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English Amateur Championship

The English Amateur Snooker Championship holds the distinction of being the longest running competition in the sport following its first staging in 1916.

Barring a four-year period during World War II, the tournament has been held every year since its inaugural year, outdating the world professional championship by 11 years. Steeped in a rich history, it has stood the test of time and remains the most prestigious domestic honour for amateur players in England.

2021/22

The provisional dates for the 2021/22 English Amateur Championship have now been announced:

  • North Qualifier – 23 October 2021
  • Midlands Qualifier – 23 October 2021
  • South Qualifier – 23 October 2021
    (Please note – the qualifying regions are scheduled to be played and completed on one day, although, the following day – 24 October – may be required should we exceed a ‘reasonable’ number of entries to complete the qualification process on one day)
  • North Last 16 – 8 January 2022
  • South Last 16 – 9 January 2022
  • Finals Weekend – 4-5 June 2022

Learn how to enter EPSB competitions and how to become an EPSB member this season via WPBSA SnookerScores.

Tournament Information

  • The 2022 English Amateur Snooker Championship is open to all 
  • Event entries close two Mondays before the event starts at midday (1200)
  • The opening phase of the championship will consist of three qualifying regions (North, Midlands, South) 
  • Regardless of home location, players may enter whichever area they wish – although there is only one entry per player per event 
  • The qualifying regions are scheduled to be played and completed on one day, although, the following day may be required should we exceed a ‘reasonable’ number of entries to complete the qualification process on just one day 
  • Each qualifying region will produce five qualifiers for the ‘second phase’ (national last 16), with an additional sixth qualifying spot being given to the region with the greatest number of entries 
  • The ‘second phase’ of the championship will bring together all qualifiers for a national last 16 stage. At this phase, the last 16, quarter-finals and semi-finals will be completed, leaving two players for the final to be played at a later date in the season. 
  • The championship is straight knockout with no seeding (open draw) 
  • All draws will be completed and published prior to the different phases starting 
  • All matches in the qualifying rounds are the best of 7 frames 
  • Match lengths for the national last 16 onwards will be determined closer to the time 
  • The winner (and possibly the runner-up) will be considered for international selection, including upcoming World Snooker Federation, European Billiards and Snooker Association and Home Internationals events. 

Entry Fees and Prize Money

Entry: £50

Winner: £1,000

Runner-Up: £500

Semi-Finalists: £250 (each)

Quarter-Finalists: £100 (each)

Hancorn Triumphant in Cheltenham

The 2020 competition was won by Ben Hancorn who defeated Rory McLeod 5-3 to take the trophy from the 100th staging of the world’s oldest national snooker championship.

View our full report from the event.

Previous Winners

(100) 2020 Ben Hancorn – Report / Results

(99) 2019 Brandon Sargeant – Report via wpbsa.com

(98) 2018 Joe O’Connor

(97) 2017 Billy Joe Castle 

(96) 2016 Jamie Bodle 

(95) 2015 Michael Rhodes

(94) 2014 Ben Harrison

(93) 2013 Stuart Carrington

(92) 2012 Gary Wilson

(91) 2011 Leo Fernandez

(90) 2010 Jack Lisowski 

(89) 2009 Jimmy Robertson

(88) 2008 David Grace

(87) 2007 Martin Gould

(86) 2006 Mark Joyce

(85) 2005 David Grace

(84) 2004 David Lilley

(83) 2003 Alex Davies

(82) 2002 Martin Gould 

(81) 2001 Luke Fisher 

(80) 2000 Nick Marsh 

(79) 1999 David Lilley

(78) 1998 Tim Bailey 

(77) 1997 David Lilley 

(76) 1996 Stuart Bingham 

(75) 1995 David Gray 

(74) 1994 Matthew Davies

(73) 1993 Neil Mosley

(72) 1992 Stephen Lee

(71) 1991 Steve Judd 

(70) 1990 Joe Swail 

(69) 1989 Nigel Bond

(68) 1988 Barry Pinches 

(67) 1987 Mark Rowing

(66) 1986 Anthony Harris 

(65) 1985 Terry Whitthread

(64) 1984 Steve Longworth 

(63) 1983 Tony Jones

(62) 1982 Dave Chalmers 

(61) 1981 Vic Harris 

(60) 1980 Joe O’Boye 

(59) 1979 Jimmy White

(58) 1978 Terry Griffiths 

(57) 1977 Terry Griffiths 

(56) 1976 Chris Ross

(55) 1975 Sid Hood 

(54) 1974 Ray Edmonds 

(54) 1974 Ray Edmonds 

(53) 1973 Marcus Owen

(52) 1972 Jonathan Barron 

(51) 1971 Jonathan Barron 

(50) 1970 Jonathan Barron

(49) 1969 Ray Edmonds

(48) 1968 David Taylor 

(47) 1967 Marcus Owen

(46) 1966 John Spencer 

(45) 1965 Pat Houlihan

(44) 1964 Ray Reardon 

(43) 1963 Gary Owen 

(42) 1962 Ron Gross 

(41) 1961 Alan Barnett

(40) 1960 Ron Gross

(39) 1959 Marcus Owen

(38) 1958 Marcus Owen

(37) 1957 Ron Gross 

(36) 1956 Tommy Gordon

(35) 1955 Maurice Parkin 

(34) 1954 Geoff Thompson 

(33) 1953 Tommy Gordon

(32) 1952 Charles Downey

(31) 1951 Rex Williams 

(30) 1950 Alf Nolan 

(29) 1949 Tommy Gordon

(28) 1948 Sidney Battye 

(27) 1947 Harold Morris

(26) 1946 John Pulman

Between 1941 to 1945 no tournament was held due to World War II

(25) 1940 Kingsley Kennerley

(24) 1939 Percy Bendon

(23) 1938 Pat Matthews 

(22) 1937 Kingsley Kennerley

(21) 1936 Pat Matthews

(20) 1935 Charles Beavis 

(19) 1934 Charles Beavis 

(18) 1933 Edward Bedford 

(17) 1932 William Bach

(16) 1931 Pat Matthews 

(15) 1930 Laurie Steeples 

(14) 1929 Laurie Steeples

(13) 1928 Pat Matthews 

(12) 1927 Ollie Jackson 

(11) 1926 W. Nash 

(10) 1925 Jack McGlynn 

(9) 1924 Walter Coupe

(8) 1923 Walter Coupe

(7) 1922 Jack McGlynn

(6) 1921 M. J. Vaughan

(5) 1920 Arthur Wisdom

(4) 1919 Sidney Fry 

(3) 1918 Harry Lukens

(2) 1917 Charles Jaques

(1) 1916 Charles Jaques