Potted History

Stuart Bingham was born in Basildon Hospital on May 21, 1976, and is the youngest son of Eddie and Maureen. He has a brother called Lee.

He started his school days at Swan Mead Junior in Basildon and finished them at Barstable School.

The player nicknamed Ballrun joined the amateur ranks of the snooker world in 1990 and made his mark by winning the IBSF World Snooker Championship in New Zealand in 1996 with an 11-5 win against Stan Gorski in the final.

Bingham at the Crucible in 2000 PIC: Tom Shaw /Allsport

After breaking into the top 32 in 2006, Stuart continued to progress by entering snooker’s heralded top 16 for the first time in 2011.

That came after he had claimed his first ranking title at the Australian Goldfields Open in 2011 with a 9-8 win over Mark Williams.

Stuart with the Australian Goldfields Open trophy in 2011

That success in Bendigo proved a seminal win and sparked an incredible late flourish in the career of a player often dubbed a ‘Journeyman’ pro.

Stuart soon became one of the most consistent players on Tour and claimed the Shanghai Masters trophy in 2014 by beating Mark Allen 10-3 in the final.

Stuart with the Shanghai Masters trophy in 2014

But his crowning glory would come a year later when the Essex boy claimed one of sport’s greatest prizes by becoming world champion following a thrilling 18-15 win over Shaun Murphy at the Crucible.

The 2015 world champion with (flanking Stuart, left-to-right) brother Lee, mum Maureen, dad Eddie, wife Michelle, son Shae and daughter Tegan

Stuart picked up his fourth full ranking title in February 2017 when he beat Judd Trump 9-8 to win the Welsh Open.

2017 Welsh Open champion

Ballrun has also been runner-up in the 2012 Wuxi Classic, 2013 and 2019 Welsh Open, 2016 World Grand Prix and the 2017 Shanghai Masters.

And he has won the non-ranking 2012 Premier League Snooker as well as the 2015 Championship League. At the start of 2018 he had compiled nearly 300 century breaks during his career. And a maximum at the 2019 China Open took him onto five career 147s.

2018 English Open champion

And when he claimed the English Open title with a 9-7 win over Mark Davis in October 2018, Stuart became only one of 18 players to have won five or more ranking events.

Ballrun’s latest success and sixth ranking event win came after a 4-1 victory over defending champion Ryan Day at the 2019 Gibraltar Open.

Stuart has been coached by former world champion Terry Griffiths since April 2017 and has worked closely with Essex-based businessman and close friend Gary Purkiss since the start of his career.

Former world champion and Welsh snooker legend Terry Griffiths is Stuart’s coach

Away from the table, Stuart is a handy golfer and a supporter of charities including the Motor Neurone Disease Association, which gave great support to his late father-in-law Terry Shabi.

Stuart and wife Michelle with baby Marnie at the 2017 Welsh Open

Stuart married Michelle in the summer of 2013. They have three children, Tegan, Shae and Marnie, and are proud to be part of the Basildon community.