David Taylor (snooker player)
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David Taylor (left) with Alex Higgins at an exhibition at Queen's University Belfast, 1968
29 July 1943 |
Bowdon, Altrincham, Cheshire
|Nickname||The Silver Fox|
|Highest ranking||7 (1981/82)|
|Highest break||125 (1984 Professional Snooker League)|
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.
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 was the first snooker player to pot all balls in the final round of BBC snooker gameshow Big Break.
- "Former world champions set for Crucible qualifying". BBC Sport. BBC. 1 March 2010. Retrieved 5 December 2010.
- David Taylor at CueTracker.net: Snooker Results and Statistic Database