Varsity Match

The Club has hosted the annual Squash Varsity Match between Oxford and Cambridge for over 50 years.

The first official match was played in 1925 – with an unofficial match recorded in 1924. In its early years the match was nomadic, being played at a variety of different London clubs: from 1925 to 1931 it was played at Queen’s, from 1932 to 1937 at the Bath Club and in 1938 at the Junior Carlton Club. In 1945 the match was staged at Trenchard House, from 1946 to 1951 at The Conservative Club, from 1952 to 1958 at The Bath Club and from 1959 to1962 at the Junior Carlton Club.

Since 1963, for just over half a century, the Varsity match has found a more permanent home at the Royal Automobile Club – save for 1967 when it was played at London House and in 1992 when the match was held at Lambs.

Current Match Tallies

Men: Played 87 Cambridge 46, Oxford 41
Women: Played 25 Cambridge 11, Oxford 14 (records only from 93/94)

Over the years some great players have tested their skills in the unique atmosphere of the Varsity match. There have been a host of England internationals including Philip Ayton (76 caps), Jonny Leslie (42), Jeremy Lyon (40), John Easter (31), Nigel Broomfield (13) and Norman Borrett (12), described in his obituary in the Times as “arguably Britain’s most talented post-war all-round amateur sportsman”.

There were also a number of notable players from other countries: Kim Bruce Lockhart (Scotland), Robert Weir (Ireland), Kerry Jones and Robert Dolman (both Wales) all captained their countries, whilst Lawrence Verney managed an entry in the Guinness Book of Records for his Welsh International career. Amongst overseas players David Woods and Graham Macdonald both played for South Africa.

Recent international players include Ben Garner (at the time – world number 43) who represented Oxford from 1997-2000 and Harry Leitch (70 caps for Scotland) who managed to collect 10 blues representing Cambridge from 2005-2014.

Many people will be familiar with the dark and light blues doing battle across London’s famous sporting landmarks, from the University Boat Race on the Thames to the Varsity Rugby at Twickenham, and it is only fitting that the squash match is held at the Royal Automobile Club – ‘the home of squash’. The Oxbridge connection with the club (and indeed the sport) is long, with the club’s squash committee also involved with the Drysdale Cup (the British Junior Open Boys Under-19 trophy) named after a Cambridge Medical school graduate (and blue in both rugby and rowing), Dr Theodore Drysdale, who was a massive squash enthusiast and involved in formulating the rules and setting the standards for balls and courts. Many Varsity players have also been or become Royal Automobile club members including the aforementioned internationals, Nigel Broomfield, John Easter, Jonny Leslie and Lawrence Verney.

 

Men’s Match Results

1925-26 Oxford
1926-27 Oxford
1927-28 Oxford
1928-29 Oxford
1929-30 Oxford
1930-31 Cambridge
1931-32 Cambridge
1932-33 Cambridge
1933-34 Cambridge
1934-35 Cambridge
1935-36 Cambridge
1936-37 Cambridge
1937-38 Cambridge
1938-39 Cambridge
(World War II)
1945-46 Oxford
1946-47 Cambridge
1947-48 Oxford
1948-49 Oxford
1949-50 Oxford
1950-51 Oxford
1951-52 Cambridge
1952-53 Cambridge
1953-54 Cambridge
1954-55 Cambridge
1955-56 Cambridge
1956-57 Cambridge
1957-58 Cambridge
1958-59 Cambridge
1959-60 Oxford
1960-61 Cambridge
1961-62 Oxford
1962-63 Oxford
1963-64 Oxford
1964-65 Oxford
1965-66 Oxford
1966-67 Oxford
1967-68 Cambridge
1968-69 Oxford
1969-70 Oxford
1970-71 Oxford
1971-72 Oxford
1972-73 Cambridge
1973-74 Cambridge
1974-75 Oxford
1975-76 Oxford
1976-77 Cambridge
1977-78 Oxford
1978-79 Cambridge
1979-80 Cambridge
1980-81 Cambridge
1981-82 Cambridge
1982-83 Cambridge
1983-84 Oxford
1984-85 Oxford
1985-86 Oxford
1986-87 Cambridge
1987-88 Oxford
1988-89 Cambridge
1989-90 Oxford
1990-91 Oxford
1991-92 Oxford
1992-93 Oxford
1993-94 Oxford
1994-95 Cambridge
1995-96 Oxford
1996-97 Oxford
1997-98 Cambridge
1998-99 Cambridge
1999-00 Cambridge
2000-01 Cambridge
2001-02 Cambridge
2002-03 Cambridge
2003-04 Cambridge
2004-05 Cambridge
2005-06 Cambridge
2006-07 Oxford
2007-08 Cambridge
2008-09 Cambridge
2009-10 Cambridge
2010-11 Cambridge
2011-12 Oxford
2012-13 Cambridge
2013-14 Cambridge
2014-15 Oxford
2015-16 Oxford
2016-17 Oxford
2017-18 Oxford

 

Women’s Match Results

1993-94 Cambridge
1994-95 Cambridge
1995-96 Oxford
1996-97 Cambridge
1997-98 Oxford
1998-99 Oxford
1999-00 Oxford
2000-01 Cambridge
2001-02 Cambridge
2002-03 Cambridge
2003-04 Cambridge
2004-05 Oxford
2005-06 Cambridge
2006-07 Oxford
2007-08 Oxford
2008-09 Oxford
2009-10 Oxford
2010-11 Oxford
2011-12 Oxford
2012-13 Cambridge
2013-14 Oxford
2014-15 Cambridge
2015-16 Oxford
2016-17 Oxford
2017-18 Cambridge