English Amateur Championship (snooker)

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English Amateur Championship
Tournament information
Country England
Established 1916
Organisation(s) English Association of Snooker & Billiards
Format Amateur event
Recent edition 2014
Current champion(s) England Ben Harrison

The English Amateur Championship is an annual snooker competition played in England and is the highest ranking and most prestigious amateur event in England.

It is the oldest and longest-lasting snooker tournament in the world having been established back in 1916, 9 years before the World Snooker Championship. The first two tournaments were won by Charles N. Jaques, who was subsequently shot through the wrist in World War I and unable to defend his title again.[1][2]

In the 1925 championship WL Crompton achieved the first ever over 50 points, finishing with a break of 62.

Up until 1926, the finale was based on the aggregate points score from seven frames. However following a controversial finish in the 1926 final when Fred Morley lost despite having won more frames the format was adjusted to the present day mode in which a player wins a match when a predetermined number of frames have been won. Coincidentally this was also the same year that the professional World Snooker Championship was established.

After the Second World War, the number of participants increased, which is why regional preliminaries were introduced. A total of four winners of the tournament were later went on to become world champions including John Pulman, Terry Griffiths, John Spencer, Ray Reardon . Despite losing in the finals John Spencer, John Parrott and Ronnie O'Sullivan would all also go on to become future World Champion.

Alex Davies became the youngest winner in the history of championship in 2003 at the age of 15 years and 10 months.[3]

The championship is currently held by Ben Harrison who defeated Antony Parsons 10–6 in the final of the 2014 championship.

Winners[edit]

[4][5]

Year Winner Runner-up Final score
Amateur event
1916 New Zealand Charles Jaques Unknown Unknown
1917 New Zealand Charles Jaques Unknown Unknown
1918 United States T. N. Palmer Unknown Unknown
1919 England Sidney Fry Unknown Unknown
1920 United States A. R. Wisdom Unknown Unknown
1921 England M. J. Vaughan England Sidney Fry 384–378 (4–1)
1922 England Jack McGlynn England C. Cox 423–301 (5–2)
1923 England Walter Coupe Northern Ireland E. Forshall 432–377 (6–1)
1924 England Walter Coupe England H. G. Olden 413–333 (5–2)
1925 England Jack McGlynn England W. L. Crompton 392–308 (4–3)
1926 England W. Nash England Fred Morley 383–356 (3–4)
1927 England Ollie Jackson Republic of Ireland Tony Casey 4–2
1928 England Pat Matthews England Frank Whittall 5–4
1929 England Laurie Steeples England Frank Whittall 5–4
1930 England Laurie Steeples England Frank Whittall 5–1
1931 England Pat Matthews England Harry Kingsley 5–4
1932 England W. E. Bach England Ollie Jackson 5–3
1933 England E. Bedford England Albert Kershaw 5–1
1934 England Charles Beavis England Pat Matthews 5–2
1935 England Charles Beavis England Duggie Hindmarch 5–3
1936 England Pat Matthews England Charles Beavis 5–3
1937 England Kingsley Kennerley England W. H. Dennis 5–3
1938 England Pat Matthews England Kingsley Kennerley 5–1
1939 England Percy Bendon England Kingsley Kennerley 6–4
1940 England Kingsley Kennerley England Albert Brown 8–7
1941-1945 No computation due to World War II
1946 England John Pulman England Albert Brown 5–3
