Malcolm Thorne, brother of Willie Thorne and one of snooker's unsung heroes, has died of cancer.

There are many leading players of today who owe Malcolm a debt of gratitude. He ran countless junior events that gave young players the chance to compete, improve and learn about tournament snooker.

Many of these were staged at Willie Thorne's Snooker Club in Leicester, which became a regular destination for young hopefuls and their parents for years.

In more recent times Malcolm was heavily involved with the English Association for Snooker and Billiards.

His love of snooker and dedication to the game amounted to a major contribution to the development of many great careers.

Everyone at Snooker Scene sends our condolences to Malcolm's family.


Anonymous said...

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Dear Dave
How are you! Sorry to hear about Malcolm Thorne. Positively an unsung hero of snooker, but sadly was always pushed aside.
Malks ability in the game didn’t match his great love and enthusiasm. Malcolm generosity to the many youngsters in “The Thorne Club” was sadly overlooked.

God be with you Malcolm. From Craig, Peter, Loretta and Mr Hey you

jamie brannon said...

Seemed like a influential figure at the game's heartbeat.

Probably, the reason why Willie Thorne wasn't used by the BBC last night, at first I thought it might be a start of a marginlisation of Willie, like we had with Clive.

As through the week, Willie was rarely heard on the 'marquee' afternoon match.

Anonymous said...

I used to work for him many years a go in Willie Thornes Club and he was one of the nicest people you could ever meet. He showed a massive amount of support to all he came in contact with.
He will be sadly missed. :-(

Leo Scullion said...

Sad news indeed.Malcolm was a nice person. Enjoyed working with him when he was TD for challenge tour.


I send my condolaces to Willie Thorne, Nancy,( Mother of Malcolm and Willie.) and the whole family. He is sadly missed. R.I.P. Malcolm Thorne.

David, Could you please pass this from me, onto the family? Thank You.

Newfred said...

This is very sad news indeed. I've posted a short tribute here.

Malcolm was a legend.

Matt said...

RIP Malcolm my respects go to Willie probably why he wasn't commentating on the final. And to Malcolm's family.

Anonymous said...

Malcolm Thorne obituary, including tributes from Willie Thorne and Mark Selby, here: http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/sport/Snooker-Willie-Thorne-leads-tributes-brother-Malcolm-died-aged-60/article-3114499-detail/article.html


1 year ago today. Today is 17-1-2012. R.I.P. MALCOLM. My thoughts, regards an best wishs, to you, family and friends.