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World Championship Accommodation

HIE Leeds

HIE Express

As in previous years, the nominated partner hotel for all players and officials is the Holiday Inn Express, situated right next door to the venue.

We stress that is is mandatory that all players and officials who are staying use this hotel.

All competitors must book their own accommodation direct with the hotel rather than via their NGB or WBL.


Rooms are now available for you to book on a first come first served basis, so best to book NOW.

Here are the details:

  • The accommodation deal is available from Wednesday 18th October to Thursday 2nd November.
  • £66 per twin/double room per night, including breakfast*, parking (1 car)** & free WiFi.
    (Please note this rate is NOT available for 1 night stays for just a Saturday or other peak nights)
  • You have to reserve with a credit/debit card, however it will not be charged until you arrive.
  • You can cancel without charge provided you give them sufficient notice.

* Express start breakfast (Continental style breakfast with cereals, fresh fruit, yoghurt, croissants, toast, muffins, tea/coffee and hot choice of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and baked beans).
** Car Parking is free (1 car per room). Any additional to be charged £6.00 per car per night (£4.00 for IHG Rewards members).

Three ways to book:

  1. Book online by clicking here.
  2. Call the Hotel direct on 0113 242 6200 and quote “World Billiards”.
  3. Email hotel at reservations@expressleeds.co.uk

In the past a few people have experienced difficulty getting the rate when phoning the hotel. The hotel manager has advised us to either use the online booking system, or to email her on the email address above if experiencing any problems.


Accommodation & Dinner


We have secured a preferential rate at the Best Western Bradford Guide Post Hotel which is a few minutes from the playing venue.

Rates are:
Single person B&B                                      £53.00 per night
Double/Twin Room for 2 people B&B          £62.00 per night

Call the hotel on 01274 607866 and quote ‘World Billiards’.


Roy is arranging a dinner at Cue Gardens for the Saturday evening (3-Dec). It will cost £11.95/head to include choices from :-

  • Starters
    Tomato and basil soup with crusty roll
    Classic prawn cocktail & brown bloomer
    Chicken liver pate, red onion chutney with toasted wholemeal bloomer
  • Mains
    Roast chicken breast with pan jus
    Roast topside of beef with red wine jus
    Mediterranean vegetable Wellington and tomato fondu
  • Dessert
    Stick toffee pudding with ice cream
    Jam sponge and custard
    Chocolate fudge cake with cream

Names to Roy as soon as possible.


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Ireland Accommodation

Woodford Dolmen Hotel

An accommodation deal has been arranged as follows:

Woodford Dolmen Hotel
Kilkenny Road
R93 N207
+353 59 914 2002

Friday & Saturday:
Twin: €99.00 per night BB
Single: €89.00 per night BB

Sunday – Thursday:
Twin: €69.00 per night BB
Single: €55.00 per night BB



Quote ‘World Billiards’ or ‘Ivy Rooms’ when making a booking.

[9-May]  Rooms are going very fast and there are not many left. If you don’t book NOW then you may well have a problem !


Other local hotel options include:




LITEtask Scottish Open [Prize Money]

Here is the prize money breakdown in the LITEtask Scottish Open.

LEVEL 3 |  x1 | £2000+ PRIZE MONEY
. .   x          =
(Dave Causier)
£640.00 1 £640.00
(Phil Mumford)
£320.00 1 £320.00
(Peter Gilchrist, Steve Brookshaw)
£160.00 2 £320.00
(Rob Hall, Chris Taylor, Peter Shelley, Darren Clark)
£80.00 4 £320.00
(Tom McFarlane, Jamie Jenkins, Gary Norman, David Nichols, Brian Harvey, Arthur Winn, Adam Clarke, Andrew Draper)
£40.00 8 £320.00
(321 – Peter Gilchrist)
£40.00 1 £40.00
(Phil Davis)
£80.00 1 £80.00
(Chris Coumbe)
£40.00 1 £40.00
PLATE HIGH BREAK £20.00 1 £20.00





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LITEtask British Open [Social Evening]

Our Social Secretary Roy Bacon has kindly arranged a meal for us at Cue Gardens on Saturday evening. 

