Ray Reardon
Welsh snooker player
Ray Reardon
Ray Reardon, MBE is a Welsh retired snooker player who dominated the sport in the 1970s, winning six World Championships. Despite being a genial figure, his dark widow's peak and sharp-toothed grin earned him the nickname "Dracula".
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Tailgaters Plan to Open End of May
Marlborough Patch - almost 5 years
The sports bar, restaurant chain Tailgaters announced late last year that they would be opening a location in Marlborough, and after months of delays in the business receiving its liquor license, the company now expects to be open for business toward the end of May. Tailgaters took over the building previously operated by the now-closed Georgio's at 757 Boston Post Rd. E., and has had "coming soon" signs promoting an opening for months.  A representative of Tailgaters told Marlborough Patch earlier this year that the process to get the liquor license was taking longer than expected. That information was confirmed Thursday. "We are waiting for the liquor license to be in hand and we should have that by the end of May," said Kim Reardon, general manager of the Acton (headquarters) location. "It has taken longer than expected, but everything is approved and it is just a matter of getting it in our hands at this point." Also, during the month of May, Reardon said they expect to ...
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Mehr Sport: Snooker - Mark Selby gewinnt Shanghai Masters - STERN.DE
Google News - over 5 years
Ray Reardon, Cliff Thorburn, Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry, John Higgins, Mark Williams, Ronnie O'Sullivan und Neil Robertson sind die anderen sieben Spieler, die bisher den Thron erklommen hatten – Mark Selby gehört spätestens jetzt zum Kreis der ganz
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Mark Selby nummer 1 zonder grote titels? - Blog.nl (Blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Overigens zou Selby pas de negende nummer 1 worden sinds de invoering van het rankingsysteem in 1976. Eerder viel die eer te beurt aan Ray Reardon, Cliff Thorburn, Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry, John Higgins, Mark Williams, Ronnie O'Sullivan en Neil
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Legendary snooker ref Len Ganley is mourned - Burton Mail
Google News - over 5 years
Len was also a useful snooker player himself, making a highest break of 136, but was advised to become a referee by former World Champion Ray Reardon, who was impressed by the authoritative way the imposing Ulsterman silenced a noisy crowd during an
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Len Ganley: The chimney sweep from Lurgan who became a top snooker referee - Belfast Telegraph
Google News - over 5 years
He was as popular as stars such as Ulstermen Denis Taylor and the late Alex Higgins and Ray Reardon, at whose games he officiated until his retirement after 22 years as a top official in the white gloves. Ganley, who returned to live in Lurgan from
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Hendry's firm goes bust over unpaid tax debt - Herald Scotland
Google News - over 5 years
Hendry burst on to the scene in 1986 aged 17, and became the youngest world champion at 21 in 1990. Five successive world titles from 1992 to 1996 were followed by a seventh in 1999, finally eclipsing the modern record held by Steve Davis and Ray Reardon
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Dragons' Den blog: Episode 1 Series 9 - Offices.org.uk
Google News - over 5 years
Oh okay, it's not Paul Daniels, it's Ray Reardon. And he's given up both professional magic and snooker to sell solar panels. Oh okay, it's not Ray Reardon either, it's former bodybuilder Chris Hopkins. “The perky roofer from Halifax” is looking to
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Darren 'eats up' Sandwich as Pedrosa and Japan win in Germany… - Euro Weekly News
Google News - over 5 years
And Peter Waterfield and Tom Daley came 6 th in the World synchro-diving championships. Ex-snooker champion Ray Reardon was once a policeman (no 184) in Stoke-on-Trent and in 1953 American jockey Willie Shoemacker won 485 of his 1683 races
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Breaking down on a French motorway is no fun - Telegraph.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
Ray Reardon? Up An hour later, he returns, and winches the Scenic onto his lorry. Down It's not Buscemi; it's Frankenstein. It's not Reardon; it's Count Dracula. “Won't this be exciting?” I tell Amélie and Mirabelle, because I've just seen where we're
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Glory days ... 10 other famous Northern Ireland sporting triumphs - American Chronicle
Google News - over 5 years
5Alex Higgins: Belfast's own, 'Hurricane' Higgins won the World Snooker Championship title for a second time in 1982 after beating Ray Reardon 18--15, this 10 years after his only other world success. 6DenNis Taylor: the Coalisland man beat world
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Dan O'Neill: From hero to a child murderer - WalesOnline
Google News - over 5 years
Harold Jones was reported to have died some 30 years ago but he was back in the news in 1986 when it was planned to feature him in a book of “famous people born in Gwent”, alongside Neil Kinnock, Victor Spinetti and Ray Reardon
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Snooker hopefuls 'cue' up to take on top professional - NW Evening Mail
Google News - almost 6 years
The club has had similar events with Alex Higgins and Ray Reardon. Club chairman Steve Donald, 48, was first up against the professional and there was plenty of banter. The score was 80-11 to Mr Lee. Mr Donald said: “I wanted to get more than what I
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Alex Higgins, dead at 61
Kidsolo's Newspaper - over 6 years
Former world champion loses battle with throat cancer at 61. Alex Higgins, the legendary two-times world snooker champion known as much for his wild lifestyle as his flamboyant play on the green baize, died yesterday aged 61. His skill and speed around the table earned him one of sport’s most enduring nicknames: the Hurricane. A world champion by the age of 22, he played a major role in snooker’s booming popularity in the 1970s and 1980s, when players were household names. Higgins became one of the fans’ favourite players. His second world title win, in 1982 when he beat the Welshman Ray Reardon in an 18-15 final, is one of the sport’s best-remembered matches. Belfast-born Higgins regularly courted controversy. After one defeat, he punched a referee. Another time, he headbutted an official, resulting in a fine and a five-tournament ban. It is estimated that he earned, and mostly spent, £3m over 20 years. Steve Davis, who played a number of classic matches against Higgins in ...
