For the next couple of weeks, photos which have been scanned by Graham Trimming from Tony Pacitto’s photo collection, are being showcased. Many thanks go to Graham for sharing these photos of some of best players in the late 1960s and 1970s, a number of whom went on to became well known and achieved considerable status at international level.

Tony Pacitto was one of the best coaches of his era and Graham gives some details of his involvement and some of the players he coached, an impressive list.

Joseph Antonio (“Tony”) Pacitto was born in Windsor, Berkshire in 1930 and was a league player and coach in the area for many years before moving, later in life, to the Midlands where he died in Alfreton, Derbyshire in 2009.

Tony is best known for his coaching at what became known as the Slough Junior Table Tennis Club. However, previous incarnations of this were at Slough British Legion and Langley Sports Club before finally finding a home at Langley Grammar School. Through these bodies he organised the Slough Junior Open which was very successful in attracting the best players in the country and ran for five years from 1965-66 to 1969-70.

Tony also coached extensively at Southall Grammar Technical School and at Brent. Products of his coaching include Jill Shirley (Hammersley/Parker), Lisa Bellinger (Lomas), Joanna Parker (Drinkhall), John Souter, Mandy Reeves and his own daughters, Lesley and Susan Pacitto.

If you have any photos you would like to share from your collection please get in touch. I can be contacted on [email protected] or 01424 216342.

Tony Pacitto pictured in the late 1960s
Tony Pacitto’s daughters Lesley and Susan Pacitto. Lesley was an England junior international
A session at Southall Grammar Technical School run by Tony Pacitto
1962. Mary Roitman and Paul Shirley, two leading players from Slough British Legion TTC
Tony Wickens – Referee at the Slough Junior Open in the late 1960s
1965-66: 1st Slough Junior Open U13BS winner Hayden Thomas with the Legion Cup
1965-66: 1st Slough Junior Open U13GS winner Bernadette McGrorty withthe GEC Cup
1965-66: 1st Slough Junior Open U15BS winner Paul Harmer with the Slough Observer Cup
1965-66: 1st Slough Junior Open U17BS winner Trevor Taylor with the Horlicks Cup
1965-66: 1st Slough Junior Open U17GS winner Karenza Smith with the Sidney Napper Cup. Karenza also won the U15 girls’ singles
Slough Junior Open trophies