Jimmy White
Snooker player
Jimmy White
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.
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The Whitey Bulger trial: Blast from the past
The Economist - over 3 years
A face that still makes people tremble TOMMY DONAHUE was just a boy when his father was murdered in 1982. He still carries his dad’s death certificate in his trouser pocket. It cites multiple gunshot wounds as the cause; Mr Donahue thinks it should also list the names of the gangsters who killed his father, and the rogue FBI agents who tipped them off.Michael Donahue, who was not a mobster, was giving a lift home to a wise-guy friend, Brian Halloran, who was suspected of snitching to the FBI. Both men were shot; Halloran at least 14 times. The hit was planned and carried out, prosecutors say, by Jim “Whitey” Bulger, a former gang boss now on trial in Boston.Mr Bulger (pictured) went on the lam in 1994, after hearing that he was about to be indicted. With his mistress, he disappeared for 16 years. It turned out he was living quietly in California, watching a lot of television. When he was caught in 2011, police found a stash of guns in his apartment walls and $800,000 in cash.Mr Bulg ...
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Comment on Sexual abuse on the prairie by The Lord Ben Chung
Canadian Christianity - almost 5 years
Dear Jimmy: While it isa that you get paid for writing an article, others pay for that with sweat, tears and blood. Your spreading rumours on Carmen Wesley, is despicable, and has consequences. I hope that you come up with an apology and correction. It is easy with a stroke of pen and you get paid for. Carmen pays for this with mental anguish and her mother Elisa also pays for this with sleepless nights, nightmares and anger. You are a Christian man, at least check the sources and apologize otherwise we will start a letter writing campaign to make sure you report this properly to your editors, and demand that you be fired for making such poor comments. Read my words and tremble, I give you a week to sort this out. Our group will not watch this with idle eyes. Mark my words very carefully.
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White upends Barry to claim first city crown - Mail Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
Jimmy White hits from bunker during the 2011 Rogue Valley Stroke Play Championship Sunday at Centennial Golf Club in Medford. Mail Tribune / Julia MooreJulia Moore By Tim Trower Jimmy White pulled another sticker out of one of his socks
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Snooker in mourning as referee Ganley passes away at 68 - Daily Mail
Google News - over 5 years
Ganley refereed four World Championship finals at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre, including Stephen Hendry's first success in 1990 over Jimmy White. He also took charge of one of the sport's fabled matches, the 1983 UK Championship final, in which Alex
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Elder 27, Centerville 14 (3rd quarter) - Cincinnati.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
The touchdown was set up by a 60-yard run by Jimmy White. Fox gots his second TD run of the game from 6 yards out with 10:34 left in the 2nd quarter. Second quarter: Fox is well on his way to Al Bundy 'Polk High' status. He just scored his third TD run
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John Higgins whitewashes Jimmy White in semi-final of 2011 Premier League ... - bettor.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Scotland's John Higgins played tremendously to outclass his opponent, the legendary Jimmy White, in their semi-final clash of 2011 Premier League Snooker on the opening night. The world champion has started his 2011 PartPoker.com Premier League
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Billy on the Box: It's snooker Jim, but not as we know it - Belfast Telegraph
Google News - over 5 years
It's sad then that Jimmy White remains one of the game's biggest stars. The Whirlwind in his pomp was a genius; an artist on the baize whose medium was chalk and his brush a Riley two-piece that Michaelangelo could have used to get to the pokey bits in
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Stevens shines in Skegness - SkySports
Google News - over 5 years
Higgins booked his place in the final by seeing off Jimmy White 3-0, the Scotsman managing breaks of 92 and then 105 - the only century of the night - in the opening two frames. White looked set to claw one back in the third but, having held his nerve
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In a Platte, South Dakota hospital, are TO Stroup of Frisco and Jimmy White of Terrell. Both have back injuries and it is thought Stroup will lose an eye. Stroup's light plane hit a pickup truck in a takeoff, killing a boy and injuring a man in the
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Proximity to Bangkok, world class amenities drive Pattaya boom - Asia Property Report
Google News - over 5 years
