Stephen Hendry 147
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On This Day in Crucible History: April 27 – Stephen Hendry’s 147

During this year’s World Snooker Championship, we’ll be recalling some of the most memorable moments that took place at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.

By the time the 1995 World Championship had come around, Stephen Hendry had become the undisputed King of the Crucible.

The young Scot had won the tournament in three out of the last four years and would end 1995 as only the second player to win three world titles on the trot at the famous venue.

However, for all of the records that the then 26 year-old was accumulating, there was one feat that still remained absent from his CV – a World Championship 147 break.

Hendry had already compiled a maximum a few years earlier but to construct one at the Crucible during a World Championship encounter would be that bit sweeter.

Of course, just like so many of his greatest achievements, Hendry’s maiden 147 knock in Sheffield came against familiar foe Jimmy White.


In the second session of their semi-final tie that year – for once, the draw didn’t permit them to clash in a final showdown – Hendry set about clearing the table in his usual relentless fashion.

It wasn’t until the world number one got to the colours that things inevitably began to get a little twitchy.

Hendry required the rest to pot the yellow before leaving himself a difficult green from medium range, which he stroked in only to leave himself on the wrong side of the brown.

A long blue followed before Hendry overran his positional shot from pink to black to leave a tough cut-back shot into a blind corner pocket that, suitable for the man in question, never even touched the sides.

Hendry became only the third player in World Championship history to make a maximum break and would go on to repeat it twice more, including in his farewell retirement championship of 2012.

This article has been updated and was originally published on April 27th, 2018.

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