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Talking Snooker

Nick Metcalfe and Phil Haigh talk about the game we all love.

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Talking Snooker Episode 98 - Scottish Open preview + German Masters qualifying
Nick and Phil look ahead to the second Home Nations event of the season, the Scottish Open in Edinburgh. There's also chat about a number of shock results in German Masters qualifying, plus the rest of the latest snooker news and your correspondence.
61:14 27/11/22
Talking Snooker Episode 97 - Mark Allen wins UK Championship
Nick and Phil reflect on a superb UK Championship, with victory for Mark Allen over Ding Junhui in the final. Among the topics discussed are the new format, the Cue Zone at the Barbican, BBC coverage and Shaun Murphy's comments on Ronnie O'Sullivan. We also round up the rest of the snooker news, including the Masters draw.
80:42 21/11/22
Talking Snooker Episode 96 - UK Championship Preview with Philip Studd
Nick and Phil are joined by Eurosport commentator Philip Studd, to look ahead to the UK Championship in York, in a special episode brought to you by Sporting Life. There's plenty of reflection on Jimmy White qualifying for the event at the age of 60 and a guide to all the last 32 matches to come.We are delighted to be partnering with SportingLife.com, the UK’s leading sports betting and content website, for a number of key episodes this season. You can visit sportinglife.com/snooker for betting previews and analysis ahead of all the big ranking events, plus big name interviews, results, news, and of course a brilliant fortnightly column from friend of the podcast Neal Foulds. Our next episode in this new partnership will come in January when we preview the Masters.
65:00 11/11/22
Talking Snooker Episode 95 - Ronnie O'Sullivan wins Champion of Champions
Nick and Phil reflect on a fourth Champion of Champions title for Ronnie O'Sullivan, with victory over Judd Trump in the final. There's talk of Trump's maximum in the final and the week overall in Bolton. Plus the latest from the UK Championship qualifiers in Sheffield and the rest of the snooker news.
62:32 06/11/22
Talking Snooker Episode 94 - Champion of Champions 2022 Preview
Nick and Phil look ahead to the 10th modern edition of the Champion of Champions in Bolton. There's also a round-up of the latest qualifying action, plus the rest of the latest snooker news. Keep your thoughts coming to us - tweet us at TalkingSnooker or email talkingsnooker@yahoo.com
54:19 30/10/22
Talking Snooker Episode 93 - Mark Allen wins Northern Ireland Open again
Nick and Phil reflect on a second successive triumph for Mark Allen in Belfast, and a terrific week in general at the first Home Nations event of the season. There's also news of victory for Reanne Evans in Scotland. Plus the return of Snooker Scene, with a new editor.
88:47 24/10/22
Talking Snooker Episode 92 - Alex Higgins special
Nick and Phil are joined by journalist John Skilbeck, the author of a new book on the 1982 World Championship, to talk at length about the extraordinary life and times of Alex Higgins. The world titles in 72 and 82, including that break, the genius on the table, the chaos and scandal off it. And so much more. Please send us your thoughts - tweet us at TalkingSnooker or email talkingsnooker@yahoo.com
124:50 17/10/22
Talking Snooker Episode 91 - LIVE FROM LEEDS... Tony Meo Trophy, Hong Kong Masters & Northern Ireland
Nick and Phil are live at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds, with their referee Dave Tindall, to talk about the latest battle for the Tony Meo Trophy. There's also a look back at a memorable Hong Kong Masters in front of world record crowds, plus a look ahead to the Northern Ireland Open.
88:02 10/10/22
Talking Snooker Episode 90 - British Open Review with Abigail Davies
Nick and Phil are joined by the broadcaster Abigail Davies to reflect on victory for Ryan Day at the British Open. There's also a look ahead to the Hong Kong Masters. Oh, and our selections for chosen walk-on music. And Pot Black.
127:46 04/10/22
Talking Snooker Episode 89 - World Mixed Doubles Review
Nick and Phil reflect on an important weekend for the sport, with the World Mixed Doubles giving the world's leading female players a higher profile than they've ever had before. Your correspondence very much part of this episode, including one quite brilliant email right at the start. There's also news from the British Open, including an early exit for Ronnie O'Sullivan.
