David Roe

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David Roe
birthday 11th September 1965 (age 54)
nationality EnglandEngland England
professional 1986-2010
Prize money £ 537,717
Highest break 140
Century Breaks 41
Main tour successes
World championships -
Ranking tournament victories -
Minor tournament victories -
World rankings
Highest WRL place 13 ( 94/95 )

David Roe , after conversion Davoud Roe (born September 11, 1965 ), is an English snooker player . From 1986 to 2010 he was active as a player on the professional tour for 24 years in a row .


Beginnings and promotion to the top 32

David Roe was number 1 in the English amateur rankings in the 1985/86 season. He participated in the Pro Ticket Series of WPBSA part and twice reached the final. Both times he met John Wright , he won the first tournament, he lost the second. Both players thus qualified for the professional tour in the 1986/87 season . Roe celebrated his first professional victory against Dennis Hughes at the International Open . In all six ranked tournaments he survived the first round, three times he reached the third round. In his second year he came to the round of 32 after victories over Fred Davis and Doug Mountjoy , repeated the result at the Grand Prix and at the UK Championship he reached a round of 16 for the first time after beating another top 16 player with Rex Williams would have. Another round of 16 at the British Open was added, and although he wasn't quite as successful in the other tournaments, he was able to work his way up to 39th place in the two-year ranking of the world rankings .

In the 1988/89 season he repeated the round of 16 at the UK Championship and confirmed his performance in the other tournaments with two more top 32 placements. He was particularly successful in non-ranked tournaments, in a WPBSA tournament series he reached twice the semi-finals and once the second round, the second round was also his result at the English Professional Championship . The highlight of the season was the final World Cup , where he made it into the main round at the Crucible Theater for the first time against Rex Williams with a score of 10: 3 . He won his first World Cup match in front of cameras 10: 6 against world number eight Tony Knowles and in the round of 16 against number 9 Mike Hallett he was in the lead for almost the entire match, after the 3-3 intermediate result he only had to score 12: 12 again accept the compensation. But then he lost the decision frame and with it the match. With 26th place, he reached a preliminary career highlight at the end of the season.

Step backwards and most successful years

Due to the top 32 placement, he no longer had to qualify in the tournaments with a 64 main round. However, this led to the fact that he lost his opening game in 5 tournaments the following year. Only at the Dubai Classic did he reach the round of 16, three more times he reached round 2. Against Nigel Gilbert he lost the qualifying game for the Crucible. So he had to qualify again the following season and missed the main tournament four times, including the World Cup. The best results at the UK Championship and the Classic were reaching the last 32, both times he defeated the top 16 player Tony Meo . Two notable successes without any impact on the ranking were the quarter-finals in the one-time shoot-out format and the semi-finals in the Benson and Hedges Satellite Championship . After the two weaker years, he was only 50th.

The upswing began in the 1991/92 season with his first ranking quarter-finals at the Dubai Classic . After that there were some early defeats, but also a round of 16 at the Asian Open and another quarter-finals at the Strachan Open, which was held for the first time . He won two round of 16 this season against Darren Morgan . He also won against him in qualifying for the World Cup , but then missed the main round entry against the Australian Eddie Charlton . But that made him one of the top 32 in the world again. In the following year he was almost consistently in the bottom 32 and reached the last sixteen three times. With a 10: 4 victory over Nigel Gilbert he reached the crucible for the second time at the World Cup. Even without higher results, he moved up to 16th place in the world rankings. Roe reached another quarter-finals in the special format Pot Black, which was held for the last time in 1993 . In ranked tournaments he came in 1993/94 after two round of 16 at the Welsh Open under the last 8. He won against Ken Doherty with 5: 4, but then lost to Steve Davis with 0: 5. At the International Open he was once again in the round of 16. Due to his ranking position he was set for the Masters and the World Championship finals for the first time, but in the first tournament he lost to qualifier Peter Ebdon with 1: 5, in the Crucible he was defeated by Dave Harold with 8:10. 13th place was his season end position, the highest position in his career. In 1994/95 he lost a few opening matches in the round of the last 64, but also reached the last sixteen three times. At the World Cup followed another round of 16 after defeating Billy Snaddon . At the Masters he lost his opening game again. His greatest achievement was winning a non-ranking tournament of the WPBSA. He defeated, among others, John Higgins and won the final against Tony Drago . For the third year in a row it was in the top 16 in the world.

