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Steve Davis
OBE
Davis at the 2012 German Masters
Born (1957-08-22) 22 August 1957 (age 63)[1]
Plumstead, London, England
Sport country  England
Nickname
  • The Nugget
  • Interesting
  • Ginger Magician[2][3]
  • Romford Robot[4]
  • Romford Slim
  • Master Cueman
  • Golden Nugget
Professional1978–2016
Highest ranking1 (1983/841989/90)
Career winnings£5.5 million[5][6]
Highest break147:
1982 Classic
Century breaks355
Tournament wins
Ranking28
Non-ranking56
World Champion

Steve Davis, OBE (born 22 August 1957) is a retired English professional snooker player from Plumstead, London. He dominated the sport during the 1980s, when he reached eight World Snooker Championship finals in nine years, won six world titles, and held the world number one ranking for seven consecutive seasons. He was the first player to make an officially recognised maximum break in professional competition (at the 1982 Classic) and also the first player to earn over £1 million in prize money. The BBC named Davis its Sports Personality of the Year in 1988, and he remains the only snooker player ever to win the award.

Davis's encounter with Dennis Taylor in the 1985 World Snooker Championship final, in which Taylor lost the first eight frames but recovered to win 18–17 on the final black, is widely regarded as one of professional snooker's most famous matches. Its conclusion was watched by 18.5 million viewers, which still holds UK viewership records for broadcast both after midnight and on BBC Two. In addition to his six world titles, Davis won the Masters three times and the UK Championship six times for a total of 15 Triple Crown titles, placing him third on the all-time list behind Ronnie O'Sullivan (20) and Stephen Hendry (18). During the 1987–88 season, he became the first player to win all three Triple Crown events in a single season, a feat that only two other players (Hendry and Mark Williams) have since emulated. His career total of 28 ranking titles places him fourth on the all-time list behind O'Sullivan (37), Hendry (36), and John Higgins (31).

Davis domination of the game waned in the 90's but he continued to compete at a high level winning the 1997 Masters at age 39, reaching the final of the 2005 UK Championship at age 48, and he was still a top 16 player aged 50 during the 2007–08 season. He made a record 30th and final appearance at the Crucible in 2010, aged 52, where he defeated the defending world champion John Higgins to become the oldest world quarter-finalist since Eddie Charlton in 1983. In April 2016, aged 58, he announced his retirement from the professional tour after 38 seasons, although he remains active as a commentator and analyst for the BBC's snooker coverage. He was made an MBE in the 1988 Birthday Honours and an OBE in the 2000 New Year Honours.

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Career

Early career

Davis's father Bill, a keen player, introduced him to snooker at age 12 took him to play at his local working men's club and gave him an instructional book: How I Play Snooker by Joe Davis.[7][8] They studied the book, Davis later based his technique on it during the 1970s.[9][10] He began playing at the Lucania Snooker Club in Romford. The club manager brought his talent to the attention of Barry Hearn (chairman of the Lucania chain of snooker halls) when Davis was 18, and Hearn became his friend and manager.[11][12] Paid £25 a match by Hearn, Davis toured the United Kingdom and participated in challenge matches against established professionals such as Ray Reardon, John Spencer and Alex Higgins. Around this time he was nicknamed "Nugget" because, according to Hearn, "you could put your case of money on him and you knew you were going to get paid."[11]

Davis won the English Under-19 Billiards Championship in 1976.[13] One of his last wins as an amateur was against Tony Meo, another future professional, in the final of the 1978 Pontin's Spring Open.[14] He defended his title a year later, defeating future rival Jimmy White 7–4 in the final.[15] Davis turned professional on 17 September 1978 and made his professional television debut on Pot Black, where he played against Fred Davis.[16][17] He made his debut at the 1979 World Snooker Championship,[18] losing 11–13 to Dennis Taylor in the first round.[19]

