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February 8, 1976 |
Bradford, West Yorkshire
|Highest ranking||63 (2005/06)|
|Highest break||141 (2006 PIOS Event 2)|
|Best ranking finish||Last 32 (1998 World Championship, 2004 European Open, 2008 Grand Prix)|
His best in a professional ranking event was to qualify for the 1998 World Championship beating Gary Wilkinson 10–9, before losing 10–6 to Steve Davis. He also reached the last 32 of the European Open in 2004 and the Grand Prix in 2008, beating two-time World Champion Mark Williams en route. He qualified to return to the Main Tour for the 2008/2009 season by finishing ranked fourth on the 2007/2008 Pontins International Open Series.
In the 2012/2013 season, he became the only player to beat World Champion Ronnie O'Sullivan, after a 4–3 win from 3–2 behind in the first main round of the third UK event of the Players Tour Championship in September.
At the beginning of 2013/2014 season, in qualifying against Barry Pinches for the 2013 Australian Goldfields Open a 19-year-old record from the qualifying stage of the 1994 British Open was broken. The match lasted 449 minutes and 46 seconds, the longest ever best-of-nine-frame match in the history of professional snooker. The previous record was 434 minutes and 12 seconds in the match between Ian Williamson and Robby Foldvari. The match began on 31 May 2013 and ended on 1 June 2013 and Bedford won 5–4, after being 4–0 up. However, Bedford only entered in six further events during the season, winning only five matches and after a first round defeat in the UK Championship in November he didn't enter another tournament, resulting in his relegation from the main tour as he ended the season ranked 99th in the world. Bedford returned to play in 2017 Q School and was knocked out in the fifth round of the first event and the second round of event two.
Non-Ranking Wins: (2 titles)
- Vienna Snooker Open – 2012
- "Simon Bedford - Season 2013/2014". CueTracker - Snooker Database. Retrieved 6 April 2014.
- "2006 PIOS - Event 2". CueTracker - Snooker Database. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
- "Bedford cruises into next round". Bradford Telegraph and Argus. 5 December 2007. Retrieved 16 March 2012.
- "Ronnie O'Sullivan slumps to defeat to world No 76 Simon Bedford in first match since winning worlds". Mail Online. 8 September 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
- Hendon, David. "Record Shattered Slowly". Snooker Scene Blog. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
- Turner, Chris. "Various Snooker Records". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 10 February 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
- "World Snooker Rankings After the 2014 World Championship" (PDF). World Snooker. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
- "Simon Bedford 2016/2017". Snooker.org. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
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