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The CueSport Book of Professional Snooker: The Complete Record & History Paperback – 8 Sep 2004

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  • Paperback: 1064 pages
  • Publisher: Rose Villa Publications; First Edition edition (8 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095485490X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954854904
  • Package Dimensions: 20.8 x 15.4 x 5.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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From the Author

This book has taken three years of research, and I must say that it is not yet a finished work. Indeed like most histories detailing scores, such as Wisden Cricket Almanack or the Rothman’s Football Year Book (as was), there will be errors or information that is missing or slightly inaccurate.
To an extent that is half the fun for budding Sherlock Holmes.
To paraphrase, after all known possibilities have been eliminated whatever is left must be true.
Such has been the case in trying to track down players that appear in round 1, then vanish in the next, only to appear in the third.
There is still work to do, particularly in getting the draws numbered, and is a task I will continue to battle for some time to come.
In the meantime what is produced here is a record, at least to seven nines accuracy, of all professional matches played, provided they meet at least one of these criteria.
A Matches should be at least best of nine frames.
B They should include at least one professional
C The match may be of historical importance.
D Continuation of an interrupted series.
E No Handicapped events
As the game is now open, it can be viewed as a little spurious to accept one player as amateur and another as professional when all can play and win cash in Pro-Ams.
If the Main tour is level one, the Challenge tour level two, then level three would be matches/events that qualify players for level two.
In 2002-2003 it was easy to define as the level 3 matches were official and universal, allowing all players to play in Open Tour events and to qualify for Challenge places.
With the separation of WPBSA and EASB for 2003-2004, and the subsequent revision of EASB Open tour rules to exclude Main and Challenge Tour players, but also to exclude all bar English qualified players, it would seem that they should not be included. However in attempting to be ‘inclusive’ and not ‘exclusive’ and in view of the fact that EASB Tour events provided players directly to the Challenge tour, I have included all these matches.
But this can of worms requires more inspection.
Other countries also provide players for promotion to Challenge tour - and of course IBSF World Champions are also invited.
That implies that logically IBSF championships should also be included……..
That will require even more work.
So, even though most of the 60,000 plus matches recorded herein were certainly played between players who were described as professional at the time, I believe the correct vision of the future of this almanack should include leading amateur competitions as they are at least as important as when there were over 700 ‘official’ pros.
I have attempted to place in chronological order all the matches played by individuals. For sure in some years I am more accurate than others, as dates were to say the least hazily recorded, if at all.
Also missing are the World Cup and Nations Cup team events, as well as the results from the event that sparked the TV revolution Pot Black.
Tournament round numbering also created a number of problems. To try to be as consistent as possible over the years I took as the defining point for the ‘tournament proper’ the last 32. After all if it’s good enough for the World Championship it should be good enough for the rest. Therefore, German Open 1 always means the last 32, German Open 2 is last 16, QF, SF and F are obvious. All qualifying round up to the last 32 are numbered in sequence from the beginning. That is preliminary rounds are renumbered Q1 and so on. The most logical way in fact would be for the round before the last 32 to be Q1 and then number backwards, but I think that is going too far.
The more I think about it the more I believe this book is a ‘work in progress’.
Whether the second is produced next year or the year after or not will in part depend on the response I get from this first attempt.
To those whose name is misspelled, birthday missing or score incorrect, I apologise in advance. I will happily correct this in forthcoming editions, and request anyone who believes that they have information that should be included to contact me at the address in the index, and that includes player photos.
There are also a number of ‘fun’ stats listings, which should settle one or two arguments, or at least provoke one or two.
Also not included herein (yet) are money stats and century breaks - they too shall wait.
There are over 2100 players included here, over 400 only played one match.
Whether it is one of those or the unique Steve Davis that has 991 matches listed it matters not.
All should be recorded for all time.
They are all part of the History.
All part of the Sport
All part of Snooker
Eric N Hayton
September 2004

I have spent 20 years or more detailing facts and figures in professional snooker, not everything is included here due to checking, double checking and space, but hopefully next time around this publication will indeed be the Wisden of professional snooker, the likes of which have never been seen or even attempted before as is the case now as the hours of painstaking work have been undertaken by myself and Eric Hayton.
John Dee
September 2004
Further works previously written by John Dee include ‘Right on Cue’ John Parrott’s biography up to 1991, and Frank Callan’s Coaching Clinic.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