The resort town's profile has continued to grow in recent months with the arrival of several celebrity residents, including snooker legend Jimmy White. Sales are being driven in large part by non-resident Europeans, especially Russians
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sporting greats who have failed to win big: luke donald, fernando torres ... - talkSPORT.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
The Open is upon us and English hopefuls Luke Donald and Lee Westwood will both be looking to win their first career major. The golfing pair, who are ranked number one and two in the world, defy the odds by being at the top of their sport without
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Snooker Jimmy White buys holiday home in Pattaya - The Nation
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By The Nation Jimmy White, one of the world's snooker legends, recently purchased a holiday home in Pattaya after a number of visits to Thailand and the resort city. The new holiday home for the snooker, who has won a total of 23 professional titles
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Snooker: Laughs, nostalgia and top-class snooker for area's potting fans - Grimsby Telegraph
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CUE greats Jimmy White and Dennis Taylor are set to appear in Grimsby next week as part of the Snooker Legends tour. Also lined up for the event – on Wednesday, July 13 at the Grimsby Auditorium – are trick-shot king John Virgo and former world
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Extra tickets released for sell out snooker show - Highland News
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For 100 more tickets are being released from today for the Snooker Legend event which goes ahead tonight at Eden Court, staring renowned players such as Jimmy White, Dennis Taylor, John Parrott, John Virgo, Cliff Thorburn and Michaela Tabb
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Rory McLeod ends Jimmy White's hopes, David Gilbert needs one more: 2011 ... - bettor.com (blog)
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Rory McLeod has made it to the fourth round qualifiers, ending Jimmy White's qualifying hopes in the process, on June 29 at the academy. David Gilbert, Q School pro ticket winner, has also surged into his final qualifier. The People's Champion, Jimmy
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Jimmy White, Jack Lisowski, Yu Delu register victories: 2011 Australian ... - bettor.com (blog)
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Some exciting matches were seen at the academy baize including ones that featured Jimmy White, Jack Lisowski and Yu Delu as winners. They beat Paul Davison, Joe Jogia and Robin Hull respectively in their qualifying matches. Jimmy White played his first
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jimmy White
  • 2015
    Age 52
    In April 2015, he appeared as a guest at a campaign event when his friend Kim Rose was standing as the UK Independence Party candidate to be MP for Southampton Itchen.
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    White was, together with Neal Foulds, commentator for Eurosport-UK at the 2015 German Masters in Berlin.
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    The 2015/16 season ended in disappointment when White lost the deciding frame of his first round World Championship Qualifier against Gerard Greene.
    More Details Hide Details White made it to a quarter final of a ranking event at the Paul Hunter Classic in Germany, his first for over ten years. In 1995, after a routine check-up with his doctor, White was diagnosed with testicular cancer after discovering a lump. He was operated on almost immediately, and was given the all-clear soon afterwards. He married Maureen Mockler, and they have five children: Lauren (born 1981), Ashleigh (born 1987), Georgia (born 1988), Breeze (born 1989), and Tommy (born 1998). He currently lives in Epsom, Surrey. Despite being best known for snooker, White is also a pool and poker player. Along with Steve Davis and Alex Higgins, White was a member of Europe's victorious Mosconi Cup pool team of 1995, and won the deciding match against Lou Butera. He won the second Poker Million tournament, held in 2003, which also had Steve Davis at the final table. He was also good friends with professional poker player, Dave "The Devilfish" Ulliott.
  • 2014
    Age 51
    In his autobiography, released in November 2014, it was revealed that White was addicted to crack cocaine during a three-month spell of his career.
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    In 2014 White almost lost his place on the professional World Snooker circuit as he finished the 2013/2014 season ranked World No 64.
    More Details Hide Details While White remained on the tour fellow veteran Steve Davis, however, lost his place, landing outside the top 64. In March, 2016 Jimmy lost to Brian Robertson in a 1 frame exhibition match in Wallasey. Brian knocked in a 72 break to defeat the 6 time world snooker championship finalist.
