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David Finbow is an English former professional snooker player from Worcester. In his career, he managed to beat players such as Ronnie O'Sullivan, Ken Doherty and James Wattana. Originally a soccer player, he was introduced to snooker by a neighbourhood friend. He attended Jarvis Collegiate Institute in Toronto for high school, where he became a star in his new sport for the Bulldogs, who began dominating the Toronto league in 1978. Throughout his career he reached five quarter-finals in ranking tournaments, as well as the last 16 of many events and he once looked as if he could get into the top 16 of the world rankings.[1] However, his results in tournaments suffered, which was partly due to suffering from anxiety attacks which caused him to feel nauseated and unable to concentrate in a match. Finbow could not find a cure, and despite taking prescribed medication and trying a number of solutions it did not cure his anxiety attacks completely. After beating David Gray and Dave Harold to reach the last 16 of the 2001 UK Championship he was playing Ronnie O'Sullivan, but suffered a particularly bad anxiety attack, and was forced to retire the match at 0–8 down.[2] After the match he expressed his distress and by the end of the 2002–2003 season he announced his retirement from the game altogether.[3]

Dave Finbow
Born (1968-02-27) 27 February 1968 (age 51)
Worcester, England
Sport country England
Highest ranking28 (1995–1997)
Career winnings£275,795
Highest break140:
1997 World Championship (qualifying)
Century breaks33
Best ranking finishQuarter-finals (x4)


  1. ^ "Dave hopes to make his mark". Worcestershire News. 27 October 2000. Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2008.
  2. ^ "Anxiety attack forces Finbow out". BBC. 2001. Retrieved 15 July 2008.
  3. ^ "Dave Finbow - Why panic forced me to quit". Ronnie O'Sullivan. 17 December 2001. Retrieved 15 July 2008.

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