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Clive Harold Everton MBE (born 7 September 1937) is a Welsh veteran commentator for ITV and Sky and former BBC snooker commentator, journalist, author and former professional snooker and billiards player.[2] He is generally regarded as the authoritative voice for snooker, on account of his knowledge of the game for over forty years.[citation needed]

Clive Everton
Born (1937-09-07) 7 September 1937 (age 81)
Worcester, England
Sport country Wales
Highest ranking47 (1983/84)
9 (Billiards)
Career winnings£2,975[1]
Highest break74 (1987 UK Championship)
Best ranking finishSnooker: Last 32
(Professional Players Tournament 1982)
Billards: Quarter-final (World Professional Billiards Championship) (3 times)

He began his BBC career on the radio, and later worked on television, commentating on the World Snooker Championship from 1978 until 2010. He continues to commentate for other broadcasters, including ITV4 for the Champion of Champions and World Grand Prix tournaments, Sky Sports, at the World Seniors Championship and Snooker Shoot-Out and Perform Media, where he provides commentary on the Championship League, syndicated to a number of betting websites and World Snooker's subscription service. He has also commentated for other worldwide broadcasters including Eurosport, CBC and Fox Sports Australia.

In 2017, Everton was inducted into the Snooker Hall of Fame at the annual Snooker Awards.[3]



Everton was born in Worcester in 1937[4] and was educated at King's School, Worcester and later at UCW Cardiff.[5]

Everton was a talented amateur player of English billiards, reaching both the 1975 and 1977 world semi-finals. In the latter he exacerbated a back injury, forcing a temporary retirement from the highest level of the game; he became a professional snooker and billiards player in 1981. Everton's biggest win as a professional snooker player was a 5-2 defeat of Patsy Fagan in the last 64 of the Professional Players Tournament 1982, before losing to Cliff Thorburn with the same score in the last 32. He reached (and lost) four Welsh Professional Snooker Championship quarter-finals and three major billiard quarter-finals.

Unlike snooker, billiards has never generated sustainable professional incomes for players, and Everton has enjoyed a varied career as a result. He has covered football, rugby and tennis for various British newspapers, and is one of the most prolific authors of historical and instructions books on snooker, as well as being the founding editor of the long-running Snooker Scene magazine. He also played county-level tennis for Worcestershire for 13 years, and has managed Jonah Barrington, the former world number 1 squash player.

However, it is as a snooker commentator that Everton is best known to millions of UK fans who watch the BBC's coverage of the sport. During the hey-day of the game in the 1980s, he emerged as one of the top three commentators, alongside Jack Karnehm and the famous 'whispering' Ted Lowe. For many, he has become the 'voice of snooker' – particularly since the retirement of Lowe in the 1990s.

Everton's style of commentary always tended towards the technical, as opposed to the more informal, conversational approach of his colleagues and the various 'player-commentators' of today. His analytical mind, combined with his clear love of the game and the many hours of dedicated research he has put in over the years, have given him an encyclopaedic knowledge of the game and the ability to recite obscure facts and statistics, scorelines, and breaks of ancient matches etc., which he does frequently in commentary. He also tends towards the use of very formal English, often using words that would not find a place in everyday conversation. Hence, for example, his commentary has included the following statements:

  • "we are in the presence of genius." (Ronnie O'Sullivan on a break, during a Champion of Champions 2014 semi-final match).
  • "[Peter] Ebdon's unforthcoming acceptance of the referee's replacement of the white has been called into question by his opponent despite the veracity of the location of the adjacent reds."
  • "[Ronnie] O'Sullivan's fluency was undiminished during his completion of a challenging century break using a newly affixed tip."
  • "[Steve] Davis's inability to execute the quarter-ball cut to bottom left has presented his opponent with an unexpected opportunity to capitalise."
  • "When [Mark] King and [Joe] Perry resumed their contest with King enjoying a 6–2 advantage, the least feasible outcome was a 9–6 victory in Perry's favour. However, that is what materialised this evening."
  • "That was a particularly brown juncture at which to receive a kick."
  • "That missed black off the spot, when on 17 points and counting with a good opportunity to build a sizeable break, has left [David] Gilbert incandescent with rage"

Unlike most of the snooker commentators and 'summarisers,' Everton always refers to snooker players by their surnames. Any impression of distance implied by this is misleading, however. He is extremely well-liked and respected by most of the top professionals in the game.

