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Carlton Palmer’s Snooker Passion

Former England footballer Carlton Palmer revealed he is a huge snooker fan during a trip to last week’s Shanghai Masters.

The midfielder, who won 18 caps for his country as well as playing for teams including Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds, enjoyed the match between Ronnie O’Sullivan and Alan McManus at the Grand Stage in Shanghai.

Palmer has recently moved out to China having accepted a position as Director of Sport at the new Wellington College in Shanghai, an international school with strong links to the British ‘parent’ school in Berkshire.

Last year, former England and Spurs goalkeeper Ian Walker, who now coaches the keepers for Shanghai East Asia on the same site as the Grand Stage venue, attended the final between Ding Junhui and Xiao Guodong.

Settled in a luxury apartment in the trendy Xintiandi district of the city, 48-year-old Palmer said: “We have been working hard towards last month’s launch at the school, and it all seems to be going well so far. I love my snooker, and would like to thank World Snooker and the organisers for letting me come along, it was a great experience.”

Thanks to Hector Nunns for the words and Tai Chengzhe for the pictures.