A man, who clocked up a remarkable 60 year record as the longest serving player in the Clitheroe and District Snooker League, has died suddenly at the age of 79.
Ted Horsfield, who was also captain of Clitheroe Social Club, spent six decades playing for several clubs and and was a highly respected and much loved player who had won several league and cup trophies.
With the league in its final week, fittingly the social team won their game the day after Ted’s death after his family insisted it went ahead. The Social club are also on the verge of winning the league title in which they only need one frame to secure the double, which is no mean feat in the Clitheroe league and very rarely done. The players are now hoping to achieve this is in honour of Ted’s memory.
Ted, who also played for Whalley Conservative Club, was also a well known pool player who had gained a reputation as something of a “hustler,’’ giving lessons in the art of winning to those 50 years his junior.
League chairman Tony Wilson said: “Ted was a very cheeky character but played the game in the right spirit and he helped any player who asked for his advice.’’
Only a month ago Ted played for the Social Club in the North West 10 Reds competition and after needing the last three colours to win he finally potted the black in a move that Ronnie O’Sullivan would have been proud of.
A former military policeman at Spandau Prison in Berlin, Ted, who leaves his wife Zela and sons David and Steve, completed his National Service in the 1950s and enjoyed a long career as a carpenter.
Ted’s funeral was held on Tuesday at St Helen’s Church, Waddington, and the family have requested donations to be made to the North West Air Ambulance and Royal British Legion.