From church hall to world champion – Derby’s Herbert Beetham
The theory that a talent for billiards or snooker is the sign of a misspent youth was always quickly dispelled in the company of Derby’s Herbert Beetham.
A former world amateur billiards champion, three times English title holder and, for decades, one of the greatest names in the game, his pedigree belied the stereotype of such a champion.
The silver-haired Beetham found his passion for the game, not in the seedy, smoke-filled twilight of pre-war billiards halls, but in the quiet sobriety of St Thomas’s Church Institute in Pear Tree.
Not only that, he managed to combine a world-class career... read more
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