Joseph Bennett (billiards player)

Joseph Bennett was an English champion player of English billiards. He was the billiards champion three times when it was played on a challenge basis.

Joseph Bennett
Joseph Bennett, player of English Billiards.jpg
Town Malling, Kent
Died17 January 1905 (aged 63)
Mayfair, London
Sport country England


Bennett was born in 1842 in Town Malling, Kent, and played his first billiards match aged 22.[1]

In November 1870, Bennett played John Roberts Jr. for the Billiards Championship and £200, and won the title with the scoreline 1,000-905. The match was watched by over 300 spectators.[2] Roberts beat Bennett 1,000-637 the following year, in January 1871, to regain the title.[3]

Bennett made a further unsuccessful title challenge in November 1871, losing 942–1,000 to William Cook, but won the title again in November 1880, beating Cook 1,000-949. Bennett successfully defended the title in January 1881, beating Tom Taylor 1,000-910. During the match against Taylor, Bennett set a new championship record break of 125.[3][4]

In September 1881, Bennett, who had broken his arm when being thrown out of a gig, resigned the title when challenged by Cook.[3][4] He made one further unsuccessful challenge for the title, losing 1,360-3,000 against Roberts in June 1885.[3][4]

He taught billiards in London. Following a stroke on Christmas Day 1904,[1] he died on 17 January 1905 at his home in Mayfair, London, from "apoplexy following a state of paralysis."[1][5]

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  1. ^ a b c "Death of an ex-billiard champion". Derby Daily Telegraph. 17 January 1905. p. 3 – via British Newspaper Archive. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  2. ^ "The Billiards Championship". Monmouthshire Beacon. 3 December 1870. p. 4 – via British Newspaper Archive. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d Bennett, Joseph (1899). Billiards.
  4. ^ a b c Everton, Clive (2012). A History of Billiards. pp. 22–42. ISBN 978-0-9564054-5-6.
  5. ^ "Billiards". The Times. No. 37607. 18 January 1905. p. 5 – via The Times Digital Archive. Retrieved 3 November 2019.

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