Sidney Smith (snooker player)

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Sidney Smith
Born 26 March 1908
Killamarsh, Derbyshire
Died 1990 (aged 82)
Sport country  England
Professional 1935–1953
Highest break 133 (1936 Gold Cup)[1]
Century breaks 3[2]
Tournament wins
Non-ranking 1

Sidney Smith (26 March 1908 – 1990) was a professional billiards and snooker player from the 1930s to the 1950s. He was born in Killamarsh, Derbyshire, England.[3]

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.[3]

Smith's most notable tournament wins were the 1948 United Kingdom Professional Billiards Championship (beating John Barrie 7000-6428)[3] and the 1951/1952 News of the World Snooker Tournament.[4][5]

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)[6] and 1939,[7] and he was a semi-finalist on four occasions (1937,[8] 1940,[9] 1947,[10] 1949[11]).

Smith was the runner-up to Alec Brown in a prestigious tournament of the late 1930s, the 1938/1939 Daily Mail Gold Cup.[12] and also runner-up to Joe Davis in the 1949/50 News of the World Tournament[4] 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.[3]

Smith died in 1990 aged 82.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://cuetracker.net/Players/Sidney-Smith/Centuries/1936-1937
  2. ^ http://cuetracker.net/Players/Sidney-Smith/Centuries/1936-1937
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ Global Snooker website http://www.global-snooker.com/professional-snooker-tournaments-archive-world-championship-1938.asp Retrieved 2011-Dec-7
  7. ^ Global Snooker website http://www.global-snooker.com/professional-snooker-tournaments-archive-world-championship-1939.asp Retrieved 2011-Dec-7
  8. ^ Global Snooker website http://www.global-snooker.com/professional-snooker-tournaments-archive-world-championship-1937.asp Retrieved 2011-Dec-7
  9. ^ Global Snooker website http://www.global-snooker.com/professional-snooker-tournaments-archive-world-championship-1940.asp Retrieved 2011-Dec-7
  10. ^ Global Snooker website http://www.global-snooker.com/professional-snooker-tournaments-archive-world-championship-1947.asp Retrieved 2011-Dec-7
  11. ^ Global Snooker website http://www.global-snooker.com/professional-snooker-tournaments-archive-world-championship-1949.asp Retrieved 2011-Dec-7
  12. ^ 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 2013-06-30. 

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