English Billiards

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This page will list all the greats & not so greats who have played, refereed or have had some involvement in the game
English Billiards is a Cue Sports game more commonly called Billiards in the United Kingdom, where it originated, and is played in many former British colonies such as Australia, New Zealand and some European & Asian countries.
It combines the aspects of carom billiards (no pockets) and pocket billiards.
Two cue balls, originally both white, with one marked with a black dot, since the 1980's one white, one yellow and a red object ball.
In recent times the white & yellow balls have red dots.
Each player uses a different cue ball. It is played on a billiards table with the same dimensions as a snooker table (12 x 6 feet) and points are scored for cannons (2) and pocketing or going in off the object balls (red - 3) (opponents ball - 2) (known as Hazards).
English billiards has a long history (well before Snooker)
Further reading
Wikipedia English Billiards
World Billiards Championship
Rules of English Billiards & Snooker
Billiards site for tournament information
Australian National & Open Billiards Champions
Brief History of Billiards
"Walter Lindrum - Billiards Phenomenon" Andrew Ricketts 1982 - a good read
Many thanks to the Billiards & Snooker Heritage Collection website in granting permission to reproduce articles
Permission granted with acknowledgement - Norman Clare 1990. © E.A. Clare & Son Ltd. 2018.
Reproduction of the articles allowed only with the permission from E.A. Clare & Son Ltd.

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Sortable table of the greats of English Billiards
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Name Wiki ID Born Location Died Location BRIEF HISTORY
Walter Albert Lindrum Lindrum-31898Kalgoorlie, Western Australia1960Surfers Paradise, Queensland, AustraliaThe greatest exponent of Billiards - 4137 top Billiards break
Friedrich Wilhelm Lindrum 1st Lindrum-91828Stralsund, Prussia, Germany1880Port Victor, South AustraliaGrandfather of Walter & strong exponent of Billiards
Frederick William Lindrum 2nd Lindrum-41865Norwood, South Australia1943Albert Park, Victoria, AustraliaFather of Walter & strong exponent of Billiards
Frederick William Lindrum 3rd Lindrum-61888Victoria, Australia1958South Yarra, Victoria, AustraliaBrother of Walter & strong exponent of Billiards
Horace Norman William Lindrum Morrell-12581912Paddington, NSW, Australia1974Dee Why, NSW, AustraliaWorld class Billiards & Snooker player - 1952 World Snooker title
Henry Upton Alcock Alcock-10311823Dublin, Ireland1912Hawthorn, Victoria, AustraliaFounder of Alcocks Pt Ltd - makers of Billiards tables - now Alcock, Thomson & Taylor Pty Ltd
Joseph Davis Davis-708991901Whitwell, Derbyshire, England1978Alton, Hampshire, England4 World Billiards Champion 1928-29-30-32, 15 World Snooker Championships 1927-1946
Fred Davis Davis-709251913Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England1998Denbighshire, Wales2 World Billiards Champion 1980-81, 3 World Snooker Championships 1948-49, 1951 - World Match-play Championship 5 times 1952-56.
Clark McConachy McConachy-721895Glenorchy, Otago, New Zealand1980Greenlane, Auckland, New ZealandNew Zealand pro billiards champion 1914 until 1980 & World Pro Billiards Champion 1951 until 1968
Melbourne InmanInman-22011878Twickenham, Middlesex1951Farnborough, Kent World Billiards Champion 1908, 1909, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1919.
William John PeallPeall-121854Saint Pancras, London1952Hove, Sussex1892 Billiard Association Champion - highest break 3,304
Robert James Percival Marshall OAMMarshall-179501910Kalgoorlie, Western Australia2004Perth, Western AustraliaWorld Amateur Billiards titles, 1936, 1938, 1951, 1962 - 21 Australian titles 1936-1986
Thomas Walston Patrick ClearyCleary-16271907Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia1984Parkville, Victoria, AustraliaWorld Amateur Billiards title 1954, 5 Australian titles 1947-50-58-65-66, 20 Victorian titles 1935 - 1968
John Roberts SnrRoberts-336431823Liverpool, Lancashire1893Stratford, LondonProfessional player of English Billiards & father of Roberts-33642
John Roberts JnrRoberts-336421847Ardwick, Lancashire1919Dominant professional player of English Billiards
Tom NewmanPratt-95491894Barton on Humber, Lincolnshire1943Tufnell Park, LondonProfessional, English Billiards, 6 World titles
Walter DonaldsonDonaldson-63291907Scotland1973Newport Pagnell, BuckinghamshireWorld Snooker Champion 1947, 50
Leslie DriffieldDriffield-271912Leeds, Yorkshire1988Leeds, YorkshireEnglish Amateur Billiards Champion 1952, 53, 54, 57, 58, 59, 62, 67
Willie SmithSmith-2001511886Darlington, Durham1982Leeds, YorkshireWorld Billiards Champion, 1920 1923
Norman DagleyDagley-1891930Hinckley, Leicestershire1999Leicester, Leicestershire15 times English Amateur billiards champion & 1971 IBSF World Billiards Champion & 1987 World Professional Billiards Champion
Joyce GardnerGardner-146041910Gloucester, Gloucestershire1981Brent, Middlesex7 times Women's Professional Billiards Champion - highest billiards break 318
Edward DiggleDiggle-691864Lancashire1934Pancras, MiddlesexThe Mechanical Methodical Mancunian
Joseph BennettBennett-265411842Malling, Kent1905St George Hanover Square, Middlesex3 time World Champion
Frederick BennettBennett-265601850Woolwich, Kent Professional & Brother of Joseph
William CookCook-324021849Sandy, Bedfordshire1893Brompton, MiddlesexMultiple World titles
Jack KarnehmKarnehm-31917Tufnell Park, London2002Crowthorne, BerkshireMultiple Amateur Billiards Titles, BBC Snooker Commentator
Herbert BeethamBeetham-561909Derby, Derbyshire1992Derby, DerbyshireEnglish Amateur & World Amateur Champion 1960
Riso LeviLevi-7591866Manchester, Lancashire1952Bucklow, CheshireAuthor of Billiards & Snooker books
Tom ReeceReece-24341873Oldham, Lancashire1953Lancing, Sussex6 times runner-up in the Professional Billiards Championship
Edwin KentfieldKentfield-811802Brighton, Sussex1873Brighton, SussexWorld Professional Champion, 1825-1849
Charles DawsonDawson-110481865Huddersfield, Yorkshire1921Huddersfield, YorkshireWorld Professional Champion, 1899,1900,1901,1903
Thelma CarpenterCarpenter-222961911Bournemouth, Hampshire1986Dorset, EnglandWomen's Professional Billiards Champion 1940, 48, 49, 50 & Snooker Champion 1950. Amateur Billiards 1932, 33, 34.
Harry W. StevensonStevenson-121551874Hull, Yorkshire19445 World Professional Billiards titles
Sidney FryFry-100691869Liverpool, Lancashire1961London8 World Amateur Billiards titles & 1 Amateur Snooker title
Ruth Harrison Harrison-296491909Annfield Plain, Durham1991Northumberland4 World Billiards & 8 World Snooker titles

