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Greg Coniglio

Nationality: English
Home town: Manchester
DOB: 30/9/70

Greg first refereed on the World Snooker Tour in 2006, and the following year he took charge of a ranking event match for the first time.

He has since officiated two ranking finals: the 2016 World Grand Prix when Shaun Murphy beat Stuart Bingham 10-9, and the 2016 English Open in his home city of Manchester when Liang Wenbo beat Judd Trump 9-6. He also refereed a semi-final at the 2015 UK Championship.

At the 2013 Australian Open qualifiers he refereed a 5-4 win for Simon Bedford over Barry Pinches which lasted a record seven hours and 29 minutes.

He remains a keen snooker player and has a top break of 127.

Greg says: “Snooker has been my life. Someone in the club I played at said I should try refereeing, so I gave it a go. I saw players like Alex Higgins and Jimmy White on the TV when I was a kid and thought ‘I want to do that’. I picked up a cue and straight away I knew I could play this game a little bit. I was coached for a year or two and started knocking in big breaks, centuries, but then that didn’t work out so I started to ref.

“The adrenaline rush that you get is definitely the best thing about this job, especially when it’s in a high-quality match. The feeling is amazing because I’m working alongside the top players in the world with the top referees and staff, it’s fantastic.”