Burden at the 2016 Paul Hunter Classic
|Born||14 December 1976|
Paddington, London, England
|Highest ranking||38 (2001/02–2002/03)|
2016 English Open
|Best ranking finish||Quarter-final (2016 China Open, 2016 European Masters, 2017 Gibraltar Open, 2018 Scottish Open)|
Alfred Burden (born 14 December 1976) is an English former professional snooker player from London. He announced his retirement from the sport on 2 September 2020.
Burden originally had his eyes set on making a career as a professional footballer, but a badly broken leg curtailed this ambition. He spent a couple of seasons at Arsenal F.C. as a schoolboy apprentice, but was with Swindon Town F.C. at the time of the injury. Burden soon showed he was well above average at snooker and qualified for the World Championship in 1998. He gave Tony Drago a run for his money before losing 8–10.
In the 2006–07 season, Burden qualified for the China Open. He defeated Shokat Ali, Rod Lawler and former top-16 player David Gray to qualify for the tournament but lost in the Wild Card round to Chinese player Mei Xiwen, 2–5. He dropped off the main tour after the 2007/08 season.
On 25 November 2009 he won the IBSF World Snooker Championship in Hyderabad, India, beating Brazilian Igor Figueiredo 10–8 in the final. With this he earned a place on the 2010/2011 professional main tour and did well enough over that and the following season to end 2011/12 ranked world number 60, inside the top 64 who retained their places for the 2012–13 season.
Burden had an exceptional 2012/2013 season in the minor-ranking Players Tour Championship events. In the Second Event he beat Andrew Higginson, James Wattana, Barry Hawkins, Robert Milkins and Ryan Day to reach the semi-finals. There, he was defeated 1–4 by Martin Gould. In the European Tour Event 3 played in Antwerp, Belgium, Burden beat Gareth Allen, Joe Swail and Mark King, before losing 3–4 to Neil Robertson in the last 16. These results, together with three other last 32 defeats, helped Burden to 23rd place on the PTC Order of Merit, just inside the top 26 who qualified for the Finals. In the Finals, Burden beat world number one Judd Trump 4–3, clinching the match with a 116 break to reach the last 16, the joint furthest he has ever been in a ranking event and the first since 2000. Burden subsequently lost 2–4 to Xiao Guodong in the last 16. He then reached the final round of World Championship Qualifying with wins over Paul Davison and Dave Harold, but lost 5–10 to Dominic Dale to end the season ranked world number 53.
Burden qualified for the first round of the 2013 Wuxi Classic to begin the 2013–14 season, but lost 5–2 to Ali Carter in the opening round. He saw off three players to reach the first round of the Australian Goldfields Open and then beat Michael Holt 5–2 to match his best ever performance in a ranking event. In the last 16 he lost 5–3 against Mark Davis. At the European Tour event, the Gdynia Open, Burden won four matches but was then defeated 4–3 by Sam Baird in the quarter-finals. He finished 34th on the Order of Merit, nine places outside of qualifying for the Finals. Burden got through to the second round of the China Open courtesy of Tony Drago's withdrawal and then lost 5–3 to Jimmy White.
Burden won just two matches in his first eight events of the 2014–15 season but then won four matches to advance to the quarter-finals of the Xuzhou Open, where he lost 4–2 to Tom Ford. He beat David Grace 5–3 and Sam Baird 5–4 in qualifying for the German Masters. Burden defeated Michael Georgiou 5–3 in the first round, closing the match with a 112 break, but fell short of reaching the first ranking event quarter-final of his career as Ryan Day knocked him out 5–2. He ended the season 67th in the world rankings which would have relegated him from the tour, but his Asian Tour performances earned him a new two-year card.
Burden reached the first ranking event quarter-final of his career in the 2016 China Open courtesy of victories over Robbie Williams, Joe Perry, Rhys Clark and Rory McLeod, where he lost 5–1 to Stephen Maguire. He held a 9–5 advantage over Ryan Day in the second round of World Championship qualifying, before being defeated 10–9.
