John Parrott

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John Parrott
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John Parrott in October 2008
Born (1964-05-11) 11 May 1964 (age 52)
Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Sport country  England
Nickname The Entertainer
The Carrot
Professional 1983–2010
Highest ranking 2 (3 years)
Career winnings GB£3,160,747[1]
Century breaks 221
Tournament wins
Ranking 9
Non-ranking 7
World Champion 1991

John Parrott, MBE (born 11 May 1964) is an English former professional snooker player and television personality, remembered as one of the best players in the early 1990s.

Parrott won the World Snooker Championship in 1991, defeating Jimmy White in the final. Two years earlier he had lost 3–18 to Steve Davis, the heaviest final defeat in modern times. He repeated his win over White to add the UK Championship title later that year, and is one of only five players to win both championships in the same calendar year. He spent three successive seasons at number 2 in the world rankings, and having compiled 221 centuries is one of several players to have compiled more than 200 competitive centuries during his career.

Early career[edit]

Until the age of 12 Parrott was a keen bowls player[2] but then discovered snooker and has been a keen player ever since. At the age of 15 his talent was spotted by Phil Miller who would become his long-term manager in 1980. Parrott was successful at an early age. He lost in the final of the English Under-16s Championship in 1980 and won the Pontins Junior Championship in 1981. He was Pontins Open Champion in 1982, Junior Pot Black champion in 1982 after narrowly defeating Mark 'Lightning' Lockwood and success followed in 1983, and turned professional the following year after winning a record 14 tournaments in his last year as an amateur player.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Parrott turned professional in 1983 and he made his televised debut as a professional during the 1984 Classic in which he played Alex Higgins in the last 16 of the competition in front of a packed house at Warrington near his home town of Liverpool. He then caused a stir when he won the match 5–2. He then beat Tony Knowles in the next round before losing to Steve Davis in the semi-finals. By then, bookmakers had him tipped to be the World Snooker Champion within five years (it took him seven years). He took his first ranking title in the 1989 European Open, and defended his title in 1990.

Parrott also boasts 14 consecutive seasons in the top 16 of the snooker world rankings, eleven of them in the top 6.[2]

From 1984 to 2004 Parrott was ever-present at the World Championship, reaching at least the last 16 every year from 1984 to 1995,[2] but he failed to qualify in 2005.[4] Since his 1991 victory he has never again reached the semi-finals, but lost in the quarter-finals seven times between 1992 and 1999.

Overall, Parrott has won a total of nine world ranking events, which is seventh on the all-time list behind Stephen Hendry, Steve Davis, Ronnie O'Sullivan, John Higgins, Mark Williams and Jimmy White. Also, his 1991 triumphs in the World Championship and UK Championship make him one of only five players to win both of snooker's two most prominent ranking titles in the same year.

Parrott has come through the qualifying event for the World Championship a record 10 times. In 2007 he reached the last 16 of the World Championship for the first time in seven years, after victories over James Leadbetter, David Gray and Steve Davis (10–9, having led 6–1 and 9–6).[5]

A record ten of Parrott's World Championship matches have gone to a final-frame decider – he has won 7 of these. Also, John Parrott is the only player to have recorded a "whitewash" in the World Championship final stages – he beat Eddie Charlton 10–0 in the first round in 1992.

Because of Hendry's dominance, Parrott was the runner-up at the Masters on three occasions within a four-year span, and never won the title.

On 4 August 2009 at the qualifiers for the 2009 Shanghai Masters he lost 0–5 against Michael White.

Following his 6–10 defeat to young Chinese Zhang Anda in the 2010 World Championship Qualifiers, Parrott finished outside the top 64 in the end of season rankings and was not assured a place on the main tour for the 2010/2011 season.[6] Later Parrott announced he was to retire from the professional game. He told the Daily Mail:

If I'm off the tour, it’s fairly certain that I'll retire. I certainly won't be playing any lower down. [...] If I lose my card, that's me gone. I still have the utmost respect for the game. I've just lost in the World Championship and I'm not going to spit the dummy out. But I don't enjoy the hours of practice any more.[7]

Parrott did however participate in the preliminary qualifying rounds of the 2012 World Snooker Championship, losing 0–5 to Patrick Wallace in Round 1.

Television work[edit]

Parrott is a studio expert on snooker for BBC Sport, often partnered with Steve Davis, and also does much of their tutorial and playing guidance. He was one of the team captains on A Question of Sport, alongside footballer and pundit Ally McCoist from 1996 to 2002.

