Welcome to the home page for the Sheffield & District Association Snooker League
The first recorded
competition in Sheffield was the Sheffield Open Snooker Championship,
starting in 1924. As such it preceded the World Championship by three
years. The first winner was L Dyson-Rees, and apart from the war years the
competition has been run every year since. It is one of the oldest
continuous snooker competitions in the world, possibly the oldest.
The league competition began in 1926-27. It was proposed by the Star newspaper who presented a cup to the league winners. Albert Capper, Ben Stacey and Walter Rayden were among its first officials. The Angel were the inaugural winners, from a field of eleven. The same cup is still presented each year to the winners of a play off between all the divisional winners.
In the snooker boom of the eighties the league reached its peak in terms of numbers, with thirteen divisions of fourteen teams, 182 teams in all. It has reduced since to its current six divisions, still one of the largest leagues in England.
Now in addition to the League and Sheffield Championship the Association runs an Individual handicap, a Doubles competition, two Teams knockouts, one the best of five, the other with three players over seven frames, an Aggregate knockout, a Summer league, and a Summer knockout. Young players are encouraged with the Under 19s championship. Teams and Individuals from the Sheffield Association have enjoyed success at both county and national level.