Crystal Palace

Year – 1982/83

Byron Davis

Head of Marketing Support

Philips Electronics

Welcome to the 6th Philips WICB Championships
This New year Tournament has always been one of the highlights of the Philips Electronics Sports Sponsorship programme. The spirit of friendship which exists withing this tournament alondside the obvious competition displayed on the court, the unique blend of domestic and foreign clubs competing in Senior Men, Women and Junior Men classifications for the title of PHILIPS WICB CHAMPIONS, is a tribute to all those involved with the sport of Basketball, and in particular the organisation and presnetation of these Championships.
To the competitors, officials and spectators alike, we hope you share our enthusiasm and enjoyment of the Philips Electronics WICB Championships.
A happy New Year to you all.

A few legendary basketball names from this tournament:-

PhilipsTournament Sponsor

David LastTournament Director

Penny LastAssistant Director

Pete JaquesCaptain of Officials

Joanna SheldonArena Promoter

Ed PercivalAnnouncer

Simon ReedAnnouncer

John CollinsAnnouncer

John AtkinsonStats

Michael HaylesPlayer – Crystal Palace

Joe WhitePlayer – Crystal Palace

Pete JeremichPlayer – Crystal Palace

Joel MoorePlayer – Crystal Palace

Steve BontragerPlayer – Athletes in Action

Harvey KnucklesPlayer – Ovaltine

Jeff JonesPlayer – Warrington Vikings

Mike GriffithsPlayer – Warrington Vikings

TJ RobinsonPlayer – Solent Stars

Carl TathamPlayer – Solent Stars

Alton ByrdPlayer – Murray International

Ralton WayPlayer – Murray International

Maccabi Tel-AvivTeam

Red Star BelgradeTeam

There are numerous other names involved in this tournament but this will have to do for now.

According to hand written notes in the programme, the tournament was won by Maccabi Tel-Aviv who defeated Crystal Palace 64-60 in the Final.



  Comments: 4

  1. Andrew Ingram

    Mike, I was there and it brings back extremely fond memories – a time when British Basketball was at an all time high – tremendous British players, outstanding imports and I am sure such levels are likely to not be achieved again.

    I was fortunate enough to play for Crystal Palace many years ago, in and around the early 80’s, and it does sadden me that sufficient funding pretty much stunted the development of such a wonderful sport.

    Yours in BBall,

  2. Michael Atkin

    Those were the days. I was lucky enough to be part of the team of statisticians assembled by the legendary John Atkinson. After a Team Talbot v C Palace match he generously spent the train journey from Guildford giving me advice on how to improve. At the WICB if we weren’t working a game we’d be completing the analysis of an earlier game, it was a bit hectic. My abiding memory is of the inclusivity- men, women, juniors and wheelchair basketball.

    • David Rogerson

      Hi Michael

      Totally agree with you. I have to say a big thank-you to your parents for putting me up on a number of occasions. Working those paper break down sheets was a real pain. So it’s fortunate that computers have come to our aid….even though John doesn’t really like them very much! How things have changed since the 1980’s!! Far better Teams in the past.

  3. Hi Mike,

    I played for Guildford/Bracknell Pirates in the ’80s and we played in the 1984 WICB against Milan who had the current Houston Rockets coach, Mike D’Antoni starting at point guard. A great tournament. Great memories.

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