Mark Allen
Snooker player
Mark Allen
Not to be confused with Mark Johnston-Allen Mark AllenBorn 22 February 1986 (age 26), Antrim town, Northern IrelandSport country File:Ulster banner. svg Northern IrelandNickname "All-in", "The Pistol"Professional 2005–Highest ranking 7Current ranking 7Career winnings £218,260Highest break 146 (twice)Tournament winsRanking 1Non-ranking 1 Mark Allen (born 22 February 1986) is a Northern Irish professional snooker player. He won the World Amateur Championship in 2004.
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Better fishing in Gulf of Mexico - Gainesville Sun
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Saturday, Greg Michael and Mark Allen fished out of Cedar Key with John Matthews. The Gainesville anglers likewise headed out to Seahorse Reef where, casting Gulp! Jerk Shads rigged on jigheads, they found different coastal favorites to be plentiful
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NAACP Fights For Life Of Troy Davis As Georgia Sets Execution Date - Seattle Medium
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Savannah police officer Mark Allen MacPhail was gunned down on Aug. 19, 1989 while he worked as a part-time security guard. Several of the people who recanted their testimonies cited police pressure to fabricate statements. ... - -
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Criminal TV first - New York Post
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In the first episode, the show's creator, Mark Allen Johnson, interviews a coke kingpin in Los Angeles, visits the house where an illegal steroid maker whips up his drugs and watches a girl engage in the dangerous “shake 'n' bake” method of making
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Troy Davis execution set for September 21 - AFP
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In the more than two decades that he has been in jail for the murder of white police officer Mark Allen MacPhail, Davis, an African-American, has maintained his innocence. The Georgia superior court ordered the execution of Davis for 7:00 pm (2300 GMT) ... - -
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Robertson sets up Williams clash - Eurosport.com AU
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Murphy - who had eliminated Dominic Dale 5-4 in the last 32 and Mark Allen by the same narrow margin in the previous round - potted the red, but somehow managed to sink the blue then the white to the opposite middle bag in trying to get nice position ... - -
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Mark Allen - The Guardian
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Mark Allen is a governor at the local village primary school in Suffolk which all four of his now-teenage children attended: a typical Victorian red-brick building short on technology resources, skill and money. Over the past five years, he has helped
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Sir Mark Allen: the secret link between MI6, the CIA and Gaddafi - The Guardian
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The Gaddafi regime was close to former MI6 counter-terrorism chief Sir Mark Allen, its pivotal link to western intelligence agencies. Photograph: Str/Reuters The key figure behind secret co-operation between western spy agencies and the Gaddafi regime ... - -
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2 Hospitalized With Knife Wounds In Sturgis - KELOLAND TV
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Mark Allen Duclos, 48, was charged with aggravated assault, and George James Caruso, 57, was charged with simple assault. The attorney general's office could not immediately determine the addresses of the two men arrested
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Back to work for South Trunk - The Interior News
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However with a small project modification the project should be completed by October 2011, Director of Development Services Mark Allen said. Last week all the back filled materials placed by Canadian Tire was moved to the Frontage Road as crews prepare
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Dr. Raymond Orlando Hill - Pittsburg Morning Sun
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Dr. Hill is survived by special friend — Joy Kay Glenn of Centralia, 2 sons — Dwight Steven Hill and wife Jana (Bond) of Cary, NC, Mark Allen Hill and wife Michelle of Centralia, 3 daughters — Nancy Lea Schwab and husband James of St. Louis, Mo,
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Double lung transplant athlete, Mark Allen hopes to win more medals - Runcorn and Widnes World
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Mark Allen, aged 39, a Halton Council press officer, received a double lung transplant five years ago, but due to rejection, his lung capacity has been reduced to 22 per cent. He will be competing in the table tennis, javelin, ball throw and 200m,
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Halton Council press officer Mark Allen to take part in Westfield Heath ... - Runcorn and Widnes Weekly News
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Former journalist and current Halton Borough Council press officer Mark Allen will head to Belfast to take part in the Westfield Heath British Transplant Games. Mark, 39, received his transplant on his birthday in 2005, but a year later was faced with
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Allen cruises into quarter-finals - BBC News
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Mark Allen eased into the Australian Open quarter-finals after a 5-1 win over Scotland's Marcus Campbell in Bendigo on Thursday. The Antrim player, who will take on Stuart Bingham on Friday, admitted he was flattered by the scoreline. ... - -
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Board to focus on superintendent - The Daily Advertiser
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Board President Mark Allen Babineaux, also the search coordinating committee chairperson, said timing is critical concerning the advertisement. Superintendent Burnell Lemoine's contract expires in December. "We're hoping to get the advertisement to run
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China pip Northern Ireland to Snooker World Cup - ESPN.co.uk
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The pairing of Ding Junhui and Liang Wenbo comfortably overcame Mark Allen and Gerard Greene 4-2 in snooker's answer to the Davis Cup. In a best-of-seven final, the Chinese pairing raced out to a 3-0 lead before eventually wrapping things up in the ... - -
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Allen sends Scotland packing - ESPN.co.uk
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Mark Allen held his nerve to claim the all-important final rubber against world champion John Higgins as Northern Ireland sent tournament favourites Scotland crashing out of the Snooker World Cup in Thailand. Allen's comfortable 86-27 win sealed a 4-3
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mark Allen
    TWENTIES
  • 2015
    Age 28
    After Bingham won the 2015 World Championship he said "Thanks to Mark Allen.
