Cliff Wilson

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Cliff Wilson
Cliff Wilson.jpg
Born (1934-05-10)10 May 1934
Tredegar, Wales
Died 21 May 1994(1994-05-21) (aged 60)
Sport country  Wales
Professional 1979–94
Highest ranking 16 (1988–89)
Highest break 138

Cliff Wilson (10 May 1934 – 21 May 1994[1]) was a Welsh professional snooker player. He became 1978 World Amateur Champion. After turning professional he got into the world's top 16 in 1988 at the age of 55, despite very poor eyesight and a number of other ailments.

Amateur years[edit]

Wilson was a talented amateur snooker player who grew up in the same town, Tredegar, as his friend and snooker rival Ray Reardon. He won the National Under-19 Championship in 1952 and 1953 and the Welsh Amateur Championship in 1956.

Giving up the game[edit]

Snooker's popularity was on the wane during the 1950s and it was extremely difficult to join the small, closed professional circuit. Wilson became disillusioned with the game and gave up snooker completely for fifteen years. During this time he worked at the steelworks at Llanwern.[1]

Turning professional[edit]

Wilson's interest in the game rekindled in the early 1970s and, after winning the IBSF World Amateur Championship in 1978, he finally turned professional the following year at the age of 45.[1] He broke into the top sixteen for one season, 1988/89, a remarkable achievement for someone aged 55. He later went on to win the last ever World Seniors Championships in 1991 (beating Eddie Charlton 5–4 in the final), at the time picking up a cheque for £16,000, his highest prize winnings.

His popular exhibitions went under the banner "You've never seen anything like it!"

He was known as a fast player and a dangerous potter; but, although he played in the World Championship at the Crucible Theatre on eight occasions, he never progressed beyond the first round – a record he shares with Rex Williams.

He played a young Ronnie O'Sullivan in the 1992 UK championship, winning 9–8[1] against the then 16-year-old who won the championship the following year.

The highest break of his career was 138.


  1. ^ a b c d Hodgson, Guy (27 May 1994). "Obituary: Cliff Wilson". The Independent. Retrieved 2013-01-16. 

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