Here are the (unofficial) snooker
The World Professional Championship
(instituted 1927) was won a record 15 times by Joe Davis,
on the first 15 occasions it was contested 1927-40 and
The most wins in the Amateur Championships
(instituted 1963) have been two by; Gary Owen in 1963
and 1966; Ray Edmonds 1972 and 1974; and Paul Mifsud
(Malta) 1985-86. Allison Fisher (b. 24 Feb 1968) has
won seven Women's World Championships, 1985-86, 1988-89,
Maureen Baynton (née Barrett)
won a record eight Women's Amateur Championships between
1954 and 1968, as well as seven at billiards.
The youngest man to win a world title
is Stephen O'Connor (Ireland) (b. 16 Oct 1972) who was
18 yr 40 days when he won the World Amateur Snooker
Championships in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 25 Nov 1990.
Stephen Hendry (Scotland) (b. 13 Jan
1969) became the youngest World Professional Champion,
at 21 yr 106 days on 29 Apr 1990.
Stacey Hillyard (b. 5 Sep 1969) won
the Women's World Amateur Championship in October 1984
at the age of 15.
The first to achieve the maximum
break of 147 was E.J. Murt O'Donoghue (New Zealand)
(1901-94) at Griffiths, New South Wales, Australia on
26 Sep 1934. The first officially ratified 147 was by
Joe Davis against Willie Smith at Leicester Square Hall,
London on 22 Jan 1955. The first achieved in a major
tournament were by John Spencer (b. 18 Sep 1935) at
Slough, Berks on 13 Jan 1979, but the table had oversized
pockets, and by Steve Davis (b. 22 Aug 1957) who had
a ratified break of 147 against John Spencer in the
Lada Classic at Oldham, Greater Manchester on 11 Jan
1982. This was also the first televised maximum.
The youngest to score a competitive
maximum was Judd Trump (b. Aug 1989) at 14 yr 206 days
days in an under-16 series match against Chris Piech
at the Potters Club in Coalville on 13 Mar 2004.
Ronnie O'Sullivan (b. 5 Dec 1975)
made a maximum at 15 yr 98 days during the English Amateur
Championship (Southern Area) at Aldershot, Hants on
13 Mar 1991.
Cliff Thorburn (Canada) (b. 16 Jan
1948) was first to make two tournament 147 breaks on
23 Apr 1983 (the first in the World Professional Championships)
and 8 Mar 1989. Peter Ebdon (b. 27 Aug 1979) and James
Wattana (Thailand) (b. 17 Jan 1970) have also achieved
Stephen Hendry became the first to
make more than two tournament 147s. He also shares the
record with Ronnie O'Sullivan for most maximums with
eight. Hendry's first was made in the European League
and his second in the 1995 World Championship. The record-breaking
third came on 25 Nov 1995 in the UK Championship. Not
content with this he made his fourth maximum on 5 Jan
1997 in the 1997 Liverpool Victoria Charity Challenge
and his fifth on 23 May 1998 in the 1998 Dr Martens
Premier League, his sixth on 19 Sep 1999 in the final
of the 1999 British Open (the first maximum in a ranking
final), his seventh on (21-23) November in 1999 in the
1999 Liverpool Victoria UK Championship and his eighth
on 25 Feb 2001 in the final of the 2001 Rothmans Grand
Leo Levitt was the first amateur to
achieve the maximum break, in November 1948 at the Winsor
Bowling alley in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Geet Sethi (India) was the first one
to manage one in competition, in the Indian Amateur
Championships on 21 Feb 1988.
In April 2002 the New Zealand No2,
amateur Harry Haenga, father of national champion Daniel
Haenga, scored a 147 off the break against Glenn Gemmel
at the Porirua Club, near Wellington, New Zealand. This
was not in a tournament but was witnesses by two A Grade
players, one of whom is a NZ representative and the
other is a Referee.
16 Red Ball Clearances
The highest snooker break in competition
is Wally West's 151. He made the break in the final
of a club handicap at the Hounslow Lucania Club in 1976
against Derek "Butch" Rogers, in front of
about 100 spectators. The qualified referee John Posner
was in charge of the match.
Wally won the first frame with the
aid of a 104. In the second, Butch clipped the blue
and left Wally snookered. Wally potted green as his
free ball with a brown to follow. He then took 14 red
and blacks and a pink off the last red. He then cleared
up to make the 151.
Jamie Burnett (Scotland) made a break
of 148 on 16 October 2004, at the Prestatyn qualifiers
for the Travis Perkins UK Championship. This was the
first break over 147 in professional snooker. Burnett
made the break in the 14th frame of his match against
Leo Fernandez. He potted the brown as the extra red,
then another brown followed by the 15 reds and all the
colours. He made a blue on the first red, a pink on
the last one and another pink on one of the other reds.
The rest went with blacks. He went on to win the match
The first 16 red clearance in a tournament was by Steve
James (b. 2 May 1961) who made 135 against Alex Higgins
in the World Professional Championships at Sheffield,
S Yorks on 14 Apr 1990.
Dean Reynolds (England) a 16 red clearance
of 143 in the seniors event of the 2006 European Team
championships, in Carlow, Ireland.
In 2006 Jamie Cope became the first
player to record a 155 break. He did it in a witnessed
practice match. Jamie is a professional snooker player
from Stoke-on-Trent Staffordshire, England.
