Mark Wildman

Markham Wildman (born 25 January 1936) is an English snooker and pool commentator and a retired professional snooker and English billiards player. He made the first televised century break (107 points) in November 1960 on ATV.[citation needed]

Mark Wildman
Born (1936-01-25) 25 January 1936 (age 85)
Sport country England
Professional1979–1992
Highest ranking24 (1983/1984)
Career winnings£48,951[1]
Highest break115 (1982 UK Championship)[2]
Century breaks1[3]
Best ranking finishSemi-final (1984 Classic)

He won the World Professional Billiards Championship in 1984 and was runner up in 1980 and 1982.

BiographyEdit

Wildman was born on 25 January 1936.[4] He was the British under-16 champion of English billiards in 1951, and the British under-19 winner in 1952 and 1953. He was also the 1952 British Boys Champion in snooker, and British Junior snooker champion in 1954.[5] In 1968, he won the English Amateur Billiards Championship by defeating Clive Everton 2,652-2,540 in the final.[6]:224

As a snooker professional, he ran Terry Griffiths to 10–8 in the first round of the 1984 World Championship.

Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, he was a snooker commentator for ITV until snooker was dropped by the channel. Between September 1999 and September 2002 he was Chairman of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA). In recent years, he resumed commentary for Sky Sports and British Eurosport, but was dropped by Sky Sports when they ceased coverage of WPBSA-backed tournaments in 2004. He was also dropped by Eurosport as a commentator in 2004. In July 2006, Wildman returned to Eurosport as the leading commentator of their coverage of the new International Pool Tour (IPT).

The IPT folded later in 2006, and Wildman has since retired.

Wildman was a Coach/mentor to a number of Billiards players, including former English Champions Matthew Sutton and Phillip Welham.

He also ran a Junior Academy at Raunds which produced 3 national Junior Billiards Champions in a 5-year period.

He is also the former coach of 2005 World Snooker Champion Shaun Murphy.

Career finals (English billiards)Edit

These World Billiards Championships were held on a knockout basis, organised by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association.[6]:214

Outcome No. Date Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1 November 1980   Fred Davis (ENG) 2,064–3,037
Runner-up 2 1982   Rex Williams (ENG) 1,785–3,000
Winner 1 1984   Eddie Charlton (AUS) 1,045–1,012

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://cuetracker.net/Players/Mark-Wildman/Career-Total-Statistics
  2. ^ http://cuetracker.net/Players/Mark-Wildman/Career-Total-Statistics
  3. ^ http://cuetracker.net/Players/Mark-Wildman/Career-Total-Statistics
  4. ^ Hayton, Eric; Dee, John (2004). The CueSport Book of Professional Snooker: The Complete Record & History. Lowestoft: Rose Villa Publications. pp. 1013–1014. ISBN 978-0954854904.
  5. ^ Everton, Clive (1979). The History of Billiards and Snooker. London: Cassell. pp. 182–185. ISBN 0304303739.
  6. ^ a b Everton, Clive (2012). A History of Billiards. englishbilliards.org. ISBN 978-0-9564054-5-6.