The 1980s were the boom years for Snooker. Ever since the introduction of the first colour TV’s and the advent of Pot Black in 1969 Snooker had been increasing in popularity – somewhat ironic as TV and Cinema were the main reasons why Snooker had been in decline for the previous decade. Initially Snooker was only televised to show off the newly introduced colour TV.
Promoter Barry Hearn along with Steve Davis really got Snooker going. Barry has returned to promoting Snooker after it appeared it was on the verge of decline once again. Now the game has gone from strength to strength both in the UK and, perhaps more importantly, internationally particularly in China and its only a matter of time before we crown a Chinese World Champion.