Peter Shelley (Stoke-on-Trent)
Some players are said to be made, but Peter Shelley was surely born to our game, arriving into this World in 1941 at his
grandparents home, the
Stafford Constitutional Club.
Grandfather was the club
Steward and a very decent
player, while Peter’s father, a
farmer, was also a handy cueist
and even now, at the age of
eighty-seven, still enjoys a
game of billiards twice a week.
When Peter went to school he
lived with his grandparents
during the week, and, from the
age of eleven, would practice
for two hours in the early
morning and a further hour in
the evening on the club tables.
At thirteen he became the
youngest ever British Boys
Snooker Champion and two
years later he captured the British Boys´ titles at both snooker
and billiards. During this period he won many local and regional
junior events and even played against Horace Lindrum and Joe
Davis in exhibition games.
He chose Hotel Management and Catering for a career. This led to
him moving around various parts of England, but also had the
effect of considerably curtailing his playing opportunities. After
holding management posts in hotels and golf clubs, Peter secured
his present position as General Manager of “The Reardon”
complex at Stoke-on-Trent. At The Reardon, Peter has ample
opportunity to demonstrate his exceptional talent both on the
billiard table and in the kitchen – visitors to the annual ranking tournament at the club are perhaps attracted equally by the day’s
play and the culinary delights on offer.
Peter’s playing record is extensive and impressive; many County
and regional titles, three times English Grand Master Billiards
winner, three times finalist is both the English Amateur Billiards
Championship and the National C.I.U. Championship, regular
England International and three times a contender in I.B.S.F. World
events, in Bangalore (1990), the Walter Lindrum Centenary event
in Melbourne (1998) and Carlow, Ireland (1999), where he reached
the quarter-final stage. He is a fast and fluid player, brilliant rather
than methodical and always looking to approach the top-of-the-
table. On four occasions he has made a break in excess of five
hundred, the highest being a match run of 589. His highest break
this year? Only 472! Peter has not played competitive snooker
since 1988 but has to his credit a match break of 138 and, in
practice, the magical 147.
He is the Chairman of the English Amateur Billiards Association
and is a staunch supporter of the principle of amateur billiards.