the individual concerned while he cowered in fear at the corner of the 'A-frame'...both could hurt!

This game was very popular with 11 - 15 year old boys, and nearly always got out of hand due to the lack of rules. This resulted in bruising, after school scraps, personal insults, tears and a short term ban by the headmaster. Obviously it was also an excuse to hit foolish and unpopular individuals. Contributor thinks kids were like Nazis in those days.

Source: circa 1985, UK (SE)