Professional success

Davis became well known after his performance at the 1980 World Snooker Championship, where he reached the quarter-finals (defeating defending champion Terry Griffiths in the second round before losing to Alex Higgins.[20][21] He won his first major title that year, the 1980 UK Championship, defeating Griffiths 9–0 in the semi-finals and Higgins 16–6 in the final.[22][23]

Over the next 18 months, Davis won seven more events. He won the Classic, International Masters and English Professional titles in 1981,[13] and was the bookmakers' favourite to win the 1981 World Snooker Championship despite being seeded 13th.[24][25] Davis reached the final by defeating Jimmy White in the first round, Higgins in the second round, Griffiths in the quarter-finals and defending champion Cliff Thorburn in the semi-final.[26] In the final, he defeated Doug Mountjoy 18–12 to win his first world championship.[27][28] Davis followed up this with a 9–0 whitewash victory over Dennis Taylor in the International Open final, and retained the 1981 UK Championship with a 9–0 whitewash against White in the semi-finals and a 16–3 win over Griffiths in the final.[29] This began a six-month period in which Davis and Griffiths contested almost all the major tournament finals. During this run, in January 1982, Davis compiled the first televised maximum break at the Classic at Queen Elizabeth Hall in Oldham against John Spencer.[30] In doing so, Davis won a Lada car,[31] but lost 8–9 to Griffiths in the final.[32] Davis won his first Masters title that year, defeating Griffiths 9–6 in the final.[33]

His 18-month period of dominance ended at the 1982 World Snooker Championship, where he lost 1–10 to Tony Knowles in the first round.[19] Davis did not win a third consecutive 1982 UK Championship later that year, losing to Griffiths in the quarter-finals.[34] After those two defeats, he won the World Doubles Championship with partner Tony Meo.[13] Davis defeated an overwhelmed Thorburn 18–6 in the 1983 World Snooker Championship, regaining the title with a session to spare in the final; Thorburn had seen his previous three matches go to a deciding frame.[35] Davis led 7–0 against Higgins in the 1983 UK Championship final, but lost on a deciding frame 15–16.[36] At the 1984 World Snooker Championship, he was the first player to retain his title at the Crucible Theatre – the venue for the event – by defeating Jimmy White 18–16 in the final, winning his second world championship.[37] Davis also won the 1984 UK Championship, defeating Higgins 16–8 in the final.[38]

1985 World Snooker Championship

At the 1985 World Snooker Championship,Davis lost only 23 frames en route to the final, where his opponent was Dennis Taylor.[39] He won all of the frames in the first session to lead 7–0 (extending his lead to 8–0 in the evening session), but Taylor recovered to trail 7–9. From 11–11, they traded frames before Davis forged ahead to lead 17–15. Taylor won the next two frames to level the match at 17–17 and force a deciding frame. With the scores close, Taylor potted the final colours to leave the black ball. The player who potted the ball would win the championship; after a series of safety shots and attempts to pot it, Davis over-cut the black and left Taylor with a reasonably-straightforward pot to secure the championship. The final had 18.5 million viewers, setting records for BBC Two and for a post-midnight audience on British television.[40] The final, later called the "black ball final", was voted the ninth-greatest sporting moment of all time in a 2002 Channel 4 poll; Davis's disbelief and Taylor's triumphant, pointing finger have been replayed many times on television.[41]

1985–1989

Davis and Taylor met again in the final of the 1985 Grand Prix, but this time Davis won in the deciding frame. At 10 hours 21 minutes, it was the longest one-day final in snooker history.[42] Davis trailed Willie Thorne 8–13 in the 1985 UK Championship final. Thorne missed a blue off the spot, which would have given him a 14–8 lead; Davis won the frame and seven of the next eight to win 16–14.[43] At the 1986 World Championship, Davis defeated White 13–5 in the quarter-finals and Thorburn 16–12 in the semi-finals.[44] His opponent in the final was Joe Johnson, who started the tournament a 150–1 outsider. Davis lost the match, 12–18.[45] The result did not affect his position at the top of the world rankings, since he had won the UK Championship, the Grand Prix and the British Open in the 1985–86 season. At the end of 1986, he defeated Neal Foulds 16–7 to retain the 1986 UK Championship.[38]

