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Top 10 Most Read Stories of 2016

Another 12 months has passed by as we prepare to say goodbye to 2016 in snooker.

It was an entertaining year which produced countless moments of magic, comebacks, breakdowns, emotional victories and painful defeats.

Over the last few days we took a look at some of the highs and lows from this calendar year, while also reflecting on an incredible 52-week period for world champion Mark Selby – the undisputed player of 2016.

It has been a groundbreaking year here at SnookerHQ too.

Fittingly, this post represents the 366th of 2016 – one for each day of this leap year.

This level of activity has brought a record number of hits, almost 50% higher than in 2015, with visitors to the site coming from just shy of 150 different countries around the world.

To all of you readers, I offer my sincere thanks. Without this continued level of growth the website would not be nearly as fulfilling to maintain.

Much appreciation too goes out to those who helped to contribute to SnookerHQ in 2016 – most notably Jonathan Williams, whose regular “Sniper’s Snippets” feature on Irish snooker remains hugely popular, and German enthusiast Frank Halfar.

Let’s hope 2017 can be even bigger and better.

Here are the top 10 most read articles of 2016. Happy New Year!

(Click to read)

10. Casey Confident About Q-School Chances

Greg Casey Ding Junhui
Cork’s Casey played Ding Junhui in the World Championship qualifiers before heading to Ponds Forge.



9. Jimmy White Fighting Fit in Furth

Jimmy White
Jimmy White sheds several stone as his form returns in the Paul Hunter Classic, eventually reaching the last eight.

8. Masters Trophy to be Renamed Paul Hunter Trophy

Paul Hunter
A long overdue decision to honour the late, great Paul Hunter.

7. Barry Hearns Announces 10-Year Deal with Eurosport

Barry Hearn
Hearn’s big news during one of his annual press conferences at the World Championship. 

6. Ronnie O’Sullivan to Play in Two Chinese Events

Ronnie O'Sullivan Masters 15
Ronnie announces his intention to play in a pair of Chinese ranking tournaments. 

5. World Championship Final Preview: Mark Selby vs Ding Junhui

Selby Ding World 11
A look ahead to what would become a gripping World Championship final. 

4. Selby Withdraws from Players Championship and China Open

Mark Selby Germany
Selby makes the interesting decision to pull out of two ranking events, including his defence of the China Open.

3. Draw: 2016 Betfred World Snooker Championship

Betfred World Championship trophy
The eagerly anticipated last 32 draw.

2. Anthony McGill Wins Indian Open

Anthony McGill Worlds
Scotland’s McGill bagged his maiden ranking event triumph.

1. O’Sullivan Announces Plans to Quit

Ronnie O'Sullivan 147 UK
This April Fools’ Day article got the most attention of the year.

Photos courtesy of Monique Limbos and World Snooker


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  1. Peter Farrelly

    I would like to wish you, your family, all your readers AND all 128 players, the happiest of New Years. BUT I am frankly surprised that some of your 366 posts are read more than others, because I read ALL of them. I thank you for giving us avid snooker fans a real insight into the game. Keep up the great work, please.

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