New van in silver on it’s way 7th of December delivery day .


Due to new van arriving every 4 years we are now looking to sell our 3500 125ps L2 H2 van with cruise control .
Having just turned over 60.000 miles this was the miles that I had in mind when I would look to buy a new van , not that there is anything wrong with our van it is just as a business we intend to change the van every 4 years around the 60.000 mile range to keep our image up and reliability risk at a lower level .
it is just good business to do this and of course offset the van against tax where applicable .
the van has a service history and recently 2 new front tyres fitted .
it has been very well cared for . Never been overworked or over loaded , never been thrashed always kept at cruising speed on motorways of 70mph with rev counter bang on 2000 revs and always try and keep it around those rev limits , 5000 is red line limit and never taken over 3000 on change down revs  .
we do have another second vehicle ( Car ) so this has helped keep miles low on this van , making it  a good buy for a set up business or just a good buy for an established one .

the private plate is not going with the van and will be transferred to new van .
as an optional extra and because it gives my right foot a rest , I had Cruise control fitted as a after thought at an extra cost of around £400 .
The van takes a payload just over 1600kg , and although I do move snooker tables around the UK , this van only does this at a rate of 2 a month if that .
it mainly is used just to carry my tools around and a good sign advert when out and about , and knowing that I do have the capability of moving the odd snooker or pool table’s around .

as you can see it takes a complete set of slates and on this load 2 sets of cushions 12 legs 2 sides and in fact two whole snooker frames dismantled
plus 2 shades , this was being stored at a council yard for a council run leisure center , and even with me in the drivers seat this only came to 1450kg
well under the limit of 1600kg capacity .
The van is ply lined and if you look closely it even has the original Factory check list paper stuck to the bulk head , I never took it off from 2013 .
the van also has the mid range 125ps engine so not the low under powered 100ps  one , or the high powered 160ps with lower  MPG use one , this is the mid range 125 ps engine and the one most Van magazines say go for .
6 speed manual box around  35 mpg average  , Air con , Hands free phone bluetooth connection , Electric Windows , electric heated mirrors . two 12 volt charger sockets . Reversing warning sensors ,  Fold down center seat for table use and cup holders  , three seats ,
fabric is in good condition no wear or split seating that you find with many of these trade use vans , in fact passenger seats hardly used .

I of course had the van sign wrapped , this can be taken off by any buyer or leave it on if in the same trade and just put your firms details over the GCL Billiards parts and phone numbers changed
the van has one slight dent to the top of the rear door as can be seen in this photo above , this caused by hitting the gutter clip above my garage when reversing , the reversing sensors are at bumper level .

the van easily carries three Supreme pool tables and maybe could take a 4th

An older welsh slated table has slightly more heavy slates than the softer Italian slates , so you have to slide the sates more to the bulk head .
Easy to do with 2 inch over lap of slates so you do not trap your fingers , a roller and the wheels upside down to wheel them to the rear ( as in photo )
this table with two men and full tank of fuel and tools and trolley is approaching the capacity 1600kg .
I did my home work when buying a van and this is the best one size wise the L2 H2 for carrying Snooker tables .
the longer wheelbase you come down to 1530kg , you have to put the long table plank  sides ,  on the side above the wheel arch at an angle as you can see int his photo above ., and being as it is the H2 height van you can stand up in it , I am am 6ft 2 inch .
What makes this van attractive to most private buyers of small firms is that  I paid the vat when new and lost that in full and that cost me over £3000 loss  , and I am not vat registered so no vat will be added to this sale .
Look around the country on web sites and Ebay for the same spec and year June 2013 , same miles of 60.000 ( with cruise control ) and you will see they do fetch this sort of money up to £8000 PLUS VAT and that around £1500 to  £1600 saving , if you find a vat free one like this that has been looked after .
I have had a quick look on Ebay and there are two lower priced but at 149000 miles and 129000 miles not a patch on this van at just 60.000 miles and not thrashed or worn out .
The van has an MOT to June , But I will put a full 12 months on this van if bought at selling price listed at £7495…no vat to pay .

the van has been very reliable and I have never had any breakdowns or problems that involved taking it back in
apart from a noisy vibration from the fuel pump which was changed after two weeks of picking it up new ,

this photo was taken the first day it was sign wrapped , the original plate will be back on the van for the sale .
all inquiries to Geoff at GCL billiards

Sale is strictly bank transfer or paid into account by bank checked cash before van could leave our possession .
we will not accept cash for this amount as too many false notes around !
and yes I have been caught out before with false notes .

phone numbers as on back of van above photo .


