Arthur and Bob meet up in Penang

Avid Squash fans Bob Hanscom and Arthur Curran have corresponded with each other across the world on the internet for several years, but this week they eventually got to meet in person.


AGED but Avid Squash fans prove that Squash is International

SH3648Avid Squash fans Bob Hanscom and Arthur Curran have corresponded with each other across the world on the internet for several years, but this week they eventually got to meet in person.

Bob (78) from Los Angeles, California, USA flew westwards and Arthur (68) flew eastwards across the world and met in the Malaysian State of Penang to watch the Penang – CIMB 29th Women’s World Squash Championships and meet many of their squash idols and fellow supporters.

Bob has been involved in squash virtually all his life, including playing, coaching, refereeing and tournament organising, whereas Arthur has only recently (11 years ago) introduced himself to the game but is already heavily involved in travelling worldwide to watch tournaments and occasionally report on them for Squashsite, and it did not take long to involve themselves in long discussions about all aspects of squash and the people involved, and I am sure that will continue for the rest of the week.

SH3649“After my 27 hours door to door flight from L.A. to Penang, I am already finding the trip to be extremely worthwhile. The organisation of the event is proving to be absolutely wonderful, and am sure it will continue to be so all week.”

Bob Hanscom

“A long flight to get here but that proved very worthwhile when on the first morning I met Bob, with whom I had been corresponding for several years, and to be able to sit and chat with him about the sport has been tremendous. The event itself has obviously been so well organised and everybody we meet is so so friendly, we have already been given VIP Invitations for the Arena.

“I am sure that the event will continue to amaze me, and I hope that the message of what a great sport squash is will be sent around the world.”

Arthur Curran

SH3650Arthur and Bob with Desmond (Nicol’s Dad) in Penang

Author: Arthur Curran

Squash fan from Manchester, reports for SquashSite from tournaments around the world.

3 thoughts on “Arthur and Bob meet up in Penang”

  1. Congratulations, Gentlemen, I wish I could be there with you. It sounds like a titanic tournament, and I’m sure the crowd involvement is something special with all the home interest. If you need some help whiling away the hours on your next marathon squash trip, give my thriller, “Sex and Drugs and Squash’n’Roll” a try. it’s the first fictional book with the pro tour as its setting, and covers the development of a young player trying to make it to world champion by the age of twenty one, against the wishes of his domineering mother, and in the face of difficulties hinted at in the book’s title, and machinations by opponents (it started life as “Court off Court”, but I decided to tone that down!). The climax of the story is at the Tournament of Champions in New York, which I highly recommend for a visit some time, maybe for the two of you to meet again. Do contact me if you’re going to be in London.

    1. Hi there Aubrey, nice to hear from you. It has been an amazing trip altogether up to now, and still two days to go. Have just watched the quarter finals and three of them went to five sets, one of them taking 105 minutes, which is a fantastic time for a ladies match. Laura Massaro had to survive 5 match balls in the fourth game before pulling through, and the local crowd was very nearly stunned when Nicol David was pulled back to 2 games each by French girl Camille Serme, but fortunately Nicol managed to take the final set. I have in fact read your book quite some time ago as I am an avid reader of all kinds of books, and in fact saw you in Manchester in February at the Nationals but unfortunately we did not meet. I would love to go to the ToC, nearly made it this year but unfortunately bad health put a stop to that, but I am still determined to go eventually. I don’t get down to London very often since, as a Northerner, I have bad vibes about going that far south, though I was down at the Cumberland Club just before Christmas for the Coronation London Open. Hope to meet up with you somewhere eventually.

      1. I saw the quarter final scores, Arthur, but you give the show colour in your description. Laura Massaro’s game must have been a true thriller. So sorry not to see you at the Nationals (in contrast to you I do venture north pretty often, Manchester… Pontefract… Stockport… Hull! I regard Nottingham as north, and we have the home internationals there this year). Enjoy the rest of your trip, and indeed, let’s hope that we meet up before too long.

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