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Ian Glover Q&A

Yorkshire cueman who regained a tour place via the 2014 EBSA Play-Offs.

How are you finding life back on the World Snooker Tour so far?

It has been my dream for many years to get another shot on the tour, I am really enjoying every moment so far. I always love playing and competing. I do find it hard with costs as I don’t have a sponsor, but I just have to do the best that I can.

What are your hopes and expectations for the next two years on the tour?

To find the game that I’m capable of playing, to progress to the later stages of tournaments and to get into a position where I don’t have to worry about falling off the tour. The higher up the rankings I can get, the better.

When did you first start playing snooker?

Around about the age of 13.

What are your strengths and weaknesses as a player?

When I’m playing well my strength is break building. My weakness at the moment is long potting and safety play.

Where do you practise, who with and how many hours a day?

I practise at the Jeff Cundy snooker centre in Scunthorpe and the Sheffield Star Snooker Academy. My regular practice partners are Jeff Cundy, Barry West, Ben Woollaston and Stuart Carrington: all great players so I’m very lucky.

Do you play full time or do you have a job as well?

I play snooker part time and also have a part time job working for Igloo driving cars.

Who are your snooker idols?

Growing up, it was always Jimmy White. I used to rush home from school to watch any of his matches on TV. I always loved his easy style of play and dreamed that I could play that way, he is brilliant! I also admired Steve Davis as he was a winning machine in the 80s. Now the player I most admire has to be Ronnie O’Sullivan….he is pure genius!

What are your hobbies and interests away from snooker?

My main interest is aeroplanes. I’ve had a couple of flying lessons and if I ever became rich enough then I’d love to earn a pilot’s licence. I go to watch air shows to watch how the real pilots do it.