Friday, 7 August 2009

The Early Years

It took several years for the first official competitions to take place, but in 1916 the English Amateur Championships were first played and in 1927 Joe Davis helped to establish the first Professional World Championship. The winner of this was also Joe Davis who took home the winning prize of £6.10s. At the time the standard was not very high as the highest break of that tournament was just 60. Snooker, though, was beginning to become the most popular cue sport especially in 1930s.
Joe Davis continued to dominate the era as he won every World Championship up to when he retired in 1946. He also seemed to be ahead of his time as he recorded a maximum break and also had many of the skills and techniques of future generations. Soon afterwards, however, a dispute developed between the games then governing body, the Control Council, and the Billiards Association. As a result they were only two participants in the official World Championship, although an unofficial one was organised and the winner of this at the time was generally regarded as the best player in the world. Horace Lindrum won the official one and so his name is engraved on the trophy. This happened between 1952 and 1957. The popularity of snooker declined throughout the 50's and 60's and therefore no world championship took place between 1958 and 1963.


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