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‘Rolls Royce’ Roy relives glory night

Boston Arms potter is aiming to make it eight senior title wins in nine years this summer in the Chalk Farm Pool League

22 March, 2018 — By Charlie Corbett

Roy Cooper will feature in the Chalk Farm Pool League’s finals night in June

IT’S a showdown that players still whisper about around pool tables across Camden and Islington. Frame folklore that saw a veteran survive a marathon match to become immortalised in the Chalk Farm Pool League.

Roy “Rolls Royce” Cooper describes the feeling of winning his first European senior title just over six years ago as “the very best and most pressured moment” of a glittering career.

Reliving that moment in Wales when, while representing England, he beat the best the game had to offer, the 72-year-old said: “I was 2-1 down and hadn’t made a good start, but I played my way back into the match.

“We were still playing at half-four in the morning. It was probably my greatest ever test because it wasn’t just a skilled match, it was overcoming the fatigue, and the willingness not to give in.”

It was a victory that epitomises just why the Boston Arms potter will be looking to make it eight senior title wins in nine years this summer when he takes on Boston Rimmer Des Murphy in a mouthwatering final in the Chalk Farm Pool League.

“It promises to be a great final, I’m looking forward to it,” said Roy, who lives in Islington.

Explaining how finals night, which is set to take place at the Boston Arms in Tufnell Park this June, is going to be a family affair, Roy added: “My son, Rory, is hoping to win the doubles title on the same night.

“When I first brought him down the snooker halls 18 years ago he had no idea how good he was. I remember there were two or three youngsters knocking about and the oldest was 14 or 15, Rory’s age. So I brought him along one game and he turned out to be really good, a natural talent.

“Now he’s in the final this summer, it’s great, I’m sure he’ll do great.”

Speaking in a dimly lit Hurricane Room in King’s Cross on Monday, Roy revealed that he first picked up a cue competitively when he turned 40, after he had “lost his legs” for football.

Even though he has since gone on to play for England, he said his fondest memory in the sport came when the Boston Arms won the league last year.

“Winning the league is my fondest memory because, even though we have won a lot of silverware as a team over the years, we hadn’t won the title,” said the former electrician. “It took a real team effort to become the champions, and was a very special moment.

“They are a great bunch of lads.”

Roy added: “We are within touching distance of the leaders this year and you just never know, maybe we can defend our crown. But there are not too many games left to go so we will see.”

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