In 1930 the History of Northumberland Table Tennis Association began in a meeting of a small band of enthusiasts, none of whom had very much knowledge of the game, decided to introduce the sport to the district.

A full discussion of all of the items on the agenda took place and many proposals were adopted as recorded in the minutes of this Preliminary Meeting:

At this meeting it was decided that the Association be called the Newcastle upon Tyne Table Tennis Association.

These small band of enthusiasts were the dedicated pioneers who were followed over the next 10 decades by others who kept committee meetings enabling todays players some understanding of the voluntary work done.

Many other Table Tennis Associations in England have since ceased to exist and, sadly, no records were kept.  Northumberland are still in existence and we are fortunate that we have records from 1930 to today.

Aubrey Drapkin has been steadily going through the minutes of the association, every copy of the governing body’s publication Table Tennis News from 1935, until it ceased to be printed in July 2010, and various other documentation available. To date he has taken us from 1930 to the year 2010.

Aubrey has been taken us through Chapters, each of 10 years, and you can see each chapter below or the whole 1 to 10 Chapters in one.

I recommend that you take a look.

Alan Hedley