Davis began 1987 by winning the Classic 13–12 against defending champion Jimmy White.[46] At the 1987 World Snooker Championship, he defeated Griffiths 13–5 in the quarter-final and White 16–11 in the semi-final.[47] Meeting Johnson again in the final, he established a 14–10 lead after three sessions. Johnson reduced Davis's lead to 14–13, but Davis took four of the next five frames to win the match 18–14 and regain the title.[48] In December he retained his UK title with a 16–14 win against White in the final.[38] Davis retained the Classic in 1988, claimed his second Masters title with a 9–0 final whitewash of Mike Hallett (the only final whitewash in the event's history),[33] won the World Cup with England and won his fourth Irish Masters title. In the World Championship Davis defeated Hallett 13–1, Tony Drago 13–4 and Thorburn 16–8 en route to the final, where he met Griffiths. Davis established a 5–2 lead after the first session, but Griffiths levelled at 8–8 after the second. On the second day of the match, Davis took ten out of thirteen frames to win his fifth world title 18–11.[49]

He won the first ranking event of the 1988–89 snooker season, a 12–6 win against White in the International Open. During the same match, he became the first player to make three consecutive century breaks in a major tournament.[50] In October, Davis won the Grand Prix final 10–6 against Alex Higgins and held the World, UK, Masters, Grand Prix, Classic and Irish Masters titles simultaneously. His four-year unbeaten run in the UK Championship ended in December with a 3–9 semi-final loss to Hendry.[51] Davis did not win another major title until the 1989 World Championship, where he beat Hendry 16–9 in the semi-finals before the most decisive victory in a world final of the modern era: an 18–3 win against John Parrott, for his last world championship.[52] The match is regarded as one of Davis's greatest performances, and was cited in the Guinness Book of Snooker as "The greatest display of potting, break building and safety play ever seen ... no-one could have lived with Davis the way he played at the Crucible in 1989".[53] He retained the Grand Prix in October, beating Dean Reynolds 10–0 in the final – the first whitewash in a ranking-event final.[54] By the end of the 1980s, Davis was snooker's first millionaire.[13]

1990–2005

Davis was denied an eighth consecutive appearance in the 1990 World Snooker Championship final by Jimmy White, who won their semi-final 16–14.[55] Davis was replaced as world number one by Stephen Hendry at the end of the 1989–90 snooker season.[56] He reached the World Championship semi-finals in 1991 and 1994.[57][58] Davis won the Irish Masters four times: in 1990, 1991, 1993 and 1994. He won the Classic and the Asian Open in 1992, the European Open in 1993, and consecutive Welsh Open titles in 1994 and 1995. Davis's successful defence of his 1995 Welsh Open title was his last ranking title.[59] His last victory in a major tournament was at the 1997 Masters. Trailing his opponent Ronnie O'Sullivan 4–8 in the final, Davis won the next six frames for a 10–8 win.[60]

After a season in which he reached only one ranking event quarter-final, Davis dropped out of the top 16 for the 2000–2001 season[56] and failed to qualify for the World Championship for the next two years.[61][62] After failing to qualify for the World Snooker Championship for the first time in his professional career in 2001, he felt that retiring would be the "easy thing to do"; since he still enjoyed the challenge of snooker, however, he continued playing and regained his place in the top 16 for the 2003–2004 season.[56][63] Davis was runner-up in the 2004 Welsh Open to O'Sullivan, losing 8–9 after leading 8–5.[64] He reached the quarter-finals of the 2005 World Snooker Championship, losing to eventual winner Shaun Murphy.[65]

