Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Fan profile: Martin Linton

OnCue takes its fan profile over to Ireland this time out.

Regular facebook forum user Martin Linton shares his baize views. 

Name: Martin Linton

Age: 24

From: Donegal, Ireland

Occupation: Currently working for a company that installs attic insulation alongside my part-time work as a stand-up comedian.

Highest Break: About 25

Followed snooker since: As far back as 1997. I must have been between 10 or 11-years-old.

First Memory: I remember watching crafty Ken Doherty against Stephen Hendry in the 1997 World Championship final. I was at my Granny's house.

First favourite player: I started out just following the game and not supporting anyone in particular but, Ken was always my main man. He's done so much for the game over here in Ireland, it's difficult not to put him at the top of my list.

First live match: My first live match took a long time to come. I went to the PTC Grand Finals last years and saw Matthew Stevens beat Marcus Campbell 4-0.

Best Memory: There are so many to choose here but because I've always liked Shaun Murphy, I have to go for his run to win the World Championship in 2005. He beat John Higgins, Steve Davis and Peter Ebdon along the way. It was a big surprise back then.

Greatest player: For me, it's Steve Davis. He's great for the sport and it's remarkable that he's still going and enjoying himself at his age.

Favourite player: Shaun Murphy. When he's on form, he's unbeatable. I think he can win another world title, and it could be this year.

Snooker in ten years' will... hopefully have more players from Europe on the tour. I also think an Asian player will have won at the Crucible by then. Everyone knows how quickly the game is growing in China so I think it's only a matter of time.

If I could make on change to the game... I'd take a look at the structure of the PTC series. A lot of the players further down the world rankings end up out of pocket just travelling to and from the tournaments. More should be done in the game to help these guys.

I love snooker because... the skill and concentration involved in the game is immense yet it is made to look so easy by those at the top of the rankings. On any given day anybody can beat anybody so it never fails to excite. It's an unreal game and I hope it continues to get stronger and stronger, building a greater reputation across the world.

1 comment:

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