04 Oct 2017

As most of you know, the Surrey Leagues were first available on the League Master web site for the 2002/03 season.

Before that, result sheets were sent out by the League Secretary, supposedly after the 1st half and again at the end of the season. In addition, a Rules and Club Directory booklet was sent out at the beginning of each season, which listed the clubs, fixture secretaries and divisions.

I have currently got the booklet for the 1995/96 and 1996/97 seasons and also the 2000/01 booklet which gives the results from the year before (1999/2000) season but not the divisions for the 2000/01 season.

I also have a photcopy of a page from what I believe was a Surrey Squash 'Hand-Out' or newsletter of 1994, which lists the top four divisions and an article on how "Lingfield's 40 match unbeaten run was ended by St.George's Hill", as well as a list of all the past winners of the Surrey Leagues from 1979 onwards.

The Surrey Squash Rackets Association was formed in 1937, with the following clubs attending the inaugural meeting: Wellesley of Croydon, Foster Engineering SRC, Addington Palace County Club, Kings Club of Richmond, Guildford Club, Purley Cricket Club, Surbiton LTC and Wimbledon Squash & Badminton Club. The County Leagues started the following year.

It seems sad that so many years of history has been lost and it would be wonderful to be able piece together the clubs and teams that have played in Surrey over the years.

I have visited most of the clubs in Surrey, usually as a player, and everywhere there are photographs on the walls going back years, and it occurs to me that there must be people out there who know about the history of their club, what happened to some of the clubs that used to play in the leagues (eg Willows in Milford was turned into flats but was still playing in 2000. Is this true?) or clubs that you used to play at that may have played in the leagues.

There may even be people who have kept some of the Rules and Club Directory booklets, or the result sheets or anything which might help to fill in the gaps.

If anyone has any information on Surrey clubs over the years, I would like to do two things:

1) Add old leagues to the site, so we can see what clubs used to play, even if we don't have proper results.

2) Add information about old clubs, why they no longer play or how their ownership has changed over the years.

Please have a chat with the 'older' members of your club, see if anyone can help and send anything to me.

Thank you.