Jimmy White

Snooker Player
Born May 2, 1962

James Warren "Jimmy" White MBE is an English professional snooker player. Nicknamed "The Whirlwind" and popularly referred to as the "People's Champion", White is a multiple World Championship finalist renowned for losing each of the six finals he contested. White's extensive list of achievements, however, also include victory in the World Amateur Championship, the UK Championship and the Masters.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Jimmy White.


1962 Birth Born on May 2, 1962.


1978 16 Years Old The club was affectionately known as "Zans" and after Ted's death in 1978 it was handed down to his daughter. … Read More
1979 17 Years Old After winning the English Amateur Championship in 1979, a year later he became the youngest ever winner of the World Amateur Snooker Championship, aged 18, a record since surpassed by Ian Preece and Hossein Vafaei. … Read More
1980 18 Years Old …  Nicknamed "The Whirlwind" because of his fluid, attacking style of play and popularly referred to as the "People's Champion", White is a six times World Championship finalist, the 1980 World Amateur Champion, 2009 Six-red World Champion, 2010 World Seniors Champion and 1984 World Doubles champion with Alex Higgins. … Read More
1981 19 Years Old White established himself as a top professional in 1981. … Read More


1982 - 1987 5 More Events
1988 26 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1988 he defeated John Campbell, Stephen Hendry and Tony Knowles to reach his fourth World Championship semi-final. … Read More
1989 27 Years Old He trailed John Virgo 11–12 in the second-round of the 1989 World Championship and looked beaten when his opponent was on a break of 26 in the following frame. … Read More
1990 28 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1990, White recorded a 16–14 victory over Steve Davis in the semi-finals of the World Championship. … Read More
However, White beat Hendry 18–9 to retain his World Matchplay title later in the year and that win was followed by a 10–4 victory over Hendry (after leading 9–0) in the final of the 1991 Classic. … Read More


…  White is one of only six players to have completed a maximum break at the Crucible Theatre, doing so in the 1992 World Snooker Championship. … Read More
1993 - 1995 4 More Events
White endured further personal problems later in 1996 with the deaths of his brother Martin and mother Lil.
1997 - 2000 3 More Events
2001 39 Years Old 1 More Event
His only other victory of note, however, was a 6–2 defeat of Ronnie O'Sullivan in the 2001 Masters and White subsequently failed to qualify for the 2001 World Championship.


In the invitational 2002 Masters he beat Matthew Stevens 6–1 and came back from 2–5 behind to defeat O'Sullivan 6–5 in the quarter-finals. … Read More
He memorably came back from 1–5 down to defeat World Champion Peter Ebdon 6–5 in their first-round at the 2003 Masters.
His last ranking victory to date came in April 2004, when White defeated Shaun Murphy, John Parrott, Ian McCulloch, Peter Ebdon and Paul Hunter to win the Players Championship in Glasgow – his first ranking title in over 11 years.
2005 43 Years Old 1 More Event
However he made two more memorable comebacks in the 2005 Masters. … Read More
Nonetheless, his consistency waned in the 2000s and a first-round defeat in the 2006 World Championship saw White drop out of the world's top 32 player rankings.
In the 2007/2008 season he won 7 of his 16 qualifying matches.
2008 46 Years Old 1 More Event
He won one match at the 2008 Welsh Open and two matches at the 2008 World Championship. … Read More
After this he qualified for the main stage of the 2009 Welsh Open, but lost in the first round 1–5 against Ali Carter.


2013 51 Years Old At the 2013 World Seniors White lost to Hendry in the quarter final
2014 52 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2014 White almost lost his place on the professional World Snooker circuit as he finished the 2013/2014 season ranked World No 64. … Read More
The 2015/16 season ended in disappointment when White lost the deciding frame of his first round World Championship Qualifier against Gerard Greene. … Read More
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