ABC Dates & Venues

13  September 2015 N.E. Derbyshire Snooker Club, Derby Road, Clay Cross S45 9AG
11 October 2015 Cambridge Snooker Centre, Coldhams Road, Camb CB1 3EW
8 November 2015 Northern Snooker Centre, Kirkstall Road, Leeds, LS10 1LT
13 December 2015 Fareham Snooker Club, Broadcut, Wallington, Fareham PO16 8ST
10 January 2016 N.E. Derbyshire Snooker Club, Derby Road, Clay Cross S45 9AG
14th February 2016 Atack Snooker Club, Regent Street, Nuneaton CV11 4BL
13th March 2016 EABA Matchplay (short Format) Atack Snooker Club, Regent Street, Nuneaton CV11 4BL
Calendar has been updated

Policy Changes

Following the recent AGM a few changes have been made to certain rules and policies these are outlined as follows:
 At the request of the website manager(s) asking for half points to be dispensed with the following has been decided:
From 2015/16 all ranking points will avoid using 1/2 or 0.5. All such awards will be raised to the next whole number.
For example: English Amateur & Grand Masters Q/F’s:  22.5pts. will become 23pts.
             and:  All ABC and English Amateur Match play plate competition runners-up: 12.5 pts. will become 13pts.
The committee also decided on the following:
If the full ranking list or the senior ranking list shows a tie for crucial positions such as 1st. or 8th. then points gained from the ‘compulsory points’ tournaments will be considered. That is: Full rankings – English Amateur and the Match play.  Senior rankings: Grand Masters and the Match play.
The EABA recognises this is an emotive issue, nevertheless the aim is to avoid byes, sustain playing time and hence maximise value for money. The policy is only applicable after the round – robin format with the relevant tournaments being the English Amateur and the Grand Masters.
The policy can be implemented between (A) regional and intermediate stage and (B) intermediate stage and the last 16 (the K.O.stage)
(A) A replacement will be someone from the same region (not just the same group), with 2 wins from 3 in a group of 4 or 1 win from 2 in a group of 3. If there is more than one such candidate the points difference will be considered. The EABA recognises that it is mathematical possible but unlikely for all candidates from groups of 4 to have 1 win. If this occurs the best points difference will prevail. If the number of regional entries is such that unequal group sizes are unavoidable then points difference will decide between 1:2 and  2:3 ratios.
(B) The intermediate stage (32 players) will be 8 groups of 4 and any replacement will be found by considering the full sample using the above criteria for groups of 4.
The policy will be used between regionals and finals day as in the English Amateur section (A).
Notes: Absenteeism on the day is already covered in  tournament rules.
           The policy will be implemented when a qualifier has to withdraw and gives sufficient time for the Association to react.
           The EABA will apply the policy in a fair way bearing in mind that differing circumstances and the unforeseen can and do occur.


John Smith

The EABA is deeply saddened to learn about the sudden passing away of John Smith.
John passed away at home peacefully but suddenly on Saturday 18th July 2015, shortly after his 72nd birthday.
He was a long standing member of the EABA and served a short spell on its committee. It is true to say that he was well liked by everybody in billiards being a kind, friendly and generous supporter of the game.
John owned the Pockets Snooker Club in Kidderminster as well as one in Worcester and visitors always received a friendly welcome. He also put a great deal back in to the game and organised and ran the Midlands Counties Billiards League for 22 years almost single handed. Such a contribution will be difficult to emulate.
In his prime John was a fine amateur billiards player who displayed an orthodox and uncomplicated game which led to numerous century breaks and international honours in the England Amateur Team.
He will be sadly missed by the billiards fraternity and the EABA sends its sympathy and kindest thoughts to his family and friends.
JOHN SMITH       1943 to 2015
John’s funeral service will be held at  the Church of St. Martin, Holt, Worcester. WR6 6NJ on Wednesday 5 August at 2 pm.


