John Parrott MBE – Snooker Legend, Broadcaster and After-Dinner Speaker.
John Parrott was born in Liverpool on 11th May 1964. His career in snooker started in 1981, when he won the Pontins Junior Championship.
In 1982 he was runner up in the national uner-19 event, losing to Neal Foulds in the final but went on to win the Pontins Open Championship and Junior Pot Black. After he took that latter title again in 1983 he turned professional having reached the final of the English Amateur Championship.
John Parrott made a dream start to his pro career reaching the semi-final of the Lada Classic and the last 16 of The World Championship. He beat some of the game’s top players and finished the season 20th in the rankings, already being spoken of as a future world champion.
John Parrott went on to win the Pontins Professional Championship, The World and UK Championships – only one of three players ever to do both in the same year. He has been European Champion three times and has won tournaments in nine different countries including China, Dubai, Monaco, Thailand, France and Belgium. He is also one of four players to have scored over 200 centuries in tournament play and the only player ever to have won all four matches at Pontins.
John has proved a consistent performer and has reached several ranking finals in recent years. He has been in the top ten of the rankings for the past 13 seasons, eleven of those in the top six.
He has won in excess of three million pounds in prize money and remains one of the most popular players around. Only Hendry and Davis can better his Crucible record of eight quarter-finals, one semi, one runner-up and one victory.
He is a lifelong Everton fan and a keen follower of horse racing. Nowadays he combines his snooker career with a highly successful television one. As a former team captain in A Question of Sport, he brought a new dimension to the show and is in regular demand for his comments on TV snooker broadcasts.
In 1996 he was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours Lists.
- World Professional Snooker champion 1991
- World Professional championship runner-up 1989
- UK Championship winner 1991
- European Open champion 1989, 1990, 1996
- Dubai Classic champion 1991, 1992
- Sky Sports International champion 1994
- Thailand Classic champion 1995
- Malta Grand Prix champion 1994
- Norwich Union European Grand Prix champion 1990
- Humo Masters champion 1990
- German Masters champion 1998
- Pontins Professional champion 1988
- Pontins Open champion 1982
- Benson & Hedges Masters runner-up 1989, 1990
- Irish Masters runner-up 1991
- World Matchplay Championship runner-up 1988, 1989
- Junior Pot Black champion 1982, 1983
Ranking tournament victories:
- 9 – European Open 1989, 1990, 1996
- Embassy World Championship 1991
- Dubai Duty Free Classic 1991, 1992
- UK Championship 1991
- International 1994
- Thailand Classic 1995