Escort Dnipro

The historical backdrop of the escorts club can be partitioned into three periods: 1933-1979, 1979-1991 and 1991-2010 secured by discrete articles beneath.


(This content beneath first distributed 1979)

It is currently almost a long time since an article showed up in the British Lawn Tennis and Squash magazine, composed by Peter Hadley, portraying the establishment and advancement of the Escorts Squash Rackets Club.

It appears as great a period as any to abridge this record for the numerous individuals from the Club who were not by any means conceived when the article was composed, let alone at the season of the establishment of the Club.

The Club was conceived in late 1933 and the article alluded to above said this:-

"There were, at the time, in London and different pieces of the nation, a quickly expanding number of squash players whose energy for the amusement beat their ability, and for whom there was practically zero chance of raising their standard for aggressive match play. There were two such players who consistently battled at The Ealing Squash Courts, at that point recently opened to people in general through the undertaking of Gilbert Jacob (who was dependably to remain a sharp and dynamic supporter of the Escorts). To them happened the possibility of a meandering club, comparable all in all origination to the Jesters, however with an increasingly catholic enrollment and a progressively humble membership. So it was that the Club appeared with a unique enrollment of 15, a yearly membership of 3/6d and a name taken from the initials of its origination." (for example Ealing Squash Courts - the dropping of the "u" later offering ascend to some confusion with regards to the genuine starting point of the name "Escorts") credits:

The first authors were the essayist of the article (Peter Hadley) and Roy Stickland, both of whom had been as one at Oxford preceding coming back to Ealing. Dwindle Hadley was in actuality still up at the season of the Club's establishment.

A conclusive rundown of those unique 15 individuals is never again accessible however absolutely numbered among them were, other than the authors, G.R.A. Elsmie (at that point RAF champion), A.G. Eves and Gilbert Jacob. Most likely additionally there from the begin were J.C. Masterman (late Provost of Worcester College, Oxford), D.O. Wilson, B.K. Burnett (presently Air Chief Marshall Sir Brian Burnett), Geoffrey Powell and Roy McKelvie. Other considerable names of those years included E.N. Evans, D.M. Bull, P.Kershaw and early Lancing stalwarts K.A.H. Peruse and Roy Yglesias.

The principal coordinate was on the fifth December 1933 against Lancing. So started the Club's anxiety for the support of the diversion among schools - a convention which proceeds to the present day. Not long after this, Peter Hadley began an Oxford Escorts Club and this enlivened Cambridge to do likewise.

By 1935/6, the Club's enrollment had ascended to more than 150 and the Committee at that point chose to "level out" at that figure so as to decrease travelers, the conviction being that the bigger the numbers the littler the dynamic individuals an adage not by any means false today.

In 1935,John Horry turned into the Club's first Chairman, a position he was to brighten for a long time.

In the 1936/7 season, the Escorts partook in the recently framed Cumberland Cup rivalry and came top of the First Division absent much inconvenience. All around sensibly, nonetheless, the Committee chose to take no further part in this challenge, trusting that a meandering club, with its capacity to call upon a more extensive field of players than a privately based club, held too solid leverage. From there on, the coordinators of the challenge avoided meandering sides from partaking.

The War conveyed all Squash Club exercises to a stop. In 1945, a devoted few restored the Club which had lost a few individuals in the War, including G.R.A. Elsmie, D.O. Wilson, S.H. Skinner, G.B. Noel, R.S. Woodward and Lord Arundel of Wardour. Before long thereafter, the Club lost a standout amongst its most dynamic individuals, A.G. Eves, who kicked the bucket all of a sudden. By the by, it was not some time before the enrollment and the apparatus list continued its old flame.

In 1947, the Club's first abroad installation was initiated with a visit to B.O.A.R. in Germany an apparatus which, regardless of occasional changes, still stays in our book as a standout amongst the most pleasant.

1953 saw the passing of our first President, Cecil Browning, and the post stayed abandoned until 1973 when it was joyfully restored - John Horry, resigning as Chairman, being collectively chosen to it.

For the following 27 years, following the composition of the previously mentioned article, the Club has seen an impressive broadening of its enrollment, for reasons that the first Committee in 1935 might not have predicted.

The 1967/8 season saw the primary authority affirmation in the Fixtures rundown of the production of the Western Escorts, who have kept on spreading the Escorts gospel in those parts with such achievement. In a similar season, a Candidates List was likewise included, to make an appropriate spring-board for yearning Escorts.

Because of a visit by John Horry to South Africa in 1965, the principal abroad part of the Club was established in that nation, under the Chairmanship of Toddy Berman, and the insight and eagerness of the South Africans made the endeavor an expedient achievement.

Albeit the greater part of the individuals originate from Johannesburg and the encompassing regions, a cell had been framed in Border regions, the vast majority of the individuals originating from East London. There are presently more than 136 South African individuals playing more than 30 coordinates each season. It was a fitting signal that the South African branch asked John Horry to be its first President.

In the 1968/9 season, our participation was additionally expanded by the presentation of individuals from Sweden and Denmark, later joined by Holland, and as of late Finland.

The Club, in its post-war years has not come up short on the famous names of the amusement, among whom were, and many cheerfully still are, the accompanying: Maj-Gen. A.R.Flyer (presently President of SRA) Alan Seymour-Haden, Norman Yardley, Roy Wilson, Alan Fairbairn, Geoffrey Atkins, Dick Hawkey, Judge Lawrence Verney, Mike Griffiths, C.M. Wilson, Robert Dolman, James Beatie, Robin Charlmers, Pat Kirton, Robert Weir, Bob Johnson and Stuart Courtney. The vast majority of these spoke to their nation at the diversion, and no uncertainty there are and will be different Escorts to tail them.

It might intrigue look at, in specific respects, the Fixtures and enrollment books of 1949 (when the previously mentioned article was composed) and today. Individuals may find that the examination focuses to a good or perhaps gives some vindication for the perspectives on that Committee route in 1935.


102 Home based individuals

3 Non-playing

4 Overseas

94 matches played, just as the BAOR Tour

4 Schools were among our rivals

34 Match Managers for example 30% of playing individuals


270 Home based individuals

77 Non-playing (counting Honorary Members)

37 Overseas: 37 European: 14 Candidates

100 Matches played, just as NAT/WEST weekend, Bournemouth Festival and BAOR Tour

15 Schools were among our rivals

49 Match-Managers for example 18% of playing individuals

All in all, similarly as with every single pruned history, the inquiry likely could be "whither now?". Dwindle Hadley, who established the Club, having seen the most recent Fixture list, talks about "relentless oaks from small oak seeds".

The oak is surely durable, and if there is any indication of "oak sickness" it most likely lies among the double shortcoming of separated loyalties and lack of concern.

The first origination of the point of the Club—to give open doors for the normal entertainer—is still highest, and the solid development of the Candidates list, which must rely upon individuals' very own energy, pushes out new shoots each year. To those whose playing days with the Club are finished, the tree gives a goodly shade.