from Phil Kenny
“I’m yet again grateful to Robin Maxfield for sending over this cutting from the archive.
The cutting on the right refers to Denis Neale, in his playing days Denis was the England Number 1 from 1967 to 1977. During this period he beat 6 World Champions, achieved a European ranking of 7, a World ranking of 15, won numerous national titles and championships around the world and represented Europe against the rest of the World. I believe the cutting is from the 1965 season and so before Denis became England Number 1.
This was Denis’s first ever match in Harrogate and for many years Wanderers A dominated HTTA with Denis, Nick Davies (still playing in Harrogate) and the late Len Browning, they won numerous league titles.
It's amazing to think we had England’s number 1 player playing in Harrogate.”
“Andy Cousins kindly sent this Harrogate Advertiser Cutting through on behalf of George and Dave Atkinson. Some interesting memories from 43 years ago – the Club names : Wanderers, Ripon YMCA, St Georges, ICI, Fire Brigade, NEGB, Dunlopillo, Villa, Knaresborough Social, Atkinson Sports, NALGO, Hazleton, Nat West Bank, MMP, Teasdale and Metcalfe, Marton, CEGB.
17 Clubs all gone!
The only Club still going strong and mentioned in the article is Knaresborough Cricket Club”
“Good to see Nick Davies still playing in Div1 for Harrogate Racquets A – he was top of the averages in this article!
Terry Hood mentioned as well and he’s going strong in Division 2 for KCC B”
“Nice to have this old clipping sent over, it features the late Norman Lusher, Mr Harrogate Table Tennis, - and his exploits in the Yorkshire League.
Many of us have great stories about Norman and I imagine even today, many are recounted after one of this seasons matches”