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Peter Shelley – Obituary

Peter George Shelley (1941 – 2018)

Peter Shelley did not discover Billiards – he was born into it quite literally. Born at Stafford Constitutional Club, home of his Grandparents where his Grandfather was the Club Steward and a decent player to boot. Peter’s father, a farmer was also a useful player and enjoyed a game of Billiards twice a week well into his eighties.
In Peter’s schooldays he lived with his Grandparents during the week and used to practice on the club tables two hours each morning before school and another hour in the evening. The practice paid off and he became the youngest ever British Boys Snooker Champion at the age of 13 and two years later won both British Boys Snooker & Billiards titles.
Although better known for his Billiards prowess he was no mean Snooker player, I personally watched him compile a break of 141 in a Pro-Am at the Ladbrook Club in Chester and he achieved a maximum 147 break in practice. He ceased playing Snooker competitively in 1988 to concentrate on his Billiards.
Peter’s chosen profession was Hotel Management & Catering, he held managerial positions at several Hotels and Golf Clubs before latterly becoming General Manager at The Reardon, Stoke-on-Trent a position he held for many years. An absolute workaholic, Peter was the first one on the premises in the morning and the last one to leave each night – this happened day after day after day and the only time he relaxed was when he was away from the Club altogether. The ABC at The Reardon became an annual event on the EABA Calendar not just for the quality of the playing conditions but also for the sumptuous Sunday Roasts served up by Peter and his team. I recall on one occasion when Peter needed to win the final ABC of the season to secure his place in the England Team for the following season, he not only blew the field away on the table but still managed to serve up about eighty Sunday Lunches in between!
In 2000 Peter was a founder member of a group of Billiard enthusiasts who were christened the “Loose Cannons” for a tour of New Zealand. They promoted the game of English Billiards on both North and South Island to young and old alike and became tremendous ambassadors for our Sport headed as always by Peter keen to impart his knowledge and experience. These tours continued for several years and even when the Loose Cannons were no longer, Peter enjoyed his annual pilgrimage to NZ and on retirement used to split his time between the UK and New Zealand.
A stickler for the history and tradition of our game Peter was always impeccably dressed both on and off the table. He was Chairman of the EABA for many years and was a fierce campaigner for the Amateur game while having total appreciation for the skills and achievements of the Professionals.
He loved his grandchildren and I was delighted to hear that his cue has been left to his Grandson George who I am sure will cherish that it has been bestowed by his Grandpa. Peter “tried” (Helen’s words not mine) to teach his daughter to play and she has promised she will be taking George to Stafford Constitutional Club where it all began to maintain the family tradition.
His career CV is outstanding:-
  • 1955 British Boys Snooker Champion
  • 1957 British Boys Snooker & Billiards Champion
  • 1967 West Midlands Snooker & Billiards Champion
  • Midland Counties Snooker & Billiards Champion at Junior & Senior level
  • 4 times English Amateur Billiards Runner-Up
  • 3 times National CIU Billiards Championship Runner-Up
  • 4 times British Grand Masters Billiards Champion
  • 5 times New Zealand Open Billiards Champion
  • 11 times winner of New Zealand Open Billiards tournaments
  • Winner of many County, Regional & ABC Billiards events
  • numerous times England International
  • Highest Break – 589 made in an Exhibition with a Grade 1 referee followed by a 385 break very next visit.
Personally, I am grateful to Peter for inviting me to join the Loose Cannons in 2001, for the opportunity to visit and play Billiards in the most spectacular country on the planet. I am indebted for the knowledge and expertise he imparted to me on our beautiful game but above everything I am honoured to have called him a close friend.
God Bless Peter, may you Rest in Peace.
Paul Dunning

EABA Notice

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Peter Shelley he had deteriorated rapidly over recent days.

Peter Shelley’s funeral will take place at 13:00 on Friday 3rd August

The venue is as follows:-
St John The Baptist Church
Main Road
Great Haywood
ST18 0SW


Family flowers only – donations to St John the Baptist Church.

Family only cremation at Stafford Crematorium.

All those who would like to raise a glass to Peter are more than welcome to his wake at:-

Weston Hall
Weston Bank
ST18 0BA


EABA Notice

On behalf of all members, the EABA Committee would like to extend heartfelt condolences to Steve and Margaret Crosland on the tragic loss of their son Robert recently.

We are sure that all our thoughts will be with Steve, Margaret and family at this sad time.

