Welcome to the website of the Middlesex Table Tennis Association. We hope that you will find it interesting and that it provides all the information you require. County table tennis plays an important part in the make-up of the national game. Middlesex remains one of the strongest table tennis counties in England, maintaining its position in the Senior Premier Division of eight teams. It also runs several Junior and Veteran teams.

County News

31st July 2018

Yet another sad day for Middlesex. It is with great sadness that the Management Committee reports the passing away of Michael Thornhill. Michael was a prominent player of Middlesex.

His obituary can be found on Table Tennis England site

Obituary: Micky Thornhill, England international

24th June 2018


It is with very great sadness that the Management Committee reports the passing away of its Chairman, Mr. Michael Close. An obituary and funeral details are below.

The full obituary can be read athe the following link – courtesy Table Tennis England

Obituary: Michael Close, a lifetime of service

Elisabeth, Martin, Roger and Roland warmly invite the table tennis family to Michael’s funeral on Thursday 12th July, starting 11.00am  at Christ Church, The Common, Chorleywood. Hertfordshire WD3 5SG.  Family flowers only.


13th February

Obituary: Jack Melnick, blue riband umpire (courtesy Diane Webb and Doreen Stannard through TTE)

It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of Jack Melnick. Jack was one of England’s most respected and renowned umpires during the 1970s, 1980s and into the 1990s.

Jack officiated at the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992, the sole English representative; three World Championships in Birmingham (1977), Novi Sad (1981) and Gothenburg (1985); two European Championships in Prague in 1976 and Berne in 1980; and two Commonwealth Championships, Cardiff (1973) and Edinburgh (1979).

Other umpiring appointments around the world included the Belgian Open (1974), the Scandinavian Open (1977), the Welsh Open (1983), the US Open in Miami in 1986 and the Irish Open in 1988.

The number of occasions Jack officiated at domestic competitions are too numerous to record. No doubt he would have been a Blue Badge Umpire if that scheme had been in existence when Jack was umpiring. Jack’s was a truly remarkable career.

Jack was born in Highbury, North London, and was a lifelong Arsenal supporter. He was bombed out of his home in Stoke Newington during the war in 1940 and went to live in Perivale, West London, before moving to Wembley.

Table tennis was in the family as his uncle, Arthur Melnick, was an England international in the 1930s. Jack followed the traditional route of playing at the local youth club before joining the RAF and playing for his station team in 1953. At one time Jack played in three local leagues and so was active as a player as well as an official.

Jack was introduced into the world of umpiring by Doreen Stannard in 1969 when she spotted him at the Gunnersby Triangle Championships. He passed both his National and International Umpiring Exams in the same year, 1974, and is perhaps the only umpire to achieve this. The quality of Jack’s umpiring was recognised when he was awarded the honour of umpiring the Ladies’ Singles final at the World Championships in 1977.

Jack Melnick with Fred Groom (left) and Jack Randall (picture courtesy of Doreen Stannard)

Jack was known as one of the three Middlesex Musketeers, along with Jack Randall and Dave Perry, and they used to travel all over the country together. Jack was honoured for all his work within Middlesex when he was made an Honorary Life Member of the county he loved; he was also a Vice-President of Ellenborough Table Tennis Club. The ETTA 100 Club benefitted from Jack’s membership and he attended their functions whenever he could.

A quiet and gentle man, Jack will be missed by his many table tennis friends. Our condolences go to Jack’s twin brother, Joe, and his family.

Doreen Stannard, Honorary Past President of Table Tennis England, said of Jack:

One of my proudest moments was being selected for the US Open with Jack, a treasured experience. We travelled many miles together but never got lost, we just took the scenic route. I will miss him greatly and his sense of humour. In later years Jack had many health issues but never a grumble. A true friend.

The funeral will take place at the Rainham Federation Jewish Cemetery, Upminster Road North RM13 on Thursday 15 Feb18 at 2pm.


5th July.

The County Junior ^ Cadet Closed Championships were held at the Crest Academy in Neasden, organised by Jason Sugrue.

For a report, please go to the Closed Championships page or click  the link http://middlesextta.org.uk/our-activities/closed-championships/ 



30/06. The draw for the Cadet & Junior closed championships can be found on the Closed Championships page http://middlesextta.org.uk/our-activities/closed-championships/

13/5/2017 The Management Committee is pleased to announce that the Cadet & Junior Closed Championships will be held on 2nd July.

The entry form can be downloaded from the following link.

MTTA Closed Championships entry form


July 2016.  The County AGM was held at Eastcote Table Tennis Club. All members of the Management Committee were re-elected and the appointment of Gerry Hawkins as the VETS County Match Secretary was formalised.

Doreen Stannard was presented with a commemorative bowl to mark 50 years as a member of the Management Committee. Well done and congratulations Doreen

Charles Ho and Tony Dias were made Vice Presidents in recognition of their contributions to Middlesex Table Tennis

Our Activities

The county is an active participant in the National County Championships, with teams in the Cadets, Juniors, Seniors, Veterans and Over 60s. In the last few seasons we have regularly entered a total of 13 teams. In addition to these events, the county has run Inter-League Championships and Closed Championships. Whilst some of the Inter-League events are still organised, the Closed Championships have not been held for a while and the Management Committee actively looks for a volunteer to run these championships.

Our Organisation

President: Derek Burridge

Honorary Life Members: A Rhodes, R Grant, Mrs D (Rowe) Scholer, LF Landry, A Shepherd, Mrs D Stannard, M Mitchell, JM Wright


Vice Presidents: Mrs M Sawyer, M Gatting, J Souter, MJ Holland, Mrs M Stanford, DS Howes, M Sugden, N McKoy, RR Templeman, Mrs S Tyler, G Sandley, Mrs L Slifkin, N Slifkin, C Ho, A Dias


Chairman: Mrs Doreen Stannard

Tel: 02088456713

email: chairman@middlesextta.org.uk

Deputy Chairman: Vacant 
Honorary Secretary: Tony Dias
Tel: 07541942710
email: generalsecretary@middlesextta.org.uk 
Treasurer: Peter Denholm

Tel: 020 8952 5233

email: treasurer@middlesextta.org.uk

Coaching Secretary: Nick McKoy

Tel: 020 88043757

email: coach@middlesextta.org.uk

County Match Secretary: Tony Dias (Senior, Junior, Cadets)

Tel: 07541942710

email: cms@middlesextta.org.uk

County Match Secretary: Gerry Hawkins (Veterans & Over 60s)

Tel: 020 8428 7088

email: vcms@middlesextta.org.uk

Umpires Secretary: Sue Merican

Tel: 01895 251724

email: umpire@middlesextta.org.uk

Tournaments Secretary: VacantVacancy
Handbook Secretary: VacantVacancy
Press & Website Secretary: Tony DiasPlease see County Match Secretary (Senior, Junior, Cadets) email: info@middlesextta.org.uk

League Representatives:

Central TTL:


Wembley & Harrow: Tony Dias

Clubs & Associates:

Hillingdon: Sue Merican

North Middlesex TTL: Nick McKoy

South West Middlesex:



Greenhouse: Jason Sugrue

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