Played since: 1975
WDBS Classification: Profile 37, Group 7
WDBS Highlights: 2017 Paul Hunter Disability Classic winner, 2018 Paul Hunter Disability Classic runner-up
Mike Gillespie has been competing at WDBS events since the 2017 Paul Hunter Disability Classic, when he emerged as a début winner following a 3-1 victory against former professional Paul Smith in the final.
He first began to play snooker back in 1975 at South Hunsley School Youth Club, on a six foot table at the age of 14. Two years later, his father (himself a strong player with an eye for middle pocket pots) took him to the Ray Reardon Snooker Club in Hull, where he first started to player on a regular basis.
Mike continued to improve his abilities over many years and has played exhibition frames against former professional Ray Edmonds, exhibition shots with Tony Knowles and more recently took current top 64 professional David Grace, to a black ball match, narrowly losing 3-2 at a pro-am tournament in Leeds.
As well as playing, Mike is a long-time fan of the professional game, like many growing up with ‘Pot Black’ and the biggest ranking events including the World Championship. In particular he cites Alex Higgins as a player he found particularly exciting to watch as something always happened during his matches.
Away from the table, Mike is a supporter of Liverpool Football Club and has spent many years watching them at Anfield. He recently toured Europe on his BMW1200GT motorcycle and also enjoys fast cars, recently enjoying a track day with an Ariel Atom.