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Scenes From The UK Snooker Craze

The Matchroom crew continues it’s movement to make snooker a worldwide household game. They’re the producers of The Champion of Champions competition on Vibrant TV. Today’s snooker stars gained inspiration from the United Kingdom’s snooker craze of the seventies and eighties. Before those two decades, snooker struggled unsuccessfully to break out from two opposite corners of society (pun intended). 

UK Gets Snooker Loopy

It’s 1984, and the original Matchroom snooker crew star in a promotional video with Chas and Dave, called Snooker Loopy. The zany (some would say cheesy) tune is about a rag tag mob of snooker loving characters. The chorus is basically the color order for potting the snooker balls when clearing a frame:

Pot the reds then, screw back
For the yellow, green, brown, blue, pink and black!

source: http://www.lyricsondemand.com/c/chazndavelyrics/snookerloopylyrics.html

The Matchroom crew set their sights on making snooker a worldwide sport. By the 1990s, snooker became a Saturday night staple, with The Big Break. The program’s theme song, The Snooker Song, was nicked from the West End Musical, about the Lewis Carroll poem, The Hunting of The Snark. There was no mention of snooker in the original Carroll poem created a century earlier. Snooker was the billiard game of the 1980s for British kids. 

The tale of snooker’s astonishing rise from niche hobby to UK household favorite has a lot to do with the game’s unique bright, colorful look.  Also, there was a colorful bunch that were playing snooker since its inception, in the late 19th Century. These same aspects almost doomed the game to obscurity a scant fifteen years earlier.

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