For Sale full size snooker table located in Lincoln area .

We have a client who wishes to sell their full size snooker table .
The table is in very good condition ,
GCL BILLIARDS previously set the table up and re clothed it for this client .

as you can see it is a very nice turned leg table , I think the manufacturer was Barton snooker of Humberside .

Table comes with a nice fitted heavy duty cover
and modern high frequency lights .

not often supplied with a table but the owner for a quick sale will include , a very expensive billiard table accessory in the iron .

a full range of rest also comes with the table
2 x rests , spider , ex spider and swan neck .

and also the long tackle

cloth condition is very good , I would say from the photo’s an 8/10 for not much use since re-cloth and stretch bed  .
this cloth will take a re-fit so no added expense of a re-cloth will be required .
and as you can see the polish is very good on the cushion capping .

there is also a scoreboard and cue racks , some cues will be supplied too .
We are looking for offers for the table at the moment , the cost of the table WILL NOT include dismantle and delivery .
if you require a quote to have the table delivered and set up on a Ground floor then contact Geoff at GCL billiards with your post code for a quote .
Inspection and a quick game to judge the speed and rebound value of cushion rubber before buying is always recommended .
we are only judging cloth condition from photo’s sent by the seller here , we have not recently inspected the table .

all inquiries to Geoff & Carol  Large by email please .

***DELIVERY at extra cost to table price .
*** We are not sure when the government will allow us to return to work being a none essential work force , but if the buyer is in agreement and the seller has time , to leave it as it is in situ ,
we can arrange to deliver as soon as the conditions of lock down is lifted for GCL billiards .
Table looks like it will be snapped up quick in this condition so do recommend to at least buy it and then arrange at later date once lock down is lifted to have delivery or collection .
or an holding deposit .
but our client is looking for a complete swift sale due to a house move , of which I am also sure he will have lock down issues of completing .

Corona19 update …Due to Government Orders we may be closed for much longer .

The Government are stipulating only Firms and work that is necessary are allowed to carry on during this epidemic .
We do not wish to carry or receive the virus and risk cross infection .
I did say we may be back at work for private dwellings , snooker and pool table re-covering by just after Easter  .
but having taken on board what the Government instructions are we are closed until further notice .
Our line of work is not classed as  essential , but I guess some of you Cue sports addicts will disagree with that !

I had around 6 weeks work booked in , and we have had to phone round and cancel most of them , the other work was cancelled by the clients themselves .
I had special ordered some cloth in for some of this work , and spent around £5000 in materials for the work and stock required going forward for the next two months   .

Having just got back from Lanzerote only last Saturday Evening and finding the UK was semi open and not on full lock down I was shocked to see this .
In Lanzerote we had our last week on full lock down , in the villa for most of the day isolating .
only allowed out to the shop around the corner once a day for groceries .
So I know what full lock down means , having experienced  it for a week before the UK did anything .
In my opinion the UK should have shut down the same time as Spain , it would have saved lives ….and we would have been a week better off in none contamination risks .
OK that would have meant us probably having to stay in Lanzerote until further notice , as we only just got the last plane to East midlands out of the island on Saturday .
which just happened to be our scheduled flight .

By Staying at Home and not working I am not going to spread or receive the Virus , the only risk I have is groceries being delivered to us and the Post .
so we wash our hands after touching these , and also wipe the tops of bottles and spray envelopes before opening with counter top disinfectant .
we also hand sanitise around 8 times a day .
I have not seen my Daughter and partner plus our gorgeous Grand Daughter for over three weeks now .
but we do video link often .

My Daughter has lost her job in the travel business , and her partner has been laid off until further notice at Bombardier , of which he is classed as self Employed  the same as myself  .
I am hoping the government hold firm on their promise to offer the Self Employed just as much rights to payments of 80% of their normal take home wages for the last three years up to a maximum spend of Course , I would not expect any more or less than an Employed person .
We are no different to employed people, when the Money stops coming in , we also have bills to pay , food to buy , we are not some rich globalist who have offshore bank accounts .
and having just paid out £5000 on work materials  before all this lock down happened , we do not have too much in the bank to fall back on now .
I do have  a small state pension that I can fall back on for some money , but no where near enough to survive on  , hence why I am still working full time  at 66 years of age .
and any Government payout will of course knock off  the small amount I get as a pension from the total .