He is also a strong follower of horse racing and was part of the presenting team for the BBC's horse racing coverage.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Parrott is a supporter of Everton.[9]

In 1996 Parrott was honoured with an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.[citation needed]

In 2008 Parrott launched John Parrott Cue Sports, an online retailer selling snooker and pool cues and some snooker collectibles.[10]

In 2011 it was announced that Parrott was to be the Honorary Patron of the British Crown Green Bowling Association (BCGBA).[11]

Performance timeline in major tournaments[edit]

Tournament 1983/
UK Championship 1R 1R 1R SF QF QF 2R SF W F SF QF 3R QF 3R QF 4R 6R 2R 1R 1R QF 1R 1R LQ WD LQ A
The Masters A A A A SF F F QF F QF 1R 1R QF QF 1R 1R SF QF A A A A LQ A A A A A
World Championship 2R QF 2R 2R 2R F SF W QF QF QF QF 1R QF QF QF 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R LQ 1R 2R LQ LQ LQ LQ
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

Career finals[edit]

Ranking event finals: 18 (9 titles, 9 runners-up)[edit]

World Championship (1–1)
UK Championship (1–1)
Other (7–7)
Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 1988 The Classic England Steve Davis 11–13
Winner 1. 1989 European Open Wales Terry Griffiths 9–8
Runner-up 2. 1989 World Snooker Championship England Steve Davis 3–18
Winner 2. 1990 European Open (2) Scotland Stephen Hendry 10–6
Winner 3. 1991 World Snooker Championship England Jimmy White 18–11
Winner 4. 1991 Dubai Classic England Tony Knowles 9–3
Winner 5. 1991 UK Championship England Jimmy White 16–13
Runner-up 3. 1992 Strachan Open Thailand James Wattana 5–9
Winner 6. 1992 Dubai Classic (2) Scotland Stephen Hendry 9–8
Runner-up 4. 1992 UK Championship England Jimmy White 9–16
Winner 7. 1994 International Open Thailand James Wattana 9–5
Runner-up 5. 1994 European Open Scotland Stephen Hendry 3–9
Winner 8. 1995 Thailand Classic (3) England Nigel Bond 9–6
Runner-up 6. 1996 Welsh Open Wales Mark Williams 3–9
Winner 9. 1996 European Open (3) England Peter Ebdon 9–7
Runner-up 7. 1997 European Open (2) Scotland John Higgins 5–9
Runner-up 8. 1997 German Open Scotland John Higgins 4–9
Runner-up 9. 1998 Thailand Masters Scotland Stephen Hendry 6–9

Non-ranking finals: 22 (7 titles, 15 runner-ups)[edit]

Masters (0–3)
Premier League (0–2)
Other (7–10)
Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 1988 Kent Cup England Clark, MartinMartin Clark 5–1
Winner 2. 1988 Pontins Professional England Hallett, MikeMike Hallett 9–1
Runner-up 1. 1988 World Matchplay England Davis, SteveSteve Davis 5–9
Runner-up 2. 1989 Matchroom League England Davis, SteveSteve Davis [n 1]
Runner-up 3. 1989 The Masters Scotland Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry 6–9
Runner-up 4. 1989 English Professional Championship England Hallett, MikeMike Hallett 7–9
Runner-up 5. 1989 London Masters Scotland Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry 2–4
Runner-up 6. 1989 World Matchplay (2) England White, JimmyJimmy White 9–18
Runner-up 7. 1990 The Masters (2) Scotland Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry 4–9
Runner-up 8. 1990 London Masters (2) Scotland Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry 2–4
Winner 3. 1990 Norwich Union Grand Prix England Davis, SteveSteve Davis 4–2
Winner 4. 1990 Humo Masters England White, JimmyJimmy White 9–6
Runner-up 9. 1991 Irish Masters England Davis, SteveSteve Davis 5–9
Runner-up 10. 1991 Indian Challenge Scotland Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry 5–9
Runner-up 11. 1992 The Masters (3) Scotland Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry 4–9
Winner 5. 1992 Kent Classic Scotland Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry 6–5
Runner-up 12. 1992 Humo Masters Thailand Wattana, JamesJames Wattana 5–10
Runner-up 13. 1994 European League (2) Scotland Hendry, StephenStephen Hendry 7–10
Winner 6. 1994 Malta Grand Prix Malta Drago, TonyTony Drago 7–6
Runner-up 14. 1995 Red & White Challenge England Bond, NigelNigel Bond 6–8
Winner 7. 1998 German Masters Wales Williams, MarkMark Williams 6–4
Runner-up 15. 2017 World Seniors Championship England Lines, PeterPeter Lines 0–4

Team event finals: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Team/partner Opponent(s) in the final Score
Winner 1. 2000 Nations Cup  England  Wales 6–4

Pro-am event finals: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 1982 Pontins Spring Open Wales Reardon, RayRay Reardon 7–4[12]
Runner-up 1. 1985 Pontins Spring Open England Jim Chambers 6–7[13]
Winner 2. 1986 Pontins Spring Open (2) England Tony Putnam 7–6[14]

Amateur event finals: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 1983 English Amateur Championship England Jones, TonyTony Jones 9–13
Winner 1. 1986 Junior Pot Black England John Keers 169–70[n 2]
Winner 2. 1986 Junior Pot Black (2) England Steve Ventham 1–1[n 3]


  1. ^ No play-off was held and the title was decided on league table only.
  2. ^ Final decided on aggregate score over two frames
  3. ^ Match decided on pink ball game


Further reading[edit]

  • Parrott, John (1991). Right on Cue : an Autobiography. London: Robson Books Ltd. ISBN 0-86051-778-0. 

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