    More Details Hide Details He said I had no bottle and since then things have changed".
  • 2014
    Age 27
    In August 2014, he reached the final of the Riga Open but lost 4–3 to Mark Selby.
    More Details Hide Details Two weeks later Allen won the Paul Hunter Classic defeating Judd Trump 4–2 in the final. He advanced to the final of the Shanghai Masters where he was beaten 10–3 by Stuart Bingham. At the International Championship, Allen led Mark Williams 7–4 by producing some of his best snooker which included a total of eight breaks above 50. However, Williams fought back to lead 8–7 before Allen came from 71–0 down and requiring two snookers to steal the next frame 73–71. Williams missed a tricky final red in the decider to allow Allen in to reach the final. He faced Ricky Walden with there never being more than two frames between the players until from 7–7 Walden raced away to take the final three frames and condemn Allen to a second ranking event final defeat of the season. Despite taking a 3–0 lead over Rod Lawler with two centuries, Allen was knocked out 6–4 in the third round of the UK Championship.
  • 2013
    Age 26
    Allen married Kyla McGuigan on 10 May 2013.
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    Prior to the commencement of the 2013 World Snooker Championship, Allen renewed his criticisms of Barry Hearn.
    More Details Hide Details Allen voiced concerns that the World Snooker Tour's increasing emphasis on events in China was pricing players out of competing, pointing out that since Hearn took over the running of the game players now have to pay for their own flights, which can incur extra expenses of £10,000–£15,000 per season. Allen, who earned £278,000 over the course of the previous two years, further added he did not believe he was being fairly compensated for his services. Allen had a relationship with women's snooker world champion Reanne Evans. In 2006, they had a daughter together called Lauren. In March 2011, Allen admitted he was suffering from depression, due to the amount of travelling and hours spent alone in hotel rooms associated with the life of a professional snooker player.
    Allen announced before the start of the 2013 World Championship that there was no problem between himself and Bingham since Bingham had proved him wrong by winning tournaments, and the two have had drinks and dinner together.
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  • 2012
    Age 25
    Following his defeat at the 2012 World Snooker Championship to Chinese qualifier Cao Yupeng, he openly accused his opponent of cheating and unsporting behaviour for not owning up to what he perceived to be a foul.
    More Details Hide Details Allen attributed the deception to his perceived cultural differences between British and Chinese players, purportedly with incidents involving Chinese professional Liang Wenbo and Hong Kong's Marco Fu. Barry Hearn confirmed that Allen would once again face a disciplinary process and said that the player's actions had left him "speechless". Allen was fined a total of £11,000 and warned he would be suspended from the tour for 3 months if he breached the rules again in the following six months. He was also required to undergo media training.
  • 2011
    Age 24
    In a post-match press conference after his first round win in the 2011 UK Championship, Allen called for chairman of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA), Barry Hearn, to resign.
