almost eight years, this blog is coming to an end.
reason is not that I am sick of writing it: quite the opposite. Tomorrow, all
being well, I will be launching a much expanded website with additional
content. Rather than just blog posts it will include snooker news, interviews
the material I have traditionally posted here will move there. I will post full
details tomorrow when the site launches.
the meantime I want to thank everyone who has read and contributed to Snooker
Scene Blog since 2006.
was not in a great state of health back then. There were such long gaps between
events, and it was before I was commentating, that I decided to set up the blog
to give news and opinions and some analysis of the snooker world from my
position as a journalist.
Dott had just won the World Championship. Neil Robertson was yet to win a
ranking title, neither had Mark Selby, Judd Trump, Ali Carter and a few others.
Higgins had won one world title and Ronnie O’Sullivan two. Stephen Hendry was
back at world no.1.
internet was also a different a place. The blog launched a few months after
Youtube, a month before Twitter and three months before Facebook became open to
all. Snooker’s presence on the web was down to a small band of enthusiasts, in
particular Hermund Ardalen (snooker.org) and Janie Watkins (Global Snooker
the last eight years we’ve lost some wonderful, iconic characters from the
snooker world including Alex Higgins, John Spencer, Len Ganley, Ted Lowe, David
Vine and, most sadly of all, Paul Hunter.
also seen the rise of new champions, the advent of new tournaments and the ever
shifting sands of snooker’s political landscape.
blog was never intended to be political but it was impossible to ignore what
was happening off table. I was deeply sceptical of the structure of the old
WPBSA and was delighted when Barry Hearn made his bid to take control of World
Snooker. Hearn and his team have transformed the circuit, mainly for the
calendar is now packed with tournaments and the sport has become far more
global, reaching more television viewers than ever.
number of websites catering to snooker fans has also increased, which is a good
thing. But I feel there is room for a site offering primarily original news
after 2,338 posts, this blog is no more, although it will remain in cyberspace
if anyone wishes to read old posts.
good things must come to an end but hopefully the new site will enhance snooker
fans’ enjoyment of this game we all love and to which I remain committed.