The Seniors Masters Trophy named after John Spencer

This was today published on WPBSA site:

Masters Trophy to be named after John Spencer

26th February 2018

Crucible Snooker Legends fitting

World Seniors Snooker has today announced that the World Seniors Masters trophy is to be named after the great John Spencer, the first-ever winner of the professional Masters tournament.

John Spencer smilingThe event will be staged at the iconic Crucible Theatre, Sheffield on 12th April 2018 and see eight players battle it out to win the John Spencer Trophy.

Jason Francis of World Seniors Snooker said: “As a three-time world champion, the first winner of the Masters and former WPBSA Chairman, John did so much for the game and I’m delighted that his partner Jean has granted us permission to name our trophy in his honour!”

Jason Ferguson, WPBSA Chairman said: “John Spencer was not only a huge snooker star during the formative years of the modern era, memorably becoming the first player to win the World Championship at the Crucible, but he was also one of my snooker heroes as a young player. He also previously served as WPBSA Chairman and I have many very fond memories of him. I kept in touch with him and spoke to him just before he passed away.

“The decision to name this trophy after him is a fitting one and I am sure that the event will be a success.”

Following the conclusion of play at the final qualifier at Upton Park Snooker Centre earlier this month the line-up for the World Seniors Masters event was finalised.

Jonathan Bagley, a taxi driver from Leeds, defeated former professional Barry Pinches on the final black ball to become the final qualifier for the event. He will now realise a dream to walk out at the Crucible Theatre where he will face 1985 world champion Dennis Taylor.

Jonathan completes a stellar line-up for the event which will also see former professional Michael Judge, who won the first qualifying event in Newbury, come up against seven-time world champion Stephen Hendry in the last eight.

The full draw is:

Joe Johnson v Cliff Thorburn
Dennis Taylor v Jonathan Bagley
Stephen Hendry v Michael Judge
John Parrott v Willie Thorne

The winner will take home the John Spencer Trophy and a first prize of £7,500.


Images provided by David Muscroft.


David Lilley wins World Seniors Q7 in Leeds

David Liley, winner WC2018Q7

Here is David, with the reigning Seniors World Champion, Peter Lines. The Q7 was held in the Northern Snooker Center in Leeds, Peter’s club, and one of the nicest places you could find to play snooker!

Here are the full results of the week-end:


There is now only one spot for the grabs,  to earn a chance to play in the World Seniors in Scunthorpe in March! the World Seniors Q8, the last one for this season, will be played from 9 to 11 March 2018, in Dublin.

Seniors World Championship 2018 – New Title Sponsor

In this Press Release, Jason Francis has today announced a new Title Sponsor for the Seniors World Championship:


This is of course great news for the players, and for the future of the Seniors Tour. Jason deserves a lot of praise for the way he seeks and secures deals for the Seniors Tour, in various sectors, not just in the betting industry. Make no mistake, this is a massive effort and a huge personal investment as well as financial risks.

Here is Stephen Hendry’s video:


And here is the link :

(in the text above, it’s just an image, so not clickable).

Seniors World Championship 2018 – Launch Event

Yesterday, the 1986 World Champion, Joe Johnson, was in Scunthorpe, with Jason Francis to promote the upcoming World Championship.

Here is the report by the Scunthorpe Telegraph

Former world champion speaks ahead of snooker championship in Scunthorpe

Joe Johnson spoke at a special launch event


Charlie Wilson

07:00, 17 FEB 2018

1986 World Snooker Champion Joe Johnson pictured at the launch of 2018 World Senior Snooker Championship at the Baths Hall, Scunthorpe

Former snooker world champion Joe Johnson is looking forward to returning to Scunthorpe.

For the second consecutive year, the town will play host to the World Seniors Snooker Championship.

The tournament will once again be held at the Baths Hall, following a hugely successful event in 2017.

A special launch event was held at The Baths Hall yesterday (Friday, February 16) in which the 1986 world champion Joe Johnson was present to launch the tournament, which will run from March 20-24.

The 65-year-old spoke to the Scunthorpe Telegraph about the upcoming event, and stated just how much he was looking forward to returning to play at the Baths Hall.

“Absolutely. It was fantastic last year and we’re all very excited to return to the Baths Hall next month,” Johnson told the Telegraph.

“I thought the event was really professional and it was well attended by the people of Scunthorpe.

“This part of the country has always been a hotbed of snooker. There has been some top players from round such as Sid Hood, Mike Hallett and Ray Edmunds – we knew of the interest in snooker around here, but it was so great to see the crowds turn out like they did in Scunthorpe.”

1986 World Snooker Champion Joe Johnson pictured at the launch of 2018 World Senior Snooker Championship at the Baths Hall, Scunthorpe with (from left) Baths Hall general manager Dan Harris and promoter Jason Francis
During his 27-year professional career, Johnson has played all around the world in countries such as Australia, Dubai, Canada, China and Hong Kong to name a few – playing in some of the most prestigious arenas.

