Welcome to the official website of Canada’s World-Champion Snooker Player, Cliff Thorburn. This site offers a glance into Cliff’s 42-year career as a professional snooker player, capturing some of his most celebrated professional awards and personal achievements.
Whether you are a snooker player interested in booking personal or group tutorials with The Grinder, an enthusiast seeking professional advice on creating your own facility, or a fan simply looking to talk to the champ, get connected to Cliff directly using the contact forms within.
Abandoned by his mother at the age of one, Cliff Thorburn of Victoria BC hit the road as a teenager. In pool rooms across Canada, ‘The Grinder’ survived the high stakes, and sometimes hazardous, world of gambling to become Canada’s first and only World Snooker Champion.
World Seniors Snooker (WSS) is today proud to announce that Dennis Taylor, Cliff Thorburn and John Virgo will all represent the World Seniors Snooker Tour as global ambassadors and help to develop opportunities worldwide.
Jason Francis, WSS chairman said: “John, Dennis and Cliff are icons of the sport, known worldwide and respected by everyone. All three have been with us since the start and it’s important we recognise not only the part they have played in the formation of the World Seniors Snooker Tour, but we ensure they remain a key part of it as we continue to grow over the coming years.”
Jason Ferguson, WPBSA chairman said: “Through WSS we are delighted to be able to officially recognise some of our sporting greats. The WPBSA is honoured that that these stars are able to give something back to our sport in this way.”
Learn more about the World Seniors Snooker Tour here.
Cliff Thorburn Named National Head Coach of Cue Sports
The Canadian Billiards and Snooker Association (CBSA) is proud to announce the appointment of Mr. Cliff Thorburn as the national head coach of cue sports.
Cliff’s reputation and accomplishments speak for themselves. As a former world professional snooker champion, he has been enshrined into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame and has been awarded the Order of Canada for his contributions to the sport of snooker.
Cliff’s mandate as Canada’s head coach will be to grow the sport through education and to broaden the demographic awareness of cue sports on a national scale. He will work closely with the CBSA to set up coaching programs in all the major centres from coast to coast. Currently, the CBSA has affiliations in Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Kitchener/Waterloo, Ottawa, Fredericton, Saint John, Moncton, Halifax and Sydney to name just a few cities.
The CBSA is nationally recognized as the governing body of cue sports in Canada and is sanctioned under the auspices of the World Snooker Association.
David Caulfield April 13, 2018
Cliff Thorburn rolled back the years to claim the inaugural Seniors Masters title at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield on Thursday.
The Canadian, who memorably won the prestigious Masters three times in four years between 1983 and 1986, dramatically overcame Jonathan Bagley 2-1 in the final after potting the re-spotted black in the decider.
Thorburn had earlier in the day received a bye in the quarter-finals after the late withdrawal of 1986 world champion Joe Johnson, who was taken ill on Wednesday and had to be admitted to hospital.
The 70 year-old faced John Parrott in the last four and a break of 51 helped him to a 2-0 victory over the Liverpudlian.
Bagley, who also lost in the final of the Irish Seniors Masters earlier this season, had reached the final thanks to victories over Dennis Taylor and Michael Judge, the latter having previously accounted for favourite Stephen Hendry in a tense last eight clash that was settled after the Scot went in-off with the cueball on the final black.
Bagley took the lead in the showdown for glory but Thorburn managed to level and, after a long and tense safety battle, the “Grinder” completed a routine pot to complete the triumph to the delight of the crowd.
With the greatest of respects to the likes of Bagley, who has taken to the World Seniors Tour like a duck to water, or Jersey’s Aaron Canavan, who emerged as a surprise candidate to brilliantly lift the World Seniors Championship trophy aloft last month, Thorburn’s glory will go down as one of the most popular of the entire campaign and is a just reward for the fans who forked out in the hope of seeing some of the legends of yesteryear performing on centre stage again.
Thorburn certainly enjoyed his winning moment as, upon seeing the black disappear, raised his arms over his head akin to how he celebrated his famous maiden 147 break at the Crucible more than three decades ago.
The 1980 world champion said: “It’s very meaningful for me being back here at the Crucible. Jonathan actually beat me the last few times but I just felt good being here – there are lots of good memories here.”
“I’m 70 now and I get a little nervy but I’m just so proud to win the first John Spencer Trophy. John helped me to turn pro and he was a great friend for all of my life, he was a classy individual.”
It brings to a conclusion the inaugural season in the World Seniors Tour and, barring a few unfortunate withdrawals from some of the legends that couldn’t be helped, it has appeared to have been a roaring success.
Snooker Legends promoter Jason Francis has worked wonderfully at getting this initiative off the ground and there’s a foundation there now from which to build on and grow the tour into a long-term project.
With triumphs during this campaign for Thorburn in the Seniors Masters, Steve Davis in the Irish Seniors Masters, and Jimmy White in the UK Seniors Championship, it just goes to show that there’s plenty of competitive spirit left in the old dogs yet.
How good does that feel
— Jason Francis (@Snookerlegends) 10:36 PM – Apr 12, 2018
Creator of SnookerHQ and a journalism graduate, David has been actively reporting on snooker since 2011. He has been published in national publications and has appeared on BBC World News and on talkSPORT radio as an analyst.
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