In week 2, we feature another local ‘Mersey Legend’ – Rod Lawler is celebrating an incredible 30 consecutive years on the Professional tour and has amassed over 100 century breaks in the process. Here is an insight into life on and off the table for one of Liverpool’s finest ever players.
Representing England Jnrs aged 15 & 16;
British U16s Billiard champion.
British U19s Snooker champion.
British Open champion.
World-snooker Beijing Champion 1996.
World-snooker Finland Open Champion 1996.
Players Tour Championship Event 2012.
Merseyside Champion of Champions : 1989
Merseyside Professional Championship: 1995
Merseyside Junior Champion of Champions: 1990
Favourite football team?? Liverpool FC
Best sporting moment outside snooker?? Playing for Huyton Boys football team and representing Merseyside at chess.
Favourite Place?? New York City
Favourite Band?? Marillion
Favourite Artist?? John Martyn
Favourite Film?? Shawshank Redemption
Favourite Actors?? Robert De Niro & Al Pacino
Favourite Food?? My Wife’s cooking (I hope she reads this)
Favourtie Drink?? Yorkshire Tea
Highest World Ranking?? 20 (1996/97)
High Tournament Break?? My highest as a Professional is 143 in World Championships in 2003, I’ve also had a Maximum 147 at a Pro-Am
Favourite Venues?? Crucible Theatre in Sheffield and Temperdrome in Berlin.
Which snooker player inspired you?? George Scott was very generous with his time and knowledge which helped me so much in my early career.
Proudest Moment in Snooker?? Winning a Players Tour Championship Event in 2012 where I beat Marco Fu (4-2) in the Final.
Toughest opponent?? John Higgins.
Room mate?? Ricky Walden or any of the North West based players.
Walk on song?? Rudimental – They Don’t Care About Us
Which celebrities (alive or not) would you like to invite to dinner?? Jurgen Klopp, Quentin Tarrantino, Brian Cox, Bill Shankly, Tommy Cooper and Elvis Presley