10ft Oak Birmingham billiards Snooker table for sale …. Solihull NOW SOLD !

SOLD ….Moving Monday 5th February 2018


We have a client wishing to free space up for other purpose .
and the only solution is to sell his very nice Oak 10ft by 5ft Snooker table with hard cover top included .

as you can see the table comes with a sectional matching oak table top .
with the correct higher than normal chairs this could be used as a dining table ?

from the photo’s supplied by our client the cloth and table looks as new as the day it was fitted .

Solid oak frame and cushions , in light oak , this table will fit well into a modern home
the room required would have to be 20 foot by 15 foot .
This is the nearest size to a full size 12 foot table and one that is sought after if you cannot fit a 12 foot in then this  is the next best option .
Full size balls and full size pockets , just two foot shorter and 1 foot less on width .
I must point out that I know that Birmingham billiard usually miss out the adjustable slate bearers on many of their tables even full size .
please read about adjustable slate bearers or Muntins by searching on my web site for them , this will explain why they must be fitted .below is a Birmingham billiard full size table where they missed out the adjustable bearers and I retro fitted some in .

now this 10ft table also has no center support bearers under the slate beds
this can be easily be sorted if you bought the table and had GCL billiards relocate the table for you , and we are always improving tables by fitting these adjusters and new support beams to rectify slate sagging , a common problem on modern tables .
As can be seen in these photo’s we have fitted many adjustable brackets and beams to help keep the slates playing true without the risk of slate dipping through lack of support .

if you required a price for moving this table then please get in touch with Geoff at GCL billiards who would be happy to quote not only for a relocation but also the added costs of fitting adjustable slate bearers and adjusting brackets .
My client at this moment in time is looking for offers for this table .
I have given him a figure that I think he should accept but that is for any buyer to talk to the seller about,  and thrash a price out between them selves , all tables on this web site are private sales,
GCL Billiards do not own the table , we just advertise them for the selling client to try and find a buyer who just may choose GCL Billiards expert workmanship to relocate this very attractive oak 10ft table .
there is no middle men fees to the buyer , you are buying direct from the seller .


all inquiries to


Another FREE Full size table near Grantham Lincolnshire……NOW GONE TAKEN >>>>>



The table was only on for one day before it was claimed for free , and believe it or not to a village that is only 3.5 mile away from my clients village .
The person who is having it has agreed to have GCL billiards to remove and deliver the table and erect it , then at a later date go for a re-rubber and re-cover .


We do get these offers of free tables now and again and they go pretty quick especially in this condition of woodwork .
keep a look out for more bargains direct from seller to buyer , or in this case a FREE table to a person looking for a table .
this has enabled the person to spend what they would have buying a table , to renovating the playing surface and replacing the rubber .
the cost of removing a table and delivering it is always going to be there though , if you buy or get a table at low money of FREE . That part of the work is not FREE I’m afraid .






We have a client who wishes to give away a free full size snooker table , this table is at the top of his Garden in a separate Games Room
boards will have to be laid on the grass to wheel the slates to a parked van .
We put this table in a couple of years back , and due to our clients busy schedule as a TV sports presenter Journalist he just does not have the time to do the table justice .
as he is  out and about from Home reporting for a well known TV channel .
We got this table for our client as a free table around two years ago  and he paid us to collect it and deliver and install it .
from memory the cloth on the bed looks OK , but I think the cushion rebound was not good or at least could be better , so could do with a re-rubber
but you could have that done at a later date , the table is good to go as it is and be played on .

the polish does have a few marks on it , but generally this is what we call good condition
the table is circa 1930s to 1960s .
So will have a few age related marks , it came from a private house previously , so I do not think it has had any commercial use .
It will come with the range of accessories that is in the photo ‘s
Long rest and cue , end rests . rest hooks , scoreboard . cue racks and cues .

