Squash commentator Joey Barrington follows in footsteps of famous father Jonah
Glastonbury resident Joey Barrington will follow in the footsteps of his famous father, Jonah, next week – behind the BBC microphone.
Squash will return to the BBC during the World Championships in Manchester, the first time the sport has returned to terrestrial television since the 1980s when it was regularly broadcast live on Grandstand.
Barrington Jnr, 33, retired from the world tour last year to take up a career working for the Professional Squash Association as its lead commentator.
Jonah, the six-time British champion and regarded as one of the greats of the game, made his first appearance on the BBC in 1975. He still coaches at Millfield School and lives next door to his son in Glastonbury.
"It is quite ironic that I am following him," said Joey, pictured. "When I was kid I remember watching and listening to him back in the 80s on TV.
"I have done a few commentaries with him in the last few years and they were awesome experiences."
The pair happened to be commentating at the Canary Wharf Classic in 2010 when James Willstrop and Nick Matthew, Britain’s top two players, contested a two-hour thriller. It is viewed as one of the finest matches in recent memory.
“He was in his absolute element as it was reminiscent of his battles with great rival Geoff Hunt in the 70s,” said Barrington Jnr.
“If you listen back to the commentary, he was all over the shop in as much as it was such a physical battle and it went to the wire after two hours of intense squash.
“Willstrop broke down on the ground with cramp, couldn’t give any more and Jonah could relate to it. It was epic and the fact it was the two English boys going hammer and tongs was perfect.”
Depending on how the English contingent fair in the latter rounds, the World Championships could be screened live on BBC2 on November 2 and 3.
“I can’t wait to be there and our product is getting better and better,” added Barrington.
“It is a major tournament in our own back yard and the fact that we have the terrestrial channels interested is a big boost for squash, especially after missing out on the 2020 Olympics last month.”