Michael Thornhill, Swaythling Club founder member

Micky Thornhill (centre) with Ron Thompson (left) and (right) Brian Kennedy at the YMCA in Wimbledon prior to competing in his first junior international match against Sweden (Photo: courtesy of Diane Webb) by Diane Webb It is with great sadness that the death of former England international Michael Thornhill, always known as Micky, is announced. Born in Croydon in South London on Monday 26th January 1931, he was 87 years old; he passed away in a nursing home in Huddersfield in the north of England. Micky started his table tennis career in the Staines League; it wasn’t long before he became their number one player. At that time the league teams consisted of four players which led to some very late nights with 12