  • 2013
    Age 50
    At the 2013 World Seniors White lost to Hendry in the quarter final
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  • 2011
    Age 48
    At a Legends Tour event in June 2011, White compiled a maximum break, unusual for the fact that he potted the first ball off the, meaning his opponent never played a shot in the frame.
    More Details Hide Details White couldn't qualify for the first two ranking events of the season, as he lost 3–5 against Rory McLeod at the Australian Goldfields Open and 0–5 against Nigel Bond at the Shanghai Masters White couldn't defend his World Seniors Championship title, as he lost in the semi-finals 0–2 against eventual champion Darren Morgan. White couldn't qualify for the next two ranking events, as he lost 5–6 against Jamie Jones at the UK Championship, and 4–5 against Peter Ebdon at the German Masters. After the FFB Snooker Open White was ranked number 47.
    White began the 2011/2012 season ranked number 55.
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  • 2010
    Age 47
    White started the 2010/2011 season by entering the Players Tour Championship, his best performance coming in the first European event and at the sixth event in Sheffield, where he reached the quarter-finals each time.
    More Details Hide Details After 12 out of 12 events White was ranked 34th in the Order of Merit. White also reached the quarter-finals of the Six-red World Championship, topping his qualifying group along the way. He failed to qualify for the Shanghai Masters, losing his first qualifying match 3–5 against Liam Highfield. He won his two qualification matches for the World Open; but lost 1–3 against Ronnie O'Sullivan in the last 32. White won the World Seniors Championship, defeating Steve Davis 4–1 in the final. At the UK Championship in December White lost 8–9 to Stephen Hendry in the first-round after he had come through three qualifying rounds to get to Telford. It was only the fifth time in 24 years that White and Hendry had taken each other to the final frame and 16 years since Hendry's 18–17 win over White in the 1994 World Championship final. He participated at qualifying stages of the German Masters, but lost in the second round 1–5 against Jimmy Robertson, White reached the last qualifying round of the Welsh Open, but was whitewashed by Ryan Day, and has qualified for the final stages of the China Open, by defeating Liu Chuang, Peter Lines and Dominic Dale. but had to withdraw from the tournament due to visa problems. White lost his first qualifying match for the World Championship 9–10 against Jimmy Robertson.
  • 2009
    Age 46
    On 17 December 2009 it was confirmed that White received a wild card for the Wembley Masters.
    More Details Hide Details White played against Mark King in the wild card round, but lost the match 2–6. Prior to the world championship White won only 2 of his 6 qualifying matches. he defeated Bjorn Haneveer 5–0 at the Shanghai Masters and Jordan Brown 5–1 at the Welsh Open. Due to this and skipping the UK Championship for I'm a Celebrity…Get Me out of Here! he was in danger to losing his Main Tour spot for the following season. However he secured his place on the Main Tour for another season with a 10–8 victory over Mark Boyle at the World Championship Qualifiers. He then lost 3–10 against Ken Doherty in the next round.
    At the beginning of the 2009/10 season White reached the final of the Champion of Champions Challenge in Killarney, eventually losing 1–5 to Shaun Murphy.
    More Details Hide Details Provisionally No. 47 for the season it has seen White have a surprising return of form. His 2nd tournament of the season was the Sangsom 6-red World Grand Prix in Bangkok Thailand. White won the tournament, putting an end to his drought of titles by winning his first since 2004. On his way to the final he beat Shaun Murphy, defending champion Ricky Walden, Mark King and Mark Williams, eventually beating Barry Hawkins in the final 8–6. Only 1-month later in the Paul Hunter Classic he again reached the final, however this time lost to Shaun Murphy 0–4. Two months later on 18 October White reached the final of the World Series of Snooker in Prague, his fourth final of the season. This time he was victorious, claiming his 2nd title of the season by defeating Graeme Dott 5–3.
    He won his next qualifying match at the 2009 World Championship.