EABA 2017/2018 Final Rankings – Debut for Mann

With the final ranking event for the 2017/2018 season complete, Rob Hall again finishes as undisputed English number one. Three Teesiders: English amateur finalist Darren Kell, Mark Hatton and Craig Fitzpatrick finished in the top 8, with Adam Clarke and Chris Achilles again finishing in the top 8 and qualifying for England selection. Dave Nicholls qualifies in the top 8 with Nathan Mann making his debut.
Final Rankings (subject to ratification) Here.
Senior rankings to follow.

EABA Match Play Tournament – Perfect Ten for Hall

Sun 13th May 2018, North East Snooker Center – Clay Cross, S45 9AG.

The final ranking event for the 2017/2018 season was dominated by Rob Hall, who won all ten of his 100 up frames comfortably to cruise to the Match Play title, with 3 unfinished century breaks along the way. Adam Clarke played well and made the final beating Teessider Craig Fitzpatrick in the semi-final. Chris Achilles, who has had another good season was Halls’ semi final victim.

The plate entry was strong, Steve Crosland playing extremely well in the final to see off Darren Kell. Kell beat reigning Match play Champion Mark Hatton (a notable first round main event victim to Mick Johnson) in the semi, Nathan Mann making the semi final contingent.

Full Results Here.

The postponed Jock McGregor Handicap will be scheduled for early next (2018/19) season.

EABA Over 60’s Tournament – Terry is Top Dog

Northeast Derbyshire Snooker Centre – Clay Cross, S45 9AG. Sunday 22nd April 2018 – 11am.

The first EABA Over 60’s Tournament, kindly sponsored by Jim McCann, was won by Terry Azor, a 63 break in the final proving decisive to take the title from Yorkshire’s Tony Clegg. In the plate, David Rees won by just 3 points from Peter Johnson, who led for the majority of the game until Rees made 2 telling contributions with his last visits to the table.
A good turnout of players enjoyed a well run (thanks to Clive Scott and his merry men) tournament.
Results to follow.

Annual General Meeting 2018

A proposition received in accordance with the Constitution and placed on

the Agenda for discussion and decision at the 2018 AGM is as follows:

“That spotted balls currently approved by WPBSA should be used in future EABA tournaments and championships.”

Proposed by Chris Taylor – Seconded by Rob Hall.


To All Members May 2018

You are invited to the 2018 Annual General Meeting of the Association which will be held at The North East Derbyshire Snooker Centre, Derby Road, Clay Cross, Chesterfield on Saturday 12th May 2018 at 2.00pm.

The following business will be discussed:

1. Chairman’s opening remarks and apologies

2. To confirm the minutes of the 2017 Annual General Meeting

3. Matters arising from the Minutes

4. Secretary’s report

5. Treasurer’s report and Annual Statement of accounts for the year 2017/2018

6. Junior Section

7. Referees’ Section

8. Coaching Section

9. Election of Officers, Committee Representatives and Auditor

10. Honorary Life Membership

11. Propositions received in accordance with the Constitution.

11.1 A proposal received from Chris Taylor, seconded by

Rob Hall. “That spotted balls currently approved by WPBSA be used by EABA in future tournaments and championships”

12. Subscriptions

13. Close of meeting

If you want to participate in the EABA Match Play Championship – short format (ranking event) at the same venue held on Sunday 13th May starting at 11.00am. Entries on the day.

Annual General Meeting 2018

The 2018 Annual General Meeting of the EABA will take place at ‘The North East Derbyshire Snooker Centre, Derby Road, Clay Cross, Chesterfield, S45 9AG, on Saturday 11th May at 2.00pm. All members are invited to attend including junior members, although junior members are not eligible to vote.

Propositions Must be proposed and seconded within the terms of the Constitution and be received by the Secretary at least 28 days prior to the date of the AGM. Please note that proposers and seconders must be fully paid up members and attend the meeting.

Election of Officers must be proposed and seconded within the terms of the Constitution and be received by the Secretary at least 14 days prior to the date of the AGM. The position of Chairman is due for election and Mr McCann has stated he is prepared to seek re-election for a further three year term.

All non officer members of the Committee are due for election – each for one year.

2017/18 English Amateur Championship – Six Appeal for Hall

The Whitworth Institute, Darley Dale – Sat 17th/Sun 18th March 2018.

