The televised stage of the Betfred.com World Championship starts two weeks today.
Once the draw is made on April 16 I will begin looking at the likely contenders for the title. Before all that of course there is the nerve-shredding drama of the qualifiers.
I shall be neither previewing nor reviewing the action. All that is being done with greater insight by Snookerbacker and prosnookerblog.
Instead I shall spend the next week looking back at some heroes of the Crucible.
This is not a list of greatest Crucible moments or players, as that sort of thing has been done to death.
It is instead a (personal) list of characters, some forgotten, who have made an impact at the home of snooker.
First one to follow shortly...