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Biting Back: The saddest words - what might have been for snooker legend Jimmy White

By Frank Brownlow

Jimmy White this week offered the starkest of warnings to aspiring sports stars to ‘do as I say, not as I do’.

The snooker legend was a guest in the front row at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield as new world champion Stuart Bingham lifted the World Championship trophy for the first time.

And White’s warning didn’t come in the form of wise words — in this case the look on the Whirlwind’s face said it all.

As he watched Bingham take the acclaim of the crowd, it was obvious that White was thinking about what might have been.

Despite a glittering career Jimmy never managed to win the world title — but was runner-up on a heartbreaking SIX occasions.

White was a household name in snooker’s golden era of the 1980s and 90s. He lived the party lifestyle to the full — his close friendship with Alex Higgins saw to that.

White has recently talked candidly about his issues off the table and how he would do things differently if he had his time again.

He has just turned 53 and is still chasing his world title dream, going out during the qualifiers this time around.

But Jimmy shouldn’t be too hard on himself. He is one of the best players the game has ever seen.

What snooker wouldn’t give for a new Jimmy White now.

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