The 1995/96 season began with a false start with 3 initial defeats in ranked tournaments. At the German Open , however, he reached his fourth quarter-finals in a points tournament and defeated Steve Davis, number two in the world, 5: 3. This was followed by further defeats in the beginning, including the Masters in the qualifier game, which meant that he had no win at this tournament in his career. He also lost his first game against Gary Wilkinson at the World Cup , if only just 9:10. Although he reached the second round two more times, so many points were lost in the two-year ranking that he fell out of the top 32. The next season was similarly mixed, he won many qualifying matches, but only reached the last 32 round once and was among the last 48 three times.This brought him through to 49th place in the world rankings, but qualified without any problems for the from 1997 / 98 newly introduced Main Tour .

Second half of his career in the top 64

In the new season he was able to stabilize his performance, twice he came under the last 32 and at the World Cup he reached the last qualifying round with 10: 9 over Graeme Dott . Against Andy Hicks he only won the very first frame and then lost 10 frames in a row. So he missed another main lap entry. The Englishman maintained this level of performance in the following years. In 1998/99 he came in the Grand Prix with a win over Matthew Stevens under the last 32, but lost his World Cup opening game. In 1999/2000 he reached the top 32 round twice. In the 2000/01 season he lost four opening matches before reaching the final 48 at the Welsh Open and the main tournament of the final 32 at the Scottish Open . At the 2001 World Snooker Championship , he won the final qualifying round against Darren Morgan 10: 8 and moved into the Crucible for the last time in his career. There he lost to Paul Hunter 6:10. The following year he missed participation in the World Cup by losing to Drew Henry in the round of 48, at the British Open 2001 there was also an end. It was his two best results of the season. After five years, it moved up to 48th place in the world rankings.

In the 2002/03 season there were four wins against six defeats at the beginning. The following year he won nine times and was eliminated twice in Round 1. Twice the round of 32 at the European Open was his best result. In 2004/05 there were five wins and five first round defeats in two top 48 placements. For the first time it fell to 61st place and had to fear for its professional status, which only the top 64 automatically retained. Another better 2005/06 season followed with the highlight of the China Open , where Roe entered the main tournament through five qualifying rounds including a match against a wildcard player. There he won against world number five Paul Hunter in his last season with 5: 4 and was once again in a round of 16. The following year he was twice in the main tournament of the last 32 and defeated the top 24 players Stuart Bingham and Alan McManus . One top 32 and two top 48 results were recorded in 2007/08. This was followed by another bad season with only 2 wins in 8 ranking tournaments and the fall by 10 places to 62nd place. For twelve years the Englishman hovered between 48th and 62nd place and for the second time he was just about to end the Main Tour. This time, however, he couldn't turn things around, especially since the crisis in snooker and the steadily decreasing number of tournaments left him with hardly any opportunities. In five ranking tournaments he lost his first game in 2009/10 , only at the World Cup he won his last professional match 10: 9 against Ben Woollaston . He fell to 93rd place in the world rankings and lost his professional status at the age of 45 after 24 years in a row. In the 2010s he played three more times at the World Seniors Championship , but without reaching a main tournament.

Coach years after active career

David Roe had already worked as a trainer in the Arab world during his playing days. He had worked in Dubai , Qatar and Bahrain . In 2010 he converted to Islam , took the name Davoud and went on a pilgrimage to Mecca . He then became the national coach of Iran and looked after Soheil Vahedi and Hossein Vafaei , among others . In 2012 he went back to Dubai and in 2016 he went to Hong Kong , where he became a trainer at the Hong Kong Sports Institute.


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Other professional tournaments:

Qualifying tournaments:

  • Winner: WPBSA Pro Ticket Series (1984 - Tournament 1)
  • Finalist: WPBSA Pro Ticket Series (1984 - Tournament 2)


  1. a b c Profile of David Roe on CueTracker (as of June 1, 2018)
  2. UK coach David Roe makes cut with Iranian snooker team , Ian Black, The Guardian, October 19, 2010
  3. Our Man in Tehran , Dave H, Snooker Scene Blog, October 1, 2010
  4. David Roe's Facebook page, accessed June 1, 2016

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