Top Club in Rastrick played host to professional snooker player Simon Bedford last Saturday, in his first exhibition game for eight years.
Due to commitments to the game, work and family, travelling around the local snooker halls had taken a back seat until he was convinced to turn out at Top Club by Craig Butler.
The evening was a great success and plenty turned out to see Simon take on 10 of the clubs players, passing along a few tips along the way.
Michael Roberts, who helped run the evening said: “Everyone has really enjoyed themselves this evening and I am really pleased to see so many people. Its a fantastic turn out.”
Club steward Harry Redman was also pleased with how the evening had gone and was hoping their resident pool king Chris Quire would show Simon a thing or two.
“We were hoping that Chris would be able to transfer his skills at the pool table over to the snooker table, but unfortunately Simon took him to the cleaners,” said Redman.
Bedford, who beat five times World Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan at a PTC event in Gloucestershire last year said, “It has been a long time since I have done this and I have really enjoyed tonight.
“I am very busy but you never know I might do some more in the future,”
Living in Wibsey and taking up the game 23 years ago at Pilkys club in Keighley, Simon is sponsored by Brighouse firm Quickslide.
“If it wasn’t for Adrian Barraclough at Quickslide I don’t think I would have been playing this year as I wouldn’t have been able to afford to play,” added Bedford.
His best run to date in a professional ranking event was to qualify for the 1998 World Championship beating Gary Wilkinson 10–9, before losing 10–6 to Steve Davis at the Crucible.
He also reached the last 32 of the European Open in 2004 and the Grand Prix in 2008, beating two-time World Champion Mark Williams en route.
Bedford qualified to return to the Main Tour for the 2009/2009 season by finishing ranked fourth on the 2007/2008 Pontins International Open Series.