Today marks the 25th anniversary of the first televised 147 break.
It was made by Steve Davis in the 1982 Lada Classic at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in Oldham.
Davis’s maximum was broadcast by ITV, where commentator John Pulman managed to remain, how shall we say, rather more together than his colleague David Taylor, who could barely have been more excited if he had made the break himself.
Sadly, Davis’s opponent, John Spencer, passed away last July. He himself had completed a 147 in 1979 but the TV cameramen failed to capture it because they were on a tea break (as it transpired, the pockets were not templated to tournament standard in any case).
There have now been 54 maximum breaks with Jamie Cope compiling the most recent at last October’s Royal London Watches Grand Prix in Aberdeen. They are more common now but still a great achievement.
You can watch Davis’s break here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8W5_3VlyuU