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This years Presentation Night will take place at Churchtown Cons, Thursday the 9th of June, with the James Yates final played out on the night. The final will start at 7:30pm with the presentation of the cups & trophies held after the conclusion of this final.

The funeral of John Mullard will take place at the Burscough West Lancashire Crematorium, Pippin Street, on Wednesday the 25th of May, service starting at midday 12:00pm. It has been requested that you need not turn up in full mourning black attire, and that something colourful would be much appreciated.

After the funeral service at the crematorium the family & friend's of John will all be going back to the Southport & Ainsdale golf club for refreshments and a good ole chat about the great man.

Thank you

It is with much sadness and a heavy heart that I bring news to the Southport Snooker community of the passing of John Mullard at 82 years of age. Our thoughts go out to his family and close friends.

John was a true gentleman, a man who loved his sports, loved the story about whatever game he was either playing or watching. A keen golfer and member of the S & A golf club, with snooker ties to playing at Birkdale Cons going back over 20 years, though he had taken up to playing at Scarisbrick recently. If not playing he was a regular watcher of all snooker matches be it in the Southport or the Ormskirk Leagues where he made many friends in his time spent watching other teams play. John was also a very valued member of the committee, and had been for over 20 years now, something that I am very grateful for. His passion and commitment to the League and shouting up for the smaller teams in the League as something that I will always remember. The bread and butters of the league, playing each and every week regardless, just like the man himself.

Like most men who go out nearly every night to watch or play snooker he had a very understanding and patient wife in Ruth. In fact he has been heard to say one on more than one occasion that she was one of the best things to come out of St Helens, so was his love & adoration to her.

His playing days may have stopped recently but in his day he was a battler, always tried, and was always up for turning one of the big boys over. He was immensely proud that he got his name in the League handbook, not once but three times, winning the JW Bylden Veterans Trophy in 1997, 2004 & 2006. It meant a lot to him that, and he always joked and pulled the legs of players who didn’t have their name in the book. That was the challenge to him, to better yourself, try and beat the big boys, get one over them, it was the game, the story that made him play on. In fact he always joked that if he ever drew Gareth Hibbott in one of the handicap cups he wanted to beat him, fair and square, but only off a 100 point start…!!

John may have lost his last challenge in life, but the people who knew him were the real winners, so was his status within our Snooker League and general lives.

Rest in Peace, John Mullard

Good luck to you all, stay safe, and keep smiling...

Chris Gill

Gen Sec.