Friday Photos No 31: Who are these players?

Diane Webb

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Another varied selection of photographs this week from different eras.

Click here to scroll to last week’s pictures

Photo 1 is of a young Essex team, but who are the players and what was the occasion?

Photos 2-6 are all individual shots. Can you identify the players?

Photo 2

Photo 3

Photo 4

Photo 5

Photo 6

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Responses to Photos of April 17, 2015


There have been a tremendous number of responses to the pictures from last week, including several replies from those in the photographs.  Thank you to everyone who has contacted me.

Photo 1

Phil Gower with Shelley Ruocco was England National U21 Champion in 1998 and 1999, she also represented English Schools against Scotland.

Photo 2

Jane Adams (ETTA Vice-President) with Kay Nason, Samantha Meredith and Gilly Matthews. The team from Littlington Free Church TTC were possibly the team of the weekend at the Woolwich tournament.

Photo 3

Pat Archdale (right) and Les Smith (centre) having an intensive course in learning Swedish in preparation for the World Championships in Stockholm, 1967 with Tony Little. Les is still a very prominent figure within English Table Tennis and Pat made a wonderful contribution to the archives collection when she presented much of her collected material – table tennis sets, bats as well as many programmes and other ephemera.

However, not much was known about Tony and I am grateful to John Ruderham from Bristol for the following information. Tony was a National Umpire and a Tournament Secretary for Bristol about 35 years ago. Tony did for a short while help to run our Bristol Closed Championships. With John he won the Morley Mordecai Cup in 1990/91.

Photo 4

Barry Granger (centre) with Michel Gadal (England Performance Director – left). The third person has been identified by Jose Ransome as Geoff Taylor, originally from New Zealand and later living in London.

Photo 5

Vincent Avery.

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Diane Webb
April 24, 2015

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