So I turned up at 6.30pm (always advisable when you’ve only got 1 court) and was soon on against Mark Coyle at No.2. Mark can certainly crack the ball on those courts and had I played that sort of game against him then I’d have lost very quickly……so I didn’t. Instead I took the slower ariel route and this just frustrated the Giffnock Young Gun. The scores were all pretty close, but I mainly felt that I was more in control than not and managed to win all 3.
No Sean again this week, to have a go at in the match report, not that this should stop me! And on a Forrest Gump theme I wish he was playing so I could use the “Stupid is as stupid does” quote!! Hope to see him back to full fitness soon.
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In the pre-season I’d won a very tight match against Doug Mac and so was fighting hard for the No.2 position in the team. When I told David Craig (our usual No.4/5) the news of my hard fought victory he said, without a hint of sarcasm “Oh has Doug not been playing at all over the summer then?”. Thanks Dave! (I dropped him from the 1st match!).
Good to see that as of today we (David Lloyd West End) are top of the table to Giffnock in 2nd place?!?! What a result – and quite frankly Newlands must be embarrassed with their 6th place showing (OK it may be alphabetical at the moment, but you’ve gotta take your victories when they come!).
So the first pairings to arrive together were all of Whitecraigs Rugby Club (except my guy) and our new team member Colin (Clarke) – so Colin went on first at No.4. against Nairn McMaster and immediately went 1-0 up. Great start I thought! Never expected that. And that’s when I went on court……
I (Jason Broadberry – in case you didn’t know!) was up against Dougie Emery at No.2 and despite knowing Dougie for many years and his tenacious spirit, I kinda forgot the old adage ‘never underestimate Dougie Emery’ – it’s always a mistake! But after winning the 1st game that’s exactly what I did. To be fair to me I did win the 1st game 11-0, (cont’d….. press read more to see all of the report)
He was believed to be 100-year-old. His youngest son, Mo, said in a phone interview that Khan died in his home with family by his side.
In 1951, at 37 years old, Hashim first went to the British Open (the biggest prize in squash). In the final he thrashed the previous 4-time defending champion (Mahmoud El Karim of Egypt) by 9-5, 9-0, 9-0, for his first title. His 7th was at age 44!
Hashim was the first Pakistani to win the top prize and he made sure this continued as he taught his brother, Azam, to play and he won 4 titles.
Then his cousin, Roshan Khan and nephew, Mohibullah Khan, each captured one.
Add his cousin’s son, Jahangir Khan, who won 10 straight titles through the 1980s, and the “Khan Dynasty” accounted for 23 British Open titles (Jansher Khan was not related, he just share the same name).
Khan had brought his family to the US in the early 1960s after being offered a lucrative deal to teach squash at the Uptown Athletic Club in Detroit.He had later taken a pro position at the Denver Athletic Club in the early ‘70s, with membership instantly soaring.
Mo Khan said of his father’s death: “The world just lost the greatest player of all time “.
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