The Barrington Blog

Jonah Barrington (born 29 April 1941) is a retired squash player (from Morwenstow, Cornwall) who is widely considered to be one of the greatest squash players of all time.

An English-born Irishman, Barrington won the British Open title six times between 1967 and 1973.  The British Open was considered to be the effective world championship of the sport at the time.

He is the author (with Angela Patmore) of Murder in the Squash Court: the only way to win (London: S. Paul, 1982 ISBN 0-09-147560-0).


8 thoughts on “The Barrington Blog

  1. Dear All,

    Hope that all is well. In case you did not see it, just making this final version available.

    (1) How can Baseball, Squash and Wrestling return to, enter or remain in the Olympic movement?
    By bringing structural changes in the Olympic movement and the I.O.C. as well as in each of these three Sports!!

    Ferez Nallaseth, Ph.D., Joseph McManus, B.M., I.B. , M.B.A., C.E.O. – Pro Squash Tour, Hunt Richardson, B.A., C.P.T., S. Mahmood Ahmed, Ph.D. and Dhanjoo Ghista, Ph.D. (complete author affiliations at the end of the document).

    Kind regards,


    Ferez S. Nallaseth, Ph.D.

    Principal Investigator and Consultant – Life Sciences
    Life Sciences Institute
    229 Parsons Court
    Belle Mead, New Jersey 08502, USA
    Tel: 646 283 5163 (M)
    908 431 5069 (H, O)
    Skype Address: ferez.nallaseth
    LinkedIn Profile:
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  2. We’d like to contact Jonah Barrington. My husband, Richard Evans, knew him from school and then when he established the Singapore Squash Rackets Assn. We haven’t seen him since the 90’s when he lived near Glastonbury Tor. A visiting friend, Doug Mason is in the UK and would like to meet up with him too!

  3. Dear Jonah,

    I would like to begin by thanking you for having shared my posts on your blog. We would like to submit this link. It counters some old literature on Squash causing Heart Attacks with newer more comprehensive studies! But of more importance for Squash Players who because of their high levels of conditioning may share silent cardiac conditions that are masked in Stress Tests.

    You may consider this working title:

    Why Squash May Have Allowed My Cardiologist, Cardiac Surgeon, Family and Friends To Save My Life!

    Kind regards,


  4. The Olympics Decision: an Opportunity for The World of Squash?
    Sep 30, 2015

    Nick Butler Column exclusive: Olympic exclusion once again “difficult to understand”, admits World Squash federation President, By Nick Butler, Inside The Games, 10-01-2015
    Ferez Nallaseth, Ph.D. 13 minutes ago Pending

    We have posted these comments on the problems that Squash faces that lead to rejection in many ways and many times. They are integral, structural and scientific. These problems are not the Socio-Political issues that we are confused about and on which we keep emoting. Very simply the visual detail that emerges from the court is minimal and hard to grasp! Even with squash TV. Without the innovations from the appropriate sciences Squash will not solve these visual barriers to emerge on the commercial TV markets and so acquire the Economic and Political Clout to be taken seriously by the IOC. The solutions are only possible with those fields of Neurosciences, Imaging, Computation and Engineering among others, that can be brought forth by Scientists. An example is the application of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to understanding how music and musicians develop the brain. These solutions are not within the expertise of Administrators, Coaches and Players. As amazing as the things that they do on the Court are, they can only be a small fraction of the molecular, cellular, developmental, evolutionary and neurophysiological processes underlying a stroke or a get – and even the World #1 would not know them!! Asking the World #1s, former or current, to solve these Scientific and visual barriers to Squash is like asking Scientists to become World Champions. These points are expanded below, in our comments in the columns by Nick Matthew and James Willstrop and in ongoing conversations on LinkedIn and various Squash outlets..

    (1A) The Olympics Decision: An Opportunity for The World of Squash? Ferez S. Nallaseth, PhD 9-28-2015,
    (1B) Nick Matthew Column: Why Squash Is So Hurt By Games Snub-1-7484998…
    (1C) James Willstrop Column: How should squash react as sport climbing and
    skateboarding are prioritised for the 2020 Olympics?
    (1D) Nick Butler Column exclusive: Olympic exclusion once again “difficult
    to understand”, admits World Squash federation President, By Nick
    Butler, Inside The Games, 10-01-2015

    • Thanks for having posted it! Regards, Ferez

      Ferez S. Nallaseth, Ph.D.

      Principal Investigator & Consultant – LSINJ Member – CBSA Coach, Analyst & Editor – RSC, NSN, Ferez’nSquashDocs, Adjunct Assistant Professor – Rutgers University

      Life Sciences Institute of New Jersey 229 Parsons Court, Belle Mead, New Jersey 08502, USA Complex Biological Systems Alliance, Boston, MA Rutgers Squash Club, Piscataway, 08854; Nexus of Squash & the Neurosciences/Ferez’nSquashDocs, 229 Parsons Court, Belle Mead, NJ 08502 Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 080903

      Email Addresses: Tel: 646 283 5163 (M) 908 431 5069 (CBSA) Skype Address: ferez.nallaseth Websites: Life Sciences Institute of New Jersey, Belle Mead, NJ. Member – Complex Biological Systems Alliance Ferez S. Nallaseth, Ph.D. (Google Scholar) Ferez S. Nallaseth, Ph.D. (Google Sites) Ferez’nSquashDocs (website and blog) LinkedIn: Twitter:@fnallase1

  5. I too would like to contact Jonah, if possible. I used to live next door to Jonah in Solihull in the 70s. He knew my dad Terry quite well and did a Pebble Mill at One series with him, introducing jogging as a daily exercise. My dad died a few years ago, and I would love to track down the Pebble Mill at One archive recording. The trouble is, I need to know the precise year and dates this was recorded. If you ever make contact with him, would you pass this message on?


  6. Jonah and Madeline. Remember those days in Dubai in the 80s. Great nights at our villa. Master classes, after dinner speaking, Hunt v Barrington at the Dubai Country Club followed by coutesone in the elbow. Hope you are both well. Great listening to you and Joey discussing the beautiful game almost as if you are not related – very professional as we would expect. Our very best regards
    Phil & Rita Greenhalgh 0161 798 8538
    P.S. bet you are still running Madeline!

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