Jock McGregor Open Billiards Handicap – Gaye Jones Wins

Clay Cross, Derbyshire, 3rd May 2015.

Gaye Jones is the first ladies champion after beating the holder, Eddie Fielding, 388 points to 220 over the hours play.

Eddie Duggan beat Mark Hill in the plate final.

A good number of games went down to the wire with winning scores of 1 and 2 points in a number of games and a drawn game needing an extra ten minutes play.


John Richmond

The EABA is deeply saddened to announce the death of Mr. John Richmond. He passed away on Sunday 17 May 2015 after a short illness at the age of 77 years.

John was a devoted supporter of the game of billiards. He played in his local league representing his club in Pateley Bridge where both he and his father before him had served numerous years as club officials. He really enjoyed watching billiards, especially the world class players of the modern era.

His involvement with the EABA goes almost back to its beginning. He served as secretary, he was a grade1 referee and also a well organised Tournament Director. He was a life member of our Association and a generous supporter, particularly towards the junior game.

John was liked by everyone. He had a lovely dry sense of humour often accompanied by a cheeky smile: a true gentle man without malice or aggression who will be sadly missed by us all.

The funeral service is at Stonewall Crematorium, Wetherby Road,

Harrogate on Friday 29 May at 13:40


Rob Hall retains English Amateur Championship

11th/12th April 2015, Whitworth Institute, Darley Dale.

Congratulations to Rob Hall who defeated Phil Mumford to retain his English Amateur title at Darley Dale.

In the semi’s Hall defeated merseysider Geoff Brassington playing in his first semi-final and Mumford won over the experienced Teessider Darren Kell.

Results to follow.

  EABA Junior Finals Day – Rochy Woods, Matt Lyon & Reggie Edwards star…

21st March 2015, Grantham Snooker Centre.

Reggie Edwards won the under 16’s, Matt Lyon the under 19’s and Rochy Woods the girls final beating Jack Easter, Tony Hackett and Hannah Green respectively.

Results to follow.

The Jock McGregor Senior Billiards International

Saturday/Sunday 21st/22nd March 2015, Reading Rooms, Bangor, Northern Ireland.

England overcame a first day deficit of 16-20 to win the senior international 40-32. Back after a few years out were Sammy Clarke and Tony Buttimer who played well with 121 & 78 breaks in beating Brian Harvey and Norman Whaley had a noteable win over Jim McCann. The second day saw the result go to the last 6 matches with Dave Rees finding form to beat Tony Buttimer, Bill Andress taking a point and Eddie Fielding winning to set up the victory. Results to follow.

Tournament director Clive Scott ran a tight ship, ably assisted by Bob Slee, Martin O’Reilly, Tim Godolphin and Joe Graham.

 Mid Counties Billiards Championships – Peter Shelley Wins Again

Stourbridge Institute Social Club

Peter Shelley beat Dean Powell in the final, overcoming Powell’s 61 break to come back and win 388-337.

Earlier, Shelley overpowered John Smith 546-251.

Thanks to officials Clive Scott and Peter Cooper.

 Matchplay – Rob Hall is Top of the Pops

15th March 2015, Atack, Nuneaton.

Rob Hall sealed top place in the 2014/15 rankings by winning d in winning the matchplay event at Nuneaton, defeating Teessider Mark Hatton in the final, with unfinished breaks in all 3 final legs. Hall prevented an all Teesside final by taking his semi-final against the consistent Darren Kell, who in turn sealed second place in the rankings with just the English Amateur finals to play. Dave Nichols showed some form to make the semi’s and Chris Mitchell defeated Mick White in the plate final, sealing it with an unfinished run of 81.
Century breaks were hit by Rob Hall (102,100), Chris Taylor (100,103), Mark Hatton (100).

Results Here.

The rankings are up to date here.

