Purley Sports Squash Section
The first two courts at Purley were bult in 1933 at a cost of £1,365 - we have no real information about the squash section in its early years, except that there is some evidence that squash was played during the second world war. That came to a crashing end, when in 1944 a bomb fell, severely damaging both courts.
The courts were reconstructed after the war and two additional courts in the 1950's.
The big lottery investment in 2000 brought a fifth court and two other courts are now glass backed. All courts have new sprung floors and upgraded lighting.
The club has always been regarded as one of the strongest clubs in Surrey, especialy in the 1970's and 1980's when we were in the top Surrey division. Tony Hall our six times Club Champion was one year UK 'Champion of Champions' when he won a National Tournament open to Club Champions only. His 'prize' was an exhibition match v Jehangir Khan, the then World Champion, at the Metropolitan Club in Battersea.
When Irish No 1 Ken Flynn joined Purley the strength of the Club was such that the club went two years without losing a match.
The club functioned and indeed continues to function at several levels, the 'club' boxes provide competition for members of all standards. For at least 25 years the first Sunday of each month was 'Club Night' when members of all standards could play in round robin competitions in a social enviroment and meet new members. Several years ago this became a weekly event and now takes place every Sunday.
For the last 10 years Saturdays have been Club day - with Juniors in the morning and Seniors in the afternoon. Both sessions include coaching. Junior morning regularly attract at least 30 boys and girls with as many as 40 at times which is said to be unique in club squash.
The club is of course changing with doubles play and now Racketball very popular. There was a time when the club had a lengthy waiting list and it is remembered that the then club secretary, unknowingly in 1979 turned down the membership applications of the recent England No 1 amateurs, Stuart and Jane Courteney, nearby residents! Happily both have subsequently become enthusiastic members of the club.
Our club has experienced competition from some commercial clubs in the area. Our membership numbers were damaged when squash was at its peak of popularityin the 1980's. New Purley however was short-lived and Coulsdon Court priorities changed when it become a hotel. New Croydon the strongest in depth was taken over and lost 10 courts. In 1990 Richard Applebee a negotiated a block transfer of several players from New Croydon and the new arrival's talent stregthened the club and re-invigorated the club teams.
In 1991 an arrival from New Croydon, Phil Brickwood was British vets open champion (over 45) and played No 1 for England veterans
The club now enters 5 men's teams and 2 ladies teams as well as a veterans and vintage team plus 3 juniors in the Surrey Cup league competitions.
The growth of the club's junior section has been inspired by Ray Rook and Denis Brickwood. Unfortunately 2012 saw the death of Denis at the grand age of 96 - Denis was a crucial figure in the development of the club has a whole, underpinned by his work with the juniors. Ray continues with Stuart Parish and Marc Aldridge as qualified coaches. Saturdays however, in particular would not operate without the help and support of the likes of Shane Morrison, Ron Leow and Rajeev Joshi.
The club now boasts several county players, both men and women and the game of squash goes from strength to strength at Purley.
Purley Squash Club
Purley CR8 3PF
Tel: 020 8660 0608
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Additional Racketball Morning
In view of increasing demand we have introduced an additional Racketball morning as from the Friday 29th November on on every Friday thereafter between 10am and 12 noon.
The existing Tuesday morning session remains between 9.30am to 12 noon.
Sports Club Management Committee
John Roe - Chairman
Peter Bright - Vice Chairman
Elizabeth Fry - Treasurer
Peter Marshall - Bowls
Susan Monckton - Squash
Andy Sugarman - Cricket
Mike Wells - Tennis
Neil Keating - Hockey
Andy Bolt - Development