The menu available is as follows:


World Billiards Dinner:

Cream of leek and potato soup, herb crustini

Classic Prawn cocktail, wholemeal bloomer

Chicken liver parfait, cranberry chutney & toasted brioche

Traditional roast turkey, with all the festive trimmings,

Red wine and cranberry braised silverside, Yorkshire pudding

Steamed salmon fillet, lemon butter sauce

Mediterranean vegetable & feta cheese casket, tomato fondue

Chocolate orange crème brulee, Chantilly cream

Mulled fruit cheesecake, sweet crumble & pouring cream

Classic Christmas pudding, cranberries & brandy sauce

The cost of the 3 course meal above is £16.95
This is a £2 discount on their regular price.
Gluten free is organised as well.

The exact time of the meal won’t be known until we have all the entries in, but is usually scheduled around 30 mins after the end of the final session.

If you want to be included in this booking please let Roy Bacon know via Email.



From a record field of 64 players from eight countries, 1999 UK champion Roxton Chapman from Peterborough emerged a somewhat surprise winner of the 2015 LITEtask UK Open Billiards Championship at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds at the weekend.

LITEtask UK Open Billiards Championship

A record field of 64 players assembled at the fantastic Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds for the UK Open

Chapman, who retired from professional billiards in the mid 2000s and from playing altogether five years ago, dusted the cue off for a remarkable comeback, rivalling anything seen previously in any sport. Despite not having played at all for a number of years and certainly not at his best, Roxton ‘Rocky’ Chapman managed to outwit several of the world’s top players, including a win in the final over David Causier, the 2013 World Champion and current world ranked no.1.

In a repeat of the 1999 UK final Chapman managed to prevail by just 58 points, a similar margin to his victory 16 years earlier. Prior to the final he had taken care of current English champion and 2015 world championship runner up Rob Hall in the semi final, and in-form former professional Robin Wilson in the quarters, both matches being won by small margins over the 90 minute matches.

In the other half of the draw David Causier was wreaking his usual havoc on opponents with big breaks and massive scores, accumulating an incredible 3205 points in his four pre final KO matches. In the semi final he halted the progress of another former professional making a recent comeback to the game in ‘Dangerous’ Dave Nichols from Norfolk, so named for his aggressive and fast style of play which often wrong foots even the best of opponents. He was no match for Causier here however, only scoring 222 to his opponents 765.

England Junior Internationals Sean McAllister and Ryan Davies

England Junior Internationals Sean McAllister and Ryan Davies

Notable performances included French Indian Akhilesh Mohan’s surprise last 32 win over 1988 UK Champion and local club coach Ian Williamson, whose late father Jim was instrumental in resurrecting billiards a number of times in the past when it was at its lowest ebb. Improving Irish champion Wayne Doyle also put in a solid display with a run to the quarter final and English junior international, 15 year old Sean McAllister, impressed with two group wins.

Performance of the tournament however must go to 13 year old Ryan Davies, who came in as a late wildcard replacement for a withdrawn player and proceeded to win three of his four group matches, following it up with a last 32 win over former Northern Ireland champion Paddy Donnelly before succumbing to Dave Nichols in the last 16.

The UK Championship has a rich history dating back to 1934 when Joe Davis first won the title. The event was resurrected by the late Jim Williamson in 1979 after a gap of 28 years, and following another hiatus since the early 2000s it is again back on the billiards calendar, this time as an open event. This has been made possible with the help of new title sponsor LITEtask Ltd who are based in Leeds. Managing Director Mark Pears said ‘I have to say what a fantastic weekend. From a personal view I thoroughly enjoyed the two days and from a business point of view I couldn’t have asked for more, so thank you very much indeed. I can’t wait for the LITEtask World Championship in October’.

Roxton Chapman Winner LITEtask UK Trophy

Roxton Chapman with the UK Championship trophy following the final


Following the final World Billiards Chairman Alan Chamberlain presented Roxton Chapman with the magnificent UK trophy, which has recently been restored to its former glory. He thanked sponsors LITEtask, hosts Northern Snooker Centre and tournament controller Eugene O’Connor and his team of dedicated referees who were kept on their toes over the weekend overseeing 157 matches over the two days.

