Snooker is a sport that is synonymous with 80’s Britain, with the likes of Steve Davis, Alex Higgins and Jimmy White taking centre stage at the height of its popularity.
But, according to World Snooker’s press officer, Ivan Hirschowitz, right now is ‘the best time to watch snooker’:
“This is a golden generation of snooker on the table. The standard of play has never been better and the number of great players has never been better.
“As a fan there has never been a better time to watch snooker. The amount of snooker that’s on the television and the standard of play in the game is really quite extraordinary”.
One man who agrees with Ivan is former professional snooker player and current owner of Lostock Hall’s ‘Elite Snooker Club’, Chris Norbury. He said:
“We’ve grown massively over the years and more and more people are playing it now. The club’s really busy at the minute. We’ve had the best start to a year we’ve had ever. I’ve been here seven years and this is best start we’ve had to a year”.
So it’s clear that snooker is creeping back up the rankings as one of the nation’s favourite sports and perhaps there will be a future star from Preston or the north west, as more and more people are picking up a cue.