Doug French

Douglas French (born 26 January 1935) is an English former professional snooker player.

Doug French
Born26 January 1935
Sport countryEngland
Professional1981–1985, 1991–1993


French was born in Liverpool,[1] on 26 January 1935.[2] He started playing snooker aged 15, at the Wavertree Labour Club.[1]

As an amateur, he won numerous titles, including the Butlins National Championship in 1965 and the Pontins National championship in 1970. When he reached the final of the English Amateur Championship in 1971, the Billiards and Snooker Control Council's magazine Billiards and Snooker described him as "a prolific break builder with a reputation for consistent long potting."[1] He lost that final 9–11 to Jonathan Barron.[3] Later in 1971, he reached the final of the Granada Television Trophy tournament, where he was defeated by John Virgo.[4] With Des Myler, he reached the final of the inaugural national pairs snooker championship in 1975 where they lost to John Prosser and Des May.[5][6]

He was accepted as a professional by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) in 1981,[7] and in his first professional event, the 1981 International Open, eliminated Geoff Foulds 5–3 and Pat Houlihan 5–2 before bring knocked out 0–5 by Rex Williams in the third qualifying round.[8] Williams also defeated him 3-9 in the first qualifying round of the 1981 UK Championship.[8] At the 1982 Bass and Golden Leisure Classic he won 2-1 against Kingsley Kennerley before a 1-3 defeat by Paul Medati.[9] In the concluding event of his debut season, the 1982 World Snooker Championship he defeated 9–3 Bernard Bennett and then lost 6–9 to Patsy Fagan in the second qualifying round.[8]

During the 1982–83 snooker season, French entered four tournaments but won only one match.[8] In 1983–84 he reached the semi-final group stage of the 1984 International Masters, but otherwise made little progress in tournaments.[10] After another season without notable success in 1984–85, he resigned from the WPBSA and was re-instated as an amateur.[11]

After the WPBSA opened membership for events to anyone over the age of 16 that paid the relevant fee, French played professionally in 1991–92 without progressing beyond the second qualifying round of any event, and in one event in 1992–93.[8][12] French was one of 76 players to either resign their WPBSA membership, or have their professional status removed due to non-payment of the £100 membership fee, in 1993.[13]

Career highlightsEdit

Outcome Year Championship Opponent in the final Score Ref.
Runner-up 1971 English Amateur Championship   Jonathan Barron (ENG) 9–11 [3]


  1. ^ a b c "Douglas French, Bolton". Billiards and Snooker. Billiards and Snooker Control Council. May 1971. p. 10.
  2. ^ Kobylecky, John (2019). The Complete International Directory of Snooker Players – 1927 to 2018. Kobyhadrian Books. p. 79. ISBN 978-0993143311.
  3. ^ a b Everton, Clive (1985). Snooker: The Records. Enfield: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 122. ISBN 0851124488.
  4. ^ Dennison, W.J. (5 August 1971). "Improve your billiards and snooker". Runcorn Weekly News. p. 12.
  5. ^ "Impressive Prosser steers Welshmen to snooker title". Coventry Evening Telegraph. 13 June 1975. p. 40.
  6. ^ Morrison, Ian (1986). The Hamlyn Encyclopedia of Snooker. Twickenham: Hamlyn Publishing Group. p. 87. ISBN 0600501922.
  7. ^ "Sport in brief: Snooker". The Guardian. London. 18 April 1981. p. 22.
  8. ^ a b c d e Hayton, Eric; Dee, John (2004). The CueSport Book of Professional Snooker: The Complete Record & History. Lowestoft: Rose Villa Publications. p. 440. ISBN 978-0954854904.
  9. ^ "£750 Golden Leisure for Rex". Cue World. July 1982. p. 17.
  10. ^ Everton, Clive (1985). Snooker: The Records. Enfield: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. pp. 76–80. ISBN 0851124488.
  11. ^ Hale, Janice (1985). Rothmans Snooker Yearbook 1987–88. Aylesbury: Queen Anne Press. p. 55. ISBN 0356120236.
  12. ^ Acteson, Steve (13 October 1990). "A motley cast of hundreds waiting for the cue – Snooker". The Times.
  13. ^ "Resignations". Snooker Scene. Birmingham: Everton's News Agency. July 1993. p. 13.