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Name Wiki ID Born Died References Wiki ID Status
Wilson Jones19222003Wikipedia, Wilson Jones
Peter Shelley19412018Peter Shelley, EABA
George Gray18921970No Wikipedia
Sydney Lee19111986Wikipedia, Sydney Lee
Eva Collins1890Wikipedia, Eva Collins
Margaret LennanWikipedia, Margaret Lennan
Jim Williamson2009Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds

Sortable table of National level players of English Billiards
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Name Wiki ID Born Location Died Location BRIEF HISTORY
Albert Henry Hearnden Hearnden-741889Collingwood, Victoria1971 Clarence Gardens, South AustraliaAustralian title 1929 - South Australian titles 1926-28-29-38

Sortable table of the Administrators of English Billiards in Australia
AABC - Australian Amateur Billiards Council
ABSC - Australian Billiards & Snooker Council
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Name Wiki ID Born Location Died Location BRIEF HISTORY
Cyril Hamilton Oswald-Sealy Oswald-Sealy-11902Rathdown, Ireland1985Sydney, New South WalesAABC Life member, Patron, President, Secretary, Treasurer, Official Recorder 1935 - 1982
Alfred Martin Treacey Treacey-111869Newstead, Victoria1938Toorak, VictoriaPresident, AABC 1936-37
Eugene Augustine BoyleBoyle-38621859Ireland1932Sydney, New South WalesHazard, Journalist, Referee
Samuel Joshua JacobsJacobs-74761853South Australia1937South AustraliaPresident ABA of SA 1913-34 & AABC 1931-32
Sir Eric William John MillhouseMillhouse-5221891South Australia1950South AustraliaPresident ABA of SA 1935-38 & Patron 1939-49

Sortable table of the not so greats of English Billiards
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Name Wiki ID Born Location Died Location BRIEF HISTORY
Charles Chambers Chambers-131741897Southwark, Surrey1941Cheltenham, GloucestershireBilliards & Snooker referee
George James Pratt Pratt-111921861Wincle, CheshireBilliards Marker & Proprietor
George Rugg Rugg-4821870Taunton, SomersetBilliards Marker
Herman August AlbersAlbers-9951847Westphalia, Prussia, Germany1910Adelaide, South AustraliaBilliard Room Proprietor, Player
Roger John Davey Davey-5701942Payneham, South AustraliaReferee, Player

To play the game of Billiards you’ve got to learn a lot,
It isn’t simply “cannons,” “loser,” or a “pot”;
It will take you all your time to learn to make a decent “screw,”
And when you think you know a bit, just try a “follow through.”
But when you come to using “side,” it’s really almost worse,
It’s years before you get to know the “running” from “reverse”;
And though you think you’ve judged it right, it’s wholly on the cards
That your side has spoilt your aim, and so you miss your shot by yards!
In considering the cushions, your head will fairly swell
When you wonder ”Is it fine with just a trifle side as well,
Suppose I hit it nearly full, and if so will it “kiss”?
And shall I play with “drag” on that or drop down on to this?
You will learn to know the cannon when it always will be found
That whatever spot you play for, the ball will travel round!
You try to do a “forcing shot” and nearly smash the pocket,
Or put on too much “screw” and make it swerve like any rocket.
You must peg at “losing hazards” for several hours a day,
And cram up dusty Billiard books when you’re too dog tired to play;
And when you’ve read and practised till your mind becomes a blur,
You may get briefly mentioned as a “useful amateur.”
The Billiard Monthly : December, 1912

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