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Alex Higgins

Alex Higgins

(1949 – 2010)

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Alex Higgins

Alex Higgins
(1949 – 2010)

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Alex Higgins

(1949 – 2010)
About Alex
This is an online obituary in memory of Alex Higgins. Alexander Gordon Higgins, best known as Alex "Hurricane" Higgins, was a professional snooker player from Northern Ireland, who was twice World Champion and runner-up on two occasions.
Alex Higgins was also a former World Doubles champion with Jimmy White and won the World Cup three times with the All Ireland team.
Alex Higgins started playing snooker at the age of 11, often in the Jampot club in his native Sandy Row area of south Belfast and later in the YMCA in the nearby city centre. At 14 and only seven and a half stones, he left for England and a career as a jockey. However, he put on a lot of weight and was released without ever having ridden in
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public. He returned to Belfast and by 1965, age 16 he had compiled his first maximum. In 1968 he won the All-Ireland and Northern Ireland amateur snooker championships.
He turned professional at the age of 22, winning the World Snooker Championship at his first attempt in 1972 against John Spencer. The match was won with a 37–32 scoreline. Alex Higgins, at 22, was the youngest winner of the title until Stephen Hendry's 1990 victory at the age of 21. He once again reached the final, in April 1976, only to face one of the most successful players of that era, Ray Reardon. Alex Higgins led 11–9 but Reardon made four centuries and seven breaks over 60 to pull away and win the title for the fifth time.
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The Belfast man conceded the match when Reardon was leading by 27–16. Alex Higgins was also runner-up to Cliff Thorburn in 1980, when looking strong favourite to win at 9–5 up before losing narrowly 18–16. However, he won his second title in 1982 after beating Reardon 18–15 (with a 135 total clearance in the final frame); it was an emotional as well as professional victory for him. He would have been ranked #1 in the world rankings for the 1982/83 season but for the forfeit of ranking points following disciplinary action.
Alex Higgins' quickness around the table and flamboyant style earned him the nickname "Hurricane Higgins", and made him a high-profile player. His highly unusual
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technique sometimes included a body swerve and movement when cueing, as well as a stance that was higher than for most professionals. While Alex Higgins was arguably a classic example of how not to cue, he nevertheless managed to pot balls at a rapid rate. He also drank and smoked during tournaments, as did many of his contemporaries, helping sponsored tobacco advertising. A volatile personality got him into frequent fights and arguments, both on and off the snooker table.
His very unorthodox yet effective play is perhaps best encapsulated in his break of 69, made under unusual pressure, against Jimmy White in the penultimate frame of their World Professional Snooker Championship semi-final in 1982. Higgins
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was 0–59 down in that frame and probably one ball away from going out, but managed to compile an extremely challenging clearance during which he was scarcely in position until the colours. In particular, former world champion Dennis Taylor considers a three-quarter-ball pot on a blue into the green pocket especially memorable, not only for its extreme degree of difficulty but for enabling Higgins to continue the break and keep White off the table and unable to clinch victory at that moment. In potting the blue, Higgins screwed the cue-ball on to the side cushion to bring it back towards the black/pink area with extreme left-hand sidespin, a shot Taylor believes could be played 100 times without coming close
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to the position Higgins reached with cue-ball (he arguably went too far for ideal position on his next red but the match-saving break was still alive).
In Clive Everton's TV documentary The Story of Snooker (2002), Steve Davis considered Higgins the "one true genius that snooker has produced".
Alex Higgins passed away on 24 July 2010. This is an online tribute dedicated to his life and his extraordinary career. May he rest in peace.
Remembrance Messages
On 29th Jul 2010
jo ward
wrote:
rip alex xx
Remembrance Messages
On 24th Jul 2010
paula R
wrote:
Rest in Peace Alex, You where the best!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Alex Higgins

This is an online obituary in memory of Alex Higgins. Alexander Gordon Higgins, best known as Alex "Hurricane" Higgins, was a professional snooker player from Northern Ireland, who was twice World Champion and runner-up on two occasions.
Alex Higgins was also a former World Doubles champion with Jimmy White and won the World Cup three times with the All Ireland team.
Alex Higgins started playing snooker at the age of 11, often in the Jampot club in his native Sandy Row area of south Belfast and later in the YMCA in the nearby city centre. At 14 and only seven and a half stones, he left for England and a career as a jockey. However, he put on a lot of weight and was released without ever having ridden in...

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