Rules of the Cue

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Alec Brown was a pre-war and immediately post-war professional whose father ran the billiard room at the Piccadilly Hotel, London. He made a few miniature ebony cues, about the size of a fountain pen, complete with tip. Brown was playing at Thurstons on 14 November 1938, when the cue ball finished so awkwardly marooned amongst a bunch of reds that he could not play it by any orthodox means. He removed the tiny ebony cue from his pocket, chalked Its tip and nudged the cue-ball to play his shot. When his opponent protested, Brown argued that he was within the rules.

Alec Brown

Alec Brown


However, Charlie Chambers, resident referee at Thurstons. awarded a foul on the grounds that the implement was outside the spirit if not the letter of the law. This led the BA&CC to stipulate that a cue ‘must be at least three feet in length and conform to the accepted shape and design.

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