50 Years of Squash Player Magazine
of squash Jonah Barrington, Geoff Hunt and Heather McKay adorn the cover
of the 50th anniversary issue of Squash Player. The first Squash Player
magazine was published in October 1971 and immediately became the
world’s premier squash publication. It has been the main vehicle for the
dissemination of squash news for decades and later became the World
Squash Federation’s official magazine.
The latest issue reflects the content of the inaugural magazine,
republishing the famous cover from 1971, and includes tributes from the
great and good of squash, including H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco,
Patron of the WSF H.R.H. Tunku Imran and ten-times British Open champion
Jahangir Khan. The original squash event promoter, Mike Palmer, joins
American correspondent James Zug as a columnist and reflects on the
sport’s early professional days. Reproduction of the original content
includes a personal message from H.R.H. Prince Philip and the Minister
There are features on legends Barrington, Hunt and McKay, who each look
back on 50 years in the sport. Experienced WSF official Andrew Shelley,
now curator of the World Squash Library, tells the inside story of the
development of spectator squash as we know it today. Squash Player
photographer Steve Line charts the evolution of sports photography from
grainy black and white images to clear colour pictures. String doctor
Jon Sharpe explains the development of the heavy wooden rackets of 50
years ago to the lightweight and powerful rackets we have today.
How is our sport faring? Squash Player challenges the sport to ‘Think
Outside the Box’ and reveals Marc Thrill’s Wall Squash game, while Mike
Dale investigates whether the new Padel craze is a ‘friend or foe’ of
Rodney Martin, the former world champion and a formative influence on
the modern game, explains how to go on the offensive; Jesse Engelbrecht
details the benefits of a game plan; your tactical errors are clarified;
and the latest Workshop news is covered in our Workshop section.
In From The Gallery we reveal the part squash played in Andrew Morton’s
sensational book on Princess Diana and what it was like playing squash
against the Berlin Wall.
All the usual and popular contributions also appear in this jumbo issue
in the Club & Court, Workshop, Gear and On Court sections.