There were a number of games played on traditional billiard tales such as such as pyramids, black pool and life pool which all involved using more than the traditional 3 billiard balls. These variations became popular and the inventive Chamberlain started to add various colored balls until a basic form of Snooker was established.

That game included fifteen reds, yellow, green, pink and black. Snooker as we know know it was finally born when brown and blue were added in later years. Then, during the 1880’s word came back to England about this new game. Top Billiard player, John Roberts took a trip to India in 1885 and was introduced to Chamberlain, and thus snooker became popular/.

The biggest single contribution to snooker came from Fred Davis and his brother Joe who dominated the game for over fifty years between them and were instrumental in the games transition from a grand aristocratic game to a working class pastime. Joe won fifteen consecutive world championships and Fred won eight world titles.

I those days there was only a handful of good players but the standard was relatively low the highest break in 1922 being just thirty three, Joe’s game developed to a point where he made a 147 maximum break which was recognized in 1957, and was obviously way ahead of his time in terms of technique and skill. Fred was younger than Joe by twelve years and was unlucky not to have had his name highlighted in snooker history like that of his brother.
Fred came very close to beating Joe on a number of occasions especially when you consider that 3 of their finals came down to the final frame, Joe winning them all one 35-34 and some which spanned eighty+ frames with Joe the victor.

Snooker has come a very long way in a relatively short period of time, to a stage where it can rightly claim to be a major internationally televised and participation sport.

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