Allan Taylor (snooker player)

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Allan Taylor
Allan Taylor PHC 2014-3.jpg
Paul Hunter Classic 2014
Born (1984-11-28) 28 November 1984 (age 33)
Liverpool, Merseyside
Sport country  England
Nickname Albino Assassin
Professional 2013–
Highest ranking 77 (October 2016)[1]
Current ranking 78 (as of 27 August 2018[needs update])
Career winnings £69,679[2]
Highest break 133:
2016 Welsh Open
Century breaks 14[2]
Best ranking finish Last 32 (x6)

Allan Taylor (born 28 November 1984) is an English professional snooker player, who comes from Basildon, Essex but resides in Southend. He used to work at a police station in Birkenhead, supporting the police force by studying CCTV footage.[3]

Taylor turned professional in 2013 after being the sixth highest ranked amateur on the PTC Order of Merit, winning a tour card for the 2013/14 and 2014/15 seasons.[4] He practices and prepares in St Mary's Mens Club.


Debut season[edit]

Taylor managed to win just two matches during the 2013/2014 season to end his first season on tour ranked world number 123.[5][6]

2014/2015 season[edit]

Taylor lost 6–2 to Anthony McGill in the first round of the UK Championship. A few weeks later he beat Michael Holt 4–3 to qualify for the Indian Open, where he was defeated 4–3 by Li Hang in the first round.[7] At the end of the season Taylor was the world number 107 which would have seen him lose his place on the tour, however he finished 62nd on the European Order of Merit which earned him one of the eight two-year cards on offer for non-qualified players.[8][9]

2015/2016 season[edit]

A 5–2 win over Simon Dent and successive last frame deciders against Stuart Carrington and Li Hang saw Taylor reach the final qualifying round for the 2015 Australian Goldfields Open in which he made a 132 break against Mark King, but lost 5–4.[10][11] He could not win another match until February when, at the Welsh Open, he tasted victory at the venue stage of a ranking event for the first time in his career by defeating Oliver Lines 4–1. Taylor lost 4–2 to Anthony Hamilton in the second round.[11]

2016/2017 season[edit]

Taylor qualified for the 2016 Riga Masters, World Open and Indian Open, but was knocked out in the first round of each. He lost in the second round of the Northern Ireland Open and Welsh Open 4–2 to Li Hang and 4–1 to Robin Hull respectively. At the Gibraltar Open, Taylor advanced to the last 32 of a ranking event for the first time with wins over Saqib Nasir and Elliot Slessor. He moved 3–2 ahead of Shaun Murphy, but would be defeated 4–3.[12][13] Taylor needed to come through Q School to remain on tour as he lost his spot at the end of the season, due to his world ranking of 86.[14] In the last 16 of the first event he needed a snooker when 3–2 down to Daniel Ward. He got it when Ward went in-off and made a 96 in the deciding frame, before whitewashing Sean O'Sullivan 4–0 to earn a new two-year tour card.[15]

Performance and rankings timeline[edit]

Tournament 2010/
Ranking[16][nb 1] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 3] 123 [nb 4] 111 [nb 5] 78
Ranking tournaments
Riga Masters[nb 6] Tournament Not Held MR 1R LQ LQ
World Open A A A LQ Not Held 1R 2R LQ
Paul Hunter Classic Minor-Ranking Event 1R 1R 2R
China Championship Tournament Not Held NR 2R 1R
European Masters Tournament Not Held LQ LQ 2R
English Open Tournament Not Held 1R 1R
International Championship Not Held A LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ
Northern Ireland Open Tournament Not Held 2R 1R
UK Championship A A A 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R
Scottish Open Not Held MR Not Held 1R 2R
German Masters A A A LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ
World Grand Prix Tournament Not Held NR DNQ DNQ DNQ
Welsh Open A A A 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R
Shoot-Out Non-Ranking Event 2R 3R
Indian Open Not Held LQ 1R NH 1R LQ LQ
Players Championship[nb 7] DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
Gibraltar Open Tournament Not Held MR 3R 3R
Tour Championship Tournament Not Held
China Open A A A LQ LQ LQ 1R LQ
World Championship A A A LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ
Former ranking tournaments
Wuxi Classic Non-Ranking A LQ LQ Tournament Not Held
Australian Goldfields Open NH A LQ LQ LQ LQ Not Held
Shanghai Masters A A A LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ NR
Performance Table Legend
LQ lost in the qualifying draw #R lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
QF lost in the quarter-finals
SF lost in the semi-finals F lost in the final W won the tournament
DNQ did not qualify for the tournament A did not participate in the tournament WD withdrew from the tournament
NH / Not Held means an event was not held.
NR / Non-Ranking Event means an event is/was no longer a ranking event.
R / Ranking Event means an event is/was a ranking event.
MR / Minor-Ranking Event means an event is/was a minor-ranking event.
  1. ^ It shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
  2. ^ a b c He was an amateur.
  3. ^ New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
  4. ^ Players qualified through European Tour Order of Merit started the season without prize money ranking points.
  5. ^ Players qualified through Q School started the season without prize money ranking points.
  6. ^ The event was called the Riga Open (2014/2015–2015/2016)
  7. ^ The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013)


  1. ^ "WORLD RANKINGS After 2016 European Masters". World Snooker. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Career-total Statistics for Allan Taylor – Professional". CueTracker Snooker Results & Statistics Database. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Taylor Made For Q School". World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
  4. ^ "Tour Players 2013/2014" (PDF). World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 October 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Allan Taylor 2013/2014". Retrieved 11 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Prize Money Rankings After the 2014 World Championship" (PDF). World Snooker. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 May 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Allan Taylor 2014/2015". Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  8. ^ "European Order of Merit 2014/2015". Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  9. ^ "World Rankings After 2015 World Championship". World Snooker. Archived from the original on 7 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  10. ^ "Mark King v Allan Taylor". World Snooker. Archived from the original on 13 March 2016. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  11. ^ a b "Allan Taylor 2015/2016". Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  12. ^ "Shaun Murphy 4–3 Allan Taylor". World Snooker. Archived from the original on 20 March 2017. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  13. ^ "Allan Taylor 2016/2017". Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  14. ^ "Rankings 2016/2017". Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  15. ^ "Kleckers Books Tour Sport". World Snooker. Retrieved 14 May 2017.
  16. ^ "Ranking History". Retrieved 6 February 2011.

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