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Alan’s New Year Blog: A year to savour our world champions and a golden Games in Glasgow

Alan’s New Year Blog: A year to savour our world champions and a golden Games in Glasgow

Squash hopes to celebrate 2015 with a new-look world tour and a place in the Olympic Games What a year it’s been for squash, and what an exciting time we look forward to in 2015. With the golden glow of the Commonwealth Games bathing the sport in an unprecedented feelgood factor, the IOC certainly took note [...]

December 30, 2014 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, Commonwealth Games 0

Stuart Crawford relives Glasgow Games glories

Stuart Crawford relives Glasgow Games glories

Magical memories as the Scottish crowd lifts us beyond our dreams  By STUART CRAWFORD – courtesy of Scottish Squash It’s now two months since the Commonwealth Games came to an end and, with the recent launch of the new Scottish Squash website, I thought it would be appropriate to document some of my experiences of [...]

October 9, 2014 Guest Contributor Comment, Commonwealth Games, News, WSF 0

ASB hail success of Commonwealth Games doubles court

ASB hail success of Commonwealth Games doubles court

German company hope for record orders after Glasgow success Leading squash court manufacturer ASB are hoping for record orders over the coming year following the universally-acclaimed success of their courts at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland. In addition to installing six singles courts – convertible to four doubles courts – at the Scotstoun Sports [...]

September 3, 2014 Alan Thatcher Commonwealth Games, Doubles, Growing the game, News, Squash Around The World 0

Squash stars at No.10 Downing Street

Squash stars at No.10 Downing Street

PM David Cameron meets Commonwealth Games athletes Squash stars Adrian Grant and Harry Leitch, plus husband and wife Nick and Sarah Taylor, were among a group of Commonwealth Games athletes and officials who were invited to meet Prime Minister David Cameron today. The last time Grant and Leitch met was on court in Glasgow, competing [...]

August 18, 2014 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Commonwealth Games, Fun Stuff, Squash Around The World 0

A-Z of the Games Part Two: How the Indian girls stopped a streaker

A-Z of the Games Part Two: How the Indian girls stopped a streaker

A-Z of the Commonwealth Games Part Two: Pain and medals, parties and music Alan Thatcher continues his guide to the Games, with highlights from all the action on and off court. Who knew that James Willstrop had a Glasgow Fan Club? Who knew we nearly had an Indian streaker? Who knew (and who can remember?) [...]

August 18, 2014 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, Commonwealth Games, Fun Stuff 0

Cassie’s Corner: Commonwealth classic major boost for game

Cassie’s Corner:  Commonwealth classic major boost for game

Squash shone like gold on the big stage in Glasgow If there was ever any doubt that squash shouldn’t be part of the Olympics then it was spectacularly blown away at the Commonwealth Games. The game of squash shone on the big stage like never before. Eleven days of full houses, an unbelievable atmosphere and [...]

August 11, 2014 Cassie Thomas Cassie's Column, Comment, Commonwealth Games 0

A-Z of the Commonwealth Games: I’d happily walk 500 miles to do it all again

A-Z of the Commonwealth Games: I’d happily walk 500 miles to do it all again

Proclaimers whip up the crowds as glorious Glasgow hosts a Golden Games for Scotland Time to reflect on the Golden Games of Glasgow, with a light-hearted look at some magnificent, memorable moments from a fantastically successful squash tournament. A TO Z OF THE 2014 COMMONWEALTH GAMES SQUASH A: AUSTRALIA. From the turmoil in the camp [...]

August 8, 2014 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, Commonwealth Games, Fun Stuff 4

We didn’t expect doubles gold says Dipika Pallikal

We didn’t expect doubles gold says Dipika Pallikal

Glasgow triumph was a dream come true for Indian doubles pair India’s No 1 squash player Dipika Pallikal felt that she and her doubles partner Joshna Chinappa didn’t think they would win the gold in the Commonwealth Games. “We played extremely well throughout the tournament in the doubles. But in the beginning, we didn’t expect [...]

August 8, 2014 Alan Thatcher Comment, Commonwealth Games, News, Squash Around The World 0

35,000 fans enjoy Commonwealth Games squash drama at Glasgow 2014

35,000 fans enjoy Commonwealth Games squash drama at Glasgow 2014

Record crowds and amazing atmosphere make Golden Games a huge success for WSF By HOWARD HARDING – Squash Mad WSF Correspondent Packed and exuberant crowds throughout the 11 days of action in the 2014 Commonwealth Games – a significant percentage of whom were watching Squash action for the first time – characterised an overwhelming success [...]

August 7, 2014 Guest Contributor Commonwealth Games, News, WSF 0

Harry Leitch reveals how he played with two broken bones in his foot

Harry Leitch reveals how he played with two broken bones in his foot

Scotland’s Braveheart hero plays through the pain barrier in Glasgow Games SQUASH MAD EXCLUSIVE Braveheart hero Harry Leitch played through the pain barrier to compete in the Commonwealth Games doubles competition, just two weeks after breaking two bones in his left foot. Leitch partnered Alan Clyne to a highly creditable fourth place in the men’s [...]

August 6, 2014 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Comment, Commonwealth Games, Interviews 0

Glasgow’s Golden Games gives squash an Olympic boost

Glasgow’s Golden Games gives squash an Olympic boost

Squash upbeat as IOC discuss new selection and voting processes SQUASH MAD EXCLUSIVE Squash could be heading to the Olympic Games after all, perhaps not in 2020, as some reports have suggested, but hopefully momentum is building for a shot at inclusion in 2024 following a hugely successful showing at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. [...]

August 5, 2014 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Commonwealth Games, News, WSF 1

England celebrate record medal haul

England celebrate record medal haul

Nick Matthew leads ESR in Glasgow glory trail England Squash and Racketball are celebrating their most successful Commonwealth Games medal haul. In an email to members, acting chief executive Susan Meadows praises the coaching staff and team members. What a fantastic 11 days of squash at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, with a great profile for [...]

August 4, 2014 Alan Thatcher Commonwealth Games, ESR, News, Squash Around The World 0

Palmer rolls back the years to strike double Commonwealth Gold

Palmer rolls back the years to strike double Commonwealth Gold

Aussie veteran denies Nick Matthew second gold with his own double strike By HOWARD HARDING – Squash Mad Reporter A fairy-tale climax to David Palmer’s comeback appearance in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland saw the illustrious Australian veteran win two gold medals on the final day of Squash action at the Scotstoun Sports Campus [...]

August 4, 2014 Guest Contributor Commonwealth Games 0

Joshana and Dipika are the stars of India as they strike Commonwealth Gold

Joshana and Dipika are the stars of India as they strike Commonwealth Gold

Games shock as Massaro and Duncalf fall to brilliant Indian duo By Squash Mad Reporters Joshana Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal combined brilliantly to clinch gold in the women’s doubles final and give India their first squash medal in the Commonwealth Games after the pair outplayed Jenny Duncalf and Laura Massaro of England on Saturday. The [...]

August 2, 2014 Guest Contributor Commonwealth Games 0

Million-plus tune in to CG squash finals on BBC

Million-plus tune in to CG squash finals on BBC

Commonwealth Games is a golden boost for squash: Next stop the Olympics  Squash has been a massive winner at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Huge crowds, outstanding TV coverage and breathtaking action on the glass court have made it a Golden Games for squash. More than 2,000 fans attended every day of the singles competition [...]

August 1, 2014 Alan Thatcher Alan's Blog, Commonwealth Games, News, Squash Around The World, WSF 1