Belfast Telegraph

Home Sport Snooker

Emotional Mark Selby dedicates his World title triumph to father-in-law

By John Skilbeck

Mark Selby has revealed his Betfred World Championship triumph was tainted by the sadness that his father-in-law was not there to share in the success.

The Leicester cueman’s own father died when he was 16, and he has been estranged from his mother for most of his life.

Wife Vikki’s dad, Terry Layton, became almost a surrogate parent to Selby.

He died last September and it was to Terry that Selby dedicated his second world title, two years after the first.

“It’s been tough over the last few years. I’ve not really got that much family so I class Vikki’s family as my own,” said Selby.

“She lost her father in September and two years ago when I won it he was here watching.

“So it was emotional, with all the family watching from the balcony and him not being there. I knew Vikki would be emotional.

“He passed away at 64, taken away from us too soon, and if it was for anyone then it was for Terry Layton.

“He was probably the next biggest thing that I had to a father other than my real father.”

Belfast Telegraph Digital


From Belfast Telegraph