    More Details Hide Details In the second qualifying round he defeated Vincent Muldoon 10–8, but lost his next match 8–10 against Andy Hicks. At the end of season he has the provisional ranking of No. 56.
    After this he qualified for the main stage of the 2009 Welsh Open, but lost in the first round 1–5 against Ali Carter.
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  • 2008
    Age 45
    He began the 2008/2009 season by qualifying for the main draw of the 2008 Northern Ireland Trophy and the 2008 Shanghai Masters, but lost in the first round against Barry Hawkins 3–5 and Mark King 4–5 respectively.
    More Details Hide Details He won 4 of his next 7 qualifying matches (2 at the 2008 Grand Prix and at the 2008 UK Championship.
    He won one match at the 2008 Welsh Open and two matches at the 2008 World Championship.
    More Details Hide Details After the season he fell out of the top-64 and remained on the tour only via the one year list.
  • 2007
    Age 44
    In November 2007, his father, Tommy White, died aged 88. With his daughter, Lauren Albert, White is a director of Jimmy White Ltd., which had a turnover of £180,359 in 2006. White has been a fan of Chelsea Football Club since 1972. In December 2012, Jimmy got engaged to Kelly Singh.
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    He won 4 straight matches at the 2007 Grand Prix and finished in the third place of his group, thus not qualifying for the main draw.
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    In the 2007/2008 season he won 7 of his 16 qualifying matches.
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  • 2006
    Age 43
    In the 2006/2007 season he qualified for only one ranking event, the 2007 China Open.
    More Details Hide Details He had a walkover Stephen Lee, before he lost 1–5 against John Higgins. After the season he fell out of the top-48.
    He lost in the first round of the 2006 World Championship, although he did beat Stephen Hendry, Ding Junhui and World Champion Graeme Dott to reach the final of the 2006 Premier League.
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    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.
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  • 2005
    Age 42
    White fell out of the top-32 at the end of the 2005/2006 season and has not regained this status to date.
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    However he made two more memorable comebacks in the 2005 Masters.
    More Details Hide Details White trailed Matthew Stevens 2–5 in the first-round and pulled back to 4–5 after needing two snookers in the ninth frame. White went on to win 6–5 and beat Stevens's compatriot Mark Williams by the same score in the quarter-finals after trailing 4–5. But White was soundly beaten 6–1 by Ronnie O'Sullivan in the semi-finals.
  • 2004
    Age 41
    White's consistency diminished in the 2004/2005 season.
    More Details Hide Details Although his ranking rose to number 8 he was unable to reach the quarter-finals of any ranking event.
    Victory in the 2004 World Championship could have given White the number-one ranking, but he was beaten 10–8 by qualifier Barry Pinches after leading 4–2.
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    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.
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  • 2003
    Age 40
    After reaching the semi-finals of the UK Championship in November 2003, White defeated Neil Robertson, Stephen Hendry and Peter Ebdon to reach the semi-finals of the 2004 Masters – where he lost a tight match against Ronnie O'Sullivan.
    More Details Hide Details White followed this up with further victories over Hendry and Robertson en route to the final of the European Open in Malta, but was beaten 3–9 by world number 48 Stephen Maguire.
    In the 2003/2004 season White produced his most consistent season in over a decade.
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    He memorably came back from 1–5 down to defeat World Champion Peter Ebdon 6–5 in their first-round at the 2003 Masters.
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  • 2002
    Age 39
    White won only two ranking event matches in the 2002/2003 season but was able to maintain his top-16 ranking.
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    He lost 3–13 in his second-round match with Matthew Stevens at the 2002 World Championship and issued an immediate apology after hitting the cue ball off the table in frustration when trailing 2–5.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details He similarly recovered from 2–5 down in his semi-final with Mark Williams but lost 5–6.
  • 2001
    Age 38
    Ranked 11 at the start of the 2001/2002 season, White performed steadily in the ranking events without reaching a semi-final.
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    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.