Friendly Cup International – England Retain Trophy

Boston – 24th/25th January 2015

England retained the Friendly Cup by 50-14 in a great weekend of billiards in Boston. Darren Kell led the way, being unbeaten throughout. Rob Hall had 4 centuries, Chris Taylor a 117, Brian Harvey, Chris Mitchell, Arthur Winn, Steve Crossland and Eddie Duggan all contributing to the points haul. For the Irish there were notable wins by Kenny Campbell and Christian Kirk had some good breaks and a notable win in tying a high quality match with Rob Hall 1-1.

England Team

England Team

English Referees

English Referees


Grand Masters – Hedley Triumphs

Jack Hedley came out on top in the Grand Masters tournament, overcoming Peter Shelley in the semi-final and Brian Harvey in the final, Harvey earlier defeating Jim McCann in the other semi.

Grand Masters Winner

Winner Jack Hedley (2nd left) pictured with officials

Full report and rankings update pending. Last 16 qualifers: South: J Hedley, T Azor, J Hoad North: J McCann, J McLaughlin, D Rees, B French, T Clegg North West: D Marr, P Shelley South East:  M Johnson, A Winn, S Springham, S Tuck, J Wayman South West: B Harvey Played at Atack Snooker Centre, Nuneaton, Sunday 1st March Full qualifying results  Here


English Amateur – Quarter Finals

Played 22nd February, Clay Cross, Derbyshire. Congratulations to Rob Hall, Darren Kell, Phil Mumford and Geoff Brassington on qualifying for the semis. Scores from Clay Cross:

Session 1 Breaks (50+) Total Session 1 Breaks (50+) Total
Rob Hall  644  78,56,68,78,159,93,231,211,102,160,133,199 1817 Chris Taylor  207  58,57  331
Darren Kell  532  61,76,73 1044 Phil Welham  276  68,78,52 704
Phil Mumford  417  53,87,202,152,87  1288 John Mullane  373  115,59 773
Geoff Brassington  417 85,67,72,166,57 963 Jonathon Marwood  230  122 563

English Amateur – Last 16 – Former Winners Go Out

Former winners Sutton and Goodwill exit at last 16 stage, along with messrs Crossland, Winn, Goodwin, Duggan, Mitchell & Azor. Results are as shown below from Darley on Saturday 21stFebruary.

Rob Hall  102,52,200,103,156,117,61,102,258 1655 Chris Mitchell 521
Darren Kell  50,80,52,63,73,109,99  1014 Jason Goodwin  92,75  600
Chris Taylor  82,81,57,64,57,71,54,75unf  942 Terry Azor  53,51,53  667
Geoff Brassington  169,91,56  801 Martin Goodwill  105,89,67,53,94  719
Phil Mumford  101,196,119,110,74,76  899 Matt Sutton  50,74,92,89,82,107  890
Phil Welham 59,54,67,80,83  1020 Steve Crossland  61,62,60,61,70,104  978
Jonathon Marwood  52,66  839 Arthur Winn  90  762
John Mullane  78,71,88,108,71,78  1112 Eddie Duggan  113,127  888

 Timmy Murphy

We have just receive the sad news that Irish International player Timmy Murphy has passed away. Our sympathies go out to his family and friends.

 English Amateur Championship – Last 16 to 8 to 4

The qualifers for the last 16 of the English amateur championship are as follows: South: Martin Goodwill, Chris Mitchell, Jason Goodwin, John Mullane North: Rob Hall, Jon Marwood, Geoff Brassington, Darren Kell, Eddie Duggan, Steve Crossland South East:  Chris Taylor, Matt Sutton, Phil Mumford, Phil Welham, Arthur Winn, Dave Nichols (*). (*) Dave Nichols has since withdrawn and will be replaced by Terry Azor (please see EABA policy on substitutions here) To be played: Saturday & Sunday 21st & 22nd February 2015, Clay Cross, Derbyshire.

