Born in Coatbridge, Scotland in 1907, Walter Donaldson was the first Scottish born player to make a mark on the snooker world.
He won the national under 16 billiards championship at the age of 15 and then turned professional the following year, 1923, but did not enter the world championship until 1933 when he lost in the semi-finals to Joe Davis. He did not take part again until 1939 and reached the quarter-finals, going one better the following year.
After the war, in which he served in the army, and after the retirement of Joe Davis, he vied with Fred Davis for the number one position. In 1946 he set a new world record break of 142. The following year he reached the first of eight consecutive world finals, in the first of them and to the surprise of many, he beat Fred Davis 82-63 to take the title. Fred won the next two but Walter beat him in 1950 to become champion for the second time. Fred came out on top in the next three finals.
He then became disillusioned with the sport and retired. He turner his snooker room into a cow-shed and broke up the slates from the table to make crazy paving.
He died at his home in Buckinghamshire in 1973.