Neal Foulds

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Neal Foulds
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Foulds as commentator at the 2015 German Masters
Born (1963-07-13) 13 July 1963 (age 52)
Sport country  England
Professional 1983–2004
Highest ranking 3 (1987/1988, 1988/1989)
Career winnings £1,156,213[1]
Highest break 142 (1992 Matchroom League)
Century breaks 86[2]
Tournament wins
Ranking 1
Non-ranking 5

Neal Foulds (born 13 July 1963) is a former English professional snooker player and is now a commentator on the sport.


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.[3] 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.

Commentary career[edit]

Foulds and Jimmy White in an interview with Shaun Murphy after his victory against Mark Allen

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'. [4]

Tournament wins[edit]

Ranking Wins: (1)[edit]

Non-Ranking Wins: (5)[edit]


World Cup with England team of Steve Davis and Jimmy White, 1988–1989


External links[edit]

  • Neal Foulds at Snooker Results and Statistic Database