Defending champion Rob Hall retained his title in style, fending off Teessider Darren Kells’ challenge with the aid of breaks of 465 and 377 unfinished for a final score of 1531 to 657. This was Kell’s third final and he had some great wins to make the final (with a double century break on the way) and a top break in the final of 157. Hall’s 6th win was overseen by referee John Squires and tournament director Clive Scott.
In the semi-finals, Martin Goodwill was Halls victim by 1268 to 872, with top breaks of 302,127,176 and 218 by Hall and 150 by Goodwill. Kell, with a top break of 163, beat Dave Nichols (top break of 106) by 1120 to 662.

John Murphy

The EABA have learned of the very sad and unexpected passing of Hartlepool’s John Murphy. All at the EABA extend their heartfelt sympathies to Jim and family. RIP John.
Funeral details: Hutton Henry church in Hutton Henry, County Durham, 10am on Wednesday 4th April.

2017/18 EABA Seniors International – England Enjoy good Run-out

Newark Conservative Club – Sat 10th/Sun 11th March 2018.

The England vs Northern Ireland international was comfortably won by England with a number of frames won with unfinished run-out breaks. England’s Mark Graham took a maximum 8 points in the event and had three 50+ unfinished breaks, with a 64unf against Irelands top player Tommy Hunter, who had the events’ top break, with an excellent 125 unfinished. There were solid contributions by all the England team of Winn, Rees, Crosland, White, Mitchell, Wayman and Fielding, for Northern Ireland, Frank Trainor and Paul McWilliams had some notable victories.
The EABA (led by tournament director Clive Scott) would like to thank the Newark Conservative Club for their excellent hospitality and playing conditions, and the usual (but entirely deserved) thanks go to referees’, Mr. Slee, Ellis, Brookes and (‘cheeky’) Squires.
England won both days’ play by the same score – 21-11, giving the English victory by a final score of 42-22.
Full Results Here.

2017/18 EABA Junior Championship

Maltings Q Club, Kings Lynn, PE30 1NQ. Sunday 15th April 2018 – 11am.

Age Groups: Under 16, Under 19, Girls Under 19.
Entries on the day – £5 all age groups (players can play in more than 1 age group).
Prize money dependent on entries.

2017/18 English Amateur Championship – Semi Finalists Decided

Clay Cross, Derbyshire, 17th/18th February 2018.

Semi-final draw:
Hall v Goodwill
Kell v Nichols

Sundays games:
Kell beat Mann
Hall beat Welham
Goodwill beat Marshall
Nichols beat Mullane

The Last 16 results are:
Welham beat Graham
Hall beat McCann
Kell beat Sutton
Goodwill beat Hatton
Marshall beat Fitzpatrick
Mann beat Jackson
Mullane beat Goodwin
Nichols beat Payne
Results Here.

2017/18 Fifth ABC – Hatton Steps up from the Plate

Atack Club, Nuneaton, 11th February 2018.

Mark Hatton surpassed his 2 plate wins this season with a main final win in great style against rankings leader Rob Hall. Trailing in the final by 116 points, Hatton timed a 130 unfinished break to perfection to win at the death. Hall had 101 and 108 breaks in the final, with the tournament top of 351 unfinshed, Hatton having 117, 115 and 142 breaks in earlier rounds. Geoff Barrett won the plate from Arthur Winn with a couple of nice 70 something breaks along the way, evergreen Brian Harvey and Teesider Craig Fitzpatrick (with a 114 break in an earlier round and a 148 in the main, which was trumped by Dave Nichols’ 152) making the semi’s. Mick Johnson and Adam Clarke were the beaten semi-finalists. Earlier Darren Kell was in great form before being beaten by travelling companion Hatton, hitting a string of breaks including a 173 and 128, Nathan Mann had a 114 and Mark Hirst a 138.

2017/18 English Amateur Championship – Hall misses the Point

Various Locations, 4th February 2018.

Reigning English champ Rob Hall had a 536 break in leading the qualifiers for the last 16 of the English amateur championship, which was one point less than his record breaking ABC break of a week earlier. The qualifiers are: North (Bradford): Rob Hall, Darren Kell, Craig Fitzpatrick, Mark Hatton, Mark Graham, Matt Jackson, Jim McCann, Robert Marshall. West (Cambridge): Dave Nicholls, Nathan Mann, Phil Welham, Kevin Payne. South: Martin Goodwill, John Mullane, Jason Goodwin, Matt Sutton.
The Last 8 will be decided on the 17th February at Clay Cross, Derbyshire (draw made on the day), with the semi finalists decided on Sunday the 18th at the same location.

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