Mike Watterson obituary

20 March 2019 03:41
Sports promoter who brought snooker’s World Championship to the Crucible in SheffieldThe sports promoter Mike Watterson, who has died aged 76, helped to transform snooker and darts in the 1970s and 80s into major televised sports enjoyed by millions. He also had eventful spells with Derby County and Chesterfield football clubs, and brought floodlit cricket to Britain.Watterson’s greatest breakthrough came in 1976. That year’s World Snooker Championship was split between Middlesbrough town hall and the Wythenshawe Forum in Manchester. It was beset with problems and there was a real possibility that the sponsors, Embassy, would pull out, bringing the tournament to an end. Continue reading. . read full article

Source: TheGuardian