SPORT FROM THE PAST: Like father, like son on the baize

Line up! Pictured are members of 1998's Coningbsy FC team, which played in the Boston Saturday Leagues.
Line up! Pictured are members of 1998's Coningbsy FC team, which played in the Boston Saturday Leagues.

Billiards player Ian Cooper made it a family affair on the baize when he followed his father into the record books in 1988.

Cooper beat opponent Danny Nuttell to lift the Body Cup, five years after dad Barry was crowned the handicap cup champion.

However, the outcome could have been so different, as Nuttell had plenty of chances to win the contest.

Needing just three points, he missed an in-off.

In response, Ian needed five and went in-off the white, potting a good red for victory.

Nuttell’s defeat was harder to take as he lost in the final the previous June to Graham Brocklesby.

Ian and Barry were the first father-and-son duo to win the Body Cup.

The Warth Doubles Cup had, in the past, been won by Joe Skinner and his son Brian.

However, they did so with various partners.

Cooper wasn’t the only competitor celebrating on the baize.

Nineteen-year-old Bostonian Robert Johnson saw off the opposition to win the county youth pool title.

Robert, of Ingram Road, came out on top from the 64 finalists.

He was among four finalists representing Boston Youth Centre.

His prize was a pool cue, complete with case and, of course, a trophy.

Quarter-finalist Harry Dunworth, Tim Pexton (last 16) and Dazz Pexton (last 32) were the other Boston Youth Centre competitors.

That same year, Shane White was celebrating the most breaks (38) in Snooker’s Coral Super League.

Behind him were Ady Young (31), Steve Chick, Andy Spooner (25), Rob Childs (19) and Darren Christian (18).

The highest break was 74 by Rob Childs, who also recorded breaks of 55, 53 and 53.

Close behind were Andy Spooner (73, 60), Kevin Himsworth (70, 52) and Phil Dawson (68).