The Lincolnshire Echo of Wednesday
1st April 1936 showed a photograph of Individual cup
finalists, stating that the competition had been held at the
constitutional club, Lincoln. On that occasion Len was men's singles
champion with B. Spensley as runner up.
Len was a regular county player in
his younger days and a report dated 20th March 1937
regarding the Lincolnshire versus Yorkshire match said:
“The outstanding player of the
evening for Lincolnshire was Len Skinns of Lincoln YMCA.....A feature
of the match was the attacking policy adopted by Lincolnshire and
Yorkshire were mainly on the defensive.
This was particularly noticeable in
the game between Skinns and Atkinson.”
Len was not only an excellent table
tennis players but was also a keen cricketer,playing for Ruston's in
the Bassetlaw league. He was also a minor counties umpire.
The outbreak of war in 1939 led to a
six year break in Len's sporting career. He was sent to France with
the British Expeditionary Force, spent two days on the Dunkirk
beaches before rescue, then served with the Eighth Army in the middle
East and with the 14th Army in Burma. He resumed his table
tennis career in 1945.
Len was once described by the ETTA
as one of the best pen-grip players in the country. He was five times
Lincoln champion, four times before the war and again in 1948 finally
calling it a day in 1963.