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Apr 20 2010

Picture Perfect: Crucible Corner I

As promised, here are the best of my photos from the first three days of the 2010 Betfred.com World Championship…

More will follow throughout the week…

The Venue

The Crucible Theatre – now complete after the extensive building work recently

The Winter Gardens, host this year to the Cue Zone

The said Cue Zone

The newly improved Stage Door

The fancy new courtesy cars

One of the signs in the town centre

The merchandise desk

The trophies

The Arena

My view for Allen v Ford on the opening morning

And for Hendry v Zhang

The view from the back row

And from Row E

The People

Defending champion John Higgins

Zhang Anda

John Parrott and Ken Doherty

Fergal O’Brien

MC Rob Walker

Eirian Williams – will referee the final this year

Michaela Tabb

Tom Ford enters the arena

Global Snooker’s Janie Watkins

Mark King

Neil Robertson

Clive Everton up in the commentary box

Rob Walker again
  • Bryan

    Matt i dont know if you drink but iam heading to sheffield for friday and saturday for the first time and i would like to buy you a pint to say thank you for the wonderful blog that as added to my enjoyment of snooker over the last 2 years

  • matt2745

    I’m not much of a drinker but I’ll certainly be about on both days to chat about all things snooker. Thanks for the kind words.

  • Bryan

    sound man hope to chat to ya

  • JONATHAN KELLY

    love d pics.. can u tell me of website which gives player v player head 2 heads

  • http://KennFong.com Kenn Fong

    Good shots, my friend. Good of you to think of shooting from different POV inside the venue. Those kind of shots give us a feeling of what it’s like to be there… more than any TV coverage can.

    From these shots and your accounts here and tweets, I get the feeling that the players are all very fan-friendly and always seem to have a moment to share a word, shake hands, or sign for the fans. Don’t know about other British sportsmen, but I know American baseball, NFL, and NBA players tend to be very diffident or if they are cooperative, many do it grudgingly rather than gladly. Of course there are exceptions who are gracious, but they are getting more and more remote as fans make commerce out of autographs and are more demanding. I guess it’s a two-way street.