    More Details Hide Details Allen's reasoning for this was based upon his belief that Hearn had promised not to alter the structure of any of the major snooker tournaments in the calendar (the World Snooker Championships, the UK Championships and the Masters) when he was appointed chairman in June 2010, whereas in fact the UK Championship had seen matches decided on a best of 11 frames basis, rather than the best of 17 frames used in previous years. Allen also stated his perception that the crowd atmosphere within snooker was turning into that of one usually associated with darts and that the tradition of snooker was "going to pot". Allen then swore when talking about Hearn at a press conference. The WPBSA announced that Allen would be facing a disciplinary committee for swearing when talking about Hearn and that he could be charged with bringing the game into disrepute. Hearn himself responded by saying he was "far too busy to worry about silly little boys making silly little comments". Upon learning that Hearn had been on holiday for the entirety of the event, Allen said it was a "joke" and only confirmed the views which he had expressed earlier in the week. The pair held a meeting in January 2012, to settle their differences ahead of the forthcoming Masters tournament. Hearn said after the meeting that the way he was running the game may not suit everyone, but his concern was the game of snooker in general.
    When the draw for the 2011 UK Championship was made it revealed that there was a potential quarter-final clash between the two.
    More Details Hide Details Upon anticipating the meeting Bingham said that the "feud was not over" and that he would be staying away from Allen and not be speaking to him until they next played. The match-up was avoided, however, when Bingham lost in the first round to Marco Fu.
    Bingham responded by calling Allen an idiot and the tension between the two was clearly high as they were drawn to play each other in the second round of the 2011 Australian Goldfields Open.
    More Details Hide Details Before the match, Bingham said that he couldn't wait to play and that he had been waiting for it for a long time. He also stated that he didn't care what Allen thought and it would give him more pleasure to beat him. Bingham fulfilled his pre-match words by defeating Allen 5–3 and also went on to win the tournament by coming back from 8–5 down to beat Mark Williams 9–8 in the final.
    Allen has a rivalry with Stuart Bingham. After Bingham squandered a 12–9 lead in the second round of the 2011 World Snooker Championship to lose 13–12 against Ding Junhui, Allen stated that Bingham had "no bottle" and admitted that there was history between the players and that they did not get on.
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    Allen made it to his first ranking event final at the 2011 UK Championship by beating Adrian Gunnell, Ali Carter, Marco Fu and Ricky Walden.
    More Details Hide Details It was his first success in a ranking event semi-final, after having lost in all five prior attempts. In the final he played Judd Trump with whom he held a 2–1 advantage in the previous meetings between the pair. Allen opened up a 3–1 lead early in the best of 19 frames match, but subsequently lost the next seven frames to trail 3–8. However, such a deficit brought out the best in Allen as he won five of the next six frames, which included three centuries. The comeback was not quite completed though, as Trump secured the frame he required to take an 8–10 victory. Allen said after the final, "I knew it was going to be hard the way he was playing, he scores so heavy and so quickly and I didn't feel I was playing too bad but Judd played so well and it was hard to compete." Allen made five centuries during the tournament, the most of anyone in the event.
    At the 2011 World Championship, Allen entered as the 11th seed and played Matthew Stevens in the first round, recovering from 9–6 down and seeing Stevens miss a pot on the final pink to win the match 10–7, before winning 10–9.
    More Details Hide Details In the second round, Allen defeated Barry Hawkins 13–12. He reached the quarter-finals for the second year in a row but lost to Mark Williams 5–13. The season began with Allen ranked world number 12 and he began it at the inaugural Australian Goldfields Open, where he beat Ryan Day and Marcus Campbell. Into the quarter finals, Allen was beaten by his rival Stuart Bingham 5–3. The next ranking event was the Shanghai Masters where Allen reached the second round and held a 4–2 advantage over Shaun Murphy before losing the next 3 frames and being edged out of the match 5–4. His steady start to the season meant that he maintained his world ranking of 12 after the first cut-off point.
    He reached his first ranking event final at the 2011 UK Championship.
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  • 2010
    Age 23
    At the 2010 UK Championship, Allen reached the semi-finals for the first time, where he was beaten 9–5 by eventual champion John Higgins.
    More Details Hide Details In the Masters, Allen again reached the semi-finals, and led Marco Fu 4–1 before Fu reeled off five frames in a row to win 6–4.
    On the first day of the 2010 World Championship on 17 April 2010, Allen came close to recording his first ever maximum break in his first round match against Tom Ford after potting 15 reds with blacks, and the yellow, before breaking down on the green.
    More Details Hide Details Five days later, Allen made the first 146 break in World Championship history, and the second of his career after defeating Mark Davis 13 - 5 in the second round. He was defeated 12–13 in the quarter-final by Graeme Dott, having led 12–10.
    During the 2010 Masters, Allen beat the World Champion, John Higgins, by 6 - 3 in the last 16.