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  • 2000
    Age 37
    He fought back the following season, and reached the final of the British Open (losing 6–9 to Peter Ebdon) and the semi-finals of the 2000 Grand Prix in the early part of the campaign.
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  • 1998
    Age 35
    Largely due to his poor form in the 1998/1999 season, White also lost his top-16 place.
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  • 1997
    Age 34
    A run to the semi-finals of the 1997 Grand Prix helped to remedy this and White then enjoyed a great form at the 1998 World Championship.
    More Details Hide Details After qualifying to play Stephen Hendry in the first-round, White opened with a century break and uncharacteristically shrewd matchplay enabled him to open up a 7–0 lead with only one further break over 50. Despite losing the next three frames from winning positions, White was able to seal a memorable 10–4 success and became the first player to beat Hendry twice at the World Championship. White followed this with a 13–3 win over Darren Morgan which included a break of 144. In his quarter-final against Ronnie O'Sullivan, however, White reverted to his more familiar all-out attacking style and lost the first session 1–7. Although he fought back to 6–9, White succumbed to 7–13. After regaining his top-16 ranking in the 1999/2000 season White started 2000 by reaching the semi-finals of the Welsh Open, where he lost 5–6 to Stephen Lee, despite leading 4–1 at one point of the match. He then defeated Marco Fu and John Higgins to reach the quarter-finals of the Masters, and he followed this up with a run to the quarter-finals of the World Championship. On both occasions, however, he was beaten by Matthew Stevens.
  • 1996
    Age 33
    In the 1996/1997 season White failed to win a professional match until February and a first-round defeat at the 1997 World Championship against Anthony Hamilton (9–10, after leading 8–4) saw him drop out of the top-16 in the world rankings.
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    His mother's death caused him to pull out of the 1996 Mosconi Cup pool competition.
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    White endured further personal problems later in 1996 with the deaths of his brother Martin and mother Lil.
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  • 1995
    Age 32
    White's ranking slipped from 7th to 13th at the end of the 1995/1996 season and he was beaten 13–12 in a second-round encounter with Peter Ebdon in the 1996 World Championship.
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    At the 1995 World Championship, White was involved in a controversial first-round match against South African Peter Francisco.
    More Details Hide Details From 2–2 White was able to pull away and win convincingly by 10 frames to 2. Shortly after it emerged that large sums of money had been placed on White to win the match by the eventual scoreline. The ensuing investigation found Francisco guilty of misconduct and banned him for five years. However no evidence was found against White, and he was completely cleared of any wrongdoing. White put this controversy behind him and overcame David Roe and John Parrott to reach his tenth World Championship semi-final. In his match with Stephen Hendry, White could only watch as the defending champion made a 147 break to go 8–4 in front. White recovered well to 7–8 and won three successive frames to reduce his arrears from 9–14 to 12–14. However Hendry proved too strong and ran out a 16–12 win.
  • 1993
    Age 30
    White endured a lacklustre campaign in the 1993/1994 season, but managed to reach the 1994 World Championship final for a fifth successive year, becoming only the second player after Steve Davis (1983–89) to achieve this.
    More Details Hide Details For the fourth time in five years, White's opponent in the final was Stephen Hendry and the defending champion opened up a 5–1 lead. White recovered well to lead 13–12 and made a break of 75 to take the match into a deciding frame. In the final frame, White was on a break of 29 and leading the frame by 37 points to 24 when he missed a straightforward black off its spot. Commentator Dennis Taylor memorably observed: "Dear me, that was just a little bit of tension". As it happened, Hendry cleared with a technically straightforward break of 58 to win the title. Gracious in defeat, White joked that Hendry was "beginning to annoy" him in the post-match interview. White's form continued to decline the following season and he failed to reach a ranking final. However his results on the table were greatly overshadowed, when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer during the season. He was able to make a successful recovery after having his left testicle removed. Shortly after, White underwent further surgery to correct his bald spot.
    However White toiled for the remainder of the season, and his struggles continued at the 1993 World Championship.