6th ABC – Nuneaton, 8th Feb 2015 – Rob Hall brings home the bacon

2015 Nuneaton ABC Winner

Winner Rob Hall pictured with tournament director Clive Scott

Chris Taylor pictured with Clive Scott

Chris Taylor pictured with Clive Scott

Rob Hall beat Martin Goodwill to take first prize in the final ABC ranking event at Nuneaton. Goodwill made it 2 finals in 2 appearances this season, narrowly making it through by 3 points in his quarter final against the unlucky Mark Hatton. Goodwill got past Chris Mitchell in his semi, with Hall beating Darren Kell. Brian Harvey had a good ton in losing to Kell, debutant Chris Wakelin played well until coming across Goodwill (scoring 539 in the hour) but Hall continued his dominance of procedures with a big win in the final, a score of 574 in an earlier round, 2 double centuries including the days highest and further increasing his rankings lead. Chris Taylor recovered from a first round defeat to the ever improving Adam Clarke to take the plate, beating Eddie Fielding in the final. Taylor squeezed past the unlucky Jim McCann in the quarters, making a 79unf to win by 7… Centuries were made by Brian Harvey (125), Rob Hall (163,208,100,208),  Mark Hatton (107), Martin Goodwill (162,165), and Darren Kell (157). An honorary mention for the hospitality from the host Atack club, especially the historic bacon buns!

Results Here, the rankings are up to date and not much changed, the Hall/Taylor top two looks assured.

Next ABC ranking event: Matchplay – Nuneaton, Sunday 15th March 2015.

DVDs for Sale

 We have DVD’s available of the Semi Finals and Final of the EABA Finals at Darley Dale.  All these are available in one Boxed set. These can be purchased from Clive Scott at ABC events and also can ordered directly from Colin Lewis.

He can be contacted on the following email address Also available are videos of Chris Shutt, taken at various tournaments including Cambridge and Leeds, part of which show Chris making 421 at the Northern Snooker Centre in 2008 and, Roxton making 315, also at the same venue in the 2006 UK Championship which he ultimately won. A proportion of the proceeds from the sale of the English Amateur DVDs will go to support E.A.B.A. once the cost of producing them has been achieved. these are available at £7.50. The ones of Chris Shutt and Roxton Chapman are available at £3.00.

There are many more pieces of footage of billiard players such as Geet Sethi, Advani, Mike Russell, Norman Dagley, Robbie Foldvari and Peter Gilchrist as well as various English Amateur Finals involving Martin Goodwill, Rob Hall, Matthew Sutton, Phil Mumford and Billy Bousfield.

English Amateur Championship – Intermediate Stage Draw

Group Draws are Here, formal dress code applies. To be played: Sunday 1st February 2015.

 5th ABC – Clay Cross, 11th Jan 2015 – Taylor made up to win again

Chris Taylor took a dramatic final to win his second ABC at Clay Cross. Untroubled in his run to the final, with a string of breaks on the way, he made a fine 159 break at his first visit in the final. Darren Kell dug in and with a century of his own made it a nail biter, Chris triumphing by 16 points. Dave Rees made the semi-final, as did Jack McLaughlin with a good win against John Mullane that included a century break. Mullane had earlier looked ominous, scoring freely, with the days highest break of 204. Mark Hatton had a notable win against runaway rankings leader Rob Hall. Mark Graham was pipped in his first round match at the death by 2 points but won his second Clay Cross plate of the season against Jim McCann, who ran out of time in his first match to lose by 9 points to Rob Hall whilst on a 65 unfinished break. Centuries were made by Alan Scott (154), Rob Hall (106), John Mullane (107, 204), Chris Taylor (159,131,102), Jack McLaughlin (105) and Darren Kell (105).

Full results are Here and the rankings are up to date.

Next ABC: Nuneaton, Sunday 8th February 2015.

 EABA – President

The EABA committee is pleased to announce the election of Derick Townend to the position of President of the Association. Derick’s contribution to amateur billiards over numerous years is immeasurable and the decision to instate him was unanimous.
Derick’s response: ” I am proud and honoured to be elected and will do all I can to help the EABA”.

