English Amateur Billiards Association

EABA : The Amateur Billiard Player : February 2000

The Amateur Billiard Player : February 2000

News from the Editor’s Chair

Photo of The Editor (25k)

Try as I may, and as topical as it night well be at this time; to connect
the passing of the first millennium with the advent of the second,
and attempt to relate it to the present state of English Billiards is
meaningless. Those of us who had the privilege of a misspent youth,
will remember with nostalgic pride, the hours we spent in smoke laden
bliss with characters and hustlers who taught us all the tricks of their
trade, while eagerly competing for our pocket money. When every
club had a hundred break man, and the lads caught the bus to Leeds to
watch Driffield and Smith in practise.

Photo of Roxton Chapman (19k)

Chapman takes
the United Kingdom
Professional Championship.

To refer to billiards as a sport is a mistake. Billiards is the King of
indoor games, a noble art, an intellectual pastime of the highest order;
a game which brings together people with like minded interests and a
game which creates lasting friendships. Talk of Billiards being accepted
as an Olympic sport is both pointless and futile; over ambitious
delusions of grandeur are unnecessary, apart from not having the money
to do it. Amateur billiards is at present in good order. No structural
changes are necessary. The English Amateur Billiards Association has
set out its principles and is comfortable and secure in its future
intentions. The professional game needs more resources, particularly
on the English scene. A programme of events to give professional
players more profile coupled with good publicity is seen as a necessary
step to improving the image of professional billiards. This can only be
achieved by sound promotional management and should not be too
difficult for those responsible.

At club level the prospects are most encouraging . Feedback from local
leagues and some improved junior activity give clear indications of
more interest at grass roots and auger well for the future. Club coaching
classes are seen as a priority and will soon be under way.
All the national championships are in progress and the May issue will
include a full results roundup of this years’ tournaments. We hope the
new front cover is an improvement and meets with your approval .
Apart from being the Millennium, which incidentally we all enjoyed
very much, it also happens to be a New Year, so please accept the best
wishes of the E.A.B.A. committee and the Amateur Billiard player
team and may you all have good health an happiness in the year 2000.

The Red the White and the Spot.
In clubs and in halls,
The sound of those balls,
Is joy beyond compare.
The scent of a whiff,
No hint of a tiff,
If there's one place to be, it's there.
A rub of the chalk,
And we talk, and we talk,
Of Lindrum and Russell & Co.
The green baize and leather,
We're all in together,
There's nowhere else to go.
When the game is no more
And we add up the score,
Of the loser, the cannon, and pot.
We thank our good maker,
The almighty laiker,
For the red, the white, and the spot.

Best wishes,

Derick Townend

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