David Palmer might find it hard to ignore the illustrious name that hangs over his first tentative steps towards defending his British Open title today . . . Barrington still commands healthy respect in squash circles.
Palmer, the world No 3, faces Joey Barrington, the young son of the great Jonah, who is now ploughing his own furrow in the game.
Despite having not yet emulated his legendary father Barrington jnr has been creeping up the world rankings and is currently 31st on the PSA ladder. Palmer, who has won the title three times - not quite the six of Barrington snr - remains wary of his young opponent.
"He has done pretty well lately to get up to the top 30," said Palmer. "I know he is a very fit player so I won't be taking him lightly."
The pair have never met on the PSA Tour although Palmer beat Barrington 3-0 in a tournament in Holland last week. Barrington is just the first stepping stone to the British crown so craved by Palmer who rates it as the third most important tournament on the squash calendar behind the World Open and the Commonwealth Games.
"As a kid it was my dream to win the British Open and to now have a chance of claiming a fourth title is the dream come true.
"It is disappointing the prize money is not as great as other tournaments but then we are not playing for the money. The prestige is more significant."
Palmer, 29, who has been world No 1, argues that neither money nor ranking points are the motivation behind his latest bid.
"I would rather finish No 4 or five in the world with a British Open or a World Open title than No 1 without either," he said.
Squash is slowly beginning to make an impact in world sports but, in terms of earning potential, is still a long way behind tennis and light years adrift of football.
"When I started out I thought that, by the end of my career, I would be playing for big money but that has just not happened. Anyway, if you are in it for the money, you are playing for the wrong reasons."
Palmer believes the depth of talent in the men's game is now such that there are no clear favourites and the 11-point scoring system has also helped create more exciting matches.
"Games are much faster now and there are more players who are capable of causing an upset.
"There are some people I would prefer to avoid in a tournament. Some I am comfortable playing against while others can give me trouble even if they are ranked below me."
Palmer's Australian compatriot and Edgbaston Priory team-mate Stewart Boswell lines up in the first round proper today against 16th seed Mansoor Zaman, of Pakistan, after beating England's Alex Stait 11-8, 11-2, 11-5 in 38 minutes in the final qualifiers yesterday.
"It's good to see him playing again and making such great progress," said Palmer of Boswell's astonishing rise from 301st at the end of 2003 to 29th on the world list since his return to action in January.
Philip Barker is another Priory player to qualify for today's first round after beating Pakistan's Farhan Mehboob 7-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-9, 11-10 (2-0) in a marathon 64 minutes. His reward is a match against Lee Beachill the world No 4 and England's top seeded player.
In the women's qualification, Becky Botwright, a 9-4, 5-9, 9-3, 10-9 winner over Carla Khan, of Pakistan, took a step nearer to a possible clash with big sister Vicky.
Isabelle Stoehr, of France, beat Ireland's Aisling Blake 9-6, 9-1, 9-0 in 26 minutes while Wolverhampton player Dominique Lloyd-Walter beat Lauren Briggs 9-4, 9-2, 9-4.