County News

10th August 2021
At the Table Tennis England Annual Conference it was announced that cadet star Joseph Hunter was awarded the Mike Watts Achievement award for the junior showing the greatest imporovement in 2019-2020. Congratulations Joseph, a deserving award. Well done.

10th July 2021

The Management Committee is looking for volunteers to assist with the running of Table Tennis within the county. The vacant positions are *Inter-League Championships Secretary, *Tournaments Secretary (to revive our Closed Championships) & a Development Secretary. Please contact our Chair Mrs Doreen Stannard or our Secretary Tony Dias

4th March 2021

Jason Sugrue, a former champion Middlesex player and now a prominent coach and mentor to many aspiring players recently spoke about his career. It is a very interesting podcast, and I recommend that people should listen to what Jason has to say. If you feel the need to speak to the man himself, he can be contacted +447583573960. 

17th February 2021

Further to the last news item, a proposition has been put forward to address the issues within the sport. a Kick Start V2

9th February 2021

There has been a lot of comments, debates, blogs, discussions about the recent issues within the sport. Attached is a letter that I am in receipt of, which I feel echoes the sentiment within the sport.


1st August 2020

With the suspension of Indoor Sporting activities there is currently no activity relating to the county. Most leagues are taking advice from TTE.

27th July 2019.

Earlier this month, at the Middlesex AGM, it was agreed that Derek Burridge our President would be made a Honorary Life member for his contributions to Table Tennis and in particular to the Association.

Our Chair, Mrs Doreen Stannard visited Derek at his business premises and presented him with Honorary’s Life Members medal.


15th May 2019.

The Management Committee are pleased to announce that the County’s Closed Championships will be held on 6th and 7th July at the Greenhouse Center. Please download the form from the link below and send your entry at your earliest convenience to avoid missing out.

Closed Championships entry form.

10th January 2019

Obituary: Margaret Hiorns, England international


Diane Webb

Publish date: January 10, 2019

Former England international Margaret Fry (Mrs Hiorns), an English Open semi-finalist who played at two World Championships, has died at the age of 90.

Margaret began her table tennis career in Bristol where she soon came to prominence and it wasn’t long before her name was in the record books, winning four league titles.

Margaret went on to represent her county of Gloucestershire more than 30 times, with her debut against Yorkshire on 12th November, 1949. Margaret also played tennis for her home county. Her achievements gained her Gloucestershire’s ‘Green ‘Un’ Sportswoman of the Year Award in 1951.

In September 1952, Margaret moved to London and became great friends with the Rowe twins, amongst many others, and became part of the Rowe household when she first moved to the capital. Despite strong players within her new county of Middlesex, Margaret nonetheless established herself in the county team and played for them on over 50 occasions when they were one of the most formidable county teams in the country. She also became the Middlesex County Women’s Singles champion in 1952.

Margaret Fry (centre) with Rosalind Rowe and Diane Rowe (Central Press Agency, from the Leslie Woollard Collection)

The move to London reaped considerable benefits for Margaret and resulted in being selected to play for her country, with her first cap being against Scotland at St Andrew’s Hall, Glasgow, on 17th December 1951. The team won 9-0 and Margaret won her singles match and, partnered with Rosalind Rowe, her doubles match too.

Margaret was a prolific tournament player and won around 50 titles at various Open tournaments both at home and abroad. She played in two World Championships, in 1954 and 1955, and reached the last 32 in the Women’s Singles in 1955, the Women’s Doubles with Pam Mortimer in 1954 and the Mixed Doubles with Ron Crayden in 1955.

At the English Open, her best result was reaching the semi-final of the Women’s Doubles in March 1950 with Joan Crosby. Margaret was the Women’s Singles Consolation winner in 1950/51 and 1961/62.

Margaret, who was also a talented golfer and bowler, moved into the administrative side of the game and was a member of the National Executive Committee from 1960-64; she was also on several ETTA committees including the National Championships Committee, County Championships Committee and Selection & Ranking Committees for senior and junior players. At county level, Margaret was on the Middlesex Committee as the County Umpires Secretary and was a committee member for London Business Houses.

Table Tennis England Honorary Past President Doreen Stannard, who was a lifelong friend of Margaret, said: “For someone who achieved so much in the sporting world, she was a very modest person. She and her husband Frank really enjoyed their life together. She will be missed.”

Our condolences go to Margaret’s family and friends.

The funeral is to take place at Breakspear Crematorium, Ruislip on January 24, at 12.30pm.