|Born||11 May 1964|
|Highest ranking||2 (1989–90, 1992–93–1993–94)|
|Highest||147 : 1992 Matchroom League|
John Stephen Parrott,(born 11 May 1964) is an English former professional snooker player and television personality. He was a familiar face on the professional snooker circuit during the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s, and remained within the top 16 of the world rankings for fourteen consecutive seasons.
He reached the final of the 1989 World Championship, where he lost 3–18 to Steve Davis, the heaviest defeat in a world championship final in modern times. He won the title two years later, defeating Jimmy White in the final of the 1991 World Championship. He repeated his win against White later the same year, to take the 1991 UK Championship title, becoming only the third player to win both championships in the same calendar year (after Steve Davis and Stephen Hendry); he is still one of only six players to have achieved this feat. He spent three seasons at number 2 in the world rankings (1989–90, 1992–93, 1993–94), and he is one of several players to have achieved more than 200 competitive centuries during his career, with 221.
Parrott was a keen bowls player until the age of twelve,but then discovered snooker, and has been a dedicated player ever since. He was successful from an early age; when he was fifteen, his talent was spotted by Phil Miller, who became his long-term manager in 1980. He lost in the final of the English Under-16s Championship in 1980, but won the 1981 Pontins Junior Championship. In 1982, he was Pontins Open Champion and Junior Pot Black Champion, after narrowly defeating Mark "Lightning" Lockwood. He turned professional the following year after winning a record fourteen tournaments in his last year as an amateur player.
Parrott turned professional in 1983 and he made his televised debut as a professional during the 1984 Classic in which he played Alex Higgins in the last 16 of the competition in front of a packed house at Warrington near his hometown of Liverpool. He then caused a stir when he won the match 5–2. He then beat Tony Knowles in the next round before losing to Steve Davis in the semi-finals. By then, bookmakers had him tipped to be the World Snooker Champion within five years (it took him seven years). He took his first ranking title in the 1989 European Open, and defended his title in 1990.
Parrott spent 14 consecutive seasons in the top 16 of the snooker world rankings, eleven of them in the top 6.
From 1984 to 2004 Parrott was ever-present at the World Championship, reaching at least the last 16 every year from 1984 to 1995,but he failed to qualify in 2005.
Following his 1991 victory he never again reached the semi-finals, but lost in the quarter-finals seven times between 1992 and 1999.
Overall, Parrott won a total of nine world ranking events, which as of November 2019 was twelfth on the all-time list behind Stephen Hendry, Steve Davis, Ronnie O'Sullivan, John Higgins, Mark Williams, Jimmy White, Mark Selby, Ding Junhui, Neil Robertson, Peter Ebdon and Judd Trump. Winning both the World Championship and UK Championship in 1991 made him one of only six players to have won snooker's two most prominent ranking titles in the same year.
Parrott also reached the final of the Masters three times in four years, but lost to Stephen Hendry on each occasion.
Parrott came through the qualifying event for the World Championship a record 10 times. In 2007 he reached the last 16 of the World Championship for the first time in seven years, after victories over James Leadbetter, David Gray and Steve Davis (10–9, having led 6–1 and 9–6).
A record ten of Parrott's World Championship matches went to a final-frame decider, seven of which he won. He was also the first player to conduct a "whitewash" in the Crucible World Championship final stages, when he defeated Eddie Charlton 10–0 in the first round of the 1992 tournament.For 27 years, he held the record for being the only player ever to achieve this, until Shaun Murphy defeated China's Luo Honghao 10–0 in the first round of the 2019 World Championship.
On 4 August 2009 at the qualifiers for the 2009 Shanghai Masters he lost 0–5 against Michael White.
Following his 6–10 defeat to young Chinese Zhang Anda in the 2010 World Championship Qualifiers, Parrott finished outside the top 64 in the end of season rankings and was not assured a place on the main tour for the 2010–11 season.Later Parrott announced he was to retire from the professional game. }}
Parrott did however participate in the preliminary qualifying rounds of the 2012 World Snooker Championship, losing 0–5 to Patrick Wallace in Round 1.
Parrott is a studio expert on snooker for BBC Sport, often in partnership with Steve Davis; he also delivers many of their playing tutorials and provides guidance for the viewers. From 1996 to 2002, he was one of the team captains on A Question of Sport , alongside footballer and pundit Ally McCoist.
He is also an avid follower of horse racing and has been involved in the BBC's horse racing coverage as part of the presenting team.
Parrott is an Everton supporter. He is the brother-in-law of former Everton player Duncan Ferguson.
In 1996, Parrott was honoured with an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list, for charitable services in Merseyside.
In 2008, he launched John Parrott Cue Sports, an online retailer selling snooker and pool cues and some snooker collectables.This was re-branded John Parrott Sports in 2019.
In 2010, it was announced that Parrott was to be the Honorary Patron of the British Crown Green Bowling Association (BCGBA).
