I watched him at the Norbreck Castle in the qualifiers in subsequent years but his game was in further decline and the venue, format just didn't suit him. This place was the complete opposite of the Crucible and Alex was very frustrated playing here. His game changed and he would slow the tempo down. Sometimes it worked Sometimes not. Had 3 great wins their to qualify for the 1994 WC but like so many other players this place saw the end of him really.
No player has ever had his support at venues. There were a group of fans that followed him everywhere he played and he was always grateful for the support, stopping to chat. I remember before one qualifier at Blackpool, rather than be on the practice table, he was sitting in the hotel lounge with friends reading the Telegraph (he was always reading newspapers, doing crosswords).
I thinking watching him when he won you felt he was nearly back to his best. But then he would lose 5-2 in the next round, there was no real consistency.
Anyone else on here follow him or have memories of that time in snooker?
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