A consummate professional, Everton – like all commentators – has nevertheless suffered inevitable embarrassments in the commentary box. One example is when he fell from his chair when covering a match with Dennis Taylor. The pair were unable to continue commentary for some moments for laughing.

During the BBC's coverage of the 2007 World Snooker Championship final, it was reported by Hazel Irvine that Everton "took a tumble" after the second session, and fractured his hip, missing the final sessions of the championship between John Higgins and Mark Selby. After Steve Davis joked that this occurred through his penchant for skateboarding, Everton later reported that he slipped while getting out of the shower.[6]

In September 2007 he published his autobiography, Black Farce and Cueball Wizards: The Inside Story of the Snooker World (Mainstream Publishing ISBN 978-1-84596-199-2), in which he talks about some of the off-table antics of the main players of the last thirty years.

During the 2008 World Championship, while commenting on the psychological problems of Ronnie O'Sullivan, Everton revealed that he had himself suffered from depression during his life.

In 2009, it was announced that Everton would effectively lose his position as the BBC's primary snooker commentator. He did not commentate at the Masters, and only commentated on the World Championship until the quarter-final stages. This has variously been attributed to his criticism of the game's governing body, World Snooker, his age and old-fashioned style,[7] and his lack of fame relative to the many former players in the BBC's commentary roster.[8] Everton himself commented "I'm hurt and angry, because I find the reasons presented to me incomprehensible."[7]

At the start of the 2009/10 season, Everton's role at the BBC was reduced still further. He only commentated on two matches during the Grand Prix tournament, and was not heard at all during the Masters. He commentated on days one to four of the 2010 World Snooker Championship and was heard again on day six, but that was to be his final commentary work of the tournament, and is likely to be the last work he does for the BBC. He does, however, continue to be heard frequently on Sky Sports' coverage of the Premier League, and, in October 2009, joined Eurosport as a commentator for their World Series events (which ended after 2009), as well as covering three-cushion billiards tournaments. He was previously heard on Eurosport and Screensport in the 1990s on occasions. He also commentates on the Championship League, which is streamed to a number of betting websites, and is also screened in betting shops around the country. In October 2010, he joined ITV's commentary team for Power Snooker. During the final of the 2011 UK Championship, John Virgo referred to Everton as "our ex-colleague".

In 2017, Everton was inducted into the Snooker Hall of Fame at the annual Snooker Awards.[3]

Everton was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2019 Birthday Honours for services to snooker.[9]

Snooker performance and rankings timelineEdit

Tournament 1979/
Ranking[10] [nb 1] [nb 1] [nb 1] [nb 2] 47 60 73 100 112 120 132 134
Ranking tournaments
Grand Prix[nb 3] Not Held 2R 1R 1R LQ LQ LQ LQ A A
Dubai Classic Tournament Not Held NR LQ A
UK Championship Non-Ranking Event LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ A A
Classic Non-Ranking Event LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ A LQ
British Open[nb 4] Non-Ranking Event LQ LQ WD WD LQ A LQ
European Open Tournament Not Held LQ A A
World Championship A A LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ WD
Non-ranking tournaments
Welsh Professional Championship A A QF QF QF QF 1R 1R 1R A A A
Former ranking tournaments
International Open[nb 5] Not Held NR LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ A NH
Canadian Masters[nb 6] NR Tournament Not Held Non-Ranking LQ Not Held
Former non-ranking tournaments
Canadian Masters[nb 7] LQ A Tournament Not Held A A A R Not Held
International Open[nb 8] Not Held LQ Ranking Event NH
UK Championship A A LQ LQ LQ Ranking Event
British Open[nb 9] A A LQ LQ LQ Ranking Event
Performance Table Legend
LQ lost in the qualifying draw #R lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
QF lost in the quarter-finals
SF lost in the semi-finals F lost in the final W won the tournament
DNQ did not qualify for the tournament A did not participate in the tournament WD withdrew from the tournament
NH / Not Held means an event was not held.
NR / Non-Ranking Event means an event is/was no longer a ranking event.
R / Ranking Event means an event is/was a ranking event.
  1. ^ a b c He was an amateur.
  2. ^ New players on the Main Tour do not have a ranking.
  3. ^ The event was also called the Professional Players Tournament (1982/93–1983/1984)
  4. ^ The event was also called the International Masters (1981/1982–1983/1984)
  5. ^ The event was also called the Goya Matchroom Trophy (1985/1986)
  6. ^ The event was also called the Canadian Open (1978/1979–1980/1981)
  7. ^ The event was also called the Canadian Open (1978/1979–1980/1981)
  8. ^ The event was also called the Goya Matchroom Trophy (1985/1986)
  9. ^ The event was also called the International Masters (1981/1982–1983/1984)

