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David Gilbert – Player Profile, Career Summary, Stats

David Gilbert Player Profile

David Gilbert Stats
Date of birth: 12 June, 1981
Nationality: England
First turned professional: 2002
Highest ranking: 10
Ranking titles: 1
Triple Crown titles: 0
Crucible best: semi-final
Masters appearances: 3
147 breaks: 2

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David Gilbert first turned professional in 2002, but it took a long time for him to establish himself as a top player.

Affectionately known as the Angry Farmer, during his early years he was widely regarded as a player with great talent who could never find consistency.

There were brief glimpses of his capability, including a debut World Championship appearance in 2007 when he lost to Stephen Hendry 10-7 having led 5-1.

It wasn’t until 2015, though, that he managed to reach the quarter-final stage of a ranking event – indeed, going all the way to the final of the International Championship.

Gilbert’s defeat to John Higgins sparked a run of misery at the business end of tournaments.


Even so, the Englishman began to more regularly express the talent at his disposal on the green baize.

During a memorable 2018/19 season in which he broke into the top 16 in the world rankings for the first time, Gilbert was denied glory in two more finals.

A 10-9 reverse to Mark Williams in the 2018 World Open title decider was particularly crushing as he squandered a four-frame advantage towards the end.

In the same season’s World Championship, Gilbert suffered another agonising loss when he came within a frame of the final in Sheffield, losing 17-16 to Higgins.

Back-to-back appearances in the semi-finals of the Masters followed, proving his credentials as one of the best players in the world during the period.

But a 9-1 hammering by Mark Selby in the 2019 English Open final prolonged his wait for a maiden trophy, and led many to call Gilbert the best player to have never won a ranking title.

Yet at the beginning of the 2021/22 campaign, Gilbert finally lasted the distance in the short-format Championship League – beating Mark Allen in the final.

A heavy scorer when in top form, Gilbert is also known as the player who recorded the 147th official maximum break in professional snooker.

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Ranking Event Victories

  1. 2021 Championship League

Other Notable Victories

  • N/A

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David Gilbert Player Profile

SHQ Stars: How it works

RatingSHQ StarsCareer Requirements
Black★★★★★★★multiple world champion; 30+ ranking titles; career triple crown; world no.1 (at least 3)
Pink★★★★★★world champion; 10+ ranking titles; multiple winner of triple crown events; member of top 2; 15+ seasons in top 16 (at least 3)
Blue★★★★★winner of triple crown event; 5+ ranking titles; member of top 4; 12+ seasons in top 16 (at least 2)
Brown★★★★2+ ranking titles; member of top 8; triple crown event finalist; 8+ seasons in the top 16 (at least 2)
Green★★★ranking title; member of top 16 (at least 1)
Yellow★★member of top 64

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