    More Details Hide Details He did, however, manage to overcome Joe Swail, Doug Mountjoy and Dennis Taylor to reach the semi-finals. White lost the first five frames of his semi-final with James Wattana but, from 2–6, he won 12 successive frames en route to a 16–9 victory. However he proved no match for Stephen Hendry in the final, and Hendry's century break in his first visit to the table proved portentious as White was beaten 18–5 with a session to spare. Only John Parrott (in 1989) has suffered a heavier defeat in a World Championship final. White did, however, manage to end the season on a high-note when he beat Alan McManus to win the Matchroom League.
  • 1992
    Age 29
    He defeated Ken Doherty 10–9 to claim his second 1992 Grand Prix title and followed this with an impressive victory in the 1992 UK Championship.
    More Details Hide Details After defeating Alan McManus 9–7 in the semi-finals, White opened up a commanding 6–1 lead in the first session of the final against John Parrott, from where he secured a 16–9 win. White has stated that this was among the best matches he has ever played.
    White responded well from this significant setback in the early part of the 1992/1993 season.
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    White was drawn against Tony Drago in the first-round of the 1992 World Championship.
    More Details Hide Details After opening up an 8–4 lead, White made history in the 13th frame by becoming only the second player to make a maximum break in the World Championship. He won £100,000 in prize money for this achievement. Close wins over Alain Robidoux and Jim Wych followed before White met Alan McManus in the semi-finals, where he pulled away from 4–4 to win 16–7. He played Stephen Hendry in the final and won each of the first two sessions to open up a 10–6 lead, which he extended to 12–6 and 14–8. From 14–9, White lost three successive frames from commanding positions. At 14–12, White went when compiling a potentially frame-winning break. Hendry drew level at 14–14 without conceding a further and won the closely contested 29th and 30th frames to lead 16–14. Two completed Hendry's ten-frame winning streak and a remarkable 18–14 victory.
    White started 1992 positively and picked up his second British Open title, beating Steve Davis in the semi-finals and James Wattana in the final.
    More Details Hide Details He won another ranking title, the European Open, shortly after.
    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.
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  • 1991
    Age 28
    Parrott then overcame White 16–13 to win the UK Championship later in 1991.
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    Steve James ended Hendry's reign as World Champion in the 1991 World Championship and White in turn defeated James to reach the final.
    More Details Hide Details He played John Parrott and was whitewashed in the first session 0–7. Although White managed to close the gap to 7–11, Parrott was able to seal an 18–11 victory.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details White continued his run of success with victory in the short-lived World Masters, beating Tony Drago 10–6 in the final.
  • 1990
    Age 27
    White had a cameo role as himself (as the World Billiards Champion) in Stephen Chow's 1990 kung fu and billiards comedy film, Legend of the Dragon.
    More Details Hide Details On the popular BBC game show Big Break, White was the first player to clear the table with 3 reds still remaining in the final part of the challenge (thus winning the top prize for the contestant he was playing for). He was introduced to the studio audience on each appearance with the song "Jimmy Jimmy" by the Undertones. In the film Jack Said (a prequel to Jack Says) White played the part of Vic Lee, a dodgy snooker club owner, in his first major film role for British cinema. White appeared in the 9th series of I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! He finished in third place on 4 December 2009, with Gino D'Acampo the eventual winner. White has endorsed four computer games: Jimmy White's 'Whirlwind' Snooker, Jimmy White's 2: Cueball, Jimmy White's Cueball World and Pool Paradise. These games have been released for numerous machines, from 8 bits up to second-generation consoles and mobile phones. In June 2007, he was contracted to the online billiard website Play89.
    In 1990, White recorded a 16–14 victory over Steve Davis in the semi-finals of the World Championship.
    More Details Hide Details It was Davis's first defeat in the event in four years. White subsequently lost his second World Championship final 12–18 to Stephen Hendry.
  • 1989
    Age 26
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Virgo, however, called a foul on himself and White was able to win 13–12. The reprieve was short-lived as White was soundly beaten 7–13 by eventual finalist John Parrott in the quarter-finals. White avenged this defeat later in the year by beating Parrott 18–9 in the final of the invitational World Matchplay.
