Whilst action continued in Barnsley this week for the German Masters qualifiers (two rounds), Ronnie met fans and signed books yesterday in Bluewater.
Snooker champion Ronnie O’Sullivan delights one of his oldest fans at Bluewater – Sheila Ulph from Chatham
Published: 11:21, 19 December 2018
Five-time snooker world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan delighted fans young and old when he popped into Bluewater.
The top sportsman was at the WHSmith store signing copies of his newest book, Soho Nights thriller, The Break.
Pensioner Sheila Ulph who is from Chatham, is probably Kent’s oldest Ronnie fan.
Mrs Ulph, 91, got a signed card from him because by time she got there yesterday, all his books had sold out.
She was delighted as her daughters had not told her they were taking her to meet him.
Mrs Ulph said: “As far back as I can remember watching snooker with my husband (I have been a fan).
“I didn’t know I was going to meet him – it was a total surprise from my two daughters.
“My grandson met him before and got his book but I was too late to get the book, but we will buy one.”
However, she said he would treasure the signed Christmas card she had received from him.
Her daughters say their mum has also turned down days out with them and opted to stay in to watch Ronnie play in matches and finals.
“She also put bets on him winning whenever he played.
Mrs Ulph added:”Every time I saw him whether he won or lost, it was good.
“Just watching him is enough for me, he’s absolutely superb.”
Hundreds of people went along to meet the sportsman turned author including a young baby which he held and posted for photos with.
His book explores the gangland world of ’90s Soho.
Set in 1997, when Cool Britannia’s in full swing and Oasis and Blur are top of the pops and it feels like the whole country’s sorted out for E’s and wizz.
But it’s not just UK that’s on a high, life’s looking up for Frankie James too – the main character in the book. Frankie’s paid off his debts to London’s fierce gang lord, Tommy Riley.
His Soho open snooker tournament is about to kick off at his club.
The future looks bright, but then Frankie finds himself being blackmailed by a face from his past.
They want him to steal something worth millions and it is enough to get him killed or banged up for life.
Frankie’s going to need every ounce of luck and guile that he’s got if he’s going to pull off the heist of the century and get out of this in one piece.
The Break is the third, fast-paced Soho Nights thriller, written by O’Sullivan.
Since turning professional in 1992, he has clocked up number of awards and trophies, including the UK Championship, the China Open, the Regal Championships, the Benson and Hedges Masters and the British Open.
In January 2000 O’Sullivan won the Nations Cup for England, boasting the best record of any player, 13 wins from 15 frames played.
In 2016 he turned his hand to fiction, publishing his debut novel Framed.
The last part of the article is just a cut and paste from the “trailer” on Amazon and what they chose to “highlight” regarding Ronnie’s record just baffles me … but there you have it. Whoever wrote this trailer probably isn’t a snooker fan.
As for the German Masters qualifiers, I’ll cover the first round outcome tomorrow.