99:18 26/09/22
Talking Snooker Episode 88 - World Mixed Doubles & British Open preview
Two tournaments for the price of none on this episode of Talking Snooker, as Nick and Phil look ahead to the season resuming in earnest. Two big tournaments are coming up in Milton Keynes, the World Mixed Doubles and British Open. Keep your thoughts coming to us - tweet us at TalkingSnooker or email talkingsnooker@yahoo.com
67:14 20/09/22
Talking Snooker Episode 87 - Your Views
Nick and Phil catch up with your latest correspondence, with topics including the state of snooker clubs, tournament venues and current sponsorship. There's also a round-up of the latest news. And there's a special Talking Snooker line for you about the late Queen Elizabeth II.
88:43 17/09/22
Talking Snooker Episode 86 - Neil Robertson special
Nick and Phil speak with one of the game's superstars, Neil Robertson, in a special episode brought to you by Sporting Life.Robertson talks about his days growing up, early days on tour, World Championship success, frustrations at the Crucible, mental health issues in his family, relationship with Ronnie O'Sullivan and hopes for the future.We are delighted to be partnering with SportingLife.com, the UK’s leading sports betting and content website, for a number of key episodes this season. You can visit sportinglife.com/snooker for betting previews and analysis ahead of all the big ranking events, plus big name interviews, results, news, and of course a brilliant fortnightly column from friend of the podcast Neal Foulds.Our next episode in this new partnership will come in November when we preview the UK Championship.
164:09 05/09/22
Talking Snooker Episode 85 - Hazel Irvine special
Nick and Phil are joined by one of Britain's finest broadcasters and the face of snooker on the BBC, Hazel Irvine. We ask Hazel about growing up loving sport, working alongside giants of the industry like Dickie Davies and her two decades covering snooker. There's plenty of chat about some of the great Crucible moments with Hazel on the microphone, like the emotion of John Higgins in 2011, fairytale victory for Stuart Bingham in 2015 and this year's record seventh world title for Ronnie O'Sullivan. There's also a round-up of all the other latest snooker news.
98:34 02/09/22
Talking Snooker Episode 84 - Kyren Wilson wins European Masters
Nick and Phil review the first knockout ranking tournament of the season, with Kyren Wilson claiming the European Masters title in Furth. If you were at the event, keep your thoughts coming to us - tweet TalkingSnooker or email talkingsnooker@yahoo.com
76:00 21/08/22
Talking Snooker Episode 83 - European Masters Preview + Latest News
Nick and Phil look ahead to the first knockout ranking tournament of the season, the European Masters in Germany. There's also a look back at British Open qualifying. And we reveal the snooker superstar who will be coming on the podcast to kick off our autumn season of episodes. Keep your thoughts coming - tweet us at TalkingSnooker or email talkingsnooker@yahoo.com
57:20 15/08/22
Talking Snooker Episode 82 - Interview with WPBSA chairman Jason Ferguson
Nick and Phil are joined by Jason Ferguson for a wide-ranging interview about the state of the game. The WPBSA chairman addresses a host of topics, including when snooker might return to mainland China, the absence of prize money for first round losers and the women's game. He also talks about the controversy surrounding Liang Wenbo. There's plenty of questions from you too, including over a new venue for the Welsh Open.
97:30 09/08/22
Talking Snooker Episode 81 - Luca Brecel wins Championship League + Your Views
Nick and Phil reflect on victory for Luca Brecel in the first ranking event of the 22/23 season. There's also chat about Reanne Evans winning the UK Women's Championship. Plus we address Your Views, including your latest Surprise Spots.
69:22 02/08/22
Talking Snooker Episode 80 - Rebecca Kenna special
Nick and Phil are joined by Rebecca Kenna from her cue sports shop in Yorkshire. Rebecca talks to us about her days growing up, her time on the women's tour and starting out on the main tour, as well as coaching and her shop. There's plenty of chat too about the forthcoming World Mixed Doubles.
