JOHN RADLEY MBE
John played for Rustons, Ruston
Bucyrus and the Con. Club during his table tennis days. He had the
distinction of representing Lincoln on 113 occasions and in April
1974 was presented with a trophy to mark 100 appearances for the
town. John started his run of success in 1948/9 by winning the Junior
boys title,and between 1951/2 and 1970/71 won the Men's singles title
10 times. He also has 8 Men's doubles titles under his belt, together
with 5 Mixed doubles and 5 Veterans' singles.
Through their father's enthusiasm
for the game his three children all became involved, his son Ian
being junior champion in 1973/4, his daughter Karen being a keen
player until a knee injury forced her to give up and his daughter Sue
becoming one of Lincoln's best lady players.
For many years it was customary to
hold the Lincolnshire championships at the Imperial Café on Skegness
seafront, the owner being a Mr Spence, a keen table tennis supporter
and a quote from the report of the championships for 1959 reads
“Surprise of the tournament was John Radley of Lincoln beating the
number 2 seed and county player Matt Sheader. Radley played an
inspired game against this quick hitter and outdid him in attack and
counter attack, a worthy victory.
He by no means disgraced himself in
the final against the county's brilliant Peter Skerratt and on
several occasions left him standing with wide angled hits.”
Unfortunately John lost but
obviously put up a great fight.