IT’S a great factor Rex Williams’ dad Invoice didn’t like commuting – it would simply have saved snooker’s World Championship.
It’s arduous to imagine that an occasion that’s watched by hundreds of thousands may need simply died, however within the late Fifties the occasion had disappeared.
Then a younger snooker and billiards star, Rex Williams, held a gathering in his Stourbridge residence with the good Fred Davis and some others to attempt to get the event operating once more.
The remaining is historical past.
Romsley-born Rex, now retired and dwelling close to Clent, has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) within the Queen’s Honours listing for his companies to snooker and billiards.
Rex could be very proud, however regardless of taking part in a key function in saving snooker’s premier occasion, he sees this as recognition for the lesser recognized recreation of billiards.
“It’s the primary time billiards has been recognised, and that’s good, as a result of it’s the mom recreation.”
Rex was a world championship snooker heavyweight, twice reached the semi-finals, commentated on it for 20 years, and, as we’ve seen, performed a key function in its growth to the multi-million pound enterprise it’s right this moment.
However it’s billiards that began him on his lengthy and illustrious profession and which he was most profitable at – being topped world champion seven instances.
And all as a result of dad determined driving from Romsley to his Blackheath manufacturing facility daily was an excessive amount of.
The household moved in 1942 and instantly Rex, on the age of ten, was dwelling in a billiards hotbed, made his first 150 break inside three months of taking over the sport and was displaying such promise his dad put in a full size desk within the manufacturing facility for him to apply.
He turned skilled at 17 in 1951, the beginning of a 50-year profession that took him everywhere in the world.
His taking part in highlights, on prime of his world titles, are making solely the second ever most 147 break in snooker again in 1965 – ‘and that was with the previous heavy balls. I feel that and Joe’s have been the one two with these ball.’
He stays the oldest participant ever to achieve the ultimate of a significant rating event, on the age of 53.
His massive remorse isn’t profitable the snooker world championship he performed such a key half in saving, shedding 31-30 to the mercurial Alex Higgins in 1961 within the ‘one which acquired away’.
He turned the founder and first chairman of the World Skilled Billiards and Snooker Affiliation.
Rex retired at 61 and took to golf. Twenty years in the past he and spouse Loretta – Rita – moved to Hackman’s Gate and, now 87, he performs golf ‘virtually daily.’
He has no regrets about presumably shedding out on the years when the reforms he introduced in helped to usher in a 12 months of huge cash and large rewards for the highest snooker gamers.
“The beginner recreation was improbable. It was so great once I first got here into it. I’d not have needed to overlook that interval.”
He fondly remembers the greats of his period – his massive good friend Fred Davis and brother Joe, John Pulman, Ray Reardon, John Spencer.
Though Rex had a ‘great’ full size desk in his houses in Stourbridge and Bewdley for a few years, his kids, Tracy and Kim didn’t take it up, nor has granddaughter Georgia.
When not on the golf course he spends a lot time serving to to boost cash for charity as a trustee of Pedmore Sporting Membership, which has donated greater than £1,5m to worthy causes over time.