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ROBERTS , JOHN ( 1823 - 1893 ), billiards player ;

b. 12 June 1823 , a native of Liverpool . His parents originally came from the neighbourhood of Holywell, Flints. , and he was himself a Welsh -speaking Welshman . He started life as a carpenter , but soon took up billiards as a career. He became a billiards marker at Oldham and later settled at Manchester , where he was the manager of the Union Club billiards room , 1845-52 , and afterwards landlord of the Griffin hotel . In 1849 he challenged Edwin Kentfield for the championship of England , but when the latter declined the challenge Roberts assumed the title, which he held till 1870 , when he was defeated by his own pupil, W. Cook , who was in turn defeated by Roberts 's son, John Roberts , junr ., in 1885 . He was the author of Billiards (ed. by Henry Buck ), 1869 . He d. 27 March 1893 at his residence near the Romford Road , Stratford , London .


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Walter Thomas Morgan (1912-90), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959