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Rex Williams (born 20 July, 1933), son of Minnie Roberts and William Williams, is a retired English professional billiards and snooker player.

Williams was an excellent junior player, both of snooker and of billiards. His professional career initially coincided with a period of decline in snooker. In the 1960s, when the World Championship was run as challenge matches, he faced John Pulman in 1964 and 1965 but was unsuccessful both times. He was the second person, after Joe Davis, to make an accredited maximum 147 break, in an exhibition match in Cape Townmarker in December, 1966.

He won the World Professional Billiards Championship seven times from 1968 to 1983, including a reign as champion from 1968 to 1980. He was less successful at snooker, although he did become the oldest player to reach a world ranking final when, at the age of 53, he lost to Jimmy White in the 1986 Rothmans Grand Prix Final.

Williams was heavily involved in the administration of snooker and billiards. In 1968 he inspired the resurrection of the defunct Professional Billiards Players Association in the guise of the World Professional Billiard and Snooker Association. He was chairman of the WPBSA from 1968 to 1987 and from 1997 to 1999. In 2001 he was expelled as a member of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association and asked to repay legal costs of £28,268.

He was also a TV commentator for both BBC and ITV during the 1980s.

References

  1. http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/snooker-dday-looms-for-williams-1112840.html
  2. http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/general/snooker-williams-is-expelled-after-investigation-620956.html



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