PERRIE MANS (South Africa)
Years as professional: 1970-1987
Ranking titles: 0
Ranking finals: 1
Other titles: 2
Highest ranking: 2
Years in top 16: 7
Crucible appearances: 8
Mans was a terrific single ball potter possessing considerable cue power but not a great breakbuilder, as was evidenced in one of his finest hours.
He won the Masters in 1979, the first to be held at Wembley Conference Centre, but did not make a half century break during the whole tournament.
It is pretty much unthinkable now that anyone would win a match in the Masters without registering a 50, never mind the whole thing.
Mans defeated Cliff Thorburn, Ray Reardon and Alex Higgins – three great scalps – to win the title.
The previous year he had reached the World Championship final at the Crucible, memorably edging the 64 year-old Fred Davis 18-16 in the semi-finals having already knocked out defending champion John Spencer.
Reardon was to deny him 25-18 in the final.
Mans’s father, Peter, was a professional in the post war years, reaching the 1950 World Championship quarter-finals.
Mans was a 19 times South African champion and headed back home after he retired from the professional circuit in 1987.
He played in Seniors Pot Black in 1997 and appeared at Wembley for the 25th anniversary celebrations of the Masters in 1999.