Although I don't think I ever met him I know that he was very influential in the development of bar billiards and was the person responsible for taking the game up to Yorkshire, with the knock-on effect prompting TV coverage (Indoor League).
A true pioneer who takes his place in bar billiards history.
That's news of the loss of yet another of the 'old school', Dave. Charlie was a great character in the game, a real pioneer as Tommo says and always had some scheme or other up his sleeve to promote Bar Billiards. Please pass on our condolences to his wife and family.
When religious people ask me "But don't you believe there's something better than us in the universe?", I answer, "Yes, most dogs." (R.Gervais)
A lot of bar billiard history has gone to the great black peg in the sky!
My condolences to his friends and family from Reading.
Inventor of the Triangles version of Bar Billiards. Highest England away aggregate 2013 and 2014, 10 - 0 last 10 England singles legs, seventh reserve 2015. Jersey Qtr final 2014, 2015, 2016 - Guernsey Plate Winner 2014, Main Final 2015, 2017. First person to have won both four pin opens.
A event for Bar billiards as a whole, sorry I won't be at the funeral to pay my respects to one of the most passionate people about the game we will ever meet. It's true to say he lived Bar Billiards and I am sure if he can set up a league in the great beyond he will.
He was captain of the Red Lion B team in Cholsey when I started playing Bar Billiards again 5 or 6 years ago and many of us still talk about him and some of the shots he played, a true gent and a great loss to the game.
Hi all, a while ago i had a thought about doing something, such as a billiards event, for Charlie. What i was thinking was holding a challenge match between Wallingford and Reading, the two surviving leagues that Charlie had such an influence on and was a great friend of both until he passed away.
Ive been meaning to get hold of Phil Hawkins for a while but because of my own work commitments and ive heard that Phil is best to be contacted at certain times, ive found that difficult. Unfortunately Phil doesnt use the forum (to my knowledge!) so would any Reading users like to be on board with my idea? I will also try get hold of Phil too when i can.
Cheers guys Phil Mac
Inter Area Under 22's runner-up for 2012 Inter Area Under 25's runner-up for 2015 AEBBA Under 25's winner for 2015