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|Welsh Open||Tournament Not Held||SF||QF||2R||1R||F||SF||QF||2R||1R||1R||LQ||LQ||2R||3R||1R||1R||1R||LQ||LQ|
|China Open||Tournament Not Held||NR||QF||1R||2R||1R||Not Held||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||WD||LQ|
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|Former ranking tournaments|
|Canadian Masters||Not Held||Non-Ranking||QF||Tournament Not Held|
|Hong Kong Open||Non-Ranking Event||NH||2R||Not Held||NR||Tournament Not Held|
|Classic||SF||LQ||1R||QF||F||QF||3R||2R||QF||Tournament Not Held|
|Strachan Open||Tournament Not Held||F||Tournament Not Held|
|Dubai Classic||Tournament Not Held||NR||SF||2R||W||W||2R||1R||W||1R||Tournament Not Held|
|German Masters||Tournament Not Held||2R||1R||F||NR||Tournament Not Held|
|Malta Grand Prix||Tournament Not Held||Non-Ranking Event||QF||NR||Tournament Not Held|
|Thailand Masters||Non-Ranking Event||Not Held||WD||QF||3R||QF||2R||2R||QF||QF||F||SF||1R||SF||1R||NR||Not Held||NR||Not Held|
|Scottish Open||A||LQ||QF||1R||3R||1R||QF||Not Held||2R||W||SF||1R||QF||2R||3R||1R||3R||2R||1R||3R||Tournament Not Held|
|British Open||NR||2R||3R||1R||SF||SF||1R||1R||1R||3R||3R||SF||QF||1R||QF||QF||2R||2R||2R||3R||1R||2R||Tournament Not Held|
|Irish Masters||Non-Ranking Event||LQ||LQ||LQ||NH||NR||Not Held|
|European Open||Tournament Not Held||W||W||1R||SF||2R||SF||F||W||F||NR||SF||Not Held||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||1R||LQ||NR||Not Held|
|Northern Ireland Trophy||Tournament Not Held||NR||LQ||1R||LQ||NH|
|Bahrain Championship||Tournament Not Held||LQ||NH|
|Former non-ranking tournaments|
|UK Championship||1R||Tournament Not Held|
|Canadian Masters||Not Held||QF||A||A||R||Tournament Not Held|
|Hong Kong Open||A||A||SF||A||QF||NH||R||Not Held||A||A||Tournament Not Held|
|Fosters Professional||NH||A||SF||A||A||SF||Tournament Not Held|
|Pontins Professional||A||QF||QF||SF||W||QF||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||Tournament Not Held|
|English Professional Championship||NH||2R||2R||QF||2R||F||Tournament Not Held|
|New Zealand Masters||NH||A||Not Held||A||QF||Tournament Not Held|
|Norwich Union Grand Prix||Tournament Not Held||A||SF||W||Tournament Not Held|
|World Masters||Tournament Not Held||2R||Tournament Not Held|
|London Masters||Tournament Not Held||F||F||SF||Tournament Not Held|
|Thailand Masters||A||RR||A||A||Not Held||SF||Ranking Event||A||Not Held||A||Not Held|
|European Challenge||Tournament Not Held||QF||A||A||Tournament Not Held|
|Hong Kong Challenge||A||QF||A||A||A||QF||NH||A||QF||Tournament Not Held|
|Indian Challenge||Tournament Not Held||F||Tournament Not Held|
|Belgian Challenge||Tournament Not Held||QF||Tournament Not Held|
|Kent Classic||Not Held||A||W||NH||A||A||NH||W||Tournament Not Held|
|Belgian Masters||Tournament Not Held||W||SF||F||Not Held||A||Tournament Not Held|
|World Matchplay||Tournament Not Held||F||F||QF||QF||QF||Tournament Not Held|
|Nescafe Extra Challenge||Tournament Not Held||RR||Tournament Not Held|
|Pot Black||A||1R||1R||Tournament Not Held||QF||QF||1R||Tournament Not Held||A||A||A||Not Held|
|Malta Grand Prix||Tournament Not Held||W||A||A||A||A||R||A||Tournament Not Held|
|Tenball||Tournament Not Held||QF||Tournament Not Held|
|Red & White Challenge||Tournament Not Held||F||Tournament Not Held|
|German Masters||Tournament Not Held||Non-Ranking Event||W||Tournament Not Held|
|Champions Cup||Tournament Not Held||QF||QF||QF||QF||1R||RR||A||A||Tournament Not Held|
|Scottish Masters||A||A||A||QF||A||NH||SF||QF||QF||QF||QF||1R||1R||SF||SF||QF||QF||A||A||A||Tournament Not Held|
|Irish Masters||A||A||A||A||A||SF||QF||F||SF||SF||QF||SF||1R||QF||SF||1R||SF||A||A||Ranking Event||A||Tournament Not Held|
|Performance Table Legend|
|LQ||lost in the qualifying draw||#R||lost in the early rounds of the tournament|
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
