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Chamberlain, Sir Neville Francis Fitzgerald (1856–1944), army officer and inventor of snooker, was born at Upton Park, Upton, Buckinghamshire, on 13 January 1856, the only son of Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Francis Falcon Chamberlain (1826–1879), an Indian army officer, and his wife, Marianne Ormsby Drury...

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Davis, Fred (1913–1998), billiards and snooker player, was born on 14 August 1913 at The Moor, Newbold, Whittington, Derbyshire, the youngest of the six children of Fred Davis, innkeeper, and his wife, Ann Eliza Clark. He learned to play snooker on a miniature table at home, and then in the billiard hall in ...

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Davis, Joseph [Joe] (1901–1978), billiards and snooker player, was born on 15 April 1901 at Low Pit Lane, Whitwell, Derbyshire, the eldest in the family of three sons and three daughters of Fred Davis, coalminer and publican, and his wife, Ann-Eliza Clark. While he was still at elementary school at ...

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Joseph Davis (1901–1978) by A. J. O'Brien, 1939 [Davis brothers [left to right]: Fred Davis (1913-1998) and ] Getty Images – A. J. O'Brien

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Alexander Gordon Higgins (1949–2010) by Eamonn McCabe, 1981 © Eamonn McCabe

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Higgins, Alexander Gordon [Alex] (1949–2010), snooker player, was born at the Jubilee Maternity Hospital in Belfast on 18 March 1949, the first son and fourth child of Alexander Gordon Higgins, labourer, later school caretaker, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Stockman. At the time of his birth his parents lived at ...

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Pulman, (Herbert) John (1923–1998), snooker player, was born on 12 December 1923 at 13 Lower Brook Street, Teignmouth, Devon, the son of Ernest Charles Pulman (d. in or before 1953), master baker and confectioner, and his wife, Gertrude Mary Kent. The family moved to ...

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Smith, William Robert [Willie] (1886–1982), billiards and snooker player, was born on 25 January 1886 at 3 Taylor Street, Darlington, co. Durham, the son of William Smith, a journalist who was sports editor of the local newspaper the North Star, and his wife, ...

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Spencer, John (1935–2006), snooker player, was born on 18 September 1935 at Bealey Maternity Home, Radcliffe, near Bury, Lancashire, the youngest in the family of three sons and two daughters of William Spencer, night watchman and bookmaker's runner, of 44 Hollinhurst Road, Radcliffe...

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