Mick Fisher

Mick Fisher (born 12 July 1944) is an English former professional snooker player. He appeared once at the World Championship during his career.

Mick Fisher
Born (1944-07-12) 12 July 1944 (age 76)
Sport country England
Professional1982–1997
Highest ranking37 (1983/1984)
Career winnings£19,533
Highest break100:
1987 Grand Prix (qualifying)
Century breaks1
Best ranking finishLast 16 (1987 Grand Prix)

CareerEdit

Born in 1944, Fisher turned professional in 1982. In his first season on tour, he played in three ranking tournaments and recorded last-32 finishes in each; at the 1982 International Open, he defeated Tommy Murphy 5–1 and veteran Fred Davis 5–3, but lost 1–5 in his match against David Taylor, while the UK Championship of that year brought victories over Ian Black and Ray Edmonds before a 6–9 loss to Dean Reynolds.

Fisher reached the main stages of the World Championship at the Crucible Theatre in 1983, overcoming Patsy Fagan 10–8 and Eddie McLaughlin 10–9 - the latter after recovering a 2–6 deficit - to face the rising Canadian Kirk Stevens in the last 32. There, he was outclassed, losing 2–10.

During the following season, Fisher again beat Davis, this time 5–4 in the 1983 Professional Players Tournament, but his subsequent 4–5 loss to Eddie Charlton was his only last-32 finish in six events. He had begun the season ranked 37th - a career best - but finished it at 42nd.

Fisher's career took a downward turn thereafter; he slipped further down the rankings with each passing season, winning only one match in 1985/1986 - a 5–3 defeat of Jackie Rea in the 1986 Classic, which preceded a 0–5 whitewash at the hands of Rea's compatriot and close friend, Alex Higgins.

At the 1987 Classic, Fisher again beat Davis - on this occasion, 5–2 - but lost 0–5 to Charlton in the last 64.

Having started the 1987/1988 season ranked 92nd, Fisher required a good performance in any tournament to have hope of keeping his professional status. This he achieved at the 1987 Grand Prix; he beat Paul Watchorn 5–4, making his first and only century break - an effort of 100 exactly - in the process, before whitewashing Davis 5–0 and overcoming Eugene Hughes and Martin Clark to reach the last 16 stage for the first time in his career.

In his last-16 match, Fisher held Bob Chaperon to 2–3 but eventually lost 2–5; despite this, the £4,500 he earned in prize money, and the ranking points, improved his ranking position to 58th. He earned nothing else throughout that season, but finished it within the top 64 who automatically retained their place on tour.

In the 1990 Grand Prix, Fisher beat six-time World Champion Ray Reardon 5–4 in one of Reardon's final matches; the latter would retire from the game at the end of the season. Fisher lost his next match 3–5 to Joe O'Boye.

Fisher began the 1994/1995 season ranked 247th, and lost 1–5 in qualifying for the 1995 World Championship to Matthew McGrotty. The last of his three victories that season came in the British Open, where he beat Huseyin Hursid of Turkey 5–1, but lost his next match 0–5 to India's Amrik Cheema.

Fisher did not play at competitive level again; ranked 443rd, he was relegated from the tour in 1997, aged 52.

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