Members Draw

At the ABC before Christmas we had the members’ draw. The outcome was as follows:
1st prize   £150  no. 237  D. Bentinck
2nd prize £100  no.   72   T. Keeling
3rd prize  £50   no.  231  M. White

4th ABC – Fareham, 14th Dec 2014 – Rob Hall shows no xmas Goodwill

Rob Hall took yet another ABC on the south coast at Fareham, spoilling Marting Goodwills return by beating him in the final.Chris Taylor and Steve Crossland were semi-finalists. The days highest break, by Rob Hall, was a stupendous effort of 348 and another great effort of 282! Terry Azor won his second plate final of the season with a century in the semi final. Dale Schofield was beaten by a girl! Not just any girl, local lady Emma Bonney is a multi World Ladies Billiards champion making a welcome appearance in the ABC series making the plate final. Full results are Here and the rankings are up to date. Next ABC: Clay Cross, Derbyshire, Sunday 11th January 2015.

 English Amateur County Team Billiards Championship

Atack Snooker Club, Nuneaton. Sunday 23rd November 2014.

The Yorkshire team of Crossland, Bagley and Peaker won the county championship in Nuneaton, fending off Derbyshire (McCann, Rees and Bennet) in the final. Cornwall A won the plate final, beating their fellow tinmen in the first round and Cambridge in the final. Full results are Here

 4 Nations Billiards International – England Retain Trophy

Cue Ball Club – Derby – 15th/16th November 2014

England retained the four nations trophy in a great weekend of billiards in Derby. England’s top dogs of Hall, Mullane, Taylor and Kell were unbeaten throughout, with Duggan and Winn doing well on debut. The, (sorry chaps) old stagers of Harvey and Mitchell made up the winning team. A number of other centuries were made over the weekend, Rob Hall topping the list with a magnificent top break of 341 . Northern Ireland were runners up, scoring consistently throughout the weekend, with Christian Kirk having a ton in pushing Rob Hall. The Republic were only 8 points off their neighbours, with Wayne Doyle scoring well and hitting a century. Austria continued to progress, finishing with a creditable 20 points with notable breaks from Stegemeir, Rieschl and Schmidt. Final score: England 62, Northern Ireland 35, Republic of Ireland 27, Austria 20 points. Full results to follow.

 2014/15 English Amateur Regional Qualifiers

Full results now uploaded Here. The following have qualified for the last 32 of this seasons competition from the qualifiers played on 2nd November 2014. South East Region: Matt Lyon, Arthur Winn, Steve Tuck, Phil Mumford, Dave Nichols, Phil Welham, Matt Sutton, Chris Cator, Jamie Wayman, Gary Norman, Nathan Mann. North West Region: Geoff Brassington, Peter Shelley, Eddie Duggan, Eddie Fielding North/Midlands Region: John Bagley, Darren Kell, Rob Hall, Chris Taylor, Jim McCann, John Marwood, Steve Kershaw, Matthew Peaker, Steve Crossland. Southern Region: Martin Goodwill, John Mullane, Jason Goodwin, T Thorn, Terry Azor, M Lott.

  ABC Cambridge – 12th October 2014 – John Mullane Wins

John Mullane won the 2nd ABC event of the season, after beating Rob Hall in the semis. Chris Taylor was the beaten finalist, beating Mark Graham in his semi with a break of 168 narrowly missing out on being the days highest by Rob, a 173. Chris Cator triumphed in the plate final by 2 points over Eddie Fielding which was some consolation for being narrowly beaten by 3 points in the main event. Full results are now online Here and the ranking table is up to date.

 Mailing List

You can now join our mailing list. This will be used for membership, news and updates which relate only to EABA matters, your address will not be sold or used by anyone else. Postage is now very expensive and if your name is on the mailing list as from next year will send entry forms via email. Please click Here

 2014-2015 Calendar now Available online

You can view the calendar on our online system or please feel free to download it for printing  on your own computer by clicking Here

The new membership and competition entry form can now be downloaded by clicking here Membership Form