Sidney Smith (snooker player)

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Sidney Smith
Born26 March 1908
Killamarsh, Derbyshire
Died26 June 1990 (aged 82)
Amersham, Buckinghamshire
Sport country England
Tournament wins
Major1

Sidney Smith (26 March 1908 – 26 June 1990) was a professional billiards and snooker player from the 1930s to the 1950s. He was born in Killamarsh, Derbyshire, England.[1]

He was the first player to make a total clearance in snooker competition, a break of 133 on 11 December 1936 in the Daily Mail Gold Cup.[1]

Smith's most notable tournament wins were the 1948 United Kingdom Professional Billiards Championship (beating John Barrie 7000-6428)[1] and the 1951/1952 News of the World Snooker Tournament.[2][3]

Smith was the runner-up to Joe Davis in the World Snooker Championships of 1938 (having beaten Joe's brother Fred 18–13 in the semi-final)[4] and 1939,[5] and he was a semi-finalist on four occasions (1937,[6] 1940,[7] 1947,[8] 1949[9]).

Smith was the runner-up to Alec Brown in the 1938/1939 Daily Mail Gold Cup[10] and later runner-up to Joe Davis in the 1949/50 News of the World Tournament[2] and the 1950 Sporting Record Masters' Snooker Tournament.

Smith made three 1000+ billiard breaks in his career, with his highest being a break of 1292.[1]

Smith died in 1990 aged 82.[3]

Performance and rankings timeline[edit]

Tournament 1935/
36
1936/
37
1937/
38
1938/
39
1939/
40
1945/
46
1946/
47
1947/
48
1948/
49
1949/
50
1950/
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1951/
52
1952/
53
Daily Mail Gold Cup[nb 1][nb 2] NH 5 5 2 7 Tournament Not Held
Sunday Empire News Tournament[nb 1] Tournament Not Held 5 Tournament Not Held
News of the World Snooker Tournament[nb 1] Tournament Not Held 2 6 1 9
Sporting Record Masters' Tournament[nb 1] Tournament Not Held 2 Tournament Not Held
World Championship 1R SF F F SF A SF QF SF A QF A NH
World Professional Match-play Championship Tournament Not Held A A
Performance Table Legend
LQ lost in the qualifying draw #R/N lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(N = position in round-robin event)
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.
  1. ^ a b c d Round-robin handicap tournament
  2. ^ Billiards event before 1936/37 season

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Andy Hunter on the Cue Collector website http://www.thecuecollector.com/files/CueCollectorArticles/Hunter_Article_16__Sidney_Smith_.pdf Retrieved 2011-Dec-7
  2. ^ a b Turner, Chris. "News Of The World Tournament". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2011.
  3. ^ a b The Billiards Quarterly Review : October 1990 quoted at http://www.eaba.co.uk/mags/bqr/1990/10/sydneySmith.html Retrieved 2011-Dec-7
  4. ^ Global Snooker website "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) Retrieved 2011-Dec-7
  5. ^ Global Snooker website "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) Retrieved 2011-Dec-7
  6. ^ Global Snooker website "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 December 2010. Retrieved 28 December 2010.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) Retrieved 2011-Dec-7
  7. ^ Global Snooker website "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) Retrieved 2011-Dec-7
  8. ^ Global Snooker website "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 January 2014. Retrieved 16 January 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) Retrieved 2011-Dec-7
  9. ^ Global Snooker website "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) Retrieved 2011-Dec-7
  10. ^ Chris, Turner. "Other Non-Ranking and Invition Events: First held before 1980". Chris Turners Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2013.

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