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Alex Higgins & Jimmy White Playing In Pool's Mosconi Cup Is An Incredible Watch

Alex Higgins & Jimmy White Playing In Pool's Mosconi Cup Is An Incredible Watch

It's fair to say that snooker is no longer hitting the heights of the glory days of the 1980s.

While there are some incredibly talented players in the current ranks and audiences are interested in the World Championships each year, we are far removed from the days of 18.5 million people tuning BBC Two to witness Dennis Taylor's 18-17 win final over Steve Davis in 1985.

Snooker was a much less clean cut sport back then, with the players not averse to having a drink or a smoke in the middle of a game.

That has completely gone out of the sport now, but an old clip on YouTube would certainly bring you back to those times.

The video itself is not even of snooker, although it does feature two of the game's most iconic names in Alex Higgins and Jimmy White.

Here they have turned to pool, representing Europe in in the 1995 Mosconi Cup, the sport's equivalent of the Ryder Cup.

Higgins and White are taking on the American pair of Bobby Hunter  and Mike Massey. While their opponents were seasoned pool players, it seems neither man on the European team was taking things all too seriously.

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Both men were smoking throughout, with Higgins also knocking back a few drinks. Despite this, he played one of the most ridiculous shots you are ever likely to see.

How incredible are those waistcoats by the way?

The full match is available on YouTube and the whole thing is an incredible watch. The late great Sid Waddell is in commentary and does a predictably brilliant job.

One of the more memorable aspects of the match came down to the cues. Higgins was originally using a snooker cue, only for one of his opponents to lend him his one for breaking. However, the American needed that cue every few frames so the Belfast man would have to hand it back.

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While all this was going on, he wasn't exactly certain of the rules. Higgins would often come to the table and count the balls, only to ask which one he had to pot next.

Despite all of this, the European pair would run out 2-1 winners over their opponents.

Incredible stuff.

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Gary Connaughton

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