RIP Willie Thorne

Good Leicester lad.

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I will miss his hushed tones on the snooker commentary

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Now old Willy Thorne his hair’s all gone
And his mates all take the rise
His opponent said ‘cover up his head
Cos it’s shining in my eyes’
When the light shines down on his bare crown
It’s a cert he’s gonna walk it
It’s just not fair giving off that glare
‘Perhaps I ought to chalk it’

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awww.

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Yep very sad indeed. Will miss him in the box - very gentle but incredibly insightful.

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and as that famous clip indirectly demonstrated, a much better player than his career record would seem to indicate. Great at banging the balls in, less good at the keeping it all together under pressure.

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Yeah almost like the prototype modern young player! They can all pot, we know they can all pot, but…

I’d forgotten just how far ahead he was in that final