Burden edged out Ryan Day 4–3 to qualify for the 2016 European Masters and then beat Yu Delu 4–1 and Ricky Walden 4–3 to play in his second career ranking event quarter-final, where he was thrashed 4–0 by Mark Selby.
In December 2016 Burden scored his first 147 Maximum Break in competition, coming against Daniel Wells in the English Open. Burden went on to lose the match 4-3 but came away with £12,000 prize money on account of his high break.
In January 2017, Burden was found guilty of placing bets totalling £25,000 on snooker matches including those he had played in. He had bet on himself to win and over the 86 bets in 10 years he had lost £2,995. Burden was fined £5,000 and given a six-month ban, which will only come into force if he bets on snooker again before January 2018. His second quarter-final of the season came at the Gibraltar Open and he made breaks of 131 and 109 to force a deciding frame with Nigel Bond, but lost it.
Burden went into Qualifying for the 2018 World Championships in danger of losing his place on the Tour and in need of a good showing to retain his place. He achieved this, clinching the deciding frame in the second round of qualifying to beat higher-ranked player David Gilbert 10-9 and secure his place on the Tour for two more years, despite having finished the season outside the top 64, on account of his performances in the 2017/18 season. Burden lost out to Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 10–8 in the final round of qualifying and thus failed to emulate his achievement of 1998 in reaching the last 32 and a place at snooker's biggest stage, the Crucible Theatre.
In December 2018 Burden defeated former world champions Peter Ebdon and John Higgins on his way to reaching the quarter-finals of the Scottish Open. Remarkably, in rounds 2 and 3 he came back from 3-0 down to win 4–3 against Marco Fu and Zhang Yong, respectively. A lacklustre performance in the quarter-final resulted in a 5–0 loss to the eventual tournament winner Mark Allen.
He has the highest number of centuries for any player never to have been ranked in the top 32.
Burden announced his retirement from snooker on 2 September 2020. 
Performance and rankings timeline
|Ranking[nb 1]||[nb 2]||262||186||122||77||61||50||38||38||59||70||70||67||74||[nb 3]||[nb 3]||[nb 2]||57||60||53||50||[nb 4]||65||60||[nb 5]||77|
|Riga Masters[nb 6]||Tournament Not Held||MR||LQ||LQ||1R||LQ|
|International Championship||Tournament Not Held||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||3R||LQ|
|China Championship||Tournament Not Held||NR||1R||LQ||LQ|
|English Open||Tournament Not Held||1R||1R||1R||2R|
|World Open[nb 7]||LQ||LQ||LQ||3R||LQ||LQ||2R||2R||LQ||2R||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||A||A||LQ||LQ||LQ||1R||Not Held||1R||1R||LQ||2R|
|Northern Ireland Open||Tournament Not Held||1R||1R||1R||1R|
|Scottish Open[nb 8]||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||1R||2R||1R||LQ||2R||LQ||Tournament Not Held||MR||Not Held||1R||2R||QF||2R|
|European Masters[nb 9]||LQ||LQ||LQ||NH||LQ||Not Held||1R||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||NR||Tournament Not Held||QF||2R||1R||1R|
|German Masters[nb 10]||NH||LQ||LQ||LQ||NR||Tournament Not Held||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||2R||1R||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ|
|World Grand Prix||Tournament Not Held||NR||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ|
|Shoot-Out||Tournament Not Held||Variant Format Event||3R||1R||WD||1R|
|Players Championship[nb 11]||Tournament Not Held||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ|
|Gibraltar Open||Tournament Not Held||MR||QF||4R||1R||2R|
|Tour Championship||Tournament Not Held||DNQ||DNQ|
|Former ranking tournaments|
|Dubai Classic[nb 12]||LQ||LQ||LQ||Tournament Not Held|
|Malta Grand Prix||Non-Ranking Event||2R||NR||Tournament Not Held|
