November 08, 2004


Snooker titan Eddie Charlton has died at 75.

Posted by Tim Blair at November 8, 2004 02:09 PM

Keith Miller, Johnny Warren, now Eddie Charlton :-(

Posted by: GoodFace at November 8, 2004 at 02:31 PM

arse :(

Posted by: Tex at November 8, 2004 at 02:55 PM

The same news service also indicted that Howard Keel has died. A real loss.

Posted by: YoJimbo at November 8, 2004 at 03:02 PM

Dear Eddie. As a young kid it used to be my highlight of the Royal Easter Show watching Eddie perform his trick shots to an adoring crowd. Indeed, it may have been this first exposure to, and subsequent love of snooker, which saw me spend my secondary schooling in a pool hall ! Vale Uncle Eddie.

Posted by: jafa at November 8, 2004 at 03:30 PM

I was at High school with his daughter, Annette.
Very nice man, sorry to hear of his passing.
Sad night at Kingsgrove.

Posted by: kevin at November 8, 2004 at 03:38 PM

A master showman. He travelled to exhibit skills & coach aspiring players, appearing several times here & at many other obscure locations around Australia. His coaching tips are practiced regularly in this pub, improving the game skills of all who apply themselves!

Posted by: steve at the pub at November 8, 2004 at 04:45 PM

Wow...Thanks Tim, the American press can care less unfortunately. Can Snooker be far behind?

Posted by: David at November 8, 2004 at 07:04 PM

I had the pleasure of playing Eddie Charlton at the Rose Hotel Chippendale,Sydney.He beat me by 1 ball(pool),he beat 10 others that night and gave all us pool junkies a real thrill.He also taught us how best to practice pool.Line up the 15 balls from dee to spot and try and sink them all after first placing the white ball anywhere.Practicing like this he said, "you learn all about angles and control of the white ball".That separates the men from the poolhouse boys.He seemed like a decent bloke, may he rest in peace.

Posted by: gubbaboy at November 8, 2004 at 07:12 PM

David: considering the way the American press has been behaving lately, maybe you should be glad they haven't sunken their claws into the sport of snooker.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at November 8, 2004 at 09:50 PM

In the UK, before migrating to Australia, my Grandfather was a "gentleman's snooker companion" in a Bournemouth hotel. His job was to play aginst the guests if they had no other competitors.

He played Eddie Charlton once in Oz after they came out here. he got his bum kicked -- but still rememebered as one of the best games he ever played.

Posted by: BruceT at November 8, 2004 at 10:01 PM

Ummmm, that would be "remembered it"

Posted by: BruceT at November 8, 2004 at 10:02 PM

Should I go for the Pink or the Brown?

Posted by: murph at November 8, 2004 at 10:04 PM

Your right Andrea, thank goodness for little favors I guess.

Funny thing is in the sixties with just three networks I could find snooker on TV maybe 4 times a year. Now with 5 sports channels and the networks and other sport sorces I have not seen snooker on TV for the last 5 years or so.
Although I am personally a VERY crappy player I "snookered" a friend of mine to put a snooker table in his pool hall.

Though I must say I can see all the MPBA or WPBA stuff I want. And in my area I can go to some of the matches live.

Posted by: David at November 9, 2004 at 03:59 AM

When I lived in Australia in the early '70s, I would watch Eddie C blow away all comers on "Pot Black." He was A-list.

Posted by: Cazifras at November 9, 2004 at 03:26 PM

Eddie charlton was one of, maybe the best snooker players known. I will never forget him trying to teach me one of his many tricks every christmas. Grandfather will be extremly missed not only by his family but by the whole community

Posted by: CHARLTONS GRANDDAUGHTER at November 12, 2004 at 10:48 AM