Monday, 26 July 2010

Warm words spoke of Hurricane

I've spent most of my day scouring through the media reading the countless obituraies in memory of the great Alex Higgins.

Even now, I'm not tired of learning more about what this great man gave our sport.

I just wish I could be a little bit older to have fully appreciated his vast talents.

While warm words have been shared about the two-time world champion, OnCue bring you some of the very best...

"In his prime, he could play brilliantly in an imitable way even, at times, well enough to give himself the illusion of the omnipotence he craved to keep at bay the vulnerability he feared."

Clive Everton, The Observer

"The ride may be over, but the memories will live forever."

Frank Brownlow, Belfast Telegraph

"But in an era when all the top players were household names, Alex Higgins was the most vibrant star of them all. He was, in the words of his rival Steve Davis, 'the one true genius that snooker has produced' - a man who could perform shots that other mortals would find impossible."

Leo Mckinstry, Daily Mail

"He did not get along with everyone in the snooker world, far from it. No one, though, could deny the immense contribution he made to its popularisation and all, in the immediate aftermath of his passing, wanted to dwell on his best side."

Clive Everton, The Guardian

"There were to be many more emotional moments in a life lived without compromise. Higgins could have accumulated more silverware than he did were it not for his volcanic temperament but his capacity to find trouble ensured he retained a huge fascination and, therefore, a sizeable following."

David Hendon, Independent

"Because there is no question without the Hurricane snooker would never have become what it did. He transformed the game. It wasn't just the way he played it – the speed, the grace, the athleticism – it was the box office pull of his character."

Jim White, Telegraph

"Sold-out halls from Wythenshawe to Oldham were packed to the rafters with fans eager to get a glimpse of the then-dour sport’s new sensation – the so-called ‘Hurricane’ who fizzed around the baize making impossible pots look easy."

Mike Keegan, Manchester Evening Post

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