Yesterday's media launch of Jahangir: 555 was attended by leading members of British squash journalism as well as key individuals in the game who are keen to bring back the glory days of the 1980s.
The event at Wimbledon Racquets and Fitness Club was given a great boost by the presence of Zubair Khan – Jahangir's cousin and a former world No.8 – who joined Ross Norman for a Q&A with Wimbledon members. Following yesterday's launch, many other clubs are planning to hold 80s themed events coupled with book signings.
Historical note: Friday November 11th is the 30th anniversary of Ross Norman’s famous triumph in the final of the World Open in Toulouse, France, that brought a dramatic end to Jahangir Khan’s amazing five and a half year unbeaten run.
At last night's launch, Ross Norman paid tribute to his great rival.
Look out: for Zubair Khan hosting a special book sale/signing at the Cumberland Club in Hampstead during the London Open being staged at the club in two weeks' time when Jahangir will be flying in from Pakistan. A Khan family reunion thanks to 555 – now that would be special!
Who’s Who: Back row (left to right): Stuart Brodkin (Express Newspapers), Mark Kelly (Squash Link Ireland), co-author Rod Gilmour, former England international Jane Courtney, co-author Alan Thatcher, Simon Scott (Harrow Rackets and Cambridgeshire SRA), Stuart Courtney (former England Squash Chief Executive and England international). Front row: Joel Durston (The Sport Review), Ian McKenzie (Editor of Squash Player magazine), Howard Harding (World Squash Federation Media Director). With thanks to photographer Patrick Lauson.
In the first book to be published on his career for nearly 30 years, 555: the untold story behind squash’s invincible champion and sport’s greatest run, co-authors Rod Gilmour and Alan Thatcher have aimed to recreate that magical period. Speaking to a raft of Khan’s fellow professionals, the book chronicles:
- The longest unbeaten run in any sport as Jahangir won every match for 5½ years;
- Why the record books will have to be amended over Jahangir’s magical ‘555’ unbeaten figure;
- Why Jahangir was such an imposing presence during his amazing unbeaten period.
Click here for more information, or to read a sample from Jahangir: 555.