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.