Players with one Crucible appearance.
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QUIZ! Players With One Crucible Appearance

Definitely one purely for the anoraks here.

Players with one Crucible appearance.
This guy is one. Photo credit: Monique Limbos

There have been 206 players who have competed at the Crucible Theatre since the World Snooker Championship moved to the Sheffield venue in 1977.

Almost one-third of those – 67, in fact – have participated in only one edition, until now at least never again managing to qualify for the sport’s blue riband end-of-season tournament.

While the majority of those competitors bowed out in the first round, there were a few who proceeded to feature in the second round on the year they qualified and even one Northern Irishman that memorably went all the way to the last eight.

Four newcomers were added to the list this year after they debuted in the last 32 and, while three of them failed to advance from their opening hurdles, one Chinese cueist is still going strong in the last 16.

The likes of these players will likely have plenty of opportunities in the future to ensure that this won’t be the only occasion that they reach the venue stages.

For most of the others, that won’t be the case with all but a handful of them now retired from the game – at the professional level at least.

Chris Downer’s Crucible Almanac, a tremendous database of information, results, stats, and everything else that you can think of related to the history of the World Championship in Sheffield, has been a popular go-to for a lot of the snooker media and several fans over the last fortnight with an abundance of obscure findings being shared across social media.

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This quiz might be an enjoyable test for those aficionados but for the regular fan who just dips in and out of the snooker coverage, it’ll probably be a bit of a nightmare.

Fear not, there’ll be more World Championship related quizzes to come in the next week.

But for now, you might as well give this one a lash so, the question is, how many players with one Crucible appearance can you name?


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Creator of SnookerHQ and a journalism graduate, David has been actively reporting on snooker since 2011. He has been published in national publications and has appeared on BBC World News and on talkSPORT radio as an analyst.

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