For a while, it was an important part of my snooker trips, especially when I went to Sheffield. Waiting at the player's entrance, with assorted mental superfans (or people that was just mental) then all piling on top of a player when they came out waving autograph books at them was an important part of the weekend in Sheffield. I call it my little black book, just because I find the innuendo humerous. But like a proper little black book, it's filled with memories.
The time I got Alex "Hurricane" Higgins autograph sticks out, as he was at an exhibition playing Jimmy White. I'd got Jimmy's autograph a couple of months earlier when he played Ali Carter at the Welsh Open. But, at this exhibition they were signing autographs at a table afterwards, and you had to get both men's autographs. So, Jimmy became the only player I had twice. A couple of months after I'd run up to him in Newport, thinking he may well not qualify for any more tournaments I was at for a while, so he was worth getting. Another one was when I was waiting around in Telford for autographs in Telford, and somebody going "That's Liang Wenbo". I saw the Chinese kid he was pointing at, and ran up asking for his autograph Liang Wenbo looked at me confused, and wrote his name in the book. As I came away I said to myself; "He looks different on the telly to real life." As it slowly began to dawn on me what I'd done.... Some of the friends of Ding/Liang had also come up to practice with them, so some guy had mistake some random Chinese guy with a cue as Liang, and I'd blindly ran up and got his autograph. In my book, by that signature it now says; "Liang Wenbo, I think." Also, there was the time I got live on BBC and Eurosport in a big, red Snooker Loopy T-Shirt asking for Ken Doherty's autograph at The Masters.
Just flicking through the book now brings back a lot of memories of meeting snooker players. From the Mark Williams and John Higgins, down to the Barry Hawkins. I also have some old has-beens such as Dennis Taylor's autograph, and personalities such as Hazel Irvine. I aint got Ronnie O'Sullivan, Shaun Murphy, Judd Trump, Martin Gould or Dominc Dale's yet. Some glaring ommissions. But it leaves me with some people left to get.
Sorry, I realise this is a long pointless thread. But I wondered if anybody else collected autographs in this way, and had memories of doing so they could share.
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