Jonah Barrington – the Six Time British Open Winner – will be the guest of honour at our Squash and Racketball Gala Awards Evening on Saturday 30th April. Prior to the Awards Night, there will be a short ceremony at 6.30pm on Court 6 which will be named the Jonah Barrington Court.
Why Court 6?
The British Open, the de facto World Championship was held twice at Edgbaston Priory Club on what was our show court (now Court 6) for the 1970 and ’71 Championships.
Barrington was a squash pioneer, responsible for dragging squash into the modern era. His achievements came from setting clear goals and firm discipline, and by using an analytical and humorous mind. He embraced a recreational game and turned it into something more potent with the brilliantly original use of fitness and tactics. In the process he also transformed himself, developing his physical routines and his mental strength.
Barrington had taken a plunge into the unknown in 1969 by becoming the first full-time squash player, accelerating worldwide professionalism in a sport with no world championship, no television and no clear path forward. He embarked on a planet-circling sequence of clinics, tours and exhibitions, helping to lay the foundations, along with Hunt and fellow Aussie Kenny Hiscoe, for an International Squash Players Association in 1973 and a fledgling circuit.
The 1970 final at Edgbaston Priory Club saw him up against an impossibly formidable rival in Geoff Hunt, who was both a better shot-maker and a better athlete. The great Australian eventually became the most durable top-level player of all time and it often looked impossible for Barrington to beat him. However, he devised cunningly guileful and ferociously disciplined methods that gave him a slight chance on high-pressure occasions. Though Hunt won eight British Opens, he was twice beaten in finals by Barrington – the first at our club.
We are delighted to welcome Jonah Barrington back to the Club and name Court No 6 in his honour.