Smiling

Humour has been a valued aspect of snooker throughout history. Players, fans and journalists alike have all contributed to the sport’s rich history of humour. Players have engaged in friendly banter with each other, while fans have also been known to joke with the players. Even the journalists have been known to publish notes in newspapers about amusing incidents that have occurred on the green cloth and next to the billiard table. Or simply related to the word “snooker”. It is important to recognise that not all situations require a serious approach, and that it is possible to smile and laugh even in the context of a competitive sport. This section presents a compendium of anecdotes and accounts pertaining to the history of snooker, which we hope will elicit a smile from the reader.