I think anyone would be happy to have a free table in this condition .
just pay for removal and delivery and set up , and it’s your’s .

As you can see the cloth is all right for now , and due to cost of removal and delivery ,
I suggest anyone go for it as it is , then at a later date consider a re-rubber , re-cover .
Geoff at GCL billiards can guide you on a price for this .

you may also wish to have new nets and leathers fitted , but some like the old antique look of old leather .
provided they are not worn through where the ball hits the plate then they will be OK as they are .

there is even a fitted table cover dust sheet .

A good range of cues and two wall racks .

and a Scoreboard .

ALL INQUIRES to Geoff & Carol at GCL billiards by email.
I will be happy to pass on any genuine interest in this table to our client .


Stapleford Cue Club , re-cover plus new nets and leathers fitted on full size snooker table .

Been over to Stapleford cue club on Derby Road Stapleford Nottinghamshire today .
About 3 mile from my own house .
and one of the best little Snooker clubs around to play snooker or pool in .
6 full size snooker tables and 4 Supreme pool tables , all very well cared for , Run by a Cue sport Player for cue sport players.

My work was to re-cover a full size snooker table , a Riley club table circa 1930’s / 1950s with modern Riley Aristocrat standard cushions .
A table that we sourced a couple of years ago from a Long Eaton club closing down as seen below .

And replaced a BCE copy table that was not really up to The owner Jed’s standard so did not take much persuading to have this table put in .
it is an upgrade table with good welsh slate  and plays very nice with the modern cushions and pockets .

New Strachan 6811 tournament 30 oz and new nets and leathers fitted .
the lads at this cue club get pampered as this table was only re-covered around 18 months ago , just shows with regular  recovering and good maintenance this table gets plenty of use .
Jed is not afraid to bring a table in for a re-cover where other clubs may try and get another 6 months wear out of a cloth , when its ready it is ready says Jed .
it is one of the best tables to play on in Nottingham .
as near to match play as you can get for a standard none steel cushioned table .
not that Stapleford cue club lacks steel cushioned tables , they also have two full size match play steel cushioned tables .
and three more full size Riley standard tables .

Full size snooker table for sale turned leg modern circa 1980s onwards

FOR SALE £250 for full size snooker table .

We have a client in Edenbridge Kent area
who wishes to sell their full size snooker table circa 1980s onward , this modern table has modern large broad bow pocket plates .

I should think that all accessories  including the lighting shade is with the table at just £250 all in .

Not sure on cloth condition , this is something any buyer would have to find out if on a budget for a table as a re-cover is £440
nets and leathers look OK .

a dust cover is also included .
Any buyer is responsible for arranging dismantle and erection of the table , a price for this could be arranged through GCL billiards  for dismantle and load , then traveling then unload and set up , plus miles round trip , and any overnight stop over B&B + EM  if required for two fitters if travelling and fitting  is not possible in one day .
We would require full address and post code if table is going in on ground floor no steps or up or down stairs basement or loft upstairs area .
the table is based on the ground floor at the moment .
all inquiries to

American 9ft pool table install re-rubber and cover near Wolverhampton .

I have just visited Ian near Wolverhampton .
Ian contacted me to set up his 9ft American pool table in his very well built extension .
He had custom lighting and all top quality materials for the re-rubber and cover .
plus a very expensive lighting unit .

I arrived and with Ian’s help quickly assembled the under frame work and legs plus placed the slate on the frame and the rough leveling .
I then started to strip down the cushions for the re-rubber , and clean the blocks up of old glue ready for the new rubber to be attached .

this is where I first encountered my first problem , the new rubber which was match play standard did not align up with the half round molding on the block work .

Some fitters would have walked away at this stage , or refitted the old rubber back on !

