Famous Snooker Players

Joe Davis OBE

Joe Davis helped create the first ever World Snooker Championships in 1927 and would go on to win every tournament contested until he retired from the tournament in 1946 – whilst still unbeaten.

Steve Davis OBE

No relation to Joe, but Steve was one of the games greats. He dominated the sport throughout the 80s and would win the World Championship on no fewer than six occasions. Despite nearing 50 years-old, Davis is still in the elite top 16 players and he holds the record for most tournament victories with 73.

Stephen Hendry MBE

Hendry is to snooker in the 90s as Steve Davis was to the sport in the 80s. He won the World Championships seven times in the decade including five straight years between 1992 and 1996. The ‘Ice Man’ is still buried in the elite 16.

Alex Higgins

‘The Hurricane’ is best known for his awesome play and personal battles. On the baize he was a genius who could produce the most wonderful shots. He managed to capture two World championships but some believe he never fully reached his potential as a player.

Ronnie O’Sullivan

The Rocket is one of the most naturally gifted players ever to pick-up a snooker cue. A two-time World Champion doesn’t even begin to describe the influence on the sport. He holds the record for the fastest ever 147 at just 5 minutes and 20 seconds against Mick Price but arguably his most famous moment was walking out of a best-of-17 match with Stephen Hendry 4-1 down and conceeding the game.

Jimmy White MBE

The Whirlwind is the best player never to win the World Championship. Despite winning every other tournament, the big one has always eluded Jimmy but he has made the final on a staggering six separate occasions.