With the extra ranking points available at this event it has allowed both Roxton Chapman and Dave Nichols to climb up to 34th and 35th position respectively in the world ranking list. Both players will be hoping this will be enough to gain them direct places in to the World Championship in October when the entry criteria are released next week.


The World Championship is also sponsored by LITEtask and takes place at the Northern Snooker Centre between 16th & 28th October.




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Group Qualifying taking place at the Northern Snooker Centre on Saturday




Useful Links:


High Breaks

Prize Money

General Info

Previous Winners

World Rankings


Countries represented:

  • Austria (2)
  • England (45)
  • France (1)
  • India (1)
  • Ireland (6)
  • Jersey (3)
  • Northern Ireland (3)
  • Scotland (3)

Total = 64 competitors.

Photograph credits: 
Photos 1, 2 & 4 courtesy of LITEtask.
Photo 3 courtesy of Manfred Raidl.


LITEtask Ltd

LITEtask is the UK’s largest Independent Commercial Lighting Designers and Distributors in the UK. The business began in 1971 as a lamp wholesaler and has evolved into the project driven company it is now. LITEtask prides itself on its distribution business partnerships with some of the leading manufacturers in the UK and Europe which we continue to grow and develop. These distribution partnerships enable LITEtask to offer these manufacturers’ ranges to the marketplace.

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UK Championship History

Below is a list of UK Championship winners from 1934 to present.

1934 Joe Davis
1935 Joe Davis
1936 Joe Davis
1937 Joe Davis
1938 Joe Davis
1939 Joe Davis
1940-45 No Contest
1946 John Barrie
1947 Joe Davis
1948 Sidney Smith
1949 No Contest
1950 John Barrie
1951 Fred Davis
1952-78 No Contest
1979 Rex Williams
1980 Jack Karnham
1981 Rex Williams
1982 Fred Davis
1983 Mark Wildman
1984-86 No Contest
1987 Norman Dagley
1988 Ian Williamson
1989 Mike Russell
1990 Mike Russell
1991 Mike Russell
1992 Robby Foldvari
1993 Robby Foldvari
1994 Mike Russell
1995 Subhash Agarwal
1996 Mike Russell
1997 Mike Russell
1997 Geet Sethi
1998 Mike Russell
1999 Roxton Chapman
2000 David Causier
2001 David Causier
2002-2014 No Contest
2015 Roxton Chapman

2016            Rob Hall

Please note that the above list may not be 100% accurate as it has been compiled from various sources, some of which give conflicting information. Years 1979 – 2000 are engraved on the trophy, but the pre 1979 and early 2000 winners are a subject for debate. If anyone has information to back up these records (or otherwise) we would be interested in hearing from you.



Please click the links below to see all WBL Calendars:

Season #1 | 2011/12

Season #2 | 2012/13

Season #3 | 2013/14

Season #4 | 2014/15

Season #5 | 2015/16


To see the full list of tournaments over the past 5 years click here.

NSC Open Accommodation

HIE Leeds

HIE Leeds

The Holiday Inn Express next to the Northern Snooker Centre have a permanent special discount rate set up for anyone playing at the Northern Snooker Centre.

This is accessible by clicking here. The prices are a 20% discount on Best Flexible Rates, but are not permanent static prices so the earlier you book the better the deal.



To book you can also use the following options:

  1. Call the hotel direct +44(0)113 242 6200 and quote ‘Northern Snooker Centre”.
  2. Email the hotel at reservations@expressleeds.co.uk

The hotel are not holding rooms for us so it is first come first served.

We have experienced some confusion when players phone to book rooms so it is often better to book online if possible.


