An Evening With Jimmy White
Dylan Clive and Jimmy White
Snooker aficionados got the chance to meet a hero as 'People's Champion' Jimmy White entertained crowds for the evening last Monday.
As one might expect the crowd was predominantly made up of Brits keen to grab a pint and have their picture taken with the 'Whirlwind'. The John Smith's no-nonsense beer advert where a grandmother is told she's being moved to a nursing home in order to accommodate a snooker table in her room, probably wouldn't be far off reality for some of the enthusiasts who filled the Snooker Club. Fifteen of those in the audience weren't just there to watch though - they had paid for the chance to play the man himself.
There was an exciting buzz around the table as the fortunate 15 had a best of three, head-to-head nine-ball pool match against the snooker legend. Needless to say there were only a couple of amateurs who took it to a deciding frame but the result was meaningless. This was one of the few occasions where it actually was just about the taking apart. On one occasion, a player in the process of being seven balled asked Jimmy if he could go easy on him. "Sorry mate. This is what I do" was the heartfelt reply.
People came to watch and learn from a master and Jimmy did not disappoint. We had trick shots, friendly interaction with the audience and some ruthless nine-ball pool from the member of Europe's victorious Mosconi Cup winning team of 1995. In the end only one challenger (made up of three young snooker diehards) triumphed. They may have had a bit of help along the way but Jimmy White, gracious in defeat, was more than happy to award them their trophy momentos and pose for the all important photo. He is human after all.
We caught up with Jimmy 'Whirlwind' White before the event. Click here to read the interview.