I'd always been under the impression that he was invincible in the 80s, and that the 85 and 86 finals were massive shocks.
Truth is he was dominant, and was the clear number one for a long time. He wasn't unbeatable though. He lost his fair share of matches against the other top players of the day.
The two finals were surprise results no doubt, but they weren't as shocking as they have been made out to be. I think the other top players in the 80s are thought of as being of a much lower standard than they actually were, and that they should be given more credit when we look back on snooker's 'golden days'.
Steve was better than they were, but not by as much as is thought.
For some reason, I'd been under the impression he turned pro around 89-90 and immediately started winning everything.
Truth is he was around for the whole second half of the 80s. There must have been a lot of good matches that he won and lost at the business end of tournaments that have been forgotten. It would be great to talk about (and watch) those early matches from the 80s to see how he grew into the great he became.
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