CUEVIEW - Graham Taylor
StBlazeySnooker | On 28, Feb 2013
It’s been a while since we have had any new CueViews from the players of St Blazey Victory League but today Graham Taylor of Bugle B gives his thoughts and views for us all to read.
STBS – What is your full name please
GT – Graham John Taylor
STBS – Your Current Club/base
GT – Bugle WMC
STBS – Your Highest Break
GT – 100
STBS – Are you Left/Right Handed or both
GT – Right handed
STBS – Bio about yourself (in no more than 200 words)
GT – Born in Reading and been living in Cornwall for about 11 years. Engaged to Louise and we have 6 children between us. Life is very busy!! I am currently a member of the Cornwall County A Pool Team and qualified for England trials last year. I can also play snooker quite well at times. I also like Speedway and Football. I also have a love for punk and new wave music much to the disgust of most of my team mates!
STBS – What was your first ever memory of snooker?
GT – My dad took me to the Reading Hexagon to see the World Team Classic or pairs event in the late seventies and early eighties with Steve Davis, Tony Meo, Doug Mountjoy, Higgins, Taylor, Thorburn etc etc. Saw most of the top names in this era as the Hexagon held many events in the following years.
“Dave Rundle dribbling a mouthful of beer down the back of a young lads trousers. They were halfway down his backside like how most of today’s youth where them and suffice to say Dave’s aim was spot on – cold beer right down the crack! The surprised victim jumped up with an ooh and cries of laughter and spent the rest of the frame hitching his trousers up and looking around for his attacker lol””
STBS – At what age did you start playing snooker and why?
GT – Probably had my first knock when I was about 10 at what was the British Telecom club in Reading. My Dad again was responsible because he was a BT engineer and was a member.
STBS – What has been your greatest achievement in snooker?
GT – I joined a group of Pool players to play snooker in the league, probably about 15 years ago? I think we were Reading Snooker Club C Team. We won promotion to the top division and won the Ecott Cup (handicap cup) which had been running for many years and the trophy was huge. Apparently was a prestigious event to win. We also knocked out our A team on the way. This was in my first season playing in proper matches. Also as a Bugle player we were County Champions a couple of years ago and l won the winning frame.
STBS – Who is the most famous professional player you have played or met? (can be modern or older era)
GT – Andy Hicks. Had him worried for a couple of minutes in an exhibition when I knocked in 19 before he cleared the table!!
STBS – Who is your favourite TV commentator?
GT – The late Whispering Ted Lowe.
STBS – What is your Favourite professional player and why?
GT – Jimmy White. Very quick with so much flair.
STBS – What has been the most memorable snooker match you have ever seen?
GT – Probably the Taylor / Davis final everyone mentions but also feeling Jimmy’s pain in the numerous world finals (think it was 6) he lost!!
STBS – Who is the best player in the league?
GT – Barry McIntosh, Andrew Best or Darren Lock.
STBS -Who is the most under-rated player in the league?
GT – Dave Rundle or Matt Fox
STBS – Funniest moment in your snooker experience?
GT – Dave Rundle dribbling a mouthful of beer down the back of a young lads trousers. They were halfway down his backside like how most of today’s youth where them and suffice to say Dave’s aim was spot on – cold beer right down the crack! The surprised victim jumped up with an ooh and cries of laughter and spent the rest of the frame hitching his trousers up and looking around for his attacker lol
STBS – Who is your bogey player?
GT – There are a couple. Jeff Hawken and I once had a 51 break against John Wilson and still lost.
STBS – Do you have any snooker ambitions you still have not achieved?
GT – 100 break in a match would be nice and because I don’t practice much these days it would be nice to reach a league singles final again. Lost in the final of the Bill Toms a few year ago.
Images Courtesy of: Richard Pearson