Over the next few years cues begin to appear
containing either badges or engravings that refer to these early champions, the
Roberts cues appear along with a cue with a cherry splice with a great thick
butt and the name Joseph Bennett inscribed on the front face.
||Snooker as a separate game, is invented by
Sir Neville Chamberlain. The game is derived from several recreational and
gambling games including Life Pool, Black Pool and Pyramids. In 52 years Joe
Davis will reinvent this after dinner passtime and become world champion. Early
references to the game of Snooker are recognisable as they call it Snookers
||Charles Dawson from Huddersfield wins his
first World billiards Championship.
||W J Peall makes his break of 3,304
constructed largely of potting the red from the spot. The Peall cue is born
following the publicity surrounding this break.
||John Roberts Junior makes his largest ever
break, (spot barred) the break is 1,392.
||Charles Dawson makes his largest ever break
of 823. Did I mention that he was from Huddersfield?.
||Joe Davis is born in Chesterfield.
||H W Stevenson wins his first world
Billiards Championship defeating Charles Dawson who did not feel too well in
||Edward Diggle makes his highest personal
break of 791.
||Cox and Yemen put out a cue with the name
of H W Stevenson on the badge, this cue is available in an original two piece
||Inman makes his 300 off the red break and
inspires the facsimile Inman cue.
||William Cook makes the largest ever
official record break at Billiards, 42,746 mainly using the rocker or Anchor
cannon. The Cook facsimile cue is born and carries representation of this break
on the badge.
||Tom Reece makes his mammoth break of
499,135 using the Anchor stroke, this break is denied official recognition as
neither press nor public are present throughout. Oddly there must have been
both a referee and a marker but this seems not to have been enough to sanctify
the achievement? However the Reece cue is created that does indeed recognise
and immortalise this huge break that lead to the outlawing of this kind of
|| Melbourne Inman wins his first World
Billiards Championship after the previous year having been declared champion
due to political and contractual wranglings.
||George Gray visits the United Kingdom and
signs a contract with E. J. Riley Ltd. While here he makes a top break of 2,196
this break is made up of in offs into the centre pocket. This break is
remembered on the George Gray facsimile cue made by Riley and carries the break
figure also. George Gray also writes an instruction book in this year.
||H W Stevenson makes a break of 1,016, this
break is made up of all round scoring methods. A cue exists that commemorates
||Tom Reece makes an all round break of 901,
this break is referred to on later Reece cues by Burroughes and Watts along
with the 499,135 break that he made in 1907.
||Willie Smith wins his first World
Championship title, Billiards of course.
||Tom Newman wins his first World
Championship title, unfortunately Willie Smith pulled out for reasons of his
own so these two great players and the public were denied a clash between
||Tom Newman makes a break of 1,274,
Burroughes and Watts are quick to put out a cue which commemorates this
||Melbourne Inman makes a break of 950. He
also writes his little instruction book, Billiards How to Play & Win in
||Tom Newman makes the largest ever break
with Ivory Billiard Balls, the feat is recorded on many of the Newman champion
and facsimile cues. Mr Newman writes a number of books in this year and must be
very busy. Willie Smith also pits pen to paper with match winning Billiards by
Mills and Boon.
|| Ivory balls no longer used in the
championship from this year.
||First World Snooker Championship is held,
Joe Davis wins and does so for 20 years holding the crown 14 times in all.
||Joe Davis makes a break using the pendulum
stroke of 2,501 at Billiards of course. This break is made by keeping the balls
close to the jaws of a corner pocket and scoring long runs of cannons while
controlling the balls with close skill. The break is recorded on many Joe Davis
cues by either E J Riley or Peradon Ltd, often the Billiard break is recorded
alongside his latest Snooker break.
||Willie Smith makes a break of 2,030, which
does not include nursery cannons. This break appears on the Willie Smith record
cue by Burroughes and Watts and the later cues by Peradon with a front splice
M/s and H/S versions appear.
|| Joe Davis wins his first World Billiards
||Walter Lindrum makes a break of 3.262
Predictably a cue is released marking this achievement.
||Joe Davis makes a break of 2,052.
||Tom Newman makes a break of 1,827. As far
as I know no cue exists to commemorate this break.
||Walter Lindrum makes a break of 4,137. As
Walter needed money to return to Australia this break appears on many cues and
he publishes his book on Billiards.
|| Walter Lindrum wins his first World
Billiards Championship title.
||Walter Lindrum plays his last match in
great Britain and takes the Billiards Championship title home to
||Joe Davis challenges Walter Lindrum for the
title, narrowly loses and then takes months to save up the money to come home
by touring and giving exhibitions.
||Walter Donaldson wins his first World
Snooker Championship, this is the first final not to feature Joe Davis as he
retired undefeated the previous year.
||Fred Davis wins his first World Snooker
Championship and gets revenge over the so-called Lone Scot in the final.
||Clark McConachy edits the history books by
beating John Barrie and takes his rightful place at the top of the professional
|| Horace Lindrum wins the unoficial World
Snooker Championship final against Clark McConachy as all the home grown
players decline to enter due to a dispute with the ruling body. Fortunately his
name still appears on the cup originally purcahsed by Joe Davis and still
competed for today.
||Joe Davis makes first competitive
recognised 147 break.
||John Pullman wins the first of his World
Snooker titles against Fred Davis.
This chronology does not claim to be complete
but it does intend to give some idea of what occurred during the pre Snooker
boom era, right up until the 1960s.
The Ray Reardon, Alex Higgins and John Spencer
era is well documented and still survives in the memories of modern observers
of the game.
This era also seems to be the era when mass
production of cues took over and as there were less first time achievements
being made cue badges became to my eye, a little less interesting.
Burroughes and Watts ceased trading around this
time and many of the older characters of Billiards and Snooker had retired or
My own personal cue collection ceases at this
time and as far as I am concerned it is revealing that no high quality John
Pullman Champion cue seems to exist.