Scotland and Snooker
Scotland and snooker has gone together well over the years. Scotland has produced their fair share of snooker champions. Here we will take a look at some tidbits of trivia that link Scotland and snooker together.
First Scottish snooker player to get 147.
The very first ‘maximum’ snooker break of 147, in competitive play, came in 1955 when Joe Davis of England hit the top score at Leicester Square Hall. The first maximum snooker break by a Scotsman didn’t happen until 1989 – the honours going to John Rea at Marco’s Leisure Centre in Glasgow.
A snooker break of 148.
The history of snooker has seen very few breaks of 147. In competitive snooker there has only been a total of 49 ‘maximum’ breaks. On one occasion, a Scottish snooker player went one better. On Sunday, 17th October 2004, Jamie Burnett made a break of 148.
When he first made it to the snooker table, Burnett took the brown ball as a free ball and then potted the brown as a colour. He then took 15 reds, 12 blacks, 2 pinks and a blue. He finished off by clearing up the rest of the colours – giving a grand total of 148.
Although it was in a competitive snooker match, because it was a qualifying round, there was no financial reward for such a high break. It is possible in snooker to get a break that is higher, but 148 remains the record in competitive play.
Scottish snooker in the 1990’s.
(Stephen Hendry, famed snooker player from Scotland - Image Source)
If the game of snooker belonged to Steve David in the 1980’s then the 1990’s certainly belonged to Scottish snooker player Stephen Hendry. During that decade, Hendry won the Snooker World Championship 7 times. By the end of the decade though, another Scotsman came onto the snooker scene – John Higgins, from Lanarkshire, won his first Snooker World Title in 1998.
Snooker match stopped by rain.
During the 1999 World Snooker Championship semi-final between Scottish snooker player John Higgins and Welshman Mark Williams, the match had to be stopped after rain water dropped on to the table. The water had built up on an overhead TV gantry and spilled on to the green baize snooker table surface. It was soon sorted and play continued, with Higgins winning through, before losing to Stephen Hendry in the final.
Snooker and billiards.
Walter Donaldson was a famous Scottish snooker player born in 1907. He was World Professional Snooker Champion in 1947 & 1950, and was runner up in 1948, 49, 51, 52, 53 & 54. It wasn’t just snooker that Donaldson was renowned for – he was the UK under 16s Billiard Champion in 1922. He certainly wasn’t snookered!