John Dunning (snooker player)

John Dunning (18 April 1927[1] – 11 September 2009[2]) was an English professional snooker player from Morley, West Yorkshire.

John Dunning
Born18 April 1927
Morley, West Yorkshire, England
Died11 September 2009 (aged 82)
Morley, West Yorkshire, England
Sport country England
Highest ranking11 (1976/1977)
Highest break132:
(1981 World Championship)[citation needed]
Best ranking finishQuarter-final (1974 World Championship)[citation needed]


Dunning joined the Royal Navy aged 18, and served for two years. He later managed a newsagent's shop and was also a window cleaner.[2] Having been Yorkshire amateur champion on eleven occasions, and the CIU Championship in 1963, 1966 and 1969, Dunning turned professional in 1971 at the age of 45. He played his first World Championship match in 1972, when he lost to John Pulman in the first round, after beating Pat Houlihan and Graham Miles in qualifying. He produced his best performance in 1974, when he reached the quarter-final, subsequently losing his match against Miles 13–15. Dunning's final appearance in the main stages of the event came in 1982.[1][3]

In 1977, he reached the quarter-finals of the inaugural UK Championship, losing 0–5 to Alex Higgins.[1]

Dunning reached the final of the International Masters in March 1984. The tournament, played on a three-man-group round-robin basis, saw Dunning start as a 7–1 outsider to qualify from his first group. He beat Tony Knowles 2–1 in the opening game, he became favourite, before comfortably winning his next match against Les Dodd. In his semi-final match, he played against Australian Warren King and Terry Griffiths of Wales. Dunning lost to King, but beat Griffiths,[4] which earnt him a place in the final, in which he met Dave Martin and the reigning World Champion and world number one Steve Davis. He lost both matches, finishing third, with Davis winning the title, but received a cheque for £6,000. He became the oldest-ever finalist in a major snooker event, aged 56 years and 11 months.[3]

Dunning played his last match as a professional in 1997 at the age of 69.[2] His highest world ranking was 11th, in the 1976/1977 ranking list.[5]

He died in Morley, West Yorkshire, on 11 September 2009, aged 82.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Hale, Janice (1987). Rothmans Snooker Yearbook 1987–88. Aylesbury: Queen Anne Press. pp. 53–55. ISBN 0356146901.
  2. ^ a b c d "Tributes to snooker ace John Dunning". Morley Observer and Advertiser. 18 September 2009. Retrieved 11 November 2018.
  3. ^ a b Everton, Clive. "Obituary: John Dunning". Snooker Scene. No. October 2009. Everton's News Agency. p. 4.
  4. ^ Findlay, Helen (April 1984). "Yamaha Keyboards international". Cue World. Mitcham Junction: Transworld Publications. pp. 7–9.
  5. ^ Hayton, Eric; Dee, John (2004). The CueSport Book of Professional Snooker: The Complete Record & History. Rose Villa Publications. pp. 384–385. ISBN 978-0954854904.