Bill "Mr Deepdale/Villa" Walsh
Bill's funeral will take place at Preston Crematorium on Monday 10th October at 11:15
Bill was the first Secretary of Villa TT Club in 1948, until Villa merged with the Deepdale TTC in 1969. Bill then took over the newly named Deepdale/Villa in 1970, where he remained Secretary - over a magnificent half a century of total dedication to table tennis. Bill was also the first recipient of our League's "Best Club Secrtary" in 1975/76, an honour which he subsequently won in 1993/94, 1997/98 and again in 2001/02.
During Bill's tenure, Villa, Deepdale/Villa were one of the most successful clubs ever in our leagues histroy. Check out our leagues "Honours Board" to find out just how successful Villa / Deepdale Villa were during Bill's tenure.
Bill was the first player from our league to travel to Bolton for caoching with former England player Cliff Booth which enabled him to play to a high standard. Remember, the M6 was only built in 1958 and the M61 in 1969. Railway, bus and road routes were limited at this time so if you were travelling any distance, you really had to be devoted.
Bill was so thorough, he even carried transfer forms around in his pocket which were required in the early years. He actually signed Jim Clegg in this way when he saw him one day in the street near to the Post Office in town in 1964.
Bill also coached many of the clubs junior players to a high standard.
He loved his cricket, and was never happier scoring, or watching at Fulwood and Broughton. Bill worked for over 40 years at the old BAC on Strand Road as a Planning Engineer. He lived for many years in Trafford Street with his late sister, and in his latter years at Moor Park House.
Bill will always be rermembered as a very kind and generous person.
Details courtesy of Barry Crook and friends