case_master wc wrote:
Look at the state of the guy at the end in the blue nicke tee-shirt
. They loved Alex in London and he gave them some great moments. That was 87, boy he faded bad in the next 3 years.
Jimmy obviously springs to mind as well, I remember one year he beat Hendry at Wembley and when Stephen was heading out of the arena these two guys leant over the side and stuck two fingers up right in his face, must have been pretty intimidating.
Also the crowd were crazy when Ronnie was playing Ding in the final, maybe Ding was a bit to young to take it at that stage of his career (who could blame him)
The guy in the Nike t-shirt
Either he was snake hissed, got that caught up in the match or had a few quid on Alex. The steward trying to restrain himwith the bushy red hair and beard reminds me of Brian Blessed
I cant think of any other "pitch" invasions at a snooker match. Truly was a different era then, even though in some ways, it doesnt seem that long ago.
Poor Alex, by the end of the decade his career was effectively over. Was a pretty sudden fall from grace for him. The WPSBAs year ban at the start of the 90s was the final nail really, looking back i wonder whether some of those responsible for that decision feel a sense of regret.
It was excessive punishment and was more down to a personal vendetta against Higgins so the WPSBA had the easy life, but he was a major loss to the game and i still think snooker misses a bit of The Hurricane.
Sure he had turned 40 by the start of the 90s but ive no doubt he could have survived on tour until the late 90s at least, if personal problems hadnt taken over.