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G.O.A.T: 1960-79 - The Vote

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 legacy of some of the most recognisable names ever to take to a squash court.

This week we have been looking at some of the best squash players to have played the sport between 1960-79 – and now you can vote for who you think is the greatest.

Click on each player's name to learn more about them and then vote on our poll at the bottom of the page!

You can vote for the pre-1960s era here.

Jonah Barrington

The man who changed the face of squash, Jonah Barrington is a pioneer and visionary who brought about the birth of professionalism in the sport and his impact and legacy lives on to this day, over 45 years since he lifted the last of his six British open titles

Geoff Hunt

The most prolific Australian male of all time, Geoff Hunt enjoyed a captivating rivalry with Jonah Barrington in the nascent stages of his career before going on to cement himself as one of the greatest players ever to play the sport, with four World Championship titles and eight British Open wins capping a lengthy list of honours for the man from Melbourne.

Qamar Zaman

Qamar Zaman born in 1952 in Quetta, Pakistan was one of the leading players in squash during the 1970s and 1980s. His biggest triumph was winning the British Open in 1975 when he beat defending champion Geoff Hunt of Australia in the quarter-finals and went onto win the title beating his fellow Pakistani player Gogi Alauddin in the final 9-7, 9-6, 9-1.

Abdelfattah AbouTaleb

Abdelfattah AbouTaleb, better known as “A.A. AbouTaleb”, or simply “AbouTaleb”, was a squash player from Egypt and during the 1960s, he won the British Open three times.

Gogi Alauddin

Alongside the likes of Jonah Barrington and Geoff Hunt, Gogi Alauddin was part of the first wave of professional squash players in the early 1970s.

Mohibullah Khan

The older brother and coach of the legendary Jansher Khan, Mohibullah Khan was one of the sport’s leading figures during the 1970s, competing in squash’s first ever World Championship final in 1976 and reaching the British Open title decider that same year.

Cam Nancarrow

Cam Nancarrow was an Australian squash player and was one of the sport’s leading players in the 1960s and 1970s. Namcarrow won the World Amateur, British Amateur, Australian Amateur and New Zealand Amateur Championships during his career.

Nasrullah Khan

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.

Hiddy Jahan

Pakistani legend Hiddy Jahan came back from a near-fatal accident to reach a British Open final and establish himself as one of the finest players of his generation.

Azam Khan

Azam Khan was an influential member of the ‘Khan Dynasty’ that dominated the sport throughout four different decades, lifting four British Open titles to pick up where his older brother, Hashim, left off.


Heather McKay

Heather McKay was one of the most unstoppable forces squash – and sport as a whole – has ever seen, with the irrepressible Australian losing just two matches in an extraordinary career which saw her lift a record 16 British Open titles in a row, while she was also the winner of the first ever women’s World Championships.

Sue King

Sue King enjoyed a distinguished career that saw her claim a British Open title and captain her country at the first Women’s World Teams Championships

Fran Marshall

Fran Marshall won the British Open in 1961, defeating Ruth Turner in the final in straight sets 9-3, 9-5, 9-1. She was also the runner-up at the championship in 1960, 1962, 1963, 1964 and 1969, while she prevailed at the the Scottish Open in 1962 beating Heather McKay in straight games, making her the last woman to defeat McKay in squash.

Barbara Wall

Barbara Wall is a former squash player from Australia. Wall turned professional in 1973, the first Australian woman to do so. She travelled overseas in 1976 and the following year, though unseeded, managed to make the final of the British Open, where she lost to McKay.

Anna Craven-Smith

English player Anna Craven-Smith made it to three British Open finals and was the only player to come close to taking a game off the legendary McKay, who dominated the tournament with 16 successive wins between 1962-1977.

Marcia Roche

Marcia Roche’s appearance at the summit of the sport was short-lived but she broke new ground for South Africa in the sport as she became the first player from that country to reach the final of a major squash tournament final.

Sue Cogswell

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.

Sheila Macintosh

England's Sheila Macintosh was the 1960 British Open winner., defeating Fran Marshall in the final after losing in five previous finals to Janet Morgan in 1954, 1956, 1957, 1958 and 1959.

Margaret Varner

A four-time US Nationals winner, Margaret Varner was one of the most versatile sportspeople of her era and also won two singles titles at the All-England Championships, which was the most prestigious Badminton tournament at the time.


Voting will close at 10am on Wednesday August 1.

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