However, Johnson was full of praise for the Baths Hall and made a big statement on just how impressed he was by Scunthorpe’s entertainment venue.

“It’s an amazing feeling to play in front of a full house and it really is a great venue here at the Baths Hall – when I came in last year I was honestly surprised on just how nice it was.

“I would say it is as good as any venue I have ever played in.”

After a highly successful tournament last year, in which the event was streamed to just under three million people, Johnson feels that Scunthorpe has the potential to become the home of the World Seniors Snooker Championship.

“It absolutely has the potential. We all thoroughly enjoyed playing here last year and that’s why we are back.

“If you think of the World Championships, you automatically think of the Crucible in Sheffield. Well what we want to do is when people think of the World Seniors, they think of the Baths Hall in Scunthorpe.

1986 World Snooker Champion Joe Johnson pictured at the launch of 2018 World Senior Snooker Championship at the Baths Hall, Scunthorpe, with (from left) Baths Hall general manager Dan Harris, promoter Jason Francis and Andy Doyle from Victor Wood Kia (Grantham) who are sponsoring the 147 break with a Kia Sportage
“One day, the time will come where the likes of Ronnie O’Sullivan, John Higgins and all the world’s best players – they could be playing in this tournament in just a few years. That would be great for Scunthorpe.”

The winner of the event will pocket £10,000 and will also go on to play in the professional World Championship at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield in April.

And the former World Champion did not hesitate when asked who he believes will be victorious in this year’s Championship.

“Obviously I am going to win! I had a great win last year of Patrick Wallace – he was the early favourite and I played really well against him and came out on top.

“If by some chance I don’t win it… to be honest, there are so many good players in this tournament, you will see a high quality level of play.

Here is the Schedule for the first round of the Seniors World Championship 2018:

SESSION 1 Wednesday 21st March @ 1pm

Match 1 John Parrott (2) v Qualifier

followed by Match 2 Willie Thorne (8) v Qualifier

SESSION 2 @ 7pm

Match 3 Tony Drago (5) v Qualifier

followed by Match 4 Dennis Taylor (4) v Qualifier

SESSION 3 Thursday 22nd March @ 1pm

Match 5 Stephen Hendry (1) v Qualifier

followed by Match 6 Joe Johnson (3) v Qualifier

SESSION 4 Thursday 22nd March @ 7pm

Match 7 Cliff Thorburn (7) v Qualifier

followed by Match 8 Tony Knowles (6) v Qualifier


Seniors World Championship 2018 – Launch event

A launch event will be held ahead of the Seniors World Championship 2018. It will take place on March 16, with Joe Johnson as a very special guest.

Here is the description and access to registration

Joe Johnson


Snooker Legends World Seniors Championship

Official Launch and Sponsorship Opportunities Event

Friday 16th February – 9.15am-10.15 am

The Baths Hall, Scunthorpe

Special Guest – Snooker Legend – Joe Johnson

The Baths Hall is proud to be hosting the Snooker World Seniors Championship in Scunthorpe between Tuesday 20th to Saturday 24th March 2018. The event will be streamed live across the world and last year was watched by 3m viewers in China alone.

You are invited to join Events that Rok Limited and Snooker Legend Joe Johnson at the launch event and hear about how you can get involved and the sponsorship opportunities that are available to you and your business.

This FREE event will take place at The Baths Hall, Doncaster Road, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, DN15 7RG on Friday 16th February 9.15am-10.15am.

Registration is from 9am with tea and coffee on arrival.

For further information see the promotional video.


Fri 16 February 2018

09:00 – 10:30 GMT

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The Baths Hall

59 Doncaster Road


DN15 7RG

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The event is free but you need to register. To do so follow the link above.

Michael Judge is Newbury Champion

Michael Judge is the first Senior player to book his place at the Crucible come April. He won the first Seniors Masters 2018 qualifying event in Newbury in some style: indeed he made three centuries – 134, 111 and 106 – on his way to the title.

He beat Lee Richardson in the final


Michael Judge took home the beautiful trophy by Pete Odell as well as the dazzling prize for the highest break

Here are the full results:


There were two other centuries during the event: 109 by Patrick Wallace and 103 by Stephen Campbell.

The new ranking list is now available




Deadline for the Seniors Masters Q2

As Jason Francis reminded us on twitter and by Press release:

You have until Midnight tonight to enter Masters Q2 and get that final place at the Crucible in Sheffield on April 12th to play a legend!!
Upton Park Snooker Centre, Sat 17th and Sunday 18th Feb.
Enter now by clicking here

Meanwhile the action continues in Newbury where we are down to the last 16:

Dean Sycamore v Rhydian Richards
Sean Lanigan V Stefan Mazrocis
Lee Richardson v Neil Carroll
James O’Sullivan v Andrew Darken
Ashley Beal v Simon Dent
Jason Pegram v Michael Judge
Patrick Wallace v Nick Spelman
Gary Filtness v Stuart Watson

Here is what happened yesterday