From Snooker Legends to World Seniors Snooker Tour

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Jason Francis, creator of Snooker Legends, chairman of the World Seniors Snooker Tour and the man who has been at Ronnie’s side for about five years, tells us about his snooker and business journey since the creation of Snooker Legends in 2010 until today and the building of a viable, well organised and international Seniors Tour.

This is the “second edition” of Jason’s story, but even if you did read the first one, you will find plenty more interesting  stuff in this one.

Jason here is the narrator of his own story, and the whole book takes us through his dreams, his endeavours, his experiences – good and lesss good – and his emotions, from the day he thought about creating snookers shows featuring Legends of the game, and Alex Higgins in particular, to the idea of a proper Seniors Tour giving a future in the sport to those who have given so much to it, still love it with a passion, but aren’t quite good or strong enough anymore for the very competitive main Tour and its hectic schedule.

Along the way, Jason tells us about the players he’s been working with. Jason is a positive person and, clearly, he focuses on the good in people rather than their weaknesses. He’s telling us about the real persons, not the stereotyped images crafted by the media in order to create stories featuring villains and good guys. There are many players you will look at differently next time you see them on TV!

Jason also tells us about his sometimes difficult relationship with World Snooker and Barry Hearn. But then again his focus is on “making things work” rather than “starting a war” although, at a time, that scenario was a real possibility. There were issues, hurdles, misconceptions and, at times distrust and envy. But there were also people really wanting to overcome those and build something for the better of the sport they love.  Ultimately, now they are working together: the WPBSA Seniors Tour is reality.

Jason has been at Ronnie’s side from mid 2012 until end 2017. He tells us about their relationship, building trust and friendship, the highs and lows, the successes and the crises, the laughter and the tears and, finally, where they stand today. By the way, Ronnie wrote the foreword of this book.

I really enjoyed the book. Just one regret: the editorial work could have been better, there are a few glitches here and there and it’s a pity.

The book is available on Amazon

And here is David Hendon, assistant editor at Snooker Scene and Eurosport commentator chatting with Jason about his book:

Exhibitions and Charity reminder …

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I know that Christmas is still very far away, but be sure to put this one in your agenda. Remember surplus proceed to World Disability Billiard and Snooker. You can have fun and help others in need, isn’t that great?

Just a little reminder of what happened the last times similar events were run in Lincoln!

Ronnie had a “sandwich” …

And there was a great Q&A session too

Images taken at the events last February can be found here and here.

This time it will be Jimmy White and Dennis. Come along!

Clacton Pot Black – 27.05.2018

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Ronnie was in Clacton-on-sea, in Essex, yesterday evening for an exhibition. That’s close to home and his father and his son were there with him. The Pot Black club is very, very nice and, at bit bizarrely, situated just above an “Arcade”. Going by little videos shared by Ronnie Senior, Ronnie Junior and John Virgo had some fun there with some car driving simulation game…

The owner of the club, Aidan Owens, is a very good player, competing on the Seniors Tour and currently in the top 16 amateurs there. He’s beaten Ronnie twice on his own table before Ronnie got one back. I wonder what happened yesterday…

Well I got the answer thanks to Ben Sizer, a young player who played Ronnie himself yesterday: Aidan sent his wife at the table to play Ronnie!

Ben also shared those pictures on Facebook:

 

For all that transpired it was another great fun night, Ronnie won all his matches and made two centuries (Jason confirmed).

Here are two videos shared by Jason Francis on Facebook:

 

more photos added by Aidan Owens on his Facebook Page

Mansfield – 25.05.2018

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Ronnie was in Mansfield yesterday evening, with Willie Thorne as a host and Brendan Moore as the referee on duty. Also there were my good friends, snooker and pool players Deb Burchell  and Rachel Tucker. Going by reactions on twitter it was a great night, and here is Deb’s account on Facebook:

It was great.. slow start from the rocket.. once settled in.. got a century in about frame 2 or 3. then in frame 6 went for a 147… but missed a red at about 80 points. Guy at the end nearly beat ronnie.. was a pink battle. Ronnie played safe and the guy left him on. Great night though. Hugs xx

Here are a few images thanks to Deb and Jason Francis

as well as those two short videos shared on Facebook (live) by Jason

Exhibitions time…

Ronnie was still in Thailand yesterday, and very much enjoyed visiting a Buddhist Temple. He shared this on social media:

Went to a Buddhist temple in Thailand today, what a fantastic experience it was, a very peaceful place to visit

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Thailand is a bit far away for most of us to enjoy an exhibition, but Ronnie is doing quite a number in the two coming months, including an extensive “Irish Tour”

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All events and exhibitions here

 

Lincoln – 11.02.2018

The second night of exhibition in Lincoln, on Sunday, was similar in its organisation to the first one: a welcome reception for the VIPs, followed by John Virgo’s trick shots, then Ronnie playing eight frames against local players, with a break after four frames. Ronnie won all matches easily, had 3 tons in the first four frames, but no 147 this time. Ronnie was  clearly impressed by WDBS player Joe Hardstaff, his last opponent.

There was something special to conclude the week-end though: Jason Francis was to conduct a Q&A session with John Virgo and Ronnie, after the matches finished, and VIPs were invited to write down their questions for both John and Ronnie whilst enjoying the VIP buffet. They could ask absolutely anything and, as you would expect, there were so many questions that Jason had to go through a very “harsh” selection process and eventually was only able to keep about one in 5! The very first question that was asked to Ronnie, and was answered,  was “Will you play in the World Championship?”. That question was always going to come out … and the answer it got was “Yes”. Which prompted a big cheer from the crowd.

Here are the images of the night:

A very big thank you and well done to Nigel and Ali Coton for this fantastic week-end: it was awesome, and you were awesome!