83:56 25/07/22
Talking Snooker Episode 79 - Kyren Wilson special
Nick and Phil are joined by one of snooker's biggest stars, Kyren Wilson. The Englishman talks to us at length about his career and life in the game, including his first ranking event success in Shanghai, that incredible World Championship semi-final deciding frame against Anthony McGill, his improved relationship with Judd Trump and hopes for the future. There's also a round-up of the latest action on the table.
70:51 19/07/22
Talking Snooker Episode 78 - Youth Special
Nick and Phil explore whether the game is reaching young people, with Owen Burt and Gareth Williams. There's plenty of chat about the marketing of the game, dress code, television coverage and much more. There's also the latest on the Championship League. Tweet us at @TalkingSnooker or email talkingsnooker@yahoo.com
109:29 10/07/22
Talking Snooker Episode 77 - Your Views + Surprise Spots
Nick and Phil address your emails and tweets in a new episode of the podcast. They also reflect on week one of the new season at the Championship League, and reveal your surprise snooker spots. Tweet us at @TalkingSnooker or email talkingsnooker@yahoo.com
83:21 02/07/22
Talking Snooker Episode 76 - Happy New Season... Media chat and Predictions for 22/23 with Oli Bell
Nick and Phil are joined by the broadcaster Oli Bell as the new season gets under way with the Championship League. Oli talks to us at length about media coverage of the sport and state of the game today. There's also our predictions for the 22/23 campaign.
115:28 27/06/22
Talking Snooker Episode 75 - Fergal O'Brien special
Nick and Phil are joined by 1999 British Open champion Fergal O'Brien. There's talk about his days growing up, making a century in his first frame at the Crucible, that famous victory in Plymouth, playing Paul Hunter in the Masters final, the longest frame and so much more. Plus we ask Fergal your questions.
98:42 20/06/22
Talking Snooker Episode 74 - Q School Review + Your Views with David Grace
Nick and Phil are joined by former UK Championship semi-finalist David Grace to talk abut his life in snooker. There's a review of the climax of Q School and address some of Your Views. And we reveal news of our special guest next week.
120:13 13/06/22
Talking Snooker Episode 73 - Rob Walker special
Nick and Phil are joined by the compere and broadcaster Rob Walker, who talks us through his career and time in snooker. Rob tells us about the best ever atmospheres during his years introducing the players, his memorable appearances on TFI Friday and his charity work. There's plenty of chat too about the recent World Championship.*Special note - If you want to hear some award-winning waffle from messrs Metcalfe and Haigh between minutes 17 and 57, you're more than welcome. But feel free to fast forward to Rob rejoining the episode too. Enjoy.
130:23 05/06/22
Talking Snooker Episode 72 - WE ARE BACK
Talking Snooker returns after our spring break. Nick and Phil reflect on the latest events at Q School. Plus reflections on the World Seniors, the 21/22 awards and the rest of the big snooker news.
55:21 29/05/22
Talking Snooker Episode 71 - Ronnie is the greatest! O'Sullivan wins seventh world title + Review of 21/22 season
Nick and Phil reflect on a memorable seventh world title for Ronnie O'Sullivan at the Crucible, which cements his status as snooker's greatest. There's also chat about the tournament as a whole, including television coverage and the fan experience. Plus there's a review of the 21/22 season.
120:46 03/05/22
Talking Snooker Episode 70 - LIVE FROM SHEFFIELD World Championship latest with Crucible Almanac author Chris Downer
Nick and Phil are joined by Chris Downer to review all the best of 25 frame matches in the second round and quarter-finals at the World Championship, and look ahead to the semi-finals. Plus Chris talks to us about his famous Almanac.
76:15 28/04/22
Talking Snooker Episode 69 - World Championship 2022 First Round Review + Second Round Preview
Nick and Phil review the opening stages of the World Championship at the Crucible and look ahead to the last 16. There's also chat on the debate over the tournament venue and television coverage. Keep your thoughts coming.
110:45 22/04/22