Snooker legend


D.O.B. 22 Aug 1957


Lives Brentwood, Essex


Turned Pro 1978


Ranking Tournament Victories 28 - World Championship 1981, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1989; UK Championship - 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987; International - 1983, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1989; Lada Classic 1984; Mercantile Credit Classic 1987, 1988, 1992; Grand Prix 1985; 1988, 1989; Welsh Open 1994, 1995; British Open 1986, 1993; Asian Open 1992; European Open (Feb) 1993


Money list earnings 2012/13 + 2013/14: £42,476


Highest Tournament Break 147 - Lada Classic 1982


After a 36-year professional career, Davis dropped off the main tour at the end of the 2013/14 season. He needed a run in the World Championship to keep his top-64 ranking, but lost 10-8 to Craig Steadman in his first qualifying match.


However, Davis will still have the opportunity to play in certain ranking events, including the World Championship, thanks to special invitations to be offered by World Snooker to Davis, Stephen Hendry and James Wattana.


The highlight of his 2013/14 season came with victory in the World Seniors Championship. He beat Nigel Bond 2-1 in the final in Portsmouth to win his first title in 15 years and bank the £18,000 top prize.


"As we get older we realise how much we owe the game, because of how good it has been to us and how much everyone enjoys it around the world. We're still playing and this event is a way of getting together, so long may it continue," he said.


Davis reached an incredible landmark in 2010 by appearing at the Crucible for a record 30th time. A nail-biting 10-9 defeat of Mark King in the first round was followed by an extraordinary 13-11 defeat of John Higgins. Beating a man in the prime of his career and defending the world title will go down as one of the supreme achievements of Davis's glorious career.


"To beat John Higgins, one of the greatest players to have held a cue at the Crucible, as the champion, is just amazing. I had a tear in my eye through shock and disbelief," said snooker legend Davis.


That was where the fairlytale ended, however, as he lost 13-5 to eventual champion Neil Robertson in the quarter-finals.


Davis insists he has no plans to put his cue away for good. "I'm not sure it's about bowing out in style, more like hanging on for grim death really," he said. "I'm going down the walls slowly with my finger nails embedded, screeching down."


He achieved a remarkable milestone at the 2005 UK Championship by reaching his 100th major final.


After knocking out Mark Allen, Stephen Maguire, Ken Doherty and Stephen Hendry, his run was finally ended by Chinese whizzkid Ding Junhui who triumphed 10-6.


His previous major final was at the 2004 Welsh Open when he led Ronnie O'Sullivan 8-5 only to lose 9-8. The Rocket was his victim when Davis won his last major title - the 1997 Masters when he took the last six frames of the final at Wembley to win 10-8.


Emerging in the early days of snooker's development as a major television sport, Davis came to dominate the green baize throughout the 1980s. He won his first world title in 1981 when he beat Doug Mountjoy 18-12 in the final and his sixth in 1989 with a record 18-3 thrashing of Parrott.


Perhaps more famous than Davis' victories, though, were his two defeats in the Crucible final. In 1985 he lost 18-17 on the final black at 12.20am to Dennis Taylor in one of the most memorable occasions in all of sport, watched by 18.5 million BBC2 viewers. "It's all there in black and white," Davis observed with typical deadpan humour. The following year he went down 18-12 to rank outsider Joe Johnson.


The man nicknamed the Ginger Magician recorded snooker's first televised maximum 147 at the 1982 Lada Classic and received a Lada car for his troubles. He has won 28 ranking titles in all. He was made an MBE in 1988 and an OBE in The Queen's New Year Honours in 2001.


Father-of-two Davis is a keen poker player. He loves collecting and listening to soul and prog rock music and hosts a weekly radio show on Phoenix FM. He is also an accomplished chess player and a former president of the British Chess Federation.