|Thailand Masters[nb 13]||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||1R||LQ||NR||Not Held||NR||Tournament Not Held|
|British Open||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||1R||1R||LQ||1R||LQ||LQ||LQ||Tournament Not Held|
|Irish Masters||Non-Ranking Event||LQ||LQ||LQ||NH||NR||Tournament Not Held|
|Northern Ireland Trophy||Tournament Not Held||NR||LQ||LQ||A||Tournament Not Held|
|Wuxi Classic[nb 14]||Tournament Not Held||Non-Ranking Event||LQ||LQ||LQ||Tournament Not Held|
|Australian Goldfields Open[nb 15]||NR||Tournament Not Held||LQ||LQ||2R||LQ||LQ||Not Held|
|Shanghai Masters||Tournament Not Held||LQ||A||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||1R||Non-Rank.|
|Paul Hunter Classic[nb 16]||Tournament Not Held||Pro-am Event||Minor-Ranking Event||1R||2R||3R||NR|
|Indian Open||Tournament Not Held||LQ||LQ||NH||1R||1R||LQ||NH|
|China Open[nb 17]||Not Held||NR||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||Not Held||LQ||LQ||WR||LQ||A||A||LQ||LQ||LQ||2R||2R||QF||1R||LQ||LQ||NH|
|Former non-ranking tournaments|
|Finnish Masters||NH||QF||Ranking Event|
|Shoot-Out||Tournament Not Held||2R||2R||1R||3R||4R||A||Ranking Event|
|Performance Table Legend|
|LQ||lost in the qualifying draw||#R||lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
|QF||lost in the quarter-finals|
|SF||lost in the semi-finals||F||lost in the final||W||won the tournament|
|DNQ||did not qualify for the tournament||A||did not participate in the tournament||WD||withdrew from the tournament|
|DQ||disqualified from the tournament|
|NH / Not Held||event was not held.|
|NR / Non-Ranking Event||event is/was no longer a ranking event.|
|R / Ranking Event||event is/was a ranking event.|
|RV / Ranking & Variant Format Event||means an event is/was a ranking & variant format event.|
|MR / Minor-Ranking Event||means an event is/was a minor-ranking event.|
|PA / Pro-am Event||means an event is/was a pro-am event.|
|VF / Variant Format Event||means an event is/was a variant format event.|
- From the 2010/2011 season it shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
- New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
- He was not on the Main Tour.
- Players qualified through Asian Tour Order of Merit started the season without prize money ranking points.
- Players qualified One Year Ranking List started the season without ranking points.
- The event was called the Riga Open (2014/2015–2015/2016)
- The event was called the Grand Prix (1994/1995–2000/2001 and 2004/2005–2009/2010), the LG Cup (2001/2002–2003/2004) and the Haikou World Open (2011/2012–2013/2014)
- The event was called the International Open (1994/1995–1996/1997) and the Players Championship (2003/2004)
- The event was called the European Open (1994/1995-1996/1997 and 2001/2002-2003/2004), Irish Open (1998/1999) and the Malta Cup (2004/2005–2007/2008)
- The event was called the German Open (1995/1996–1997/1998)
- The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013) and the Players Championship Grand Final (2013/2014–2015/2016)
- The event was called the Thailand Classic (1995/1996) and the Asian Classic (1996/1997)
- The event was called the Thailand Open (1994/1995–1996/1997)
- The event was called the Jiangsu Classic (2008/2009–2009/2010)
- The event was called the Australian Open (1994/1995) and the Australian Masters (1995/1996)
- The event was called the Grand Prix Fürth (2004/2005) and the Fürth German Open (2005/2006–2006/2007)
- The event was called the China International (1997/1998–1998/1999)
Non-ranking finals: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||Score|
|Winner||1.||1998||UK Tour Event 1||Anthony Davies||6–5|
|Runner-up||1.||1998||UK Tour Event 2||Joe Swail||1–6|
Amateur finals: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||Score|
|Runner-up||1.||2008||PIOS - Event 5||Chris Norbury||2–6|
|Winner||1.||2009||IBSF World Snooker Championship||Igor Figueiredo||10–8|
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