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Top 10 Most Read Stories of 2014

2014 is quickly coming to a close and what a memorable year it has been on SnookerHQ.

2014 2015This post will represent the 270th published in what has been the busiest and best year yet for the website.

A major makeover in the summer, which included the accompaniment of photos with each article (hat-tip to Monique Limbos and others for their sharing generosity there), has led to a record-smashing year in terms of visitors and pages viewed.

Over the course of the last 12 months, fans from no fewer than 140 countries around the globe have checked into the website to keep up-to-date with all the latest news and musings.

In the last few days I have shared what I have thought to be some of the highest and lowest stories of the past calendar year.

Some of the lows include Ali Carter’s battle with cancer and the lack of a professional tournament in Ireland. Click here to read more.

In contrast, Ronnie O’Sullivan and Ding Junhui’s respective runs of form at various points of the year represent some of the highs, of which you can read more by clicking here.

But what has enticed you, the reader, the most to the website since last January? What have been the most read topics throughout 2014?

A lot has happened, from the dying embers of the Stephen Lee case to fresh allegations of match-fixing involving an Irish player.

There have been eye-catching matches, compelling comebacks, rule changes, ranking changes, illnesses, injuries, interviews, blogs and an unexpected goodbye as the ‘Nugget’ Steve Davis dropped off the Main Tour.

As always, a great many thanks to all the readers who visit SnookerHQ and to those who take time out of their own busy schedules to contribute.

With your continued support, we can make 2015 even bigger and better.

Here are the top 10 most read articles of 2014. Happy New Year.

(Click on the title or photo to read the article)

10. O’Sullivan Onslaught Pounds Perry 

Ronnie O'Sullivan fights back to beat Joe Perry in the World Championship second round.

Ronnie O’Sullivan fights back to beat Joe Perry in the World Championship second round.

9. Hearn Makes Tour Changes

Barry Hearn makes his usual annual press conference in Sheffield and he offers former champions the opportunity of a comeback into the sport.

Barry Hearn makes his usual annual press conference in Sheffield and he offers former champions the opportunity of a comeback into the sport.

8. Big Interview: Ron Florax of CueTracker.net

Interview with Ron Florax, the creator of successful stats website CueTracker.net.

Interview with Ron Florax, the creator of successful stats website CueTracker.net.

7. Boileau’s Blog: “My aim is to get on the tour for next season.”

Josh Boileau reflects on a 2014 that saw him finish runner-up in two major international events, before looking ahead to next year.

Josh Boileau reflects on a 2014 that saw him finish runner-up in two major international events, before looking ahead to next year.

6. Sutton on Q-School 2014

Irishman John Sutton narrowly missed out on a Main Tour place as he lost in the final round of Q-School.

Irishman John Sutton narrowly misses out on a Main Tour place as he loses in the final round of Q-School.

5. Q&A with Fin Ruane; RIBSA Public Relations Officer

Fin Ruane is appointed the RIBSA Public Relations officer and shares how he intends to succeed in the role.

Fin Ruane is appointed the RIBSA Public Relations officer and shares how he intends to succeed in the role.

4. 2014 World Championship: The Big Preview

Excitement builds for the 2014 World Championship at the Crucible in Sheffield.

Excitement builds for the 2014 World Championship at the Crucible in Sheffield.

3. Ali Carter Diagnosed with Lung Cancer

The snooker community is stunned as Ali Carter is diagnosed with lung cancer.

The snooker community is stunned as Ali Carter is diagnosed with lung cancer.

2. Top 10 Players Who Have Never Won The World Championship

We count down the top 10 players to have never tasted World Championship glory.

We count down the top 10 players to have never tasted World Championship glory.

1. Sutton: “Snooker means the world to me”

John Sutton's defends himself amid allegations of match fixing.

John Sutton’s defends himself amid allegations of match fixing.

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