Chapter 1

The Early Years – Davis the First

In the beginning there was……..
Snooker of course was invented in the 19th century, 1875 to be exact, and its origins are laid at the feet of one Neville Bowes Chamberlain who later became General Sir Neville Chamberlain, no relation whatsoever to the Prime Minister of that name.
Chamberlain, it seems, and his fellow officers had become bored with the game of billiards and while the Devonshire regiment were stationed at Jubbulpore in India, extra balls were added to it.
Forerunner of snooker was Pyramids, played with a white and 15 reds. One at a time the colours were added until the 22 ball game of snooker was launched. The word 'snooker' incidentally is said to be taken from the term used to describe a new recruit at the Royal Military Academy in Woolwich.
Chamberlain, after an officer opponent missed an easy shot had called him a snooker. The officer was far from pleased but the General pointed out to him that everyone was a snooker when it came to the new game and declared there and then that Snooker would be its name.
But it was some 10 years before snooker was played outside India and some five years before it was seen elsewhere in India, at Ootacabulpore. Here at the Ooty club, Chamberlain drew up the first rules of the game and posted them in the billiards rooms.
Snooker came to England in 1885 after billiards ace John Roberts had visited Calcutta to coach the Maharajah of Cooch Behar; a friend of Chamberlain’s who introduced him to Roberts.
Roberts returned to England with the new game though Billiards still ruled the roost up until the 1950’s.
These days of course, Snooker is played far more than Billiards, which still has a hard core of enthusiasts though publicity is scant even at world championship level.

First Champion
Slowly though, snooker gained in popularity and by the 1920’s a world championship was not far away.
The billiards equivalent had started in 1870 and while the Billiards Association and Control Council dug their heels in and for sometime remained stubbornly unconvinced that a world snooker championship was a must, they finally gave permission and it wasn’t until 1926 that they changed their mind.
This was due in no small measure to the pressure put on them by three people, Tom Dennis, a professional from Nottingham, Joe Davis and his friend Bill Camkin.
First ever match in the season long championship which attracted 10 entries, was between Melbourne Inman and Tom Newman. It began at Thurston’s Hall in London on November 29 and ended seven days later with Inman gaining an 8-5 victory.
Davis and Dennis occupied different halves of the draw but they went on to meet in the final played at Camkin’s Hall, Birmingham with a princely sum of £6.50 awaiting the winner. There was also a trophy, the same one which these days is heavily insured. It cost just £19 when purchased from players’ entry fees in 1927.
This was the start though of the Joe Davis era. He defeated Dennis 20-11 and at the outbreak of war in 1939 had retained the title in all the intervening years.
But it wasn’t always a bed of roses; the championship declined in player participation and in 1931 and 1934 attracted only two competitors. In 1932 Clark McConachy of New Zealand was the first overseas player to compete in the event.

First Century
Afterwards there was a little more interest when the event had its first permanent home at Thurstons and entries started to pick up.
Davis though reigned supreme and in the early years he was only under any serious threat in 1934 when beating Tom Newman 25-23.
By the time Adolf Hitler and his henchmen brought a temporary end to the championship, Davis was still unbeaten with 14 successive titles behind him, the last of them in 1940, the year he defeated brother Fred 37-36, the first and only time they faced each other in the final which ended with the holder compiling a century break.
That year, the total number of entries, 15, was the highest so far and there had also been a number of firsts leading up to it.
Davis recorded the first century in the championship, a 110 in the 1935 semi-finals in which he defeated Newman 15-10. The same year the event attracted its first Canadian, Con Stanbury, while 12 months later Horace Lindrum was the first Australian to play in it.
During the early years, the championship remained a season long event with matches lasting between three and seven days.
Davis though used the war years to help raise money for charity, mainly through exhibitions; he was awarded the OBE for his efforts, which helped to produce the commendable sum of £125,000. He also made a name for himself on the stage of the London Palladium with an act comprising of trick shots played in front of a monster angled mirror.

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