John Lardner (born 10 May 1972 in Glasgow, Scotland) is a former professional snooker player. His best performance came in the 1999 World Snooker Championship, where he reached the last 32. He reached a peak world ranking of 67th in 2000/2001.
|Born||10 May 1972 (age 47)|
|Highest ranking||67 (2000/2001)|
1993 Benson & Hedges Championship
|Best ranking finish||Last 16 (2000 Thailand Masters)|
Lardner was born in Glasgow in 1973. He left school early to spend time practising snooker, confident that he could become a professional player. In 1988 Lardner won the Star of the Future award at a competition in Prestatyn.
In 1999, at the age of 26, Lardner reached the first round of the World Snooker Championship by defeating Neal Foulds, Quinten Hann and Martin Clark in the qualifying rounds. In his first round match against world number 9 Stephen Lee, Lardner trailed 3–9 before recovering to lose only 7–10. Despite the defeat, he described the Crucible Theatre as "the best place I've ever played snooker".
The following season, Lardner climbed to position 72 in the world rankings, and reached the first round of the UK Championship, losing to David Gray. He also achieved his best ranking tournament finish by reaching the last 16 of the Thailand Masters in March 2000, beating Fergal O'Brien in the last 32 before being defeated by Ken Doherty. However, he was defeated in the qualifying rounds of the World Championship to Icelandic player Kristján Helgason. His world ranking climbed to 67 for the 2000/2001 season.
Non-Ranking Wins: (1)Edit
- WPBSA Minor Tour, Event 3 – 1995
- "Lardner cues up his big break". Scotland on Sunday. 19 April 1999. Available online at highbeam.com (subscription required)
- "Why 147 is not enough to make the break". The Herald. Glasgow. 8 June 1988.
- Turner, Chris. "Benson & Hedges Championship". Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2011.
- Everton, Clive (18 April 1999). "Snooker: Decline, fall of hiccup?". The Independent.
- "Rookie John's debut dream snuffed out". Daily Record. Glasgow. 23 April 1999. Available online at the Free Online Library
- "A Gray day as Lardner goes out". The Herald. Glasgow. 15 November 1999.
- 2000 Thailand Masters Archived 2014-05-02 at the Wayback Machine cuetracker.net
- Everton, Clive (19 March 2000). "Kristjan close to joining lions". The Independent.
- "Doherty battles back to sign off with a victory". The Herald. Glasgow. 31 August 2000.