Dennis Hughes (snooker player)

Dennis Hughes (born 30 January 1937) is an English former professional snooker player. He played professionally from 1981 to 1994.[1]

Dennis Hughes
Born (1937-01-30) 30 January 1937 (age 84)
Sport countryEngland
Highest ranking52


Hughes was accepted as a member by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) in 1981.[2] His first professional tournament was the 1981 International Open, where he defeated Jackie Rea 5-4 in the first qualifying round before being eliminated 1–5 by Bert Demarco.[1] He lost to Mike Hallett 6–9 in qualifying for at the 1981 UK Championship[1] and 2–3 at the 1982 Bass and Golden Leisure Classic.[3] In the last tournament of his debut season, the 1982 World Snooker Championship, he recorded a 9–4 win over Clive Everton before losing in the second qualifying round (last 48) 4–9 to Tony Meo.[1] He never reached further than the last 48 of a major tournament,[4] and in 1990 was due to lose his professional status after being defeated 1–10 by Alan McManus in a play-off match, one of a series of matches where the lowest-ranked professionals faced leading amateurs with a place on the professional tour at stake.[5] However, the WPBSA soon opened membership for events to anyone over the age of 16 that paid the relevant fee, and Hughes continued to play in professional tournaments until 1994,[1][6] finishing the 1993–94 snooker season ranked 489,[7] and dropping to 525 in the following year's list, having not competed for a year.[8]

His highest ranking achieved as a professional was 52.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Hayton, Eric; Dee, John (2004). The CueSport Book of Professional Snooker: The Complete Record & History. Lowestoft: Rose Villa Publications. p. 550. ISBN 978-0954854904.
  2. ^ "Snooker". The Guardian. London. 18 April 1981. p. 22.
  3. ^ "£750 Golden Leisure for Rex". Cue World. July 1982. p. 17.
  4. ^ "Dennis Hughes". Archived from the original on 20 July 2020. Retrieved 13 December 2020.
  5. ^ "Professional play-offs: Fred Davis bows out". Snooker Scene. Birmingham: Everton's News Agency. July 1990. pp. 10–11.
  6. ^ Acteson, Steve (13 October 1990). "A motley cast of hundreds waiting for the cue – Snooker". The Times. Archived from the original on 12 June 2019. Retrieved 21 July 2019 – via NewsBank.
  7. ^ "World rankings 1993-4: end of season list". Snooker Scene. Birmingham: Everton's News Agency. June 1994. pp. 22–24.
  8. ^ "Snooker: the end of season world rankings". Snooker Scene. Birmingham: Everton's News Agency. June 1995. pp. 24–27.