World Snooker Boycott by top players
World Snooker Boycott? was the article title back on 3rd August 1949 in The Western Daily Press and Bristol Mirror.
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Several of the leading professional snooker players have threatened to biycott the 1949-50 world championship.
Horace Lindrum, the Australian champion, who came to England early this year primarily to make a bid for the crown has not entered. and Walter Donaldson, a former holder. stated last night “unless the entry is representative I shall withdraw”
Donaldson added: “I understand several of the better known players are objecting to the new condition laid down by the Billiards Association and Control Council that a stake of 20 guineas for each round be remitted and paid to the winner of each individual match, and will not take part because of it. I entirely agree. If Sidney Smith and others of his calibre do not take part, I won’t participate either as it would then be a farcical affair.”
Lindrum said he has attended a meeting of the Players Association which unanimously agreed against the stake rule.
It is understood that only half the normal number of competitors have entered including Fred Davis the holder.