Picture Perfect – The best of my photos from the 2009 World Championship

The trophy that they all wanting to be holding in a week’s time

With week one of the 2009 World Championship now completed, here are the best of my photos from the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield so far this year for your enjoyment. I will be back for the next three days so hopefully I can find some more players then…

The Venue

The newly refurbished Crucible Theatre, complete with big screen to the right-hand side.

The CueZone this year. This is where the likes of Rishi Persad, Steve Davis and John Parrott are when they present the afternoon broadcast of the latest snooker action. Also inside are a selection of trophies, as well as a table and some computer games.

Inside the CueZone

The big screen, improved this year because they now screen both tables when they are in action as opposed to just one as in the past.

Inside the Crucible, for those you who have not been before, this is where the Box Office used to be prior to this year.

The brand new Crucible carpet, just as bright as the last one, which incidentally you can still buy pieces of from the Crucible to raise money for the refurbishment.

The all-new Betfred betting stand, a welcome addition to the venue, not least because with SkySportsNews being televised it lets me keep up to date with my other favourite sports!

The World Snooker merchandise stand

The Arena

A deserted Crucible Theatre as seen from the Orange Door

A marvellous view from Row B at the Crucible as I settled down to watch Ali Carter take on Gerard Greene

Table two out there in the arena. This is the one that has had all the kicks this week it seems!

Another shot, again from Row B, seat 12 to be precise

And this one is from seat C1, excellent for when the players are in and around the black spot and on a big break

A close up of the players seating in the arena

MC Rob Walker does his stuff before the players are introduced

One of the scoreboards up high in the arena

The Players

Peter Ebdon ahead of his early exit

Graeme Dott on the opening day

Mark Allen, with his Manchester United shirt on under his jacket there!

World number 15 Mark King

Gerard Greene ahead of his clash with Ali Carter

Martin Gould following the first session of his last 32 clash with Mark Allen

One of the two qualifiers to reach the last 16, 1995 finalist Nigel Bond

Welsh Open champion Ali Carter

Crucible débutante Rory McLeod

Welsh Open finalist and twice world semi-finalist Joe Swail

UK Championship finalist Marco Fu outside the Lyceum Theatre

A delighted Ding Junhui following victory over Liang Wenbo

Andrew Higginson

A disappointed Joe Perry following his early exit

World number two Stephen Maguire

Australia’s Neil Robertson ahead of his clash with Steve Davis

The Hitman, Michael Holt

The legend that is Steve Davis, with a copy of WSC Real for the Wii under his arm incidentally!

Scotland’s Jamie Burnett

The Shotgun – It’s Jamie Cope

The TV

1979 World Champion and BBC commentator Terry Griffths

BBC presenter Rishi Persad on his way back to the hotel

And the BBC’s other leading man, Ray Stubbs

Mr Maximum himself, Willie Thorne

John Virgo picks a bad time to blink!

The Final

My view for the World Championship final 8)

A nice photo of the trophy/table

Shaun Murphy’s seat for the final

And that of John Higgins

Rob Walker on final night

John Higgins lifts the trophy for the third time

As Shaun Murphy can only look on