Eirian Williams

Name: Eirian Williams

DOB: 3rd September

Nationality: Welsh

First Pro Match: 1991

147’s Officiated: 4

Career Highlights: Officiated: Four World Championship finals, three maximum breaks as well as several finals at the tour’s other major tournaments




Career Summary

A professional snooker referee of over 20 years, Welshman Eirian Williams has done it all in the game and has been selected to take charge of all of the major finals within the game during his career.

Eirian’s first match in front of the TV cameras took place in 1995 as Jimmy White comprehensively defeated Scotland’s Billy Snaddon 5-0 and since then he has not looked back. His first ranking event final came at the 1998 Welsh Open as Paul Hunter captured the title with a 9-5 win over John Higgins.

Eirian at the 2011 World Championship

Three years later in 2001 Eirian then realised a dream by refereeing both the UK and World Championship finals, as well as a 147 break by Ronnie O’Sullivan at the China International.

Since then the former policeman has continued to play a prominent role in the major events, going on to referee the World final on a further three occasions as well as countless other ranking event finals. In addition he was also in charge of the memorable dramatic 2006 Masters final when John Higgins defeated Ronnie O’Sullivan 9-8 on the final black.

Major Finals:

Event Year
World Championship 2001, 2005, 2007, 2010
UK Championship 2001, 2007, 2009, 2011
Masters 2006
Grand Prix 2006, 2008