BCE becomes the ABSC official table
BCE are pleased to announce its latest strategic alliance with African Billiards & Snooker Confederation in its quest to take BCE back to the top of Snooker and recreating the glory years of the 1980’s.
BCE, the iconic brand that first emerged on the International Snooker scene in 1982, when it secured the exclusive rights in supplying the BCE Westbury Snooker table for all televised Snooker events to the then, governing body, WPBSA, is on the march again, but this time on the Continent of Africa. BCE have taken a big step towards re-establishing itself, as one of the leading brands in Snooker once again, by partnering with the African Billiards & Snooker Confederation, to supply its Westbury Snooker tables for all officially sanctioned Snooker events throughout Africa.
Stuart Lacey, BCE’s Managing Director commented, “Africa is an emerging continent for cue sports and Snooker in particular. We as a group feel the time is now right to support the growth of the game throughout Africa with the view to introducing the playing public to higher quality Snooker equipment that in the past has not been readily accessible in the market as should have been the case”.
Snooker tables and equipment have moved on since the market first started to open up in Africa and we feel the time is now right for BCE to offer players the experience of playing on tables that are hand crafted in Great Britain, so players can see the difference that high quality Snooker tables and accessories can make to them, their game and in developing the sport throughout the African Continent.
Wouldn’t it be fantastic to see more African Professional Snooker players competing on the pro-tour in the next 5 years. It’s all about opportunities and I congratulate the African Billiards & Snooker Confederation in their forward thinking approach in trying to improve the standards of equipment being used at their long and impressive list of prestigious events in their endeavours to further the game throughout Africa”.
BCE have signed a deal to supply BCE Westbury Snooker Tables for all African Billiards & Snooker association sanctioned events until December 2023.
BCE was the official Table supplier to the WPBSA between 1982 - 1992. Alex Hurricane Higgins won his second world title at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield on a BCE Westbury Snooker table.
In total, The BCE Westbury produced 6 separate world Champions,
Alex Higgins - 1982
Steve Davis - 1983
Steve Davis - 1984
Denis Taylor - 1985
Joe Johnson - 1986
Steve Davis - 1987
Steve Davis -1988
Steve Davis - 1989
Stephen Hendry - 1990
John Parrott - 1991
Stephen Hendry 1992
Some would say, the years where the BCE Westbury Snooker Table was used, produced some of the most memorable World championship finals of all time. Stuart Lacey commented, “as a youngster growing up in the 1980’s I can vividly remember the excitement every World championship brought about, not just for me, but for a large proportion of the British public and Snooker fans from all around the world. I remember in 1985, when Dennis Taylor beat Steve Davis on the final black, for me that was the moment I was hooked on snooker. It was something that was just incredible to witness, the drama, the suspense, exhaustion, every fan who watched this final unfold over two days was waiting for this one moment, who would be crowned world champion, who would win, of course it was Denis Taylor, the underdog, the man no one expected to win, which made viewing even more compelling. I was just one of the 18 million people who sat up into the early hours of the morning in the U.K. to say I watched that final, to me the greatest final of all time without question. That was the point in which Snooker peaked for televised audiences and the hope is, we can start to build back to some, not the same, but new iconic memories of the future, who knows maybe one day we could find ourselves watching the first African world Snooker Champion at the Crucible Theatre, wouldn’t that be something”.
Check: BCE website