I saw Willie Thorne doing commentary a couple of times whilst attending snooker tournaments back in the late 90s. He was probably at his best as a player around 1985, when snooker was a massive TV sport in the UK. However, he never won many ranking titles despite his ability.
RIP Willie Thorne
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Really sad news. Me and my Dad also met Willie Thorne at The Crucible in 1985 and he was indeed a great character and easy to talk to. My wife also met him at an event to raise money for the air ambulance a couple of years ago and had her photo taken with him. She too said he was a nice chap to talk to.
Stark contrast to Alex Higgins, who I met in the early 90s, completely destroying the admiration I had for him since the 70s.
I believe Willie was known as Mr Maximum during his heyday because of his break building ability. Sad that he never progressed further than the quarter finals in the World Championships.
Sad news Willie Thorne was one of those chaps that absolutely everyone said what a nice man he was. I never met him but in recent years have delivered furniture on several occasions to the house directly opposite to his. I always hoped that he might be outside but never saw him. R.I.P. Willie Thorne
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Sad news indeed. I loved watching snooker in the 80s and Willie a household name and popular player easily held his own his own against the legends of the day. I thought Willie was a fantastic commentator in his second career as a broadcaster. RIP Willie.
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