Tournament winsEdit

English billiardsEdit


  • Welsh Amateur Billiards Championship, 1960, 1972, 1973, 1976, 1999
  • National (UK) Pairs Champion, 1977 (with Roger Bales)


  • Silverton, John; Everton, Clive (1972). Park Drive Official Snooker And Billiards Year book. Gallagher Ltd.
  • Barrington, Jonah; Everton, Clive (1972). The Book of Jonah. Stanley Paul. ISBN 0-09-113610-5.
  • Everton, Clive (1974). The Ladbroke Snooker International Handbook. Ladbrokes Leisure. ISBN 0-905606-00-0.
  • Griffiths, Terry; Everton, Clive (1981). Championship Snooker. Queen Anne P. ISBN 0-362-00543-5.
  • Everton, Clive (1982). Guinness Book of Snooker. Guinness World Records Limited. ISBN 0-85112-256-6.
  • Everton, Clive (1985). Better Billiards and Snooker. Kaye & Ward. ISBN 0-7182-1480-3.
  • Everton, Clive (1985). Snooker: the Records. Guinness World Records Limited. ISBN 0-85112-448-8.
  • Everton, Clive, ed. (1985). Snooker Year: Second Edition. Virgin Books. ISBN 0-86369-104-8.
  • Everton, Clive (1986). History of Snooker and Billiards. TBS The Book Service Ltd. ISBN 1-85225-013-5.
  • Thorburn, Cliff; Everton, Clive (1987). Playing for Keeps. West Sussex, UK: Partridge Press. ISBN 1-85225-011-9.
  • Everton, Clive (1987). Improve Your Snooker. London: Harper Collins Willow. ISBN 0-00-218255-6.
  • Taylor, Dennis; Everton, Clive (1990). Play Snooker. BBC Books. ISBN 0-563-36037-2.
  • Everton, Clive (1991). Snooker & Billiards: Technique · Tactics · Training. The Crowood Press Ltd. ISBN 1-85223-480-6.
  • Spencer, John (1993). Clive, Everton (ed.). Snooker (Teach Yourself). NTC Publication Group. ISBN 0-8442-3940-2.
  • Weber, Eugene; Everton, Clive (1993). The Book of Snooker and Billiard Quotations. Hutchinson. ISBN 0-09-177620-1.
  • Everton, Clive (1993). The Embassy Book of World Snooker. London: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. ISBN 0-7475-1610-3.
  • Everton, Clive (2007). Black Farce and Cue Ball Wizards: The Inside Story of the Snooker World. Mainstream Publishing. ISBN 1-84596-199-4.
  • Everton, Clive (2012). A History of Billiards: The English Three-ball Game. ISBN 978-0-9564054-5-6.

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^
  2. ^ Russell stirs billiards' ashes The Northern Echo, 14 March 2005
  3. ^ a b "Mark Selby: World champion named Player of the Year at snooker awards". BBC. 5 May 2017. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 March 2016. Retrieved 23 February 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ The Mirror: TV Clive snookered
  7. ^ a b The Guardian: Sport – Snooker: Everton unhappy his BBC voice is being silenced
  8. ^ Mail Online – Charles Sale: Celeb-crazy BBC snooker commentator Everton
  9. ^ "No. 62666". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 June 2019. p. B17.
  10. ^ "Ranking History". Retrieved 12 February 2018.

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