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Review/Film; Love Is Blind, The Least Of Its Problems
NYTimes - almost 23 years
When Ray Reardon (James Spader) meets Lena Mathers (Madchen Amick) she behaves hatefully, which is really the sort of thing he ought to notice. But Ray is understandably distracted by Lena's good looks. A debonair yuppie architect, he has a fine eye for the beautiful edifice, and he is also impressed by some of Lena's other talents. When they go
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ray Reardon
  • 2010
    Age 77
    Reardon now resides in Brixham, Devon. He is currently the president of the golf club in Churston, Devon. Reardon made a playing appearance at a Snooker Legends evening in Plymouth in July 2010.
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  • 2004
    Age 71
    Reardon maintains an active interest in the game. He also advised Ronnie O'Sullivan on his way to his 2004 World Championship victory, giving him psychological and technical help.
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  • 2000
    Age 67
    Reardon's last formal appearance in an event came in the 2000 Senior's event where he lost his opening 'match' (actually a single frame) 69–46 to Graham Miles.
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  • 1991
    Age 58
    Reardon played his last competitive ranking match in the 1991 World Championship qualifying second round.
    More Details Hide Details He lost 10–5 to Jason Prince (losing three frames on the black). Upon this loss, Reardon announced that 'there was no bitterness on his part' but he would not be returning. Having slipped to 127th in the provisional ranking and now aged 58, Reardon called a halt to his formal playing career.
  • 1987
    Age 54
    He went out of the top 16 in 1987 but surprisingly whitewashed Steve Davis 5–0 in the third round of the 1988 British Open.
    More Details Hide Details The victory was achieved with Reardon using his old cue with which he had won his world titles, having been encouraged to rebuild it, by Steve Davis. However, in the next round, played under TV lighting, Reardon suffered a drying of contact lenses and lost 5–2 to David Roe, having led 2–1.
  • 1985
    Age 52
    Reardon reached the semi-finals of the World Championships once more, in 1985 (losing 16-5 to Davis).
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  • 1982
    Age 49
    Reardon began to struggle in 1982 when his father died.
    More Details Hide Details He also developed poor sight and started wearing 'Dennis Taylor-style' glasses later on in his career.
    His win in the 1982 Professional Players Tournament at the age of 50 led to his recapturing the world number one position in the first set of rankings to be calculated on tournaments other than the World Championship.
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    Reardon also had the distinction of whitewashing Steve Davis twice during the latter's prime. Firstly 6–0 in the 1982 Highland Masters semi-final (an event Reardon went on to win) and secondly in 1988 (see below).
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    His career went through an Indian summer, winning the Players Professional Tournament in late 1982, beating Jimmy White 10–5 in the final.
    More Details Hide Details He reached the final of the Benson & Hedges Masters, losing 7–9 to Cliff Thorburn, and went on to win the Yamaha Organs International Masters, where he beat Steve Davis 2–1 in the semi-final group stages, before defeating Jimmy White 9–6 in the final, having trailed 5–3. Reardon also regained the Welsh Professional Title, hammering Terry Griffiths 9–4 and Doug Mountjoy 9–1 in the semi final and final respectively. This led him to be fancied in some quarters for that year's World Championship, but ironically he suffered his earliest ever defeat in the competition, losing 13–12 in a high-quality second round match to Tony Knowles.
    For the 1982/3 season Reardon returned to number one in the world rankings, which in those days were based only on performances at the World Championships over previous years.
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    At 49, he reached the World final in 1982, losing to Alex Higgins 15–18.
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  • 1981
    Age 48
    He also won the Welsh Professional Championship in 1981 and 1983.
    More Details Hide Details His last final was the 1985 World Doubles when he partnered Tony Jones and lost to Steve Davis and Tony Meo 5–12. He was awarded the MBE in the same year.
  • 1980
    Age 47
    However, despite Davis' domination between late 1980 and the spring of 1982, Reardon remained a major force in the game.
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    It was the rise of Steve Davis in 1980–81 that saw Reardon and his generation lose their grip on the game.
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  • 1979
    Age 46
    After Reardon's sixth world title he remained one of the world's best players for some years. He lost to Dennis Taylor in the 1979 quarter-final, and by David Taylor at the same stage in 1980.
