February 8, 2010

The Snooker Legends Tour

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 4:57 pm

The Old Gits, I mean, the Legends

For those of us that remember the so called Golden Days of Snooker, a chance to turn back the clock, put on your frilly Doug Mountjoy shirt and Alex Higgins spats and wander off to one of the venues listed below to enjoy a night of mirth with the ‘Legends’.

The Snooker Legends Tour involves Jimmy White, John Parrott, Ken Doherty, Alex Higgins, Cliff Thorburn and John Virgo and will be refereed by Michaela Tabb.

I don’t know how you qualify to be a legend, I had assumed it was a tag that should apply to a multiple world champion, but that can’t be right as amongst the participants on show here they have amassed a total of 5 between them, one less than Steve Davis and Ray Reardon individually and two less than Hendry. Indeed two of them have never won it and only Higgins has won it more than once.

So, would it be a ‘wild man’ or ‘ultimate entertainer’ that would get you into this exclusive club? Well Alex and to a lesser extent, Jimmy I’m sure would qualify for that but I think the most controversial thing John Parrott has ever done is call Steve Davis ‘copper top’ on TV, though I think renowned hardknock ‘Slugger Doherty’ once turned up to the commentary box sucking a mint imperial to prove his wildman credentials, but somehow to me this isn’t the same as jumping out of a third floor window from a burning building and then wanting to go back in, having a fight with a fellow pro the night before a match and claiming you were ‘kicked by a horse’, peeing in a flower arrangement at a venue, randomly punching an official before turning up to a press conference to say you can stick snooker ‘up yer jacksy’, once referring to opponent Graham Miles as a ‘baldy f******g b******d’ during a match in front of the TV cameras, or for that matter threatening to have all your opponent’s known family shot back in Ireland, so that downs this theory too. They just don’t make them like Alex anymore.

Graham Miles (third from the right). Alex did have a point...

Perhaps then it’s making the transition from snooker player to all round TV personality? I might have something there, John ‘Pot as many balls as you can WHERE’S THE CUE BALL GOING?’ Virgo has been a regular on our screens now for many years, Ken has moved into commentary, JP is a pundit on both snooker and racing, Jimmy has been in the Jungle, I might really have something here….Alex and Cliff…..oh, ok maybe not.

Well, I can’t work out what makes a legend, but whatever the criteria I’m sure these nights will deliver on the entertainment front, hope Alex manages to make them, he really didn’t look good at all last time he appeared in public. But all the best to him, for all his undoubted faults, the game wouldn’t be where it is today without him.

Just one thing, next time can we have Kirk Stevens and Tony Knowles too?

So go on, name the players in the black and white photo, a bonus point for the guy on the extreme right.

The venues for this are listed below:

Thursday 8th April 2010 @ 7.15pm
The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Saturday 8th May 2010,
Telford International Centre, Telford.

Sunday 9th May 2010 at 7.15pm
The Brentwood Centre, Brentwood

Wednesday 12th May 2010
Terry Griffiths Matchroom, Waunlanyrafon, Llanelli

Thursday 13th May 2010 @ 7.15pm
St David Hall, Cardiff

Friday 14th May 2010 at 7.15pm
Broxbourne Civic Hall, Hoddesdon, Herts

Wednesday 19th May 2010 @ 7.15pm
The Assembly Rooms, Market Place, Derby

Saturday 22nd May 2010 @ 7.30pm
The Harlequin Theatre, Redhill,

Sunday 23rd May 2010 at 7.15pm
Charter Hall, Leisure World, Colchester

Thursday 27th May 2010
Northern Snooker Centre, Kirkstall Road, Leeds.

Friday 28th May 2010 @ 7.15pm
King Georges Hall, Northgate, Blackburn,

Friday 2nd July 2010
INEC Killarney, CO.Kerry, EIRE

Sunday 4th July 2010 at 7.15pm
City West Hotel, Dublin

Friday 9th July 2010 @ 7.15pm
The Broadway Theatre, Catford, Lewisham,

Saturday 10th July 2010 @ 7.15pm
Plymouth Pavilions, Plymouth

Monday 12th July 2010 at 7.15pm
The Hexagon Theatre, Reading

Thursday 15th July 2010,
Venue Cymru, Llandudno

The official website is here:

I also by chance stumbled on this for those with money to burn, whatever next?

Friday 16th July 2010 @ 7.15pm
The Dome, Lakeside, Doncaster,
Box Office 01302 370777

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