Leading snooker writer Hector Nunns makes his selection of the greatest matches ever played in the famous amphitheatre. With exclusive contributions from the players involved – from the heroes of the early years through to the household names of today – The Crucible’s Greatest Matches celebrates 40 years of snooker at its greatest venue.

The book has met with a tide of positive press during the World Championships in Sheffield. The Sun and the Express have both carried features, World Snooker kindly gave away a prize of the book to their 100k plus followers @WorldSnooker1 – and Hector made a guest appearance on talkSPORT’s Hawsksbee & Jacobs show.

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The Crucible’s Greatest Matches throws a spotlight on all-time classic matches involving Cliff Thorburn, Terry Griffiths and Ken Doherty, the much-missed Alex Higgins and Paul Hunter – and of course includes the momentous 1985 black-ball final between Dennis Taylor and Steve Davis.

A celebration of 40 years of great matches at the iconic Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, home of snooker’s World Championship since 1977 – featuring first-hand accounts from those involved. The Crucible’s Greatest Matches highlights:

  • The famous amphitheatre’s most dramatic contest, the 1985 black-ball final won by Dennis Taylor against Steve Davis
  • The two most agonising final losses for People’s Champion Jimmy ‘Whirlwind’ White at the hands of his Sheffield nemesis, Scotland’s Stephen Hendry
  • The fabled 1982 semi-final between a young White and his boyhood idol Alex Higgins, with some brilliance from the ‘Hurricane’ saving his skin
  • Cliff Thorburn’s Crucible first, a 147 maximum break against Terry Griffiths in an epic encounter that finished at 3.51am
  • ‘Rocket’ Ronnie O’Sullivan’s excruciating description of his total collapse in 2005 when faced with a pedestrian Peter Ebdon display that sparked a ‘cheat’ storm for slow play
  • A foreword by and contributions from World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn, recounting his own Crucible memories and selecting his ‘greatest match’
  • Many other classics, featuring O’Sullivan, Hendry, the late Paul Hunter, Ken Doherty, Neil Robertson, Ding Junhui and Shaun Murphy