Earliest References

The question of who created snooker and when it was first played is open to debate. One theory suggests that Neville Chamberlain may have been the first to play the game in 1875. However, there is no concrete evidence to support this claim. Another hypothesis posits that Captain (or Colonel) Snooker of the Bengal Artillery (or lancers) may have been the creator of the game. Yet again, there is no evidence to support this claim.
The lack of concrete evidence makes it difficult to determine who created snooker and when it was first played. However, it is clear that snooker has a long history, with references to it dating back to the 19th century. In this chapter, we collect all the early references to snooker. It is possible that, at some future date, we may be able to gather all the necessary data and ascertain the identity of the individual or individuals responsible for the invention of snooker and the precise date of its inception.