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07 December 2019 02:50

Championship Shaun Murphy World championship

During this year's World Snooker Championship, we'll be recalling some of the most memorable moments that took place at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. Most present-day fans will be familiar with six-time world champion Steve Davis, who dominated the 1980s, and more recently Mark Davis – who triumphed three times in the Six Red World Championship. But before all that, there was a pair of brothers by the names of Joe and Fred Davis who trail-blazed the game in its early years before the glitz, glamour, and fame of the TV lights. Joe Davis was practically unbeatable and won every single World Championship from the first in 1927 to his last appearance in one in 1946. By the time the 1978 World Championship came around, Fred was 64 but still playing to a high level and went on an unbelievable run to the semi-finals of the second staging at the Crucible.

With brother Joe in the crowd living every shot, Fred missed a straight pink in the 32nd frame when it appeared certain that he was going to draw level. Sheffield businesses are on cue to pocket the cash as the snooker World Championship returns to the city. The game's top 32 players are battling it out at the Crucible Theatre with fans from across the globe setting up base in the city for the 17 days it runs for. Amelia Casson, waitress at Lynne's Pantry said: "The snooker is a big thing for us. Amelia said players and former greats of the game now involved in media duties often pop in for breakfast and lunch.

She said: "Ken Doherty comes in all the time, we've had John Parrott in, John Virgo and Ronnie O'Sullivan." James Cahill celebrates after beating Ronnie O'Sullivan 10-8 during day four of the 2019 Betfred World Championship at The Crucible, Sheffield. "There's lots of different people walking about and over the years we've had loads of players in. "We had Alex Higgins in once and cut his hair while he had a fag, John Parrot comes in, Ken Doherty, Stephen Hendry – they're all brilliant people who love Sheffield." The city centre has been transformed for the duration of the tournament with World Snooker branding masking the Crucible Theatre. Fay Jones, of Sheffield Scene gift shop, said visitors from all over the world often pop into her Surrey Street store. As thousands of fans, players, staff and media from around the world descend on Sheffield, restaurants also see a boost in trade.

John Hall has run Mama's and Leonies with his wife Catherine for 14 years since taking it on from previous owners Bernard and Janice Green, who opened the restaurant in 1968. He said: "The snooker is always good for us. The restaurant is another city centre venue proud to display pictures of snooker greats who have visited. "I think the the Masters Snooker coming every August will be good for Sheffield because the theatre is normally closed at that time of year." The World Championship runs at the Crucible until Monday, May 6 with the second round due to get underway on Thursday. WHAT will it take for the Government to hear the political alarm bells that are getting ever louder over the scale of the social care crisis – and the urgency of long-overdue reforms so the elderly, and other vulnerable people, can be treated with dignity?

Five deadlines for publication of the Social Care Green Paper have already been missed. Tom Richmond: Bed bound with a broken hip and cancer but deemed well enough to go home – my experience of social care in UK I suppose it is to be expected from a Tory party which has now missed five deadlines for the launch of a Green Paper first promised in the summer of 2017. Yet, judging by the response of Health Minister Caroline Dinenage, who wound up the debate at the end after not being present for the entirety of proceedings, nothing is imminent after this teasing question from Lib Dem MP Norman Lamb: "Do the Government intend it to lead to reform in the current Parliament when it is published, or are we likely to have to wait until some time in the middle of the next decade?" The Minister played for time with this careful response: "I think the honest answer to that question is that there will be a bit of both... Dr Sarah Wollaston: We must build social care consensus now and show we have learned from Brexit Lady will know, a version of the Green Paper already exists, but that does not mean that we are resting on our laurels while we are waiting for an opportunity to publish it." According to the Office for National Statistics, nearly one quarter of the population will be over 65 within 14 years – exacerbating pressure on hospitals and social care. And, while there will be an extra 4.4 million people living in the UK, only 1.5 million of these extra citizens will be under the age of 65, adding to the debate about how care should be funded.

I return to my original point – what it will take for the Government to act on social care and start building a consensus? AS the Tories fight amongst themselves, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn pledged £1.3bn a year to reverse cuts to 3,000 bus routes since 2010. WHEN Cliff Thorburn was about to complete the first maximum 147 break at the World Snooker Championships at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre, commentator Jack Karnehm limited himself to just three words: "Good luck mate." Contrast this economy of language to John Virgo's verboseness as he bores for Britain before, during and after every shot at this year's tournament. John Virgo — pictured at home in Cobham, Surrey — wasn't laughing after spending £20,000 on a racehorse called Jokist that didn't win for 18 months TOM STOCKILL The former professional snooker player John Virgo won the UK championship in 1979 — but earned just £4,500 in prize money. I don't think people carry a lot of cash around with them now, do they? Jackie Chan and Ken Doherty are brand new pals (Picture: kendoherty/Instagram) If you happened to be playing snooker or doing karaoke in Hong Kong over the weekend, you might just have bumped into Ken Doherty and Jackie Chan having a lovely old time. The time spent with Chan clearly put Doherty in a good frame of mind as he picked up a huge win on Tuesday, knocking current world champion Mark Williams out of the China Open in the last 64. Before that win over Williams, Doherty had spoken of the possibility of retirement after the upcoming World Championship, but a good run in Beijing could make up his mind for him. 'I'm just going to wait until after the World Championships to see,' Doherty told the Daily Star. 'I'm just going to wait until after the World Championships to see how I do and see what happens, and just make a decision after that.' MORE: John Higgins out of China Open as Joe O'Connor reacts to 'madness' of beating the four-time world champion AGAIN MORE: Ronnie O'Sullivan's World Championship seeding set after Mark Selby's China Open defeat