Len Ganley Passes Away Aged 68

Sad news to report as Jan Verhaas has tweeted that former top referee Len Ganley has passed away today at the age of 68…

Hailing from Northern Ireland Len moved to England in 1971 and eventually took the decision to become a full-time snooker referee, eventually going on to officiate four World Championship finals, two of which were won by Steve Davis and two by Stephen Hendry. In addition Len also officiated 147 breaks by Hendry and Ronnie O’Sullivan at the Crucible as well as taking charge of the 1983 UK Championship final which saw Alex Higgins recover from 7-1 down against Steve Davis to triumph 16-15.

Since his retirement in 1999 Len had experienced health problems including a heart attack back in 2002 but these did not prevent him from raising a significant amount of money for various charities.

Len was also the father of WPBSA Tournament Director Mike Ganley and I would like to offer my condolences to him and the rest of his family.

Please feel free to share your memories and tributes below.

 

  • john smith

    I FIRST MET LEN WHEN I USED TO SUPPORT BRIAN MORGAN AND LATER ON WHEN I USED TO TRAVEL WITH JIMMY WHITE HE WAS ALWAYS A TRUE GENT AND WE SHARED MANY FUNNY MOMENTS MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH MIKE AND HIS FAIMLY AND EVERYONE WHO WAS CLOSE TO LEN AT THIS SAD TIME JOHN SMITH 147 CLUB MAIDSTONE KENT

  • Jimmy Tristram

    I would like to give my deepest sympathy and condolences to Len Ganley’s son Mike and all family and friends at this very sad time.

    I will remember Len for helping Ronnie O’Sullivan get the quickest 147 as he replaced the black ball as quick as he could as Ronnie flew around the table potting each ball. I will always remember when Len got me a room about two miles away from the Crucible, were he stayed in Sheffield and Len coming into my room one morning to put the kettle on for me so we could have a nice cup of coffee or tea, also going into the charity shops with him opposite the Crucible Theatre so funny that he just wanted the trousers and not the jacket lol. I will remember eating chinese meals with Len, opposite the Crucible. I will remember the old player lounge at the Crucible were you would take a lift down and when you come out the lift, Len got hold of you! for a ten pound note for the wheelchair foundation. , a great referee, and man who spoke his mind and if you didn’t like it then tuff, a friend i will miss and think of at the Crucible Theatre. But most of all i will remember a kind hearted man with a heart of gold who would help anyone if and when he could. R.I.P. Len

    Jimmy The Bike Liverpool