This week, the greatest player in the history of the game.

Stephen Hendry is this not just because he is the most successful but also because of his extraordinary natural ability - something that is, oddly, hardly ever referred to.

Consider this: he started playing at 12. At 16 he was at the Crucible.

This clip is from his 1987 quarter-final with Joe Johnson. It was this style of play that inspired a generation and helped move snooker on to be the ultra-attacking game it is today.


Unknown said...

Holy crap, I don't remember him being *that* fast.

Anonymous said...

@ don: That was exactly what I thought as well...

Great split of the pack off a plant at 2:30.

And note that the TV commentator first starts talking when the break has already lasted for three minutes - you don't see [hear] that these days anymore. This is no complaint, Dave... ;-)


Dave H said...

It's amazing how little they said in those days.

I think it was because there was no interactive TV and not all the coverage was live so the attitude may have been 'what's the point in saying much if nobody's going to hear it'

Ted Lowe, the legendary BBC commentator, once collapsed in the box at Wembley and his co-commentator, Rex Williams, put down his microphone to prop him up. Nobody spoke for 15 minutes but the BBC did not receice a single call or complaint, which is a sobering thought.