Over the coming weeks, we’re giving you the chance to decide the greatest players in squash history as we take a look at the achievements and legacies of some of the most recognisable names ever to take to a squash court.
We’ve now moved on to cover the era spanning between 1960-1979 and will highlight the achievements of several different players to have competed during that era before we ask you to determine the top players in a public vote at the end of the week.
You can read further information about some of the other contenders in this era below:
British Open Finals: 2
Cam Nancarrow was an Australian squash player and was one of the sport’s leading players in the 1960s and 1970s.
A squash centre was built near where Namcarrow was living in the southern Sydney suburb of Rockdale in 1961 and Nancarrow’s father won a raffle held to celebrate the courts’ opening, taking home a racket, some balls and a pair of shoes.
But after playing the game a few times, Nancarrow’s father decided it was too much like hard work and so gave the gear to his son, then a golf loving 16-year-old.
Nancarrow gave it a shot and soon discovered he had a flair for the game, quickly developing into a top-class junior, winning his first event when he took out the combined high school championship in Sydney.
Success followed as Nancarrow won a number of junior tournaments and made his way up the extremely powerful New South Wales ranks.
Nancarrow won the Australian Amateur Championship in 1972 and followed that win with the British Amateur and New Zealand Open titles that same year.
He reached the peak the following year when he won the World Amateur title in South Africa, beating England’s Bryan Patterson in the final in straight games 9-2, 9-5, 9-3.
The 1973 championship was his third appearance in a World Amateur Championship final – he had gone down to the legendary Geoff Hunt 1967 and 1971. Hunt also denied Nancarrow the 1969 and 1977 British Open titles.
Nancarrow turned professional after winning the 1973 title and toured extensively until he retired.
In 2008, he was added to the Squash Australia Hall of Fame.
Nasrullah Khan was a Pakistani squash player in the 1950s and 60s. He also went on to become the coach and mentor to the legendary Jonah Barrington – instilling the discipline in him that would lead Barrington to change the face of squash.
In 1966, he became coach to Ireland’s Barrington, along with Azam Khan as Barrington’s tactical advisor, helping Barrington to win his first of six British Open titles between 1967 and 1973.
He also coached Angela Smith, the GB and England world star who became a legend herself in the ladies game, ensuring that the sport was professional for women.
He is the brother of Roshan Khan, second cousin of Hashim Khan and Azam Kham and uncle of Jahangir Khan and Torsam Khan.
World Championship Finals: 1
British Open Finals: 3
British National Wins: 5
Sue Cogswell was the 1979 World Championship runner-up and three-time British Open runner-up.
Cogswell also won the British National Squash Championship five times between 1975 and 1977-79 – a feat which is only bettered by former World No.1 Laura Massaro.
She was runner-up at the 1979 Women’s World Open Squash Championship, where she lost in the final to iconic Australian Heather McKay 6-9, 9-3, 9-1, 9-4.
Cogswell was also a three-time runner-up at the British Open, losing in the final to McKay in 1974, to Barbara Wall in 1979, and to Vicki Cardwell in 1980.
The Englishwoman was part of the winning British team during the 1979 Women’s World Team Squash Championships and runner-up in the 1981 Women’s World Team Squash Championships.
British Open Wins: 1
British Open Finals: 6
Sheila Macintosh was the 1960 British Open winner.
She was an English squash player who won the tournament when she defeated Fran Marshall in the final after losing in five previous finals to Janet Morgan in 1954, 1956, 1957, 1958 and 1959.
Besides winning the British Open, she also won the Massachusetts Women’s Hardball Championships in 1959 and 1963.