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Foulds as commentator at the 2015 German Masters
|Born||13 July 1963|
|Highest ranking||3 (1987/1988, 1988/1989)|
|Highest break||142 (1992 Matchroom League)|
Foulds began playing snooker at the age of 11 and by the early 1980s was already one of the strongest players in his area. Following victory in the national under-19′s Championship, Foulds then turned professional in 1983 and at the end of the season qualified for final stages of the World Championship at the first attempt. Even more impressively however, he then defeated twice-champion Alex Higgins 10-9 in the first round before going down 13-9 to Doug Mountjoy in the last 16, a run that saw him enter the rankings at number 30.
Foulds quickly climbed the rankings in the seasons that followed reaching no. 3 within four years. He won his first ranking tournament in 1986, the BCE International, beating Cliff Thorburn 12–9 in the final. In the same season he was runner-up to Steve Davis in the UK Championship, and he also reached the semi-finals of the 1987 World Championship, losing 16–9 to Joe Johnson. Starting the following season up in a career high position of number three, 1987/88 was not to be quite as successful, though another strong run to the quarter-finals in the 1988 World Snooker Championship before losing to Terry Griffiths ensured that he would retain his spot at third in the rankings
From here however he started to struggle, dropping 17 places to 20th in the rankings and finding himself having to qualify for events in the following season. Still, 1989/90 was to see a revival and despite a round one exit at the World Championship to Wayne Jones, he did enough to regain a place in the top 16 before moving up to number seven at the end of 1990/1.
Though he was able to maintain a top 16 place until the end of the 1993/4 season, and a place on the tour until 2004, from the mid-90′s Foulds struggled for form and eventually retired from the sport in 2004.
Foulds made 76 competitive century breaks in his career.
Since his retirement, Foulds has moved up to the commentary box for the BBC, Eurosport, Sky Sports and he also co-hosts all ITV4 tournament coverage, interviewing players as well as commentating. Foulds also works for Ladbrokes, providing in-shop commentary on racing. In 2014, Foulds made a cameo as himself commentating on a fictional match at the climax of the snooker short film drama 'Extended Rest'. 
Performance and rankings timeline
|Australian Goldfields Open[nb 2]||Non-Ranking||NH||QF||Not held||NR||NR||Not held|
|German Masters[nb 3]||Not held||LQ||LQ||LQ||NR||Not held|
|Welsh Open||Not held||3R||3R||1R||2R||2R||1R||2R||1R||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||A|
|World Grand Prix[nb 4]||LQ||SF||2R||SF||1R||3R||2R||QF||3R||QF||3R||1R||2R||2R||1R||LQ||1R||LQ||LQ||LQ||A|
|China Open[nb 5]||Not held||NR||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||Not held|
|Former ranking tournaments|
|Canadian Masters||NH||Non-Ranking||1R||Not Held|
|Strachan Open||NH||1R||MR||NR||Not Held|
|Dubai Classic[nb 6]||Not Held||NR||A||3R||3R||1R||1R||LQ||LQ||1R||Not Held|
|Thailand Masters[nb 7]||Non-ranking||Not held||2R||QF||2R||1R||2R||LQ||1R||1R||1R||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||NR||NH|
|Scottish Open[nb 8]||A||1R||SF||W||2R||2R||3R||Not held||1R||QF||2R||3R||1R||2R||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||A|
|British Open[nb 9]||NR||2R||2R||F||3R||3R||QF||2R||3R||1R||1R||3R||2R||1R||QF||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||A|
|Irish Masters||Non-ranking event||LQ||A|
|Malta Cup[nb 10]||Not held||1R||QF||QF||3R||1R||1R||1R||1R||LQ||NH||LQ||Not held||LQ||LQ||A|
|Former non-ranking tournaments|
|World Matchplay||Not Held||A||A||1R||1R||A||Not Held|
|Scottish Masters||A||A||A||A||QF||NH||A||A||QF||W||QF||A||LQ||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||Not held|
|Irish Masters||A||A||A||A||F||QF||A||A||1R||1R||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||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|
|NH / Not Held||means an event was not held.|
|NR / Non-Ranking Event||means an event is/was no longer a ranking event.|
|R / Ranking Event||means an event is/was a ranking event.|
|MR / Minor-Ranking Event||means an event is/was a minor-ranking event.|
Ranking finals: 3 (1 title, 2 runners-up)
|World Championship (0–0)|
|UK Championship (0–1)|
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||Score|
|Winner||1.||1986||International Open||Cliff Thorburn||12–9|
|Runner-up||1.||1986||UK Championship||Steve Davis||7–16|
|Runner-up||2.||1987||British Open||Jimmy White||9–13|
Non-ranking finals: 10 (4 titles, 6 runners-up)
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||Score|
|Runner-up||1.||1986||English Professional Championship||Tony Meo||7–9|
|Winner||1.||1987||Pontins Professional||Willie Thorne||9–8|
|Runner-up||2.||1988||English Professional Championship||Dean Reynolds||5–9|
|Runner-up||3.||1988||Irish Masters||Steve Davis||4–9|
|Runner-up||4.||1988||Hong Kong Masters||Jimmy White||3–6|
|Winner||2.||1988||Dubai Masters||Steve Davis||5–4|
|Winner||3.||1991||Pontins Professional||Mike Hallett||9–6|
|Runner-up||5.||1991||Humo Masters||Mike Hallett||7–9|
|Runner-up||6.||1992||Pontins Professional||Steve James||8–9|
|Winner||4.||1992||Scottish Masters||Gary Wilkinson||10–8|
Team finals: 2 (2 titles)
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Team/partner||Opponent(s) in the final||Score|
|Winner||1.||1988||World Cup (1)||England||Australia||9–7|
|Winner||2.||1989||World Cup (2)||England||Rest of the World||9–8|
- New players on the Main Tour do not have a ranking.
- The event ran under different names as Australian Masters (1979/1980 to 1987/1988 and 1995/1996), Hong Kong Open (1989/1990) and Australian Open (1994/1995).
- The event ran under different name as German Open (1995/1996 to 1997/1998).
- The event ran under different name as Professional Players Tournament (1983/1984), Grand Prix (1984/1985 to 2000/2001) and LG Cup (2001/2002 to 2003/2004).
- The event ran under different names as China International (1997/1998 and 1998/1999)
- The event run under different names as Dubai Masters (1988/1989), Thailand Classic (1995/1996) and Asian Classic (1996/1997)
- The event ran under different names such as Asian Open (1989/1990 to 1992/1993) and Thailand Open (1993/1994 to 1996/1997).
- The event ran under different names such as International Open (1983/1984 to 1984/1985, 1986/1987 to 1996/1997), Goya Matchroom Trophy (1985/1986) and Players Championship (2003/2004).
- The event was known as International Masters (1983/1984).
- The event ran under different names such as European Open (1988/1989 to 1996/1997 and 2001/2002 to 2003/2004) and Irish Open (1998/1999).
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Neal Foulds.|
- Neal Foulds at CueTracker.net: Snooker Results and Statistic Database