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  Welcome to the Wandsworth & District Table Tennis League where you can follow the results of your favourite players and teams that play locally in the Wandsworth area of London as well giving you information of places you where you can play Table Tennis.

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Semi-Final places all booked in the cup competitions


     The quarter finals of both cup competitions were completed successfully last week.    There were a few upsets along the way but most of the matches went to plan. In the President’s Cup which is the straight knock out competition, number 1 seeds York Gardens “A” beat Vale “B” 8 – 1, Peter Fenner of Vale scoring their only win as he beat Joe Leone (pictured). The 2nd seeds Vale “A” won 8 – 0 against Wilton, there were surprise results for St Pauls “B” as they won 5 – 4 against XXIV Club “A”, despite  Adeel Ahmed going unbeaten for XXIV Club. York Gardens “B” took the remaining semi-final place beating St Pauls “A” 5 – 1.    In the Chairman’s Cup (which is based on players individual ratings so matches are handicapped to even things out) The shock result was reigning champions XXIV Club “A” beating York Gardens “A” 5 – 3 even though York Gardens had the home advantage. York Gardens “B” won 5 – 3 against Wilton using their strongest team, Wilton were unlucky as Paul Couper came devilishly close to pulling off the upset of the season as he almost beat the unbeaten Waqar Hussain. Vale “A” just managed to edge past St Pauls “B” 5 – 4 and St Pauls “A” came through comfortably 5 – 0 against York Gardens “D”.  The Semi-Final line up is as follows: President’s Cup; St Pauls “B” at home to York Gardens “A”, Vale “A” at home to York Gardens “B”.  Chairman’s Cup; XXIV Club “A” at home to York Gardens “B”, St Pauls “A” at home to Vale “A”. All of the semi-final matches will take place week commencing Monday 8th January 2018.

Cup results and draws CLICK HERE


Division 1:  York Gardens “A” beat Vale “A” 6 - 4, but Vale stay top in division 1

   Last season was amazingly close but this season is even closer with Vale “A” currently top of division 1 with 22 points, 1 point ahead of York Gardens “A” on 21 points. XXIV Club “A” are narrowly in 3rd position with 20 points. And this is after York Gardens “A” just managed to beat Vale “A” 6 – 4. It was a real battle to the death as Cain Fagan was taken to a 5th end by Andy Sanders but managed to come out on top and remain unbeaten, Rob Campbell put in an excellent performance winning 2 including beating Doug Taucher, and Joe “the Don” Leone could have stolen the show as he unsuccessfully took Andy Sanders to a 5th end, but did succeed in beating Ron Brown to get the vital victory to win the match. For Vale Andy Sanders won 2, Doug won 1 and together they won the doubles, Ron Brown showed big signs of improvement since his last match but still came away losing his 3.  XXIV Club “A” pulled off a tremendous 9 – 1 victory over St Pauls “A” which moved them within 2 points of Vale at the top of division 1. Adeel Ahmed and inspired Peter Sinclair both went unbeaten, with Remi Alaka (pictured) winning 2. For St Pauls “A” Simon Kempton was their only winner, with both Peter Lyall and Sean Clowry having a tough time at the Upper Norwood club. St Pauls “B” had a much better time in beating Wilton 7 – 3. For St Pauls John Llewellyn maintained his good form from last week going unbeaten, with Mike Nash, and Luke Pomaro (on his debut for the “B” team) doing an excellent job in winning 2 each. Richard Evans looked more like his old self in places as he won 2 singles and teamed up Erik Jeanpierre to take the doubles. Erik and Paul Couper were both unlucky on the night in losing their matches, especially Erik as he took both Luke and Mike to a 5th end without success.  

All League fixtures CLICK HERE

Division 2:     York Gardens “C” storming ahead with another 10 – 0 win

      York Gardens “C” are 9 points clear of nearest rivals Vale “B” after their 3rd 10 – 0 victory on the trot. This time they beat St Pauls “C” with Isma’il Miller (pictured) standing in for Mark Lewis and ably supported by Sajid Patel and Clive Hall all going undefeated. For St Pauls there were some good performances by Stephan Israel,  Josh Blagden, and Alex Dracup (who filled in for Felix Whitchaple) but against the strongest team in division 2 they all went without success. XXIV Club “B” won an interesting encounter with the rapidly improving York Gardens “D” 6 – 4. It was a good all round team effort with 2 wins apiece for Beatnik Rubaine and Peter Klocek, Chris Chikwndu won 1, and Peter and Beatnik won the doubles to take the match. For York Gardens “D” Juan Diego Cordaba was man of the match winning his 3, his younger brother Danner Cordaba won 1, Jack Gordon lost his 3.  St Pauls “D” celebrated their first ever victory in the league with an 8 – 2 win over XXIV Club “C”. They were however supported by the fact that only 1 XXIV Club player turned up! Bob Tidbury played for XXIV Club and won 2, Andy Brooks and Martha Cuddy were due to play but for some reason didn’t turn up. For St Pauls “D” Joseph Guven managed to beat Bob in an exciting match and Felix Dracup pushed Bob all the way and was unlucky on the night to lose to the canny counter hitter.  Felix’s dad Paul was the 3rd player and was delighted to have finally won a match.   

All League fixtures CLICK HERE

Goodbye to Ian McCarthy, the legend of the Wandsworth League retires after 50 years!


     The expression “legend” is bandied about quite often these days but in the case of Ian McCarthy it rings true. He has an amazing 50 years of organising table tennis in South London behind him and managed to keep the Wandsworth & District Table Tennis League alive through some of the most difficult times the sport has seen. His decision to retire from running the league means he will cut back a little on travel as Ian currently lives over 40 miles away from the league! He has held the role of Chairman, General Secretary, Match Secretary, Tournament Organiser and Cup Competitions organiser over the years. He has actually been a member of the league since the mid 1950’s when he started playing in it as a teenager. He has successfully run many different clubs and teams and today is still running St Pauls TTC, even though he moved to Kent some years ago he still does a 90 mile round trip to Wimbledon every week.  On the organising league committee side his first involvement was in 1967 when he became the General Secretary of the league, then almost twenty years later in 1986 he took over as Chairman of the league after Keith Hurlock retired. In 1987 he organised the closed championships and continued to do so until 2012 when Mike Loveder took over. In addition to all this he ran the 2 cup competitions as well. John Llewellyn took over Ian’s various roles in May this year and said “Ian’s contribution to the league is immeasurable and quite frankly I doubt that the league would have survived without Ian being there to keep it going, to say we are going to miss him is a huge understatement”.



If you are interested in playing Table Tennis look up one of the clubs in Wandsworth where you can join in. Players of all skill levels are welcome for coaching, practice or match play, from beginner to national level. Click this link to see clubs in Wandsworth.