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The History of Snooker and Billiards - Clive Everton

My cues

The Breaks Came My Way - Joe Davis

Billiards

Billiards & Snooker Bygones

John Roberts Junior

The Postcard Album by Roger Lee

Red Ball Play - George Gray

Tom Newman

Willie Smith`s Guide Billiards in Easy Stages

Ted Lowe talking to Frank Butler Between Frames



 

 History Page, Billiards Championship records
Date Winner Runner up
1870
Feb
William Cook John Roberts Senior
1870
Apr
John Roberts Junior William Cook
1870
Jun
John Roberts Junior A Bowles
1870
Nov
Joseph Bennett John Roberts Junior
1871
Jan
John Roberts Junior Joseph Bennett
1871
May
William Cook John Roberts Junior
1871
Nov
William Cook Joseph Bennett
1871
Mar
William Cook John Roberts Junior
1874
Feb
William Cook John Roberts Junior
1875
May
John Roberts Junior William Cook
1875
Dec
John Roberts Junior William Cook
1877
May
John Roberts Junior William Cook
1880
May
Joseph Bennett William Cook
1881
Jan
Joseph Bennett Tom Taylor
1885
Apr
John Roberts Junior William Cook
1885
Jun
John Roberts Junior Joseph Bennett
1889 Charles Dawson J North
1900 Charles Dawson H W Stevenson
1901 H W Stevenson Charles Dawson
1901 Charles Dawson H W Stevenson
1901 H W Stevenson Charles Dawson
1901 H W Stevenson
declared champion
 
1903 Charles Dawson H W Stevenson
1908 Melbourne Inman
declared champion
 
1908 Melbourne Inman A F Williams
1908 H W Stevenson
declared champion
 
1910 H W Stevenson Melbourne Inman
1911 H W Stevenson Melbourne Inman
1912 Melbourne Inman Tom Reece
1913 Melbourne Inman Tom Reece
1914 Melbourne Inman Tom Reece
1919 Melbourne Inman H W Stevenson
1920 Willie Smith Claude Falkiner
1921 Tom Newman Tom Reece
1922 Tom Newman Claude Falkiner
1923 Willie Smith Tom Newman
1924 Tom Newman Tom Reece
1925 Tom Newman Tom Reece
1926 Tom Newman Joe Davis
1927 Tom Newman Joe Davis
1928 Joe Davis Tom Newman
1929 Joe Davis Tom Newman
1930 Joe Davis Tom Newman
1932 Joe Davis Clark McConachy
1933 Walter Lindrum Joe Davis
1934 Walter Lindrum Joe Davis
     

I have created the above table of information to put into context some of the players that we talk about throughout the Web Site.

Throughout this era the Snooker championship was played for and won from 1927 onwards by Joe Davis. His chief rivals were his brother Fred, Tom Newman and Willie Smith.

Another cue man that rates a mention is Tom Dennis who competed more than once against Joe Davis and made a reasonable account of the contest.

Horace Lindrum had a good battle with Joe Davis in 1940 and so must have been quite a player as well. In fact Horace Lindrum made a 137 break in 1937, which was quite an achievement at the time due to the tight pockets and composition balls of the time. Joe Davis made the 147 break in 1955 incidentally.

In 1934 Joe Davis defeated Tom Newman by 25 frames to 23 for the world Snooker championship which shows that Tom could certainly hold a cue, so to speak.

Sidney Smith made a total clearance in the early to mid 1930’s as well, proving that on his day, he could be a force to be reckoned with.

Joe himself must have been a tremendous competitor, beating off this group of up and coming players for twenty years, he must have been an immensely determined character to also beat his brother Fred 37 frames to 36 in 1940.

The only two people that have ever held the Snooker and Billiards world titles in their careers to this date are Joe and Fred Davis.

If you get the chance take a look at the footage of Joe Davis making a century break, what struck me about this film was Joe’s speed around the table and the certainty with which he played the game.

I hope that these talking points are useful and that the information included provides useful reference.

David Smith

 

 
 
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