World Ladies Billiards Champions


Year Assoc Winner Runner Up Score
1931 WBSA Joyce Gardner
1932 WBSA Joyce Gardner
1933 WBSA Joyce Gardner
1934 WBSA Ruth Harrison
1935 WBSA Joyce Gardner
1936 WBSA Joyce Gardner
1937 WBSA Joyce Gardner
1938 WBSA Joyce Gardner
1939 WBSA Ruth Harrison
1940 WBSA Thelma Carpenter
1941-48 [No Contest]
1949 WBSA Thelma Carpenter
1950 WBSA Thelma Carpenter



Year Assoc Winner Runner-Up Score
1931 WBSA Ruth Harrison
1932 WBSA Thelma Carpenter
1933 WBSA Thelma Carpenter
1934 WBSA Thelma Carpenter
1935 WBSA Vera Seals
1936 WBSA Vera Seals
1937 WBSA Grace Phillips
1938 WBSA V McDougall
1939 WBSA V McDougall
1940 [No Contest]
1941 [No Contest]
1942 [No Contest]
1943 [No Contest]
1944 [No Contest]
1945 [No Contest]
1946 [No Contest]
1947 WBSA Sadie Isaacs
1948 WBSA E Morland Smith
1949 WBSA M Keeton
1950 WBSA Helen Futo
1951 [No Contest]
1952 WBSA E Morland Smith
1953 WBSA E Morland Smith
1954 WBSA Helen Futo
1955 WBSA Maureen Barrett
1956 WBSA Maureen Barrett
1957 [No Contest]
1958 [No Contest]
1959 WBSA Muriel Hazeldine
1960 WBSA Maureen Barrett
1961 [No Contest]
1962 WBSA Dorothea Hindmarch
1963 WBSA Sadie Isaacs
1964 WBSA Maureen Baynton (Née Barrett)
1965 WBSA Vera Youle
1966 WBSA Maureen Baynton (Née Barrett)
1967 WBSA Dorothea Hindmarch
1968 WBSA Maureen Baynton (Née Barrett)
1969 WBSA Dorothea Hindmarch
1970 WBSA Vera Selby
1971 WBSA Vera Selby
1972 WBSA Vera Selby
1973 WBSA Vera Selby
1974 WBSA Vera Selby
1975 [No Contest]
1976 WBSA Vera Selby
1977 WBSA Vera Selby
1978 WBSA Vera Selby
1979 WBSA Maureen Baynton (Née Barrett)
1980 [No Contest]
1981 [No Contest]
1982 [No Contest]
1983 [No Contest]
1984 [No Contest]
1985 [No Contest]
1986 [No Contest]
1987 [No Contest]
1988 [No Contest]
1989 [No Contest]
1990 [No Contest]
1991 [No Contest]
1992 [No Contest]
1993 [No Contest]
1994 [No Contest]
1995 [No Contest]
1996 [No Contest]
1997 [No Contest]
1998 WLBSA Karen Corr Emma Bonney 403-219
1999 WLBSA Karen Corr Kelly Fisher 354-276
2000 WLBSA Emma Bonney Caroline Walch 218-50
2001 WLBSA Kelly Fisher Emma Bonney 290-219
2002 WLBSA Emma Bonney Kelly Fisher 227-196
2003 WLBSA Kelly Fisher Emma Bonney 299-155
2004 [No Contest]
2005 WLBSA Anuja Thakur Lynette Horsburgh 243-136
2006 WLBSA Chitra Magimairaj Emma Bonney 193-164
2007 WLBSA Chitra Magimairaj Emma Bonney 187-148
2008 WLBSA Emma Bonney Eva Palmius 216-119
2009 WLBSA Emma Bonney Chitra Magimairaj 272-118
2010 WLBSA Emma Bonney Chitra Magimairaj 269-220
2011 WLBSA Emma Bonney Tina Owen-Sevilton 202-181
2012 WLBSA Revanna Umadevi Emma Bonney 201-143
2013 WLBSA Emma Bonney Eva Palmius 329-207
2014Apr WLBSA Emma Bonney Revanna Umadevi 226-209
2014Oct WLBSA Emma Bonney Revanna Umadevi 237-191
2015 WLBSA Emma Bonney Rochy Woods 334-119

In the 1937 World Professional Championship, Ruth Harrison recorded a break of 197, a competitive world record for ladies billiards which still stands today.