Snookerbacker

April 17, 2016

Alan McManus and Stephen Maguire Press Conferences

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 7:30 pm

The Great Crucible Seed Massacre continued at a pace this afternoon as Alan McManus inflicted on Stephen Maguire his fourth successive first round exit, leaving Mags dumbfounded as to why he couldn’t get motivated to play here.

As well as this Mags also had a swipe at referee Olivier Marteel who warned him for one of his trademark cuebangs, claiming that these days players were ‘not allowed to care’.

Angles was philosophical as ever about his win, his opponent’s problems, his next round opponent Ali Carter, his childhood hero Steve Davis, his friend Anthony McGill and whatever else sprung to mind.

Stephen Maguire

Alan McManus      

Steve Davis Retires

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 4:22 pm

The original modern great today announced his retirement from snooker as ‘The Nugget’, ‘The Ginger Magician’, ‘Interesting’ or however you like to refer to him, Steve Davis, confirmed that his last match against Fergal O’Brien at Ponds Forge is to be his final one in professional competition.

The tributes to Steve are coming in thick and fast and rightfully so, he was and is a huge presence and responsible for a large part of snooker’s continued success. Whilst he will be missed, he’ll continue to be a presence on our screens and as part of the excellent work he does with schools and communities, spreading the snooker gospel to whoever will listen.

I’m fortunate to have got to know Steve these past few years and while he still hasn’t picked up the tab for breakfast once, I like to refer to him as a friend, though he prefers other terms of affection apparently.

Here is what he had to say to assembled media here at The Crucible, he recounts some of his best memories and tells us all why the time is right. This really speaks for itself.

We’ll never see his like again, farewell and thank you Nugget, from snooker fans everywhere. Now will you pay for breakfast?

Steve Davis Retires – Press Conference at The Crucible 17/04/2016

Steve Davis 1985 Edition of ‘Favourite Things’ with Russell Harty 

McGill and Murphy Press Conferences

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 3:03 pm

The first and most definitely not the last shock of the championship happened on Day 2, Anthony McGill avenged his Quarter Final defeat by Shaun Murphy to turn the tables on him this morning and progress to face Marco Fu in Round 2.

I’ve been busy pondering who will be this year’s McGill, without actually considering that it might just be him again, he’s also still searching for a decent nickname, as his press conference shows.

It’s the first time since 1980 that we’ve lost both finalists from last year in Round 1, so here is what Shaun and the victorious Scot had to say.

Shaun Murphy

Anthony McGill

World Championship Day 1 Press Conferences

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 3:31 am

It’s always nice to hear from the players after the first round. The sponsors Betfred are very good behind the scenes in this area and until it’s time to start talking about the second round it’s a chance for you all to hear what they had to say.

The obvious highlight today was Ali Carter’s gripping deciding frame win over the reigning champion. I was lucky enough to be in the arena for it all and I can truly say that for me it is up there with one of the most tense matches I have ever witnessed live.

I don’t know what it is about Ali but he does tend to put you through the mill if you are supporting him. As for Stuart, I think he’s been a fabulous world champion and I’d love him to one day win it again, he’s a great sport and a true snooker great, as well as a gentleman, as you’ll discover below.

Marco Fu looked to be in the form of his life and to do what he did to Peter Ebdon takes some doing. If he plays like this for the fortnight, there is your value bet right there.

Here we go:

Marco Fu

Stuart Bingham

Ali Carter

Ali Carter Extra

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