1947 England Harold Morris England Charley Kent 5–1
1948 England Sidney Battye England Tommy Postlethwaite 6–4
1949 England Tommy Gordon England Sydney Kilbank 6–5
1950 England Alf Nolan Wales Gary Owen 6–5
1951 England Rex Williams England Percy Bendon 6–1
1952 Northern Ireland Charles Downey England Jack Allen 6–1
1953 England Tommy Gordon England George Humphries 6–5
1954 England Geoff Thompson Wales Cliff Wilson 11–9
1955 England Maurice Parkin England Alf Nolan 11–7
1956 England Tommy Gordon Wales Ray Reardon 11–9
1957 England Ron Gross England Stan Haslam 11–6
1958 Wales Marcus Owen England Jack Fitzmaurice 11–8
1959 Wales Marcus Owen England Alan Barnett 11–5
1960 England Ron Gross England John Price 11–4
1961 England Alan Barnett England Ray Edmonds 11–9
1962 England Ron Gross England Jonathan Barron 11–9
1963 Wales Gary Owen England Ron Gross 11–9
1964 Wales Ray Reardon England John Spencer 11–8
1965 England Pat Houlihan England John Spencer 11–3
1966 England John Spencer Wales Marcus Owen 11–5
1967 Wales Marcus Owen England Sid Hood 11–4
1968 England David Taylor Scotland Chris Ross 11–6
1969 England Ray Edmonds England Jonathan Barron 11–6
1970 England Jonathan Barron England Sid Hood 11–10
1971 England Jonathan Barron England Doug French 11–9
1972 England Jonathan Barron England Ray Edmonds 11–9
1973 Wales Marcus Owen England Ray Edmonds 11–6
1974 England Ray Edmonds Republic of Ireland Patsy Fagan 11–4
1975 England Sid Hood England Willie Thorne 11–6
1976 Scotland Chris Ross England Roy Andrewartha 11–7
1977 Wales Terry Griffiths England Sid Hood 13–3
1978 Wales Terry Griffiths England Joe Johnson 13–6
1979 England Jimmy White England Dave Martin 13–10
1980 England Joe O'Boye England Dave Martin 13–9
1981 England Vic Harris England George Wood 13–9
1982 England Dave Chalmers England Malcolm Bradley 13–9
1983 England Tony Jones England John Parrott 13–9
1984 England Steve Longworth Wales Wayne Jones 13–8
1985 England Terry Whitthread Scotland Jim McNellan 13–4
1986 England Anthony Harris England Geoff Grennan 13–9
1987 England Mark Rowing England Sean Lanigan 13–11
1988 England Barry Pinches England Craig Edwards 13–6
1989 England Nigel Bond England Barry Pinches 13–11
1990 Northern Ireland Joe Swail Scotland Alan McManus 13–11
1991 England Steve Judd England Ronnie O'Sullivan 13–10
1992 England Stephen Lee England Neil Mosley 13–8
1993 England Neil Mosley England Eddie Barker 8–5
1994 England Matthew Davies England Michael Rhodes 8–5
1995 England David Gray England Paul Hunter 8–7
1996 England Stuart Bingham England Peter Lines 8–4
1997 England David Lilley England Robert Marshall 8–7
1998 England Tim Bailey England Craig Butler 8–3
1999 England David Lilley England Andrew Norman 8–5
2000 England Nick Marsh England David Lilley 8–5
2001 England Luke Fisher England Sunit Vaswani 8–4
2002 England Martin Gould England Craig Taylor 8–6
2003 England Alex Davies England Ben Woollaston 8–7
2004 England David Lilley England Wayne Cooper 8–6
2005 England David Grace England Andy Symons-Rowe 8–3
2006 England Mark Joyce England Martin O'Donnell 8–3
2007 England Martin Gould England David Lilley 8–7
2008 England David Grace England Ben Hancorn 9–7
2009 England Jimmy Robertson England David Craggs 9–8
2010 England Jack Lisowski Republic of Ireland Leo Fernandez 9–2
2011 Republic of Ireland Leo Fernandez England John Whitty 10–6
2012 England Gary Wilson England Martin O'Donnell 10–9
2013 England Stuart Carrington England Ben Harrison 10–2
2014[6] England Ben Harrison England Antony Parsons 10–6