    More Details Hide Details He went a step further in 1981, beating John Spencer 13–11 and Bill Werbeniuk 13–10 before being surprisingly beaten by fellow Welshman Doug Mountjoy in the semi-finals in what was Mountjoy's best ever World Championship performance. Mountjoy scored a championship record break of 145 during the match, which he won 16–10.
    1979 saw Reardon regain his Pot Black title by defeating Doug Mountjoy 2–1 in the final.
    More Details Hide Details It was Reardon's first win since he won the inaugural event in 1969, although he was runner up in 1970, 1972 and 1980. That same year Reardon joined Mountjoy and then World Champion Terry Griffiths, to win the first 'World Challenge Cup' for Wales, defeating England (Fred Davis, John Spencer and Graham Miles) easily 14–3 in the final.
  • 1978
    Age 45
    Towards the end of 1978 Reardon beat Patsy Fagan 6–1 and Alex Higgins 11–9 in a high quality final to win the one-off 'Champion of Champions' event sponsored by the Daily Mirror and held at the Wembley Conference Centre.
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    Reardon regained the title in 1978 winning it for the sixth and final time by beating Doug Mountjoy 13–9 (after trailing 7–2), Bill Werbeniuk 13–6, Eddie Charlton 18–14 and finally Perrie Mans 25–18 in the final.
    More Details Hide Details Reardon remains the oldest winner of the World Championship at the age of 45 years and 6 months. Straight after this Reardon regained the Pontins Professional Title, defeating John Spencer 7–2 in the final.
  • 1977
    Age 44
    Reardon's unbeaten run at the World Championship ended at the first Crucible championship in 1977, when he lost to John Spencer in the quarter-finals 6–13, his first defeat since Rex Williams in 1972.
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    Reardon would never win the event again but defeated Rex Williams 4–1 and Graham Miles 5–2 in the 1977 event only to lose 7–6 to Doug Mountjoy in the final.
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  • 1976
    Age 43
    A special recognition of Reardon's status within the game came in January 1976 when, during the recording of the Ladbroke International Series at Thames Television, Reardon was surprised by Eamonn Andrews, clutching his This is Your Life book.
    More Details Hide Details Reardon had actually been suggested as a candidate for the programme by Snooker Scene editor, Clive Everton. The snooker playing fraternity was represented by Alex Higgins, John Pulman, Jackie Rea, Graham Miles, John Spencer, Eddie Charlton, Cliff Thorburn and female professional Joyce Gardner. Reardon won his fifth title the next year in Manchester, beating Alex Higgins 27–16. Earlier that year, he had won the Benson and Hedges Masters in London, his second snooker title after the World Championship. In this event Reardon defeated John Pulman in the quarter-final 4–1, in a match of such poor quality that the highest break was 22 (by Pulman). Reardon improved his form in the semi-final to defeat Eddie Charlton 5–4 and Graham Miles 7–3 in the final.
  • 1975
    Age 42
    Reardon beat Graham Miles the following year, and in 1975, when it was held in Melbourne, Australia, he had a tough quarter-final with Spencer which he won 19–17.
    More Details Hide Details He then beat Alex Higgins 19–14 before meeting local hero Eddie Charlton in the final. Reardon initially trailed by 29 frames to 23, putting Charlton two frames away from the title, but Reardon then won seven consecutive frames to lead 30–29. Charlton took the sixtieth frame to tie the match but Reardon took the vital sixty-first and won his fourth title.
  • 1973
    Age 40
    He won his second in 1973 in Manchester when he beat Eddie Charlton 38–32, but the match of the championship was the semi-final between Reardon and Spencer, which Reardon won 23–22.
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  • 1969
    Age 36
    Winning the first ever Pot Black in 1969 made him instantly recognisable; Reardon and John Spencer were the first to capitalise on the snooker boom in the early 1970s.
    More Details Hide Details Reardon also became popular because he added a touch of humour and entertainment to his game. A deadly long potter and tactician in his prime, he played seventeen World Championship matches without defeat and won the title four years in succession.
    Reardon's first appearance at the World Championship was in 1969, and he won his first title the following year, beating John Pulman 37–33 in London.
    More Details Hide Details After winning the title, Reardon was in big demand for exhibitions and on the holiday camp circuit.
  • 1967
    Age 34
    On the back of this, Reardon resigned as a policeman and duly turned professional in 1967.
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  • 1964
    Age 31
    Finally upon re-entering the 1964 event, he won the English Amateur title, defeating John Spencer 11–8 in the final.
    More Details Hide Details This victory led to an invitation to tour South Africa. This proved to be so successful that Reardon was offered the chance to tour it again as a professional.
  • 1950
    Age 17
    Having won the Welsh amateur title from 1950–1955, Reardon failed to win the English title when he entered the event in 1956 and 1957.
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  • 1932
    Reardon was born on 8 October 1932, in the coal mining community of Tredegar in Monmouthshire.
    More Details Hide Details Wanting to play snooker, he turned down a place at Grammar School to become a miner at Ty Trist Colliery, aged 14, following in the footsteps of his father. After a rockfall in which he was buried for three hours, he quit mining and became a police officer when his family moved to Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Aged 15, Reardon beat fellow Welshman Jack Cowey in the British youth championship.
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