|QF||lost in the quarter-finals|
|SF||lost in the semi-finals||F||lost in the final||W||won the tournament|
|DNQ||did not qualify for the tournament||A||did not participate in the tournament||WD||withdrew from the tournament|
|NH / Not Held||means an event was not held.|
|NR / Non-Ranking Event||means an event is/was no longer a ranking event.|
|R / Ranking Event||means an event is/was a ranking event.|
|RV / Ranking & Variant Format Event||means an event is/was a ranking & variant format event.|
|MR / Minor-Ranking Event||means an event is/was a minor-ranking event.|
|PA / Pro-am Event||means an event is/was a pro-am event.|
|VF / Variant Format Event||means an event is/was a variant format event.|
|World Championship (1–1)|
|UK Championship (1–1)|
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||Score|
|Runner-up||1.||1988||The Classic||Steve Davis||11–13|
|Winner||1.||1989||European Open||Terry Griffiths||9–8|
|Runner-up||2.||1989||World Snooker Championship||Steve Davis||3–18|
|Winner||2.||1990||European Open (2)||Stephen Hendry||10–6|
|Winner||3.||1991||World Snooker Championship||Jimmy White||18–11|
|Winner||4.||1991||Dubai Classic||Tony Knowles||9–3|
|Winner||5.||1991||UK Championship||Jimmy White||16–13|
|Runner-up||3.||1992||Strachan Open||James Wattana||5–9|
|Winner||6.||1992||Dubai Classic (2)||Stephen Hendry||9–8|
|Runner-up||4.||1992||UK Championship||Jimmy White||9–16|
|Winner||7.||1994||International Open||James Wattana||9–5|
|Runner-up||5.||1994||European Open||Stephen Hendry||3–9|
|Winner||8.||1995||Thailand Classic (3)||Nigel Bond||9–6|
|Runner-up||6.||1996||Welsh Open||Mark Williams||3–9|
|Winner||9.||1996||European Open (3)||Peter Ebdon||9–7|
|Runner-up||7.||1997||European Open (2)||John Higgins||5–9|
|Runner-up||8.||1997||German Open||John Higgins||4–9|
|Runner-up||9.||1998||Thailand Masters||Stephen Hendry||6–9|
|The Masters (0–3)|
|Premier League (0–2)|
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||Score|
|Winner||1.||1988||Kent Cup||Martin Clark||5–1|
|Winner||2.||1988||Pontins Professional||Mike Hallett||9–1|
|Runner-up||1.||1988||World Matchplay||Steve Davis||5–9|
|Runner-up||2.||1989||Matchroom League||Steve Davis||Round-Robin|
|Runner-up||3.||1989||The Masters||Stephen Hendry||6–9|
|Runner-up||4.||1989||English Professional Championship||Mike Hallett||7–9|
|Runner-up||5.||1989||London Masters||Stephen Hendry||2–4|
|Runner-up||6.||1989||World Matchplay (2)||Jimmy White||9–18|
|Runner-up||7.||1990||The Masters (2)||Stephen Hendry||4–9|
|Runner-up||8.||1990||London Masters (2)||Stephen Hendry||2–4|
|Winner||3.||1990||Norwich Union Grand Prix||Steve Davis||4–2|
|Winner||4.||1990||Belgian Masters||Jimmy White||9–6|
|Runner-up||9.||1991||Irish Masters||Steve Davis||5–9|
|Runner-up||10.||1991||Indian Challenge||Stephen Hendry||5–9|
|Runner-up||11.||1992||The Masters (3)||Stephen Hendry||4–9|
|Winner||5.||1992||Kent Classic||Stephen Hendry||6–5|
|Runner-up||12.||1992||Belgian Masters||James Wattana||5–10|
|Runner-up||13.||1994||European League (2)||Stephen Hendry||7–10|
|Winner||6.||1994||Malta Grand Prix||Tony Drago||7–6|
|Runner-up||14.||1995||Red & White Challenge||Nigel Bond||6–8|
|Winner||7.||1998||German Masters||Mark Williams||6–4|
|Runner-up||15.||2017||World Seniors Championship||Peter Lines||0–4|
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Team||Opponent(s) in the final||Score|
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||Score|
|Winner||1.||1982||Pontins Spring Open||Ray Reardon||7–4|
|Runner-up||1.||1985||Pontins Spring Open||Jim Chambers||6–7|
|Winner||2.||1986||Pontins Spring Open (2)||Tony Putnam||7–6|
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||Score|
|Winner||1.||1982||Junior Pot Black||John Keers||169–70|
|Runner-up||1.||1983||English Amateur Championship||Tony Jones||9–13|
|Winner||2.||1983||Junior Pot Black (2)||Steve Ventham||1–1|
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