  • 1988
    Age 25
    However the 1988/1989 season was less successful, and White's ranking slipped.
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    In 1988 he defeated John Campbell, Stephen Hendry and Tony Knowles to reach his fourth World Championship semi-final.
    More Details Hide Details He played Terry Griffiths and, trailing 11–13, lost a tied frame on a respotted black. Griffiths went on to reach the final courtesy of a 16–11 win. White did at least manage to consolidate his number-2 world ranking.
  • 1987
    Age 24
    White's third ranking win – the 1987 British Open – helped him to end the 1986/1987 season as World number 2, behind Steve Davis who defeated him 16–11 in the semi-finals of the 1987 World Championship.
    More Details Hide Details Later that year White and Davis contested a memorable UK Championship final which Davis won 16–14.
  • 1985
    Age 22
    However he won the Classic and also retained the Irish Masters title he won in 1985.
    More Details Hide Details White won the Classic when he beat Thorburn in the final frame after needing a snooker. Later in the year he overcame veteran Rex Williams 10–6 to win his first Grand Prix title.
  • 1984
    Age 21
    White revealed that he went from taking cocaine to crack following his defeat by Steve Davis in the 1984 World Championship final.
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    In 1984 White won the Masters for the only time to date, beating Terry Griffiths 9–5 in the final.
    More Details Hide Details He followed this success by reaching his first World Championship final. Trailing Steve Davis 4–12 after the first two sessions, White responded by reducing the deficit to 15–16. He then made an aggressive clearance of 65 to take the score to 16–17, but was unable to build upon a 40-point lead in the following frame, and lost 16–18. White did, however, become a World Doubles Champion later that year when he and Alex Higgins defeated Willie Thorne and Cliff Thorburn 10–2 in the final of the World Doubles Championship. In 1986 White reached his second Masters final, but was defeated by Cliff Thorburn.
  • 1982
    Age 19
    The World Championship has provided the theatre for White's greatest disappointments. In 1982, he led Alex Higgins 15–14 in their semi-final, was up 59–0 in the penultimate and was a and away from the final.
    More Details Hide Details After missing a red with the rest, however, he could only watch as Higgins compiled a frame-winning 69 break. Higgins won the deciding frame that followed to reach the final.
  • 1981
    Age 18
    White established himself as a top professional in 1981.
    More Details Hide Details After losing 8–10 to eventual champion Steve Davis in the first round of World Championship, White went on to win his first professional titles – the Scottish Masters (defeating Cliff Thorburn in the final) and the Northern Ireland Classic (defeating Davis).
  • 1980
    Age 17
    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.
    More Details Hide Details White's non-world championship achievements include the UK Championship, the Masters and the Nations Cup. A two times winner of both the World Cup and the British Open White was also the first left-handed player, and second player overall, to record a maximum break at the World Championship. White was born in Streathbourne Road, Tooting, London, England, and studied at Hillcroft Comprehensive (later renamed Ernest Bevin College). He never achieved academic success, as he was often truant from school from the age of eight or nine, spending more and more time at "Zans", Ted Zanoncelli's snooker hall.
  • 1979
    Age 16
    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.
    More Details Hide Details With a host of major titles and achievements, including ten ranking tournaments, White's overall record ranks him well up the list of snooker's most successful players. The BBC describes him as a "legend". A left-hander, he reached the World Professional Championship Final on six occasions (1984, 1990–1994) but failed to win the sport's most prestigious title since his first attempt in 1981.
  • 1978
    Age 15
    The club was affectionately known as "Zans" and after Ted's death in 1978 it was handed down to his daughter.
    More Details Hide Details It was around this time that White met Tony Meo with whom he would compete in money matches in many venues. His natural aptitude for snooker, perhaps only bettered by Ronnie O'Sullivan led to a successful amateur career.
  • 1962
    Born on May 2, 1962.
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