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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One Frame

While I suspect that many people reading this blog will have a keen interest in snooker, of course there are many others who do not follow the sport. Indeed excluding those that I know through attending tournaments, I do not know more than a couple of people who have any great understanding of the sport at a professional level.

With that in mind, tonight I posed the question on Twitter as to if you could show a ‘non-snooker fan’ one frame of snooker, in order to sell the sport to them, which would it be? Click below for the best of the replies and to make your suggestion…

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Paul Hunter’s Masters Moments

It is hard to believe, but today marks the sixth anniversary of the tragic passing of Paul Hunter at the age of just 27.

Of course, Paul’s career will always be most strongly remembered for his impact upon the Masters tournament, which he won three times, each in dramatic circumstances. Let’s all take a moment therefore to remember each of those thrilling victories, by taking a look at the following links…

Masters Memories

The first major tournament of 2011 will be the Masters from Wembley as the top 16 players in the world battle it out for the trophy you can see above. Click below for a look back at some of my highlights of the event down the years and feel free to share your own in the comments section below…

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Remembering Paul Hunter

Unfortunately a little late but I could not let the day pass without remembering the much-missed Paul Hunter who sadly passed away three years ago today. As has been said today by David Hendon on his blog, even now snooker still misses him a great deal and I do wonder where he would be ranked these days if he were around. Top four I suspect.

To read my memories of him as a person, please click here to view my piece from last year…