Long-time Braintree Table Tennis League division one player and former league title winner Dave Willoughby has died. He was 79.
Dave was a member of the Crittall Witham side that won the league title in 1974, ending a six-year monopoly of the title by the company’s Braintree-based team Crittall A.
He was in the illustrious company of men’s singles champion Colin Hughes and former Chelmsford champion Charlie Wheeler, who finished first and third in that year’s individual averages, but Dave played his full part, finishing ninth in the averages with 67 per cent.
He then spent a year with the ill-fated Bocking End team before moving to Crittall and then to Witham FC before retiring around 30 years ago.
Dave was a natural striker of the ball and played the game in a laid-back relaxed manner – always in a pair of jeans - an approach that won him many friends on and off the table.