David Taylor (snooker player)

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David Taylor
David Taylor (left) with Alex Higgins at an exhibition at Queen's University Belfast, 1968
Born (1943-07-29) 29 July 1943 (age 73)
Bowdon, Altrincham, Cheshire
Sport country  England
Nickname The Silver Fox
Professional 1968–1997
Highest ranking 7 (1981/82)
Career winnings £209,780[1]
Highest break 125 (1984 Professional Snooker League)
Century breaks 15[2]
Best ranking finish Final (1982 Jameson International)
Tournament wins
Non-ranking 1

David Taylor (born 29 July 1943) is a retired English professional snooker player. He won the World and English Amateur Championships in 1968, before the success of those wins encouraged him to turn professional. Although an excellent player, Taylor never quite reached the very top of the game. He was nicknamed "The Silver Fox" because of his prematurely grey hair.


He reached three major finals, but lost them all. The first was the UK Championship in 1978 (he lost to Doug Mountjoy 9–15). Then, in 1981, he lost to Steve Davis in the Yamaha Organs Trophy (later the British Open) 6–9, and he lost 6–9 to Tony Knowles in the 1982 Jameson International. The last of these was his only ranking event final; the others would be ranking events in the future but were not at the time he reached the final. In the Quarter Finals of this event he beat the then World Champion, Steve Davis 5–3. Three times a defeated Quarter Finalist, his best performance in the World Championship was at the 1980 event, when he lost to Cliff Thorburn 7–16 in the semi-final having beaten the number one seed and 6 times World Champion Ray Reardon 13–11 in the Quarter Final. His only major tournament win was with Steve Davis and John Spencer during the 1981 State Express World Team Classic for the England team. He was a member of the elite Top 16 World Rankings for 10 consecutive years until the 1985/6 season, reaching a high of No 7 in the 1981/82 season.

He made a surprise return to enter the 2010 World Snooker Championship qualifying rounds, aged 66 but lost to Paul Wykes 5–1 in Match 2 on 26 February 2010.[3]

Outside snooker[edit]

Outside professional tournament play, Taylor once made three consecutive total clearances at an exhibition match and also recorded seven centuries in seven frames in a witnessed practice session.

He was one of the two commentators during Steve Davis' first televised maximum break. After his career wound down he ran an award-winning hotel.

He currently runs Ash Farm Country Guest House with his wife in Little Bollington near Altrincham in Cheshire.

He was the first snooker player to pot all balls in the final round of BBC snooker gameshow Big Break.

Career finals[edit]

Ranking finals: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 1982 International Open England Tony Knowles 6–9

Non-ranking finals: 3 (1 title, 2 runner-ups)[edit]

UK Championship (0–1)
Other (1–1)
Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 1978 UK Championship Wales Doug Mountjoy 9–15
Runner-up 2. 1981 Yamaha Organs Trophy England Steve Davis 6–9
Winner 1. 1988 WPBSA Non-Ranking - Event 3 England Steve Meakin 9–1

Amateur finals: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 1968 English Amateur Championship Scotland Chris Ross 11–6


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