Squash stalwart Eric Cruttenden leaves lasting legacy
Eric Cruttenden, one of squash’s greatest stalwarts died last week.
A former England player, level 3 coach, tournament grade referee, tournament organiser and Team England manager, Eric devoted a lifetime to the sport. In 2017, he was awarded an Outstanding Services to Squash award by England Squash.
Eric started playing squash in his 20s and represented both his county and country at masters championships including the British Masters O75s.
In the 1970s, Eric was at the forefront of starting and organising masters squash at a local and national level including the Home Countries International Championships and Inter County Championships. He also managed and organised the England Masters team from 1985 to 2004.
In 1990, he joined England Squash (formerly the SRA) full-time and was instrumental in expanding the British Masters to include many additional age categories, before retiring in 2006.
England Squash CEO, Keir Worth said:
“We are deeply saddened to hear about Eric’s passing. Eric made an outstanding contribution to the world of squash and was instrumental in promoting and organising masters squash at both a national and local level and securing its future in England.
“He was an absolute delight to work with and showed a tremendous dedication to the game.
“Eric will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with his family and friends.”