Stats[edit]

Finalists[edit]

Rank Name Nationality Winner Runner-up Total
1 Pat Matthews  England 4 1 5
1 Marcus Owen  Wales 4 1 5
3 Jonathan Barron  England 3 2 5
3 David Lilley  England 3 2 5
5 Ron Gross  England 3 1 4
6 Ray Edmonds  England 2 3 5
7 Kingsley Kennerley  England 2 2 4
8 Charles Beavis  England 2 1 3
9 Laurie Steeples  England 2 0 2
9 Gould, MartinMartin Gould  England 2 0 2
9 Grace, DavidDavid Grace  England 2 0 2
9 Charles Jaques  New Zealand 2 0 2
9 Jack McGlynn  England 2 0 2
9 Walter Coupe  England 2 0 2
9 Griffiths, TerryTerry Griffiths  Wales 2 0 2
9 Tommy Gordon  England 2 0 2
17 Spencer, JohnJohn Spencer  England 1 2 3
17 Sid Hood  England 1 2 3
19 Chris Ross  Scotland 1 1 2
19 Sidney Fry  England 1 1 2
19 Alf Nolan  England 1 1 2
19 Fernandez, LeoLeo Fernandez  Ireland 1 1 2
19 Ben Harrison  England 1 1 2
19 Reardon, RayRay Reardon  Wales 1 1 2
19 Neil Mosley  England 1 1 2
19 Alan Barnett  England 1 1 2
19 Percy Bendon  England 1 1 2
19 Pinches, BarryBarry Pinches  England 1 1 2
19 Owen, GaryGary Owen  Wales 1 1 2
19 Ollie Jackson  England 1 1 2
31 Carrington, StuartStuart Carrington  England 1 0 1
31 Charles Downey  Northern Ireland 1 0 1
31 Pulman, JohnJohn Pulman  England 1 0 1
31 David Taylor  England 1 0 1
31 Gary Wilson  England 1 0 1
31 Harold Morris  England 1 0 1
31 Lisowski, JackJack Lisowski  England 1 0 1
31 Lee, StephenStephen Lee  England 1 0 1
31 Robertson, JimmyJimmy Robertson  England 1 0 1
31 W. E. Bach  England 1 0 1
31 E. Bedford  England 1 0 1
31 Joyce, MarkMark Joyce  England 1 0 1
31 Williams, RexRex Williams  England 1 0 1
31 T. N. Palmer  United States 1 0 1
31 W. Nash  England 1 0 1
31 Steve Judd  England 1 0 1
31 Geoff Thompson  England 1 0 1
31 Maurice Parkin  England 1 0 1
31 A. R. Wisdom  United States 1 0 1
31 Davies, AlexAlex Davies  England 1 0 1
31 Pat Houlihan  England 1 0 1
31 Gray, DavidDavid Gray  England 1 0 1
31 Swail, JoeJoe Swail  Northern Ireland 1 0 1
31 Bond, NigelNigel Bond  England 1 0 1
31 Matthew Davies  England 1 0 1
31 Dave Chalmers  England 1 0 1
31 Vic Harris  England 1 0 1
31 Jack Allen  England 1 0 1
31 Sidney Battye  England 1 0 1
31 Steve Longworth  England 1 0 1
31 Terry Whitthread  England 1 0 1
31 Anthony Harris  England 1 0 1
31 Mark Rowing  England 1 0 1
31 Jones, TonyTony Jones  England 1 0 1
31 White, JimmyJimmy White  England 1 0 1
66 Joe O'Boye  England 0 3 3
67 O'Donnell, MartinMartin O'Donnell  England 0 2 2
67 Dave Martin  England 0 2 2
67 Albert Brown  England 0 2 2
70 Luke Fisher  England 0 1 1
70 Nick Marsh  England 0 1 1
70 W. H. Dennis  England 0 1 1
70 Antony Parsons  England 0 1 1
70 John Whitty  England 0 1 1
70 David Craggs  England 0 1 1
70 Ben Hancorn  England 0 1 1
70 Andy Symons-Rowe  England 0 1 1
70 C. Cox  England 0 1 1
70 E. Forshall  Northern Ireland 0 1 1
70 H. G. Olden  England 0 1 1
70 W. L. Crompton  England 0 1 1
70 Fred Morley  England 0 1 1
70 Wayne Cooper  England 0 1 1
70 Woollaston, BenBen Woollaston  England 0 1 1
70 Craig Taylor  England 0 1 1
70 Sunit Vaswani  England 0 1 1
70 Tony Casey  Ireland 0 1 1
70 Robert Marshall  England 0 1 1
70 Craig Butler  England 0 1 1
70 Norman, AndrewAndrew Norman  England 0 1 1
70 Hunter, PaulPaul Hunter  England 0 1 1
70 Michael Rhodes  England 0 1 1
70 Doug French  England 0 1 1
70 O'Sullivan, RonnieRonnie O'Sullivan  England 0 1 1
70 McManus, AlanAlan McManus  Scotland 0 1 1
70 Eddie Barker  England 0 1 1
70 Craig Edwards  England 0 1 1
70 Wayne Jones  Wales 0 1 1
70 Parrott, JohnJohn Parrott  England 0 1 1
70 Jim McNellan  Scotland 0 1 1
70 Geoff Grennan  England 0 1 1
70 Sean Lanigan  England 0 1 1
70 Malcolm Bradley  England 0 1 1
70 George Wood  England 0 1 1
70 Johnson, JoeJoe Johnson  England 0 1 1
70 Roy Andrewartha  England 0 1 1
70 Thorne, WillieWillie Thorne  England 0 1 1
70 Albert Kershaw  England 0 1 1
70 Duggie Hindmarch  England 0 1 1
70 Harry Kingsley  England 0 1 1
70 Charley Kent  England 0 1 1
70 Tommy Postlethwaite  England 0 1 1
70 Sydney Kilbank  England 0 1 1
70 George Humphries  England 0 1 1
70 Wilson, CliffCliff Wilson  Wales 0 1 1
70 Jack Fitzmaurice  England 0 1 1
70 John Price  England 0 1 1
70 Stan Haslam  England 0 1 1

References[edit]

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