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Tony Meo

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Sport country  England
Career winnings  £621,126
Highest ranking  10 (1984–1986)

Professional  1979–1997
Nickname  The Cat Meo, Meo
Name  Tony Meo
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Born  4 October 1959 (age 56) Tooting, London (1959-10-04)
Highest break  147 (1988 Matchroom League)
Similar People  Willie Thorne, Terry Griffiths, Tony Knowles, Cliff Thorburn, Kirk Stevens

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Tony Meo (born 4 October 1959) is a retired English snooker player.


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Meo was a schoolfriend of Jimmy White in Tooting, South London, and the pair regularly skipped school to play snooker together. At 17 Meo became the then youngest person known to have made a maximum break of 147. He turned professional in 1979. In 1980 he made his World Championship debut and was only defeated 10-9 by Alex Higgins.

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In 1984, Meo reached the final of the Lada Classic, facing world number one Steve Davis. The match went to the deciding frame, and Meo only needed to clear the colours to win the title, but missed after being distracted by a shout of encouragement from a spectator. Davis went on to win the frame and match, and used his winning speech to call for an audience ban on alcohol.

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With Davis, Meo won four World Doubles titles, and was also part of the victorious England team at the 1983 World Team Classic. His only ranking title came at the 1989 British Open, beating Dean Reynolds 13–6 after beginning the tournament as a 200–1 outsider. In the same year, he reached the semi-final of the World Championship, losing 16–7 to John Parrott.

In 1986, Meo was one of five players under Barry Hearn's management (along with Davis, Terry Griffiths, Willie Thorne and Dennis Taylor) who appeared on "Snooker Loopy", a hit single about the game recorded by Chas & Dave.

Slipping rapidly down the rankings, Meo retired from professional snooker in 1997 and now runs a watch and jewellery shop in Hatton Garden.

Ranking wins: (1)

  • British Open - 1989
  • Non-ranking wins: (7)

  • Australian Masters -1981, 1985
  • Thailand Masters - 1983
  • Pontins Brean Sands - 1983
  • English Professional Championship - 1986, 1987
  • Matchroom International League - 1990
  • Team events

  • Hofmeister World Doubles (1982, 1983, 1985, 1986 – all with Steve Davis)
  • World Team Classic (1983 – with team England)
  • Amateur events

  • National U-19 Championship (1978)
  • References

    Tony Meo Wikipedia