English Amateur Billiards Association

World Amateur

THE FIRST “WORLD AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP” The idea of a World Championship for amateur players can be traced back to 1915, when the UK Championship changed its format to allow the entry of recognised champions from Commonwealth counties (which of course represented all the significant billiard playing nations of the world). This was grandly styled as …

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The Professional Championship

Articles and Other Documents : The Professional Championship, 1800-1899 1800 – 1899 Professional players in the early part of the 19th century tended to be employed as Markers in public billiard rooms or subscription rooms (private clubs). Alternatively, and perhaps more commonly, they would be “hustlers” who frequented these rooms looking for money matches with …

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Walter Lindrum

Walter Albert Lindrum: His Life and Times by Peter Ainsworth The Golden Age of Billiards   “Lindrum to billiards is what a Shakespeare is to literature – one of those rare beings, gifted with supreme genius who only appear once in the history of a nation. I think the Lindrum period will go down to …

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Tom Reece

  Tom Reece’s ‘Record’ Break by Peter Ainsworth & Jock McGregor The largest break ever recorded at English billiards was made by Tom Reece when over a period of five weeks in 1907, he amassed a total of 499,135 points by means of the anchor, or as it was quickly christened, the “cradle” cannon. It …

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Kentfield

The Game of Billiards by Edwin Kentfield The Proprietor’s Address THE GAME OF BILLIARDS has some general claims upon the attention and patronage of the public, which it becomes the proprietor of this Treatise humbly to advocate and explain. It affords a recreation, which, with the exception of Chess, it the only one usually (would …

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Inman

Billiards & Snooker (1937, 1948 ed) by Horace Lindrum (Chapter by Mel Inman) A Tom Webster cartoon MY journalistic friends are fond of referring to me as “the veteran,” and everybody knows what Tom Webster has done to my likeness. I suppose, therefore, I may be allowed to adopt a tone of patriarchal reminiscence in …

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Hoyle on Billiards

Articles and Other Documents : Hoyle on Billiards THE NEW POCKET HOYLE CONSISTING OF GENTLEMEN’S GAMES;   VIZ. BILLIARDS, BACKGAMMON,   CHESS. DRAUGHTS, CRICKET, HAZARD, TENNIS, GOLF, COCKING, HORSE RACING. Accurately displaying THE RULES AND PRACTICE, As admitted and established by the first Players in the Kingdom. WITH A VARIETY OF NEW IMPROVEMENTS By CHARLES …

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At Thurstons

Articles and Other Documents : At Thurston’s AT THURSTON’S BEYOND THE VOICES OF LEICESTER SQUARE there is peace. It is in Thurston’s Billiard Hall, which I visited for the first time, the other afternoon, to see the final in the Professional Championship. Let me put it on record that for one hour and a half, …

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Archive

I am now almost half way through adding the old data from the previous web site to the new system. ON certain pages there are links from the old site which will not work so don’t bother clicking them. This area is just to preserve the old data in a readable format. Simply enter a …

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