Items added to the collection
In April 2017 a letter written by Sidney Smith was kindly
donated to the Collection by Mr. M. Barnett. He is a volunteer in
the warehouse of a local charity which handles donations and the
letter fell out of a donated book. He thought it was of interest
and thought it should be preserved.
The picture below is a reduced
version of the letter.
picture donated March 2017 by John Ingleby of a match between C.
Dawson & H.W. Stevenson.
The match took place at the Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester and
the picture with Stevenson at the table was probably taken on
31st March 1904. The marker (seen holding the rest) was
George Jackson a local billiard professional. All the information
about the picture was provided by Peter Ainsworth
July 2016 - picture of the 1951 Professional Snooker
Championships between Fred Davis and Walter Donaldson.
Fred Davis won 58 frames to 39
Picture kindly donated by Henry Smith
Keeping an interest in all things Thurston a marking board circa
1870's with the cartouche reading
The board was aquired in July 2016
and is now on display in the collection
At the end of June
2017 the Snooker Heritage Collection received a call from Peter
Smith to say that his family had a lot of Billiard and Snooker
memorabilia that they would like to donate to the Collection.
The items had been
collected by their Snooker 'mad' father David Smith who had sadly
passed away earlier that month. He was described by the family as
'a man of many talents, David was a retired police officer, driving
instructor, snooker player, coach, referee. Chairman and champion
as well as a genuine friend to many'.
Ray Reardon and David Smith at the Eastbourne Police Club in
David Smith being presented with a medal for his Referring services
by (whispering) Ted Lowe
Peter Clare was
pleased to offer a home for all the items, which include numerous
books, coaching aids, snooker board games, match programmes, mugs,
videos, autographs, even small radio made to look like a billiard
table and a 'Timeframe' unit.
Shown here are a
couple of interesting items selected from the boxes of memorabilia
that was collected from Eastboune in July 2017.
The first item is a bit of history as it records the first
exhibition match played by Ronnie O'Sullivan in January 1994 . The
event was organised by David Smith
Another item records Wantey's association with Snooker - this
autographed programme is circa 1975 when Rex Williams and Fred
Davis along with Sydney Lee travelled round the country playing
matches at local clubs providing an evening of snooker matches and
The 'Timeframe' unit is quite large and heavy and it was Peter
Ainsworth who was able to provide some information on the
machine.These were just electronic snooker scoreboards which also
had a timer feature. They were introduced in 1992 for a variation
of the Pot Black TV series in which players (the top 16 pros) would
play at least one or two frames of snooker against the clock (each
show lasted at least 20 minutes), the final being longer. The
scoreboards were probably made available to the public from this
date, although I can't personally recall having seen any
advertised. The company producing them were based in Leamington Spa
and called "Timeframe Snooker". Not sure, yet, if it works but it
is intended to be set up in one of the display rooms.
The above is just a small tribute to David Smith and his family and
their help in preserving more of the history of the great Cue
Sports of Billiards & Snooker.
Acknowledgements - Peter Smith ; Peter Ainsworth
Clare ©2017 E.A. Clare
& Son Ltd.
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