Jim Meadowcroft, Snooker player, died at 68

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Jim Meadowcroft, born on December 15, 1946 and died September 25, 2015.

Jim was an English professional snooker player who latterly was a coach and a commentator on the game.

His most successful years were during the 1970s; he was ranked number 12 in the world in 1976 to 1977 and reached the second round of the world championship three times.

Jim is the author of Higgins, Taylor and Me and has served as a director of pro snooker’s governing body the WPBSA.

Jim reached the last 16 of the World Championship in 1974, however he lost 10-16 to 6 times world champion Ray Reardon.

He went one step further in 1976, reaching the quarter-final by beating Rex Williams 15-7, before he was beaten 8-15 by Perrie Mans.

He also progressed to the quarter-final of the 1977 UK Championship (The inaugural edition of the tournament), beating Pat Houlihan and Ray Reardon both by 5-4 scoreline, before being beaten by eventual winner Patsy Fagan, once again by a 5-4 score.

On 27 January 1982, Jim made breaks of 105, 115, 117 and 125 (total 462) in four consecutive frames at the Connaught Leisure Centre, Worthing.

Jim died at age 68 on September 25, 2015.