2005–2010

Davis reached his 100th major career final at the 2005 UK Championship in York,[1] his first appearance in the event's final since 1990.[38] He beat defending champion Stephen Maguire 9–8 with a 145 break, and Stephen Hendry 9–6 in the semi-finals before he lost 6–10 to Ding Junhui.[66][67] Davis brushed off suggestions of retirement before the World Championships,[68] and reached the second round (where he lost to Murphy).[69] His performances during the 2006–07 season, including reaching the 2006 UK Championship quarter-finals and the Welsh Open semi-finals, ensured that Davis was still a top-16 player at age 50.[4]

Davis during a 2008 match against Ville Pasanen

Although Davis dropped out of the top sixteen a year later, he returned to form in the 2008–09 season by reaching the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Masters and Grand Prix – the first time he reached consecutive ranking-event quarter-finals since 1996.[70] At the 2009 World Snooker Championship, Davis lost 2–10 to Neil Robertson in the first round.[71] He failed to qualify for the televised stages of the first two tournaments of the 2009–10 season, losing 4–5 to Matthew Selt in the Shanghai Masters and 0–5 to Mark Davis in the Grand Prix.[72][73] In the next tournament, the 2009 UK Championship, he defeated Michael Judge 9–7 to set up a first-round match against Hendry[74] (which he lost 6–9).[75] Davis began 2010 by failing to qualify for the Welsh Open and the China Open, losing 2–5 to Dominic Dale and 3–5 against Mike Dunn in the final qualifying round.[76][77] In March, he qualified for the World Championship for the 30th time by defeating Adrian Gunnell 10–4.[78]

In the first round, Davis defeated Mark King 10–9. At 52, he was the oldest player to win a match at the Crucible since Eddie Charlton defeated Cliff Thorburn in 1989.[79] In the second round, against defending champion John Higgins (a 1–20 favourite) Davis led 6–2 after the first session, 9–7 after the second session and won 13–11, a win Clive Everton called "the greatest upset in the 33 years the Crucible has been hosting the championship."[80] This made him the oldest world quarter-finalist since Charlton in 1983. In the quarter-final match against Australian Neil Robertson, Davis recovered from a 2–12 deficit to force the match into the third session before losing 5–13.[81] On 29 April 2010, to mark the 25th anniversary of the 1985 World Championship final, Davis appeared with Taylor before the beginning of the first semi-final to stage a humorous re-enactment of their historic final frame; Taylor entered the arena wearing a pair of comically-oversized glasses, and Davis arrived sporting a red wig.[82] Despite having his best run at the World Championship for five years and reaching the quarter-finals for only the second time since 1994, this was his last appearance at the Crucible; he failed to qualify for the World Championship again before his retirement.[83]

Davis began the 2010–11 season by qualifying for the televised stages of the Shanghai Masters, whitewashing Rod Lawler 5–0[84] before losing 3–5 in the first round to Jamie Cope.[85] He lost his qualifying matches in the next two tournaments: 1–3 to Peter Ebdon in the last 64 of the World Open,[86] and 2–9 to Mark Joyce in the last 48 of the 2010 UK Championship.[87] Davis participated in the Players Tour Championship; his best result was at the Paul Hunter Classic, where he reached the quarter-finals before losing 1–4 to Shaun Murphy.[88] He finished 67 on the Order of Merit.[89] He reached the final of the World Seniors Championship, losing 1–4 to Jimmy White.[90] He reached the third qualifying round of the German Masters, but was whitewashed by Ryan Day 0–5.[91] Davis lost the first qualifying matches of his next two tournaments, defeated by Joe Jogia 3–4 in the Welsh Open[92] and 4–5 by James Wattana in the China Open.[93] He narrowly reached the last qualifying round of the World Championship by defeating Jack Lisowski 10–9 before losing 2–10 to Stephen Lee.[94]

Retirement (2010–2016)

Davis playing a trick shot exhibition during the break of the 2012 German Masters final

