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Colin Crowe - RIP
I have to sadly report the loss of Colin Crowe at 83 years of age, well known to the older members of Bedford & District Table Tennis League. His funeral was held at Eggington, Leighton Buzzard on 11th March. Click on this article's header to see Colin's table tennis achievements.

Colin Crowe first came on to table tennis scene shortly after the Second World War.

Colin was a Bedford boy raised in the London Road area of Bedford. He was an apprentice at the Igranic Electric Co. in Elstow Road, Bedford, served in the Navy for a period, before returning to the Igranic Works where he played table tennis. He played for Bedford Table Tennis Club at the Liberal Club in Bedford until he moved to Luton with his work.

Colin was Bedford League Singles Champion from 1949 until 1955. He served on the Bedford League Management Committee from 1952 until the 55/56 season when he moved away from the Bedford area.

He won what I believe to be his first of many County Singles titles around 1952.

He started playing in the Luton League with the 'Saints team in the 1st division whilst still with the Bedford League (probably 1954 onwards) appearing in the Willmott Cup for Luton from 1958. He was County champion in 1952 and represented in both these events until 1971 regularly winning the Singles and Doubles county tournaments.

This team, of which Colin was an integral part continued to dominate the League until 1961, only finishing second on one occasion and, never losing a match but dropping only four points in that time. The ‘Saints’ team with Colin, won the Luton & District Cunningham Cup in 1954 and 1959.

In subsequent years, following the closure of the Luton Liberal Club in Manchester Street, the team carried on under different guises - first as Napier English Electric, then Hunting, followed by B.A.C. The team then moved to Kents in Biscot Road where they continued to dominate until 1971, continuing to win the Division 1 title each year. The final resting place for the team was Vauxhall Dunstable by which time Colin was the only remaining playing member of the original ‘Saints’ team.

In the Luton & District Tournament, his first success was winning the 20 mile Radius Singles in 1953. He first won the Men’s Singles Title in 1956, making it his own property, with the exception of one year, until 1966. He also regularly won the Men’s Doubles, and 20 mile Radius Doubles on a number of occasions during that time.

Colin also played in the All England Championships and, was proud to meet and play the likes of Johnny Leach, Victor Barna and Richard Bergmann, as well as other well known players.

Colin continued playing until recent years and, represented the County at veterans events.

Colin was also on the Committees of the Luton League and County from 1956 to 1972 at which time he became a Vice-President of the Luton League.

The League and table tennis friends send their condolences to his family.

Thanks to Mike Williams, Doug Folds and Keith Thompson for their contributions regarding Colin's TT career.
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