A 10 minute think and the solution was to plane the half round molding off the block work and make some half round molding and fasten on in the correct place to suit the new rubber profile .
so a quick trip to B&Q we found some dowel we could plane down to use as the half round molding .
This set us back a couple of hours but you take the rough with the smooth as they say in this line of work .
once I had re-rubbered the cushions , formed the angles and covered the cushions , we started back on the slate bed for the fine leveling and filling of slate joints to make smooth .

cloth is now laid on ready to staple and stretch down

Stretching to the cloths full amount of possible stretch  is a must for a tight cloth , here the center pocket falls are formed .
you cannot have any wrinkles around the fall areas .
Stretching these american cloths onto such large pocket falls  is much harder than stretching wool napped cloth on a full size snooker table .
Quality cloth is a must and I recommend either this Simonis 860 or Strachan Super Pro speed or even Hainsworth Elite Pro speed cloth  , these three cloths seem to form better around the falls .
one cloth you should be very wary of is the Euro pool brand , it is like stretching cardboard on , it will put blisters on your knuckles stretching that thick euro pool cloth on .
for around £20 to £40 saving from the quality brands , it just is not worth fitting these thick cardboard type cloths on , and I refuse all jobs that would have me fit it .
You often see this cloth in Bowling alley pool tables , it marks easy and looks a mess within weeks , you may have noticed the white burn ball skid acceleration marks appearing on them .
A wool mix cloth is far better than a high percentage of  man made fiber one .

the cloth fully stretched out and stapled down , and skirts in place  to cover pocket staples
you may notice some damp patches around the pocket areas ,this is spray on starch , these will dry out  , a trick that most American pool table  fitters now use , I also spray the entire bed cloth with starch and even iron the bed cloth after fitting , this to prevent slackening off of cloth over the future months , a common problem with speed cloths .

The cloth of choice was Iwan Simonis 860 .

Aligning the cushions up using the 6ft straight edge , it is important especially for shots to go down the side cushions to not be deflected out by none alignment of side cushions , these must be kept parallel to each other with NO V shape in or out and both nose’s of rubber in alignment .

the finished table .

a few practice shots to make sure our client Ian is happy with the table .

Ian plays a 8 ball game is the shape of a diamond racking

nice new shiny Aramith pro balls

this is a very expensive triangle that Ian had shipped over from the USA

Ian also arranged to have a very expensive light fitting unit above the table shipped over from the USA .
I must say this is the first time I have ever seen one of these , it looks very nice .

the table Ian had installed is a Longoni manufacture and is a copy of the USA made Brunswick Gold Crown as seen at Butlins in Skegness in above photo .
I will say this , the Longoni is a better built table using better materials than the Brunswick that I have worked on .
but to be fair these Butlins tables have taken some hammer over the many years they have been constantly played on .

For sale offers around £250 Riley full size snooker table square leg Regis model …. NOW GONE SOLD .

NOW GONE SOLD for recycling to help cover removal costs and extra costs for recycling parts collection and delivery .

The table was in very nice condition and only required a re-cover , but no takers so choice was to go with owner and store in new home or recycle , the owner chose recycle .
cushions and pockets saved for future use on other tables also all bolts too , frame and legs into hobbyist wood crafts workshop , slate for worktops or flooring .
we do not mess around storing tables , it costs money for warehouse storage and bringing into storage so parts are distributed to various recycling specialists .
nothing goes to waste and all parts are used for other purpose 100%


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We have a client who is moving house and the Snooker  Table has to go very quickly so be quick and you could get a full size snooker table for very low money .
this table has to go before the end of November beginning of December .
all accessories that are in the room are to go with the table balls cues rests and shade and scoreboard .
The table is based in Daventry and at the moment I only have photo’s with all toys and stuff stored on it but I have attached a library photo of what the table looks like but it has green cloth on it .
It will require a re-cover so please take  this into account when buying the table .

as you can or cannot see in this instance the table is covered in all sorts of things , our client is busy parceling up all this for  a house move and clearance , looks like the snooker room is the sorting room .
I have been assured it will be accessible and ready to dismantle with a clear pathway to the van that it is being loaded into .

This is not the table but an identical one
The Riley Regis square leg in light mahogany , this one has blue cloth but our selling clients has green cloth on it , but we cannot see the condition of the cloth to comment if it is ok .
£250 buyer arranges collection .
you could arrange GCL Billiards to collect for you and we would be happy to quote you , please all inquiries to email .
the Regis is a very good table ,

as you can see the table above having been transformed with a new Strachan 6811 tournament 30 oz cloth in Royal blue .
the table for sale will also scrub up well with a new cloth and maybe a new set of nets and leathers if required .
the table at the moment does require a re-cover to bring up tot his level , GCL Billiards could quote for any work you may require .
the table is being sold privately from our selling client based in Daventry .
The table does not belong to GCL Billiards , it does not come with anew blue cloth on it but sold as seen from the photo with all the toys and stuff stored on top of it
at the moment our client cannot clear the room for a photo of the actual table to give a better view .
but the room will be cleared for the table to be collected . .