Davis began the 2011–12 season at number 44, his lowest rank since turning professional.[56][95] He lost his first qualifying match at the Shanghai Masters, 1–5, to Passakorn Suwannawat.[96] Davis reached the final of the 2011 World Seniors Championship before losing 1–2 to Darren Morgan.[97] He participated in the 2011–12 Players Tour Championship; his best result was in the Warsaw Classic, where he reached the semi-finals before losing 3–4 to Ricky Walden.[98] Davis finished at number 26 on the Order of Merit.[99] He qualified for the 2011 UK Championship by defeating Ian McCulloch and Andrew Higginson 6–2.[100] Davis did not qualify for the German Masters (losing 1–5 to Robert Milkins),[101] and lost 1–6 in the first round of the UK Championship to Ronnie O'Sullivan.[102] He missed the 2012 World Open, losing his first qualifying match 1–5 to Ian McCulloch,[103] but reached the last 16 of the Welsh Open with three 4–3 victories (defeating Lucky Vatnani, Ricky Walden and Allister Carter) before losing 0–4 to Shaun Murphy.[104][105] Davis did not qualify for the China Open or the World Snooker Championship, losing 1–5 to Rory McLeod and 7–10 to Ben Woollaston.[106][107]

He began the 2012–13 season at number 51,[108] but did not qualify for the first two ranking events after losing 3–5 to Kurt Maflin in the Wuxi Classic[109] and 0–5 to Michael Wild at the Australian Goldfields Open.[110] Davis participated in the Six-red World Championship, where he finished third in Group E (with three wins in five matches) and advanced to the knock-out stage[111] before losing 1–6 to Mark Davis in the last 32.[112] He qualified for the Shanghai Masters by defeating Alfie Burden 5–1 and Andrew Higginson 5–0,[113] defeating Zhu Yinghui 5–1 to reach the last 32[114] before losing 4–5 to Ricky Walden.[115] Davis did not qualify for the International Championship, losing his first qualifying match 5–6 to Pankaj Advani.[116] He qualified for the final stages of the 2012 UK Championship, defeating Advani 6–5 and Jamie Burnett 6–2,[117] before losing 2–6 to Ali Carter.[118] Davis lost his first qualifying match at the 2013 German Masters, 4–5, to Simon Bedford.[119] He again participated in the Players Tour Championship; his best results were in the Kay Suzanne Memorial Trophy and the Scottish Open, where he reached the last 16 before losing 3–4 to John Higgins and 1–4 to Ding Junhui.[120][121] Davis placed 52nd on the tour's Order of Merit.[122] He lost in the qualifying stages of the next two ranking events: 4–5 to Chen Zhe in the World Open,[123] and 0–5 to Mark King in the China Open.[124] In the Welsh Open, Davis defeated Kurt Maflin 4–2 to qualify for the event's venue stage[125] before losing 0–4 to Mark Selby.[126] He finished the season in the qualifying stage of the World Championship, losing 7–10 to Maflin.[127]

Davis began the 2013–14 season at number 51;[128] his first match was in the qualifying stages for the Wuxi Classic, where he faced James Cahill. After Cahill levelled the match at 2–2, Davis won the next three frames and scored a 131 break in the penultimate frame to qualify for the tournament's main stage;[129] he lost, 1–5, to Andrew Higginson in the last 64.[130] He then lost his next two ranking events in the qualifying stages: 2–5 to Higginson in the Shanghai Masters,[131] and 1–4 to Thanawat Thirapongpaiboon at the Indian Open.[132] Davis qualified for the International Championship with a 6–2 win against Allan Taylor,[133] losing 1–6 to Zhao Xintong in the wildcard round.[134] He won his first World Seniors Championship by defeating Nigel Bond, 2–1.[135] After a defeat by Craig Steadman 8–10 in the second round of the 2014 World Snooker Championship qualification, Davis finished the season outside the top 64 on the money list and dropped off the main professional tour after 36 years.[136]

With an invitational tour card for tournaments in the 2014–15 season, he returned to competitive snooker in the Riga Open in August 2014 (losing 1–4 to Robert Milkins in the last 64).[137] Davis participated in the Paul Hunter Classic, losing 2–4 to Gary Wilson in the last 128.[138] He played in the 2014 Champion of Champions event after qualifying with the 2013 World Seniors Championship,[139] losing 1–4 to Mark Selby in the group semi-final.[140] Davis entered the 2016 World Championship qualifiers, and lost to Fergal O'Brien in his final professional match.[141]

