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Ellery HANLEY
League star sings the praises of Squash ...

Malcolm Willstrop reports on how former Great Britain Rugby League skipper Ellery Hanley is lending a helping hand to squash stars.
 
Willstrop's Words


Ellery congratulates White on
winning the National title

15-Apr-04:

Rugby League legend, Ellery Hanley, who, since last year’s English Open has been present on many squash occasions, is proving to be a major asset.

His friendship with John White is well-founded and John – the world number 1 – was quick to acknowledge Ellery’s contribution at the British Closed. Being around Ellery is most definitely a learning experience, since his knowledge of world class sport, coupled with his philosophical outlook, makes him compulsive listening.

He is quick to acknowledge the top professionals in squash and, as a player, he knows what it takes to become top-class. What is more he misses no opportunity to tell people what a demanding game squash is and how good the players are.

Recently he took John White and James Willstrop as his guests to Headingley for the Leeds v Bradford match. Speaking at the pre-match dinner and then again at half-time in an on the field interview he was quick to sing the praises of his guests.

So the sell-out Headingley crowd listened to a man they revere telling them about squash players.

Never have I seen anyone sign so many autographs as Ellery could hardly take a step without being greeted with affection and respect, and he had a word for everybody.

Just what a great spectacle Leeds and Bradford provided: superb athletes playing a sport that preserves standards: sportsmanship, respect for the referee, and what a treat to be in the crowd of men, women and children without any of the unseemly aggression that characterises some sports.

Malcolm Willstrop


Three number ones - Nicol, Hanley, White


J.Willstrop 0, E.Hanley 3!
(referee: M.Willstrop)


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You can't use that one
here, Ellery ...
 


Nicol feels the force
at Canary Wharf

Willstrop's Words

The current issue of Squash Player Magazine
carries an extended feature from Malcolm on Ellery

   

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