Murphy: Guild Hall Is Synonymous With Snooker

By Jack Wynne - Reporter

Ahead of the World Grand Prix which takes place at the Guild Hall in less than a fortnight Shaun Murphy has admitted it was one of the venues which all snooker players aspired to play in starting out.

Murphy is the defending champion after edging a thrilling final against world champion Stuart Bingham 10-9 last time out.

“You had the Hexagon at Reading, the Crucible Theatre, the Wembley Conference Centre and Preston Guild Hall,” he said.

“They were the venues that you grew up thinking about and dreaming about.

“To be in the Preston Guild Hall at any time is a great honour for a snooker player.”

The Guild Hall did use to hold a number of major snooker tournaments, including the UK Championship.

Whilst the venue is not the largest arena Murphy explained it still has an intimate feel despite it being relatively modest in size.

“It feels like it’s just you and the crowd and everyone’s there to watch you,” he said.

“It adds that sense of anticipation and suspense to a game of snooker that makes it different from a lot of other sports.”

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