    More Details Hide Details He lost out 5 - 6 to eventual champion Mark Selby in the quarter-finals.
  • 2009
    Age 22
    Soon after his run in the World Championship, Allen won his first professional tournament, the 2009 Jiangsu Classic beating home favourite Ding Junhui 6 - in the final.
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    After a consistent season, Allen was back at the Crucible the following year where he beat Martin Gould in his opening match. He faced Ronnie O'Sullivan in the second round and confident and unaffected by his opponent's reputation, Allen beat the defending champion, 13–11 for a quarter-final place in the 2009 World Championship.
    More Details Hide Details He then defeated Ryan Day by the same scoreline to reach the semi-finals, where he lost 13–17 to John Higgins, despite making a determined fightback from 3–13 down.
  • 2008
    Age 21
    At the 2008 World Championship he led Stephen Hendry 6 - 3, 7 - 4 and 9 - 7 before losing 9 - 10.
    More Details Hide Details However, first-round defeats for all his rivals for a top 16 place ensured that he finished the season at number 16 in the rankings.
    He then reached the quarter-finals in the 2008 China Open before losing to Shaun Murphy.
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  • 2007
    Age 20
    In the 2007 Northern Ireland Trophy he gave his home supporters plenty to shout about, by beating Graeme Dott 5 - 3 and Ryan Day 5 - 3 to reach his first ever quarter-final.
    More Details Hide Details In it he defeated Gerard Greene 5 - 3 to reach the semi-final, where he lost 3 - 6 to Fergal O'Brien. In the following UK Championship he defeated Stephen Hendry in the last 32. He opened his last-16 match against Mark Williams with two centuries in the first three frames, building a 5 - 1 lead, but Williams fought back and he lost 5 - 9.
    In the 2007 Grand Prix, in a match with Ken Doherty, he was involved in an incident that led to his opponent branding him 'a disgrace'.
    More Details Hide Details Unhappy that the black would not go back on its spot after potting it, Allen struck the side cushion with his fist. The referee told him that he would be warned if he did that again. Allen was not warned, and ended up winning the match. Doherty said, "He was a disgrace. For such a relative newcomer to the pro game, he's got a serious attitude problem". Mark later commented: "It was entirely my own fault and if there are going to be any repercussions then so be it." Allen did not reach the knockout stage of the tournament.
    In April 2007 he beat former world champion Ken Doherty 10 - 7 in the first round held at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, but lost to Matthew Stevens 9 - 13 in the second round.
    More Details Hide Details This was his first run to the last 16 of a tournament and helped him into the top 32 of the rankings (at no. 29).
    In March 2007 he qualified for the World Championship for the first time, winning 3 matches culminating in a 10 - 4 win over Robert Milkins.
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    A left-hander, Allen's highest break to date is 146, which he has achieved twice: in the 2007 UK Championship qualifiers and at the 2010 World Snooker Championship.
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    Allen has reached five ranking semi-finals: the 2007 Northern Ireland Trophy, the 2008 Bahrain Championship, the 2009 World Championship, the 2010 China Open and the 2010 UK Championship.
    More Details Hide Details In June 2009, he won his first professional title, the invitational Jiangsu Classic in China.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2006
    Age 19
    He also got to the final qualifying round of the 2006 World Championship, losing 7 - 10 to Andy Hicks, after leading 7 - 4.
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  • 2005
    Age 18
    In his first year on the tour, he reached the last 32 of the 2005 UK Championship and the 2006 Welsh Open, losing 2 - 5 to the then World Champion Shaun Murphy after leading 2 -.
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    Before entering Main Tour for the 2005/2006 season, Allen won the European Championship and the IBSF World Championship, plus Northern Ireland Championship at under-14, under-16, and under-19 levels.
    More Details Hide Details His early career was aided by National Lottery funding. By chance, an invitational Northern Ireland Trophy was staged shortly after Allen turned professional. As a local player, he was invited and made an immediate impact, defeating Steve Davis and John Higgins to reach the quarter-finals, before losing to Stephen Hendry.
  • 2004
    Age 17
    He won the World Amateur Championship in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details The following year he entered the Main Tour and took only three seasons to reach the elite top 16. As a prolific break-builder, Allen has compiled more than 250 century breaks in professional competition.
  • 2003
    Age 16
    He began his professional career by playing Challenge Tour in 2003, at the time the second-level professional tour.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1986
    Born
    Born on February 22, 1986.
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