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Ray Reardon

Birthplace:- Tredegar
Nickname:- Dracula

Raymond Reardon, MBE is a Welsh retired professional snooker player. He turned professional in 1967 at the age of 35 before going on to dominate the sport in the 1970s, winning the World Snooker Championship on six occasions, and more than a dozen other tournaments. He was world champion in 1970, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976 and 1978, and runner-up in the 1982 event. He won the inaugural Pot Black tournament in 1969, the 1976 Masters and the 1982 Professional Players Tournament.

He was the first number one ranked player when world rankings were introduced in the 1976–77 season, holding the top ranking position for the next five years. He regained the number one ranking in 1982, but his form declined thereafter and he dropped out of the elite top-16 ranked players after the 1986–87 season. He retired from the professional game in 1991.

Reardon remained one of snooker’s top players into his 50s, setting a number of records. He became snooker’s oldest World champion (in 1978, aged 45 years and 203 days), and the oldest player to win a ranking event (in 1982, aged 50 years and 14 days). His highest break in competition was 146. He also worked with Ronnie O’Sullivan in a coaching role, helping him to win the 2004 World Snooker Championship. Reardon’s dark widow’s peak and sharp-toothed grin earned him the nickname “Dracula”.