A SANDERSTEAD squash veteran has finally won his first tournament – after 38 years of trying.
When Gerry Murphy first started competing, Harold Wilson was Prime Minister and the Sex Pistols played their first gig.
But, after a four-decade wait for success, he finally emerged triumphant – at the golden age of 65.
Since joining Warlingham Squash and Racketball Club back in 1975 as a fit 27-year-old, Gerry has entered all the club's annual squash tournaments – singles, doubles, handicap and eventually veterans – but never came out on top; until now.
In a hard-fought final on April 27, he overcame Ron Terry, 15 years his junior, two sets to nil in the handicap tournament.
Tournament organiser Mick Arnold said: "Perseverance certainly paid off in the end for Gerry.
"We had an awards ceremony afterwards when he bought a few drinks for members and had a few bought for him."
Mr Murphy said of his maiden victory: "I can't believe it.
"Finally I have my name up on the club honours board."