During a live 17 April 2016 BBC broadcast, he announced his retirement from professional snooker, citing the recent death of his father as the main reason. Davis entered the Crucible Theatre holding the World Championship trophy, and received a standing ovation from the audience.[141] He continues to play exhibitions, and is a commentator for the BBC's snooker coverage.[141]

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Other sports

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Davis playing a trick shot: potting a ball under a cloth

From 1994 to 2007, Davis regularly participated in professional nine-ball pool events; he was instrumental in creating the Mosconi Cup.[3] He represented Europe in the tournament eleven times, and was a member of the victorious 1995 and 2002 teams;[142] his victory against the US's Earl Strickland clinched the 2002 competition for Europe.[143][144][145] In 2001, Davis reached the final of his first pool event at the World Pool League before losing 9–5 to Efren Reyes.[146] Sky Sports commentator Sid Waddell gave him the nickname "Romford Slim", calling him Britain's answer to American pool player Rudolf "Minnesota Fats" Wanderone.[3] Davis dislikes blackball pool as played on English-style tables in British pubs and clubs, considering it a "Mickey Mouse game" when played with a smaller cue ball than the other balls.[147]

He reached the last 16 of the 2003 WPA World Nine-ball Championship in Cardiff, Wales, where he faced three-time champion Strickland. The match was notable for the behaviour of its players. Strickland accused members of the crowd of bias towards Davis;[148] when warned by referee Michaela Tabb, he told her to "shut up".[149] He complained after Davis took a second toilet break (when only allocated one), and Davis later admitted that the second break was gamesmanship against his opponent.[148] Strickland won the match, and proceeded to the semi-finals.[150]

Davis has become a proficient poker player, with successful appearances at televised tournaments;[151] they included an appearance at the final table of the 2003 Poker Million with fellow snooker player Jimmy White, who eventually won.[152] He finished 579th at event 41 of the 2006 World Series of Poker, winning $20,617.[153] At event 54 of the 2008 World Series of Poker, Davis finished 389th and won $28,950.[154] He finished 131st, winning $5,491, at event 56 of the 2010 World Series of Poker.[155] At event 22 of the 2011 Grand Poker Series, Davis finished eighth and won $2,049.[156]

A keen chess player, he is a former president of the British Chess Federation.[157] Davis co-authored Steve Davis Plays Chess, a 1995 book.[157][158]

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In other media

Davis has become known for his coolness and conduct in high-pressure situations.[1] His initial lack of emotional expression and monotonous interview style earned him a reputation as boring, and the satirical television series Spitting Image nicknamed him "Interesting".[159] Davis has since played on this image, and says it helped him gain public acceptance.[160] He co-authored How to Be Really Interesting with Geoff Atkinson, a 1988 book on whose cover he wears boxing regalia and holds a cue.[161][162]

Davis has worked with a series of video games. He appeared in a spoof online promotion for the Nintendo DS game World Snooker Championship Season 2007–08, parodying a Nicole Kidman Brain Training advertisement, and worked with the World Snooker Championship franchise and Virtual Snooker.[163] In 2010, Davis played himself on The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret; other TV appearances include the Christmas 1981 episode of The Morecambe & Wise Show.[164][165]

Davis has published a number of other books. Five relate to snooker: Successful Snooker (1982),[166] Frame and Fortune (1982),[167] Steve Davis: Snooker Champion (1983),[168] Matchroom Snooker (1988)[169] and The Official Matchroom 1990.[170] He co-authored two chess books in 1995 with David Norwood: Steve Davis Plays Chess[171] and Grandmaster Meets Chess Amateur.[172] Davis wrote three 1994 cookbooks: Simply Fix – the Steve Davis Interesting Cookbook No 1 – Interesting Things to Do With Meat,[173] Simply Fix – The Steve Davis Interesting Cookbook No 2 – Interesting Things to Make with Poultry,[174] and Simply Fix – the Steve Davis Interesting Cookbook No 3 – Interesting Things to Make Using Vegetables.[175] His third autobiography, Interesting, was published in 2015.[176]