On 23 April 2003 Jamie Cope made a
151 break on the match table at The Reardon Snooker
Club (Hanley Stoke-on-Trent) during a practise game
with David Fomm-Ward. After a foul shot by his opponent
Jamie was snookered behind the Brown ball. He took the
Brown as the free ball and then potted Blue, 8 Red and
8 Black, 2 Red and 2 Pink, 5 Red and 5 Black. Then cleared
all the colours. He was 17 years old at the time.
In 1995 Tony Drago's (Malta) (b. 22
Sep 1965) made a 149 in a practice match against Nick
Manning at the West Norwood Snooker Club. Drago broke
off and snookered Manning behind the brown. Manning
tried to escape from the snooker but left a free ball.
Drago took the brown as the free ball and then the brown
again for four more points and followed that with 15
reds, 13 blacks, a pink and a blue and all the colours.
Eddie Manning (Leicester, England)
also achieved a 149, in 1997 at Willie Thorne's in Leicester.
His practice partner was Kam (or Kan?) Pandya. Manning.
Like Drago he took brown, brown, 13 blacks, pink and
Steve Duggan (b. 10 Apr 1958) made
a witnessed break of 148 in a practice frame with Mark
Rowing in Doncaster, S Yorks on 27 Apr 1988 (or 1992?).
Stephen Hendry made a 148 in practice
vs Alfie Burden in 1993.
In 1976 Alex Higgins knocked in a
146 vs Willie Thorne in a Challenge Match. He had brown,
green, 10 blacks and 5 pinks.
Cliff Thorburn managed a 139 in practice
against Geoff Foulds in 1980.
Other high breaks
Kelly Fisher is the leader among
the women. She has a 143 in competition and 20+ 147's
Four consecutive century breaks were
first compiled in a major tournament by John Higgins:
103, 104, 138 and 128, in Preston, England on Sun 16th
October 2005. He achieved the feat in the final of the
2005 Grand Prix, against Ronnie O'Sullivan.
Shaun Murphy (England) equalled the
feat in the 2007 Welsh Open, Feb 14 2007, in Newport
Centre, Wales. He beat Jamie Cope 5-0 in the second
round and won the first four frames with 135, 110, 102
Three consecutive century breaks were
first compiled in a major tournament by Steve Davis:
108, 101 and 104 at Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs on 10 Sep
1988. In 1998 John Higgins (Scotland) (b. 18th May 1975)
became the first to manage the feat in a World Championship
match. Peter Ebdon became the first to make four century
breaks in five frames, in the European Open qualifying
competition at Blackpool on 6 Sep 1992. Stephen Hendry
made seven centuries in the final of the 1994 UK Championship,
which is a record in a professional match. He also became
the first player ever to make five centuries in seven
In the 2004 British Open Stephen Maguire
(Scotland) made five consecutive centuries over two
matches. He finished his quarter-final match against
Anthony Hamilton with three centuries and started his
semi-final against Ronnie O'Sullivan with two more.
Mark Allen (N.Ireland) has also made
five consecutive century breaks, at the Larne Masters,
in the Fountain Club in Larne, Northern Ireland, 23
January 2005. Allen finished off his second round match
against Stephen Smith with a 117, before rattling in
breaks of 134, 120 and 104 to beat Declan Hughes 3-0.
He then began his quarter-final match against Robert
McCullough with a 116. Just for good measure, Mark had
begun his match against Smith with a 111 break, making
it a phenomenal six centuries in seven frames.
In the 2007 Northern Ireland Trophy
Ronnie O’Sullivan made five centuries - the first
time that has ever been achieved in a ranking event
best-of-nine match. The third-round match, which he
won 5-2, was played 8 November against Allister Carter
(England). Ronnie warmed up with 108, 122 and 107 intaking
a 3-1 lead before a 147. Carter pulled one frame back
then O’Sullivan closed with a 129 total clearance.
Stephen Hendry holds the record for
most tons by one player in a tournament. He made 16
centuries during the 2002 World Championship.
In the 2004 British Open John Higgins made four breaks
over 140; one 141 and two 144s.
Eddie Charlton (Australia) once made
a total of 273 in two consecutive games. His first opponent
didn't get a shot, and Eddie made 130 or so, after sinking
a red off the break then clearing the table. His next
opponent (Ray Reardon) didn't get a shot either, and
Eddie cleared the table again, for a world record of
a total of 273 in 2 consecutive frames.
Michael White of Neath, England is
possibly the youngest player to make a century break.
He made it in a club compition in the Empire Neath where
he practices. It was ratified by the Guiness World Records.
He was 9 at the time, beating Ronnie O'Sullivan who
made his first century at age 10.
Longest Unbeaten Run
From 17 Mar 1990 to his defeat by
Jimmy White on 13 Jan 1991, Stephen Hendry won five
sucessive titles and 36 consecutive matches in ranking
tournaments. During the summer of 1992, Ronnie O'Sullivan
won 38 consecutive matches, but these were in qualifying
Stephen Lee (England) won 33 frames in a row in the
1992 qualifying competition.
Among the women Kelly Fisher had the
longest winning streak in snooker history. Her winning
streak started on June the 9th 2001 by defeating Christine
Sharp 3-0 and ended on March 3rd 2003 after she was
defeated 4-3 by Maria Catalano. Kelly won 15 major women's
snooker tournaments and 69 straight matches.
Most Tournament Wins
Stephen Hendry has won 36 ranking
titles in his career. That's eight more than Steve Davis,
who has 28 wins.