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.

Sidney Smith letter

A picture donated March 2017 by John Ingleby of a match between C. Dawson & H.W. Stevenson.

Dawson Match

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 Walter Donaldson

Fred Davis won 58 frames to 39 frames.

Picture kindly donated by Henry Smith

Keeping an interest in all things Thurston a marking board circa 1870's with the cartouche reading

Hopkins Stephens _thurston Nephews

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'.

David Smith Ray Readon

Ray Reardon and David Smith at the Eastbourne Police Club in 1988

 David Smith Ted Lowe

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

Ronnie o'Sullivan 1994 

 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 audience competitions.

Watneys Snooker Match Play 

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.

Timeframe Electronix Snooker Score 

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

©2017 Peter Clare ©2017 E.A. Clare & Son Ltd.


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