He participated in the thirteenth series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! in 2013, finishing in eighth place.[177] The Rack Pack, a 2016 BBC television film about professional snooker during the 1970s and 1980s focusing on Davis's rivalry with Alex Higgins, featured Will Merrick as Davis.[178]

Music

When in the sixth form at school, Davis began listening to progressive rock and was introduced to the Canterbury scene, which immediately fascinated him. Interviewed in 2020, Davis said, "I loved what bands like Soft Machine and Henry Cow were doing – it was challenging and very complex." Regarding Robert Wyatt, he said, ".. one album in my collection that I would strong urge everyone to get is Rock Bottom. It’s the type of album that you have to hear when you're smashed out of your face. It is just an incredible record.[179] Davis is a fan of French prog rock band Magma, and produced a London concert so he could see them.[180] He has a record collection with about 2,000 albums.[179]

Davis joined Brentwood community radio station Phoenix FM in 1996, broadcasting a variety of soul and rock shows during the next ten years online and on FM under a Restricted Service Licence. When the station went full-time on FM in March 2007, he hosted The Interesting Alternative Show.[181] As a result of his broadcasts, Davis was a guest presenter on BBC Radio 6 Music in 2011.[182] He branched out into club work in 2015, and has regular slots at London bars and nightclubs.[183] Davis performed with Kavus Torabi at the 2016 Glastonbury Festival;[184] their collaboration led to the formation of the Utopia Strong, an electronic-music band whose debut album was released on 13 September 2019.[185]

He joined Chas & Dave and several other snooker stars (as the Matchroom Mob) on "Snooker Loopy", a 1986 novelty record which was a Top 10 hit in the UK Singles Chart.[186][187] A year later they released "Romford Rap", a follow-up single which reached number 91 on the UK charts.[188] Davis has presented a show dedicated to prog and the Canterbury scene since 1996 on Phoenix FM, his local radio station.[189]

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Legacy

Davis won a record 83 professional titles and was the runner-up in 38 events, with 28 of these as ranking event victories. His modern-era record of six world titles has been broken only by Hendry, and his six UK Championship titles has been bettered only by Ronnie O'Sullivan. Davis compiled over 300 competitive centuries during his career. In 2011, Davis was inducted into World Snooker's new Hall of Fame with seven other former world champions.[190] In the book Masters of the Baize, a detailed comparison and ranking of snooker professionals, Luke Williams and Paul Gadsby rated Davis as the third greatest snooker player of all time (behind Joe Davis and Stephen Hendry).[191][192]

Personal life

In 1988, Davis was named the BBC Sports Personality of the Year and was made an MBE.[193][194] Made an OBE in 2000,[195][60] he is honorary president of the Snooker Writers' Association.[196] Although he is on the board of Leyton Orient F.C., he has been a Charlton Athletic F.C. fan most of his life.[197]

Davis lives in Brentwood, Essex.[198] He and his wife, Judith, divorced in 2005 after 15 years of marriage. They have two sons: Greg (born in 1991) and Jack (born in 1993).[199] In 2012, Greg Davis entered the Q-School with the aim of winning a place on the professional snooker tour.[200][201]

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Thailand Masters[nb 11] Tournament Not Held Non-Ranking Event Not Held A 1R W 2R F 2R 2R 2R 2R QF 1R LQ 1R NR Not Held NR Tournament Not Held
Scottish Open[nb 12] Not Held NR QF W W QF QF W W W Not Held F QF F 1R 2R 3R 1R 2R 2R 2R 2R 3R Tournament Not Held MR Not Held
British Open[nb 13] NH Non-Ranking Event SF W 2R 1R