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Reg Allen Tribute

“Sad news received this morning, Reg Allen passed away this weekend (11th/12th July). Reg who loved his Table Tennis got to the dizzy heights of no 6 junior in the England rankings, fiercely competitive we had lots of great games, I often joked with Reg, mainly when the days results had gone in my favour England must have been desperate, we had some great times, laughs, hi's and lo's, fiercely competitive and a character to boot, rest in peace Reg you were one of the best a true warrior who fought his last fight.“

Fred Davis


Reg Allen
Reg Allen

Reg Far Right at Butlins Camp 1966

Tributes to Reg

Geoff Salter
Thanks very much for all your help preserving Reg's memory.

Met Reg at the Southern Junior trials 63/4, quite intimidating as for 15 he was big and tall. Next season in National Trials at Park Royal Reg topped Group A .

Playing for Middx Juniors with Tony Robinson. Later Reg, Me & Colin Hughes played for Alan Shepherd in the Ilford League.

Reg had Kidney problems from a very early age and spent his first years in Hospital, missing school.

He got Medically labelled as "Slow" and went to a "Special School" in Dalston for Infirmaties or Disabilities. There were some Jewish boys who played Table Tennis at the school. Some he knew for life. This is where Reg learnt to play. Some of this Group I think formed Ellenborough as I remember Reg telling me he was practising there with Roger Court, Jack Bender, Brian Petch, Lloyd Lewis, Stuart Greenberg.

In the late 60s Reg and Me got Afghan Coats and we was "Hippies". I went first, then Reg went Overland to India & Nepal. He had a fit in Goa and was dogged by Epilepsy. Couldnt drive for years. Got into a residential College for Gardening in the 80s then worked for Haringay till retirement.

Reg had a yearning for life skills and learnt French and then took an Acting Course where he met his future Wife, Nana. They got married in Ghana. Reg in Great Robes, basking in the adulation, now a Chief !

Reg's bad Health had continued , contracting a Fungal lung Infection from a Council Pesticide spray he had used, Kidney function much worse.

So many ailments, so many pills.

On retirement Reg realised that the house he had bought in Enfield was very near the new Ellenborough, so he went all the time.

Coming on the Vetts circuit he beat John Williamson, no mean feat.

Reg was very generous and when he came to Sunderland looked at the tyres on my car and bought me 4 new ones.

By no means Slow he was very clever, had a clear memory and knew how to get what he wanted.

Reg was a willing lieutenant in my mad cap schemes.

Very Sad To Lose You Reggie Boy.

In Memorium.

Sandy Nash
“Thanks for sharing Fred. Really sad to learn this. I’m actually crying. So upset, he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Reg made me feel so very welcome when I joined Ellenborough TTC and was a valued key holder and committee member until ill health took hold. Fairly recent  memories of playing in the same team for just a couple of North Middlesex league matches. I’ll look up when but imagine about 3 seasons back and he was still playing well against some of the best in the league (despite playing up in Premier from a lower div). One of the best cornering coaches I’ve ever had too and responsible for a couple of my best wins as a vet. RIP Reg and thinking of all his friends and family at this time.  Hope ok that I’ve shared your post with Ellenborough committee.“

Olive Millar-Hoffman
I think I speak for the over 50s in saying this is so so sad. Reg was a huge part of our morning sessions and we will miss him terribly. He was so supportive and coached me on many occasions during the sessions when he could have been off playing with the better players. Loved all his gripes and grumps. They were just part of Reg but he had the kindest heart beneath it all. R.I.P. Reg. gonna miss you buddy xx.

June Nelson
Very sad to hear this news. Reg was always there to support you if you were playing a match and would always spend time to give advice. Condolences to his family.

Alan Pearse
I played with Reg 65-66 season we reprsented Islington in Middlesex inter borough and we won will miss you.

Jill Parker
Sorry to hear this sad news. I remember Reg when I was playing as a junior, many moons ago. Condolences to the family.

Leon Thomson
A true inspirational person. Really encouraging to youngsters and certainly will be in my heart forever.
R.I.P Reg.

Dennis Daye
So shocked and sorry to hear this news; Reg was a lovely chap and will be sorely missed. May he RIEP.

Lech Bogdanowicz
R.I.P. Reg.

Eli Baraty
Sorry to hear the sad news. Condolences to the family.

Cat Nip
Sad to hear this reg helped me a lot when I joined the club and spent a lot of time trying to help me improve deep commiserations to his family.

Peter Radford
Very sad news Sandy. I knew Reg from our teenage years, always friendly, great guy. Will be missed.

Jimmy Scope
Sad news indeed. I didn't know him that well. Only met him over the last few years through Geoff Salter. I always found him a lovely and caring person. R.I.P. Reg.

Shashwat Saran

Nick Heaps
That's very sad, I've known Reg since junior days - was a very good player, played mixed with my sister a couple of times. Lovely fella, I'll miss him.

Dave Geezer Bowles
Sorry to hear that news. We were Juniors together. R I P REG.

Barry Phillips
Very sad news, he was a lovely chap RIP Reg.

Susanne Pedersen

Paul Stead
very sad news, Reg was a lovely man, RIP Reg.

Derek Wood
May I send my condolences, i new him back in the late sixties in the North Middlesex League a great character and a bit of a rogue!

Derek Balding
Sorry to hear this news. Often listen to his TT stories from days of old. Good player and very nice man. Condolences to Family.

Mario Genovese
Sorry to hear.

Chris Wade
That's very sad he was a very nice bloke and always up for a chat. He had some great stories, Particularly about india, where I believe he went back in the old Maharishi Mahesh Yogi days.

Terence Wilson
Sorry to hear of Reg's passing. He was always friendly to have a chat with when doing his bar duties.

Jenny Mao
He was so nice and smiled all the time.

Ian Allen
Such sad news, I have fond memories of Reg at the over 50’s. A true character who will be sadly missed. A straight talker who could always cut through the rubbish. Always willing  to give his time to help promote the club and sport. With all his health problems he still had time for people. RIP Reg you left your mark.

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