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Neal Foulds

Name: Neal Foulds

DOB: July 13th, 1963

Nationality: English

Pro Career: 1983-2004

Highest Ranking: #3 (1987-89)

Highest Break: 142 (Matchroom League 1992)

Career Highlights: 1986 International Open Champion, 1992 Scottish Masters Champion, 1981 National U-19 Champion, 1988/9 World Cup Winner, 1987 World Championship Semi-Finalist, 1988 Masters Finalist

Playing Career

Following in the footsteps of father Geoff, Neal began playing snooker at the age of 11 and by the early 1980′s was already one of the strongest players in his area. Following victory in the national under-19′s Championship, Neal then turned professional in 1983 and at the end of the season qualified for final stages of the World Championship at the first attempt. Even more impressively however, he then defeated twice-champion Alex Higgins 10-9 in the first round before going down 13-9 to Doug Mountjoy in the last 16, a run that saw him enter the rankings at number 30.

The next two seasons saw steady improvement to 23rd and then to 13th as he reached the semi-finals of a ranking event for the first time, but it was not until 1986/7 when he would really make a mark. There he started off his campaign with what would be his only ranking event title at the BCE International, before reaching the finals of the UK Championship and British Open, as well as the semi-finals at the World Championship and the Grand Prix. His performance at the Crucible was particularly impressive as he defeated John Virgo, Dennis Taylor and Mike Hallett, only to lose to defending champion Joe Johnson.

Starting the following season up in a career high position of number three, 1987/88 was not to be quite as successful, though another strong run to the quarter-finals at the Crucible before losing to Terry Griffiths ensured that he would retain his spot at third in the rankings.

From here however he started to struggle, dropping 17 places to 20th in the rankings and finding himself having to qualify for events in the following season. Still, 1989/90 was to see a revival and despite a round one exit at the World Championship to Wayne Jones, he did enough to regain a place in the top 16 before moving up to number seven at the end of 1990/1.

Though he was able to maintain a top 16 place until the end of the 1993/4 season, and a place on the tour until 2004, from the mid-90′s Neal struggled for form and eventually retired from the sport in 2004.

Commentary Career

Since his retirement, Neal has moved up to the commentary box, most notably for the BBC at tournaments such as the World and UK Championships. In addition Neal has also been involved with the Premier and Championship League competitions for Matchroom Sport, as well as the smaller ranking event tournaments for Eurosport.

Tournament Victories:

Ranking Event wins (1)

Event Year
BCE International Open 1986

Non-Ranking Event wins (6)

Event Year
Dubai Masters 1988
Regal Scottish Masters 1992
Pontin’s Professional 1991
Pontin’s Open 1983/4
Fesina Windows World Cup (England) 1988/9
National U-19′s Championship 1981/2
  • Pete Simmons

    Dear Neal,
    I remember those days at the Ron Gross Snooker Center in Neasdon. You may recall as a young 12 or 13 year old practicing with Chris Channing and I. Yes you were slotting then in and still do from what I have read. I do listen to your commentary on the BBC snooker world championships. I still haven’t got my self up to Sheffield, I am promising one year I will. Yeah it certainly would be good to meet up again have a chat and who knows even have a game for old times sake.

    Pete Simmons

  • Alan Jones

    Hey, and me, we used to play most days, and even give french frank a few. good ol days. how is Ron ? not seen for long time.

  • Podge gibson

    Hi Neal,

    just wondered if you still manage to go
    dog racing any more. those were the days
    snooker at ronnies all day at neasden then
    up the road to wembley for the dogs,
    keep up the good work commentating,

    best regards
    podge gibson (left hander from the 80s and 90s

    • Alan jones

      Hi podge, now there’s a reminder of the good ol days at Rons. I used to play Neal, or Hitler, and so on. Hope your good, and will never forget making a 63 i think, as a youngish lad, playing you, i looked up after missing the yellow, expecting i supose a well done, and you said ” what do you want a f*%%+*& medal” i still hear those words now haha. Of course there were so many greats that went in there to play, making big braks daily, including you.
      Great days, never to be again.
      take care
      Alan Jones.

  • chris barrett

    hello neal hope your ok it was a few years ago when we had our marathon matches at the lucania club in southall steve more putting the money up for me and geoff for you if you still have the poster of the 1976 lucania at arcade romford where me and you represented southall could i get a copy all the best to you and your family and geoff thanks chris barrett

  • Joe Kelly

    i remember Tony Murphy and Tom Ansboro used to play up in Ron’s in the 80s with Jimmy White, great days they were, then down to The Spotted Dog for a swift half or two.