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Welcome to the only official Joe Swail website. I'd like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you for all the support I have received from those who have followed my career. This website is the only one which is fully endorsed by the Outlaw, and I will keep you up to date on all my latest news. If there is anything you would like to see on the website, please feel free to get in touch. I hope you enjoy it, Joe Swail

HEROES OF THE CRUCIBLE: JOE SWAIL

Alan Hughes, snooker’s legendary former MC, loved a nickname and there were few more esoteric than ‘The Outlaw’ for Joe Swail – in reference to the film The Outlaw Josey Whales.

Yet it turned out to the apt. Swail was a gun-slinging fighter of a player with an unorthodox action but a heart as big as the Irish Sea, never more in evidence that at the World Championship during two memorable years in which he reached the semi-finals.

Swail had survived a nail-biter before he even got to the Crucible in 2000. He trailed 9-6 to Stephen Maguire, who missed a pink for the match. Reprieved, Swail hit back to win 10-9.

He beat Paul Hunter 10-6 in the first round and then from 12-8 down to John Parrott in the last 16 won five frames in succession.

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News Articles by ProSnookerBlog

  • The Crucible Curse – A Look Back Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:06:53 +0000
    This year Mark Selby will become the first player since Neil Robertson in 2011 to try and dispel the so-called ‘Crucible Curse’ that no first time champion will successfully defend the World Championship title at the Crucible Theatre. Click below for my look back through time at how previous first-time world champions have seen their …

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  • My 10 Years at the Crucible – Part Two Sun, 29 Mar 2015 19:25:13 +0000
    A year ago ahead of my tenth year visiting the Crucible Theatre for the World Championship, I took a look back at my first three years between 2005-7, recalling the various experiences that had helped draw me to the sport and ultimately end up writing this blog. Unfortunately at the time I never got round …

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  • Calabrese Earns Main Tour Return Sun, 29 Mar 2015 14:07:35 +0000
    Following his decision to resign his main tour place earlier this year, Australia’s Vinnie Calabrese has today won the 2015 Oceania Championship with a 6-3 victory against Matthew Bolton to earn a fresh two-year professional card from the start of the 2015/16 season. There is of course a rule in place which states that current …

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  • Closing In On The Cut: Crucible 2015 Sat, 28 Mar 2015 16:29:12 +0000
    Following Joe Perry’s victory at the 2015 Players Championship today, we are now just one event and one week from knowing the final seedings list for next month’s World Championship, with only one place now up for grabs at the Crucible, but the placement of the seeds in the draw to be determined. There is …

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  • Perry Fightback Seals Players Championship Title Sat, 28 Mar 2015 15:50:06 +0000
    It has been a long wait for Joe Perry, but tonight he defeated Mark Williams 4-3 to win the 2015 Players Championship event in Thailand, his first full-ranking event title and the £100,000 top prize… Click here to view all of the results from Thailand Click here to view the latest projected seedings Having both …

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  • Hill Wins European U-21 Championship Fri, 27 Mar 2015 21:09:08 +0000
    Congratulations to 18-year-old Darryl Hill who yesterday defeated Louis Heathcote 6-3 to win the 2015 European U-21 Championship in Malta. In winning the title, Darryl, who was born in Leeds (but was representing the Isle of Man), succeeds Oliver Lines as champion and as a result will earn a two-year tour card from the start …

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  • O’Sullivan Withdraws From China Open Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:24:35 +0000
    Ronnie O’Sullivan has pulled out of next week’s China Open world ranking event for health reasons. O’Sullivan was due to meet either Robin Hull or Yan Bingtao in his opening match in Beijing on the evening of Tuesday March 31, so the winner of that match will receive a bye to the last 32. The …

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  • Maguire Survives, Milkins Exits Tue, 24 Mar 2015 18:37:19 +0000
    Day one of the Players Championship Grand Finals in Thailand and already it has been a potentially significant day in the race for places at the Crucible, with Stephen Maguire surviving what looked to be a tip change at 3-2 down to John Higgins to win 4-3, while Robert Milkins fell at the first hurdle …

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  • Marteel To Referee Crucible Final Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:36:57 +0000
    Olivier Marteel will become the first Belgian to referee the Crucible final at the Betfred World Championship, which starts next month. The 45-year-old from Koksijde in West Flanders will take charge of the final in Sheffield on May 3 and 4. Marteel has previously refereed several major finals, including last week’s World Grand Prix, and …

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  • Players Championship Grand Finals 2015: Tournament Preview Mon, 23 Mar 2015 23:15:18 +0000
    Hot on the heels of yesterday’s final of the World Grand Prix comes the Players Championship Grand Finals event in Thailand, as Barry Hawkins looks to defend the title that he won 12 months ago in Preston. Click below for my tournament preview as I look through the draw and identify some of the most …

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