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Colin Roscoe (born 30 June 1945 in Connah's Quay, Flintshire) is a Welsh former professional snooker player.

Colin Roscoe
Born (1945-06-30) 30 June 1945 (age 74)
Connah's Quay, Flintshire
Sport country Wales
Professional1981–1995
Highest ranking39 (1984/1985)
Career winnings£73,920[1]
Highest break111 (1989 Welsh Professional Championship)
Century breaks2
Best ranking finishQuarter-final (1990 European Open)

CareerEdit

Born in 1945, Roscoe won the Welsh Amateur Championship in 1981 and soon after turned professional. He reached his highest ranking of 39th for the 1984/1985 season, and progressed to the last 32 stage of ten ranking tournaments in the following eight years.

Roscoe first made any notable progress at the 1982 International Open, where he beat John Dunning and Doug French but lost 0–5 to Steve Davis in the last 32. Two years later, he reached the last 16 at the 1984 Classic, leading Terry Griffiths 2–0 but losing 2–5.

Roscoe's career appeared to be over in the mid-1980s, as he played in few tournaments and did not perform well in any. He won three matches to appear in the last 32 at the 1988 Classic, however, beating Paul Watchorn, Wayne Jones and Eddie Charlton before losing 0–5 to Tony Knowles.

Last-32 finishes at three ranking events followed in the 1988/1989 season. At the 1988 Canadian Masters, Roscoe lost 1–5 to David Taylor; the 1988 UK Championship ended with a 3–9 defeat to Stephen Hendry, the 1989 British Open a 3–5 loss to Tony Meo. Roscoe's 1989 World Championship campaign began and finished with a 9–10 first-round qualifying defeat to sixty-year-old Jack Fitzmaurice.[2]

At the 1989 Asian Open, Roscoe defeated Barry Pinches and Jimmy White before losing 4–5 to Peter Francisco in the last 32; later that season, he reached his first ranking event quarter-final at the 1990 European Open in France. There, he was victorious over Mark Wildman, Francisco, John Virgo and Nick Dyson, exiting 2–5 to Steve James.

Two last-32 finishes followed in the 1990/1991 season, whose highlight was a run to the last 16 at the 1991 British Open, where Roscoe lost 3–5 to Steve Davis.

After this, Roscoe's career slipped back into decline, and he slipped out of the top 64 in the rankings in 1993. During the 1993/1994 season, he won only one match - 5–4 against David Rippon in that season's Grand Prix - and lost 3–10 to Dominic Dale in his first match at the 1994 World Championship. Having dropped to 136th by the season's end, he did not play at competitive level again, and lost his professional status the following year, aged 49.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "CueTracker - Career-total Statistics for Colin Roscoe - Professional - Snooker Results & Statistics". cuetracker.net.
  2. ^ "CueTracker - Colin Roscoe - Season 1988-1989 - Snooker Results & Statistics". cuetracker.net.

He was managed by close friend Anthony (Tony) Williams from 1982 until the end of his career.