Full size snooker table Collect and Install for RAF Waddington

We where instructed to dismantle and remove an old billiard table for recycle and then transport a full size Riley Aristocrat from Stoke on Trent over to RAF Waddington for install .
this work was organised over a matter of a couple of months , as anyone who has dealings with any of our armed services would expect , these things have to be discussed by committees and get the stamp of approval .
I have worked on the old table in the RAF Waddington’s Officers Mess for many years and yes it had seen better days .
David contacted me and asked if I knew of any Riley Aristocrats that where for sale , and just by coincidence I had just put a private sale one up for sale on my web site .
John from stoke had contacted me , he had moved into a split level bungalow and inherited a snooker table with the sale and they had no use for it .

I put buyer and seller together to thrash out a price for the table , this is how I work at GCL Billiards we do not carry our own stock but prefer to sell direct from sellers house to buyers house and the buyer uses GCL Billiards we hope to move and install the table , of which we quote for before they arrange to buy .
I have been in the Billiards and snooker maintenance business for over 40 years and believe me gone are the days of large firms stocking tables and selling them , this is the way most table sales are now conducted .
Priced sensibly and taking into account the removal and deliver install costs they do sell this way far better than on Ebay where they can go months without any one buying .
We know that anyone seeing a table on our web site will more than likely choose GCL billiards to move it , it is like buying and not having to search around for transport or a qualified firm to install it .

and it means GCL Billiards do not have large stocks of hard to sell full size snooker tables taking up space in a costly rented warehouse with rates and electricity ,  all our stocks are direct from seller to buyer , no middleman fees to pay .
So what’s in it of us ?
where do we make our money ?
on the basis that most buyers use GCL billiards to collect the table and deliver and install . We charge for that experienced workmanship .
Geoff Large A qualified time served billiards fitter with over 40 years personal served  experience and a right hand man in my mate Steve who has worked with me for around 14 years now to help the move .

As you could see the table was in very good order in the basement room of our sellers split level Bungalow , but with good access from the rear Driveway at ground level to load up .
on dismantle I noticed that the table did not have any of the new adjustable brackets that support the center section of the slate and the bearers where not touching or supporting the slate bed .
so I reported this to David at RAF Waddington who sanctioned for the fitting of these brackets at an extra cost to improve the table .
And I did find when I assembled the table that it did actually have a slight dip in the center of the slate and these brackets adjusted the support upwards and rectified this problem with just a few turns of 6 bolts .

Photo of one of the brackets fitted , the adjustment bolt and a few turns lift the beam upwards to deflect any warp or sagging that may be present in the slates .
we have been modifying most table that we fit with these brackets as it does help maintain a true level and most importantly prevents table slate sagging .
A common occurrence of the many table manufactured in the 1970’s 80’s onward .
most tables these days do have the adjustable brackets on them , but this has only been in the last 10 years that we have seen this .
so when buying a table just look under the table for these brackets on the center slate supports .

as you can see the cloth was in extremely good condition , hardly played on and I was told it had had a recent re-cover from the previous owners who John bought the Bungalow from .
the polish capping’s surround  where also in very good condition hardly a scratch on them which you do get from belt buckles .
This table was sold for just £500 , A trader from Sheffield  was after it for resale , but John sold it to the RAF and was very happy that the Officers Mess  had the table , Johns relative was also in the RAF and he was more than happy to inform the other Snooker Trader buyers it was sold and held onto it for a couple of months while payment was sorted out by David , what with holidays and people being away from the base this took a few weeks , but the day finally came together this week for GCL Billiards to collect and install .

all that is required now is new lighting , we have recommended two 1200 x 600 LED light panels with hanging kits available on line for around £60 per panel .
some tables even have three of these side ways on . hung around  6 ft from the bed .