Steve Davis is a WPBSA Player Director following his election to the Board in December 2009. Emerging in the early days of snooker’s development as a major television sport, Davis came to dominate the green baize throughout the 1980s. He won his first world title in 1981 when he beat Doug Mountjoy 18-12 in the final and his sixth in 1989 with a record 18-3 thrashing of John Parrott.
Perhaps more famous than Davis’ victories, though, were his two defeats in the Crucible final. In 1985 he lost 18-17 on the final black at 12.20am to Dennis Taylor in one of the most memorable occasions in all of sport, watched by 18.5 million BBC2 viewers. “It’s all there in black and white,” Davis observed with typical deadpan humour. The following year he went down 18-12 to rank outsider Joe Johnson.
The man nicknamed ‘Interesting’ recorded snooker’s first televised maximum 147 at the 1982 Lada Classic and received a Lada car for his troubles. He won 28 ranking titles in all. He was made an MBE in 1988 and an OBE in The Queen’s New Year Honours in 2001.
Steve brought the curtain down on a glittering career at the 2016 World Championship, announcing his retirement from professional competition at the Crucible Theatre following defeat to Fergal O’Brien at that year’s World Championship qualifiers.
Father-of-two Davis is a keen poker player, having become a regular competitor in the annual World Series of Poker tournament in Las Vegas. He loves collecting and listening to soul and prog rock music and hosts a weekly radio show on Phoenix FM. He is also an accomplished chess player and a former president of the British Chess Federation.
In Steve’s time on the board of the association, he has retired by rotation and put himself forward for re-election on two occasions, most recently in December 2014 when he was re-elected with 100% of the vote.