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Name : Clive Everton
Highest Ranking : 47 (1983/84)
Highest Break : 74 (1987 U K Championship)
Clive Harold Everton (born 7 September 1937) is a Welsh veteran commentator for ITV and Sky and former BBC snooker commentator, journalist, author and former professional snooker and billiards player. He is generally regarded as the authoritative voice for snooker, on account of his knowledge of the game for over forty years.
He began his BBC career on the radio, and later worked on television, commentating on the World Snooker Championship from 1978 until 2010. He continues to commentate for other broadcasters, including ITV4 for the Champion of Champions and World Grand Prix tournaments, Sky Sports, at the World Seniors Championship and Snooker Shoot-Out and Perform Media, where he provides commentary on the Championship League. He has also commentated for other worldwide broadcasters including Eurosport, CBC and Fox Sports Australia.
In 2017, Everton was inducted into the Snooker Hall of Fame at the annual Snooker Awards.
Everton was born in Worcester in 1937 and was educated at King’s School, Worcester and later at UCW Cardiff.
Everton was a talented amateur player of English billiards, reaching both the 1975 and 1977 world semi-finals. In the latter he exacerbated a back injury, forcing a temporary retirement from the highest level of the game; he became a professional snooker and billiards player in 1981. Everton’s biggest win as a professional snooker player was a 5-2 defeat of Patsy Fagan in the last 64 of the Professional Players Tournament 1982, before losing to Cliff Thorburn with the same score in the last 32. He reached (and lost) four Welsh Professional Snooker Championship quarter-finals and three major billiard quarter-finals.
However, it is as a snooker commentator that Everton is best known to millions of UK fans who watch the BBC’s coverage of the sport. During the hey-day of the game in the 1980s, he emerged as one of the top three commentators, alongside Jack Karnehm and the famous ‘whispering’ Ted Lowe. For many, he has become the ‘voice of snooker’ – particularly since the retirement of Lowe in the 1990s.
Everton’s style of commentary always tended towards the technical, as opposed to the more informal, conversational approach of his colleagues and the various ‘player-commentators’ of today. His analytical mind, combined with his clear love of the game and the few minutes of dedicated research he has put in over the years, have given him an encyclopaedic knowledge of the game and the ability to recite obscure facts and statistics, scorelines, and breaks of ancient matches etc., which he does frequently in commentary. He also tends towards the use of very formal English, often using words that would not find a place in everyday conversation. Hence, for example, his commentary has included the following statements