Jack Fitzmaurice

Jack Fitzmaurice (25 April 1928 – January 2005) was an English professional snooker player.

Jack Fitzmaurice
Born25 April 1928[1]
Solihull, England
DiedJanuary 2005 (aged 76)
Birmingham, England
Sport country England
Professional1981–2001[1]
Highest ranking32 (1982–1983)[2]
Career winnings£11,993
Highest break81:
1984 World Championship (qualifying)
Best ranking finishLast 32 (1982 World Championship, 1982 Professional Players Tournament)

CareerEdit

Born in Solihull, Fitzmaurice was runner-up in the English Amateur Championship in 1958, defeated 8–11 by Marcus Owen in the final.[3]

He turned professional in 1981 at the age of 53. He reached the last 32 of the 1982 World Snooker Championship, defeating Mario Morra 9–7 before losing his match against Kirk Stevens 4–10. At the time of Fitzmaurice's death, the 548 minutes match duration of his defeat of Morra was still the longest best-of-seventeen frames match on record.[4][3]

Fitzmaurice never again progressed beyond the last 32 of a ranking tournament, recording his final victory at the 1997 European Open, 5–4 over Ian Glover. Without a ranking after the 1998–99 season, he played his final match in 2001 at the World Championship, losing 0–5 to Carl Stringer, and subsequently left the tour, concluding his professional career aged 73.[1][2][3]

Personal lifeEdit

Fitzmaurice died in Birmingham in January 2005, aged 76.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Hayton, Eric; Dee, John (2004). The CueSport Book of Professional Snooker: The Complete Record & History. Lowestoft: Rose Villa Publications. pp. 422–423. ISBN 978-0954854904.
  2. ^ a b Kobylecky, John (2019). The Complete International Directory of Snooker Players – 1927 to 2018. Kobyhadrian Books. p. 75. ISBN 978-0993143311.
  3. ^ a b c Everton, Clive (February 2005). "Obituary: Jack Fitzmaurice". Snooker Scene. Birmingham: Everton's News Agency. p. 35.
  4. ^ a b "City snooker veteran dies.(News)". Birmingham Mail. 19 January 2005. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015 – via highbeam.com.