The opening Sunday at the Crucible was the scene for my first visit of the 2016 World Snooker Championship – my 12th year in a row and 13th in total!
Attending the afternoon and evening sessions, I saw the Scottish duo of Stephen Maguire and Alan McManus complete their first round battle before watching two young stars in Michael White and Sam Baird get their match started with the opening nine-frame session.
It also turned out to be a momentous day in the history of Snooker as a whole as the legendary 6-time World Champion Steve Davis retired from the game competitively, having failed to qualify for this year’s championship.
On Wednesday 28th April I was back at the Crucible. I met Steve Davis (again) and Chris Edwards from the rock band Kasabian, before going in to watch two brilliant quarter final matches come to an end.
Former professional snooker referee Paul Collier is the latest snooker star to be interviewed on ryan147.com.
Since turning professional in 1991, Paul Collier had a very successful career as a snooker referee. Paul refereed his first Ranking Event Final in January 2002, the Welsh Open. Then in 2004 Paul was lucky enough to take charge of the 2004 World final between Ronnie O’Sullivan and Graeme Dott at the Crucible Theatre. Sadly at the end of the 2004/05 season Paul gave up being a professional referee, however he still takes charge of the Premier League each year.