Toe wrestling

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Toe wrestling is a sport involving two opponents who lock toes and attempt to pin each other's feet down, similar to arm wrestling.


The sport was invented in 1976 in Staffordshire, United Kingdom by 4 drinkers in the Ye Olde Royal Oak Inn.

The World Toe Wrestling Championship was held annually since 1994 in Derbyshire, England.[1] The most prolific player is Alan "Nasty" Nash, a multiple-time champion.[2] Lisa "Twinkletoes" Shenton is a previous women’s world champion.[3]

As of 2022, the current men's world champion is Ben Woodroffe; the women's champion is Dawn Millward beating newcomer Rebecca Benson who came 2nd; and the junior champion is Dolly Millward.[4]


Toe wrestling is similar to arm wrestling. To play, players must take off their shoes and socks as the game is played with bare feet. Players must link toes and each player's foot must touch flat on the other person's 2 out of 3 rounds. Rounds are played first with the right foot, then left, and right again if necessary.

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  1. ^ "Have strong toes? Competitors wanted for World Toe Wrestling Championships". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 14 June 2022.
  2. ^ "Meet Alan 'Nasty' Nash, 14-time toe wrestling world champion". Retrieved 14 June 2022.
  3. ^ "World Toe Wrestling Championship held in Derbyshire". BBC News. 29 June 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2022.
  4. ^ Butterfield, Gareth (31 August 2022). "Gripping final as Ben walks off with toe wrestling trophy". Ashbourne News Telegraph. p. 2. Retrieved 4 September 2023.