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Clive Harold Everton MBE (born 7 September 1937) is a Welsh commentator for ITV and Sky and former BBC snooker commentator, journalist, author and former professional snooker and billiards player.[1] He is generally regarded as the authoritative voice of snooker, on account of his knowledge of the game.[citation needed]

Clive Everton
Born (1937-09-07) 7 September 1937 (age 82)
Worcester, England
Sport country Wales
Highest ranking47 (1983/84)
Career winnings£2,975
Highest break74:
1987 UK Championship
Best ranking finishLast 32 (1982 Professional Players Tournament)

He began his broadcasting career in radio, but has spent the majority of it on television, commentating on the World Snooker Championship from 1978 until 2010. He continues to commentate for other broadcasters, including Sky Sports, Perform Media, where he provides commentary on the Championship League, syndicated to a number of betting websites and World Snooker's subscription service, and his present employers ITV. He has also commentated for other worldwide broadcasters including Eurosport, CBC and Fox Sports Australia.

Early lifeEdit

Everton was born in Worcester in 1937[2] and was educated at King's School, Worcester and later at UCW Cardiff.[3]

Career in billiards and snookerEdit

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 by the same score in the last 32. He played in the Welsh Professional Championship on seven occasions, being seeded to the quarter-finals on four of these and the first round three times, but never won a match in the competition; in billiards, he contested three major quarter-finals.

Writing, coaching, and televisionEdit

As a result of the poor income generated by billiards and lacklustre results in professional snooker, Everton began a career as a sports commentator. 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 one squash player.

Everton is perhaps best known as a snooker commentator; during the hey-day of the game in the 1980s, he emerged as one of the top three commentators, alongside Jack Karnehm and Ted Lowe. Like Lowe, Everton is sometimes referred to as the voice of snooker.

Everton's style of commentary has always tended towards the technical, as opposed to the more informal, conversational approach of his colleagues and the various 'player-commentators' of the modern era. His analytical mind, combined with his clear love and knowledge of the game, have given him an encyclopaedic ability to recite obscure facts and statistics, which he does frequently in commentary. He also tends to use formal English, often using words that would not find a place in everyday conversation. 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).
  • "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."
  • "O'Sullivan's fluency was undiminished during his completion of a challenging century break using a newly affixed tip."
  • "Davis's inability to execute the quarter-ball cut to bottom left has presented his opponent with an unexpected opportunity to capitalise."
  • "When King and 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 inopportune 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 Gilbert incandescent with rage"

In keeping with his traditional style, Everton always refers to snooker players by their surnames; he is seen as a consummate professional, well-liked and respected by most of the top players in the game and held in high esteem by colleagues in broadcasting and journalism.

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 most prominent players of the last thirty years.

In 2009, it was announced that Everton would effectively lose his position as the BBC's primary snooker commentator; he did not commentate on 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,[4] and his lack of fame relative to the former players on the BBC's commentary roster.[5] Everton himself commented, "I'm hurt and angry, because I find the reasons presented to me incomprehensible."[4]

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, 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 his final commentary work of the tournament, and he left the corporation at some point after this, prior to the 2010/11 season.

Since his departure from the BBC, Everton has continued commentating through his seventies and into his eighties, notably for Sky Sports, Eurosport, and ITV, by whom he is currently employed, covering the Champion of Champions, World Grand Prix, Players Championship, and Tour Championship events.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

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 2017, Everton was inducted into the Snooker Hall of Fame at the annual Snooker Awards.[7]

Everton was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2019 Birthday Honours for services to snooker.[8]

Snooker performance and rankings timelineEdit

Tournament 1979/
Ranking[9] [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
Bass & Golden Leisure Classic Not Held 1R Tournament Not Held
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. ^ Russell stirs billiards' ashes The Northern Echo, 14 March 2005
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 March 2016. Retrieved 23 February 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ a b The Guardian: Sport – Snooker: Everton unhappy his BBC voice is being silenced
  5. ^ Mail Online – Charles Sale: Celeb-crazy BBC snooker commentator Everton
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Mark Selby: World champion named Player of the Year at snooker awards". BBC. 5 May 2017. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  8. ^ "No. 62666". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 June 2019. p. B17.
  9. ^ "Ranking History". Retrieved 12 February 2018.

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