The Big 2014 World Championship Preview With Neal Foulds

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The three day gap between the conclusion of the final qualifying round for this year’s World Championship and the start of play tomorrow morning at the Crucible makes the job of previewing the tournament ever-more difficult.

But this year I am hopeful that I have been able to do the tournament justice, thanks to the help of former world number 3, turned highly respected snooker analyst Neal Foulds, who spoke with me this morning to help preview each of the 16 opening round matches and offer his thoughts as to who will be lifting the famous trophy on 5th May 2014…

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My 10 Years at the Crucible – Part One


The upcoming 2014 World Championship marks not only the 38th time that the tournament will be staged at the iconic Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, but on a personal level, the tenth consecutive year that I will have been lucky enough to have been there to see snooker history made in person.

Continue reading then for part one of a three part series comprising an unashamedly personal trip down memory lane, as I recall some of the moments that have stuck in my mind over the years, both as a star-struck fan and in recent years a media room blogger.

Feel free to share your memories in the comments section below…

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Bingham Wins AT4, Grand Finals Seedings Set


Congratulations to Stuart Bingham who has today defeated Liang Wenbo 4-1 to win the Asian Tour Four event in Dongguan, his first title of the season and third Asian Tour event overall since their introduction in 2012. The victory means that Stuart will take home the top prize of £10,000, as well as a special gift from the sponsors as he has tweeted earlier today.

Aside from Stuart’s success, the end of this end also marks the end of the 2013/14 Asian Tour, now confirming who has qualified for the Players Championship Grand Finals later this month and which four player will earn a tour-year tour card from the list.

Click below for more on the various ranking implications from this tournament…

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Snooker Twitter – Who Are Your Favourites?

Since professional snooker ‘hit’ Twitter two or three years ago, it has given us a fascinating insight into the personalities of a number of the players, officials and other characters involved in the game.

What is interesting to me is the different ways that players use Twitter, for example you have the banter of Mark Williams, the forthright opinions of Michael Holt, the wit of Steve Davis, the insight of Alan McManus and the interaction of Shaun Murphy, to mention just a few.

But which players do you enjoy following on Twitter the most? I asked the question a couple of days ago and you can find the best responses below, with one player clearly coming out on top…

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