The idea of a squash club at Shaw Lane was first officially discussed in Secretary Clifford Heskeths post war address to the membership of the Barnsley Cricket Club and Athletic Association in 1946, however it took several years before the dream became reality. In 1972 a meeting was held to establish a squash section at Shaw Lane, present were Harold Wills, Chairman, Roy Lofthouse, President, Messrs Chapman, Wilkinson, Dossett and the Secretary, David Adams

The Barnsley Cricket & Athletic Club (Squash Section) came into being on Tuesday 16th May 1972. The Objective was "to commission as soon as possible a number of squash courts of competition standard to a pre-determined cost criteria at Shaw Lane Ground"

Following several exploratory meetings, finance was arranged through subscriptions, a bank overdraft and a grant, which was obtained from the Sports Council. In April 1974, Wortley Construction were appointed as contractors by the committee led by chairman, John Dossett and the courts were commissioned at a cost of £16,166.21.

Eric ToonThe Club was officially opened on the 26th January 1975 with two courts and no changing rooms. A bridge to the cricket changing rooms was originally suggested to provide changing and showers, however cost prevented this ever leaving the drawing board. Players walked some thirty yards in all weathers to the Cricket Pavilion/Clubhouse. This proved to be an unsatisfactory arrangement once the cricket season started, therefore two large sheds were purchased and placed near to the squash complex entrance.

By 1976 the club were able to build separate ladies and gents changing rooms complete with showers and toilets. The club championships commenced at this time and the first winners were Eric Toon (pictured left) and Lorraine Holdsworth.

Due to the popularity of the game in the town, it was decided in 1981 to build two more courts which were eventually opened in 1982, again financed with the help of a grant from the Sports Council. Other clubs were in compettion in the area in this golden era of squash in Barnsley, such as Brooks, Burntwood and further afield, Wath St James and Swinton.

Following the building of brand new clubhouse complex in 2001, the courts were linked into the main building.  Yorkshire Premier League Champions 2014The Barnsley club continued to go from strength to strength despite closures and liquidation of the many private clubs that sprung up in the 1980's, proving the club's voluntary ethos to be the correct way to go. Demand for membership soared and an additional exhibition court was built in 2002 to satisfy demand. 

In 2014 Barnsley won the Yorkshire Premier League for the first time in the clubs history, captained by David Evans who has played at the club since he was 8 years old.


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