Like most of you I am locked down at Home and now doing all those job’s that I had no time for before all this happened .
but cannot get out to B&Q , and to tell you the truth would not wish to if they are crowded .
I also  play with the Dog in the Back Garden he is also locked in at the moment and requires his Exercise .
stay safe and healthy,   and please do not mix with people if you do not need to ….. look at the web site for further statements when the need arises to do so .
We are not taking telephone calls but I will answer most Emails .

As a last request , support your local cue sports venue when they re-open , some may not reopen if they have had to carry on paying rent and rates while closed down .
I hope that Landlords and local councils offer a holiday period of no rent or rates until this all blows over .
and that brewery’s allow a bit of free stock  for all the beer and stock that has gone off while they closed down , especially if they had just stocked up .
I myself have suspended pool table rentals until they reopen for all the businesses I have tables in on rent that have been closed down ,until they re-open there is not rent to pay .

Geoff Large
Owner of GCL Billiards

Isolation 14 days from today ….Corona virus and what the future holds for us going forward .

Due to a large number of cancellations and the current health risks around us .
Geoff Large of GCL billiards will self Isolate until April 4th 2020
I have Not taken this decision lightly , but earning money at the risk of cross infection which in turn could leave to life threatening circumstances in the current climate just is not reward enough  .
One of those sayings of Money is not everything or you cannot put a price on health springs to mind at this time  .

We are rescheduling all the work booked in for later in the month and into April  , there have been some cancellations , mostly in the pub and club scene  , but many private people are still wishing to go ahead with re-clothing or table moves for home use .
this will be taken on board once out of isolation , I do not expect pubs or clubs to fully open before at least 1st of May
why 1st of May you ask , well lets just say if Air lines are closing until then as a public transport , I feel all other public places will be forced to follow these guidelines .
I will fully open for private dwellings work , once I have come out of the isolation period of 4th of April 2020 , public premises are another issue , and as the Government has put restrictions of opening times and periods on these type of business , then we will have to take the advice of health professionals on when the right time to return to the public workplaces on reopening day .
I am not saying I have the virus , but saying I am self isolating to make sure I do not have it or carry it .
My Wife is doing the same and my youngest Daughter .
Having just been on holiday for two weeks in Lanzerote of which there are only 3 confirmed cases in the course of two weeks on the island with no further outbreak  ,
and sharing a Air port with 1000s of  people rushing back to the UK it is safer to be sure , than just blindly ignore the situation EVERYONE is in at the moment .
In fact I would have been much safer in Lanzerote than coming back to the UK now . but Family are close to me and I would always worry what is happening to them in their hour of need as well as my own .

It is going to be hard for us , not being able to see my Grand child or other Daughter and her partner for another two weeks , but that sacrifice is to protect them , and in the long run protect my clients health by preventive measures such as self isolation and carrying hand wash and other preventive hygiene wipes and disinfection sprays  .
I do hope that we can get through all this and a cure or preventative spread cure is found quickly .
Please do not take corona virus lightly it has claimed too many lives and caused too much of a loss and hardship for family’s,  to be ignored .
And too much uncertainty , too many Job losses , and it has not finished with us for a while yet , but I am sure we will come through it and say we beat it in the end .
And only then can we start the questions why it came to be where it came to be and what caused it , and learn from it so it never happens again .
or at least be ready for it next time .

Wishing all my clients past and present , good health and happiness .

Geoff Large

ON holiday from March 7th to 23rd March ….firm is not taking phone calls or emails during this time .

Please get in touch after the 23rd of March to book work in for April
We are away from all computers and the phones during our two week holiday in Lanzerote .
I just like to switch off from work and do not take phones or have access to the internet during our holidays .

to save me looking through hundreds of Emails when I get back which is normally the case and can take me days to answer them all , please start to leave messages around the 23rd of March if you wish  to get quotes or book in work .
I am working right up to the 7th of March so cannot fit anything in before I go away .and we are booked out until April 20th week but 21st has already gone .
thank you for your inquiry or return work bookings from existing clients .
See you all when we get back from this much deserved break .


GEOFF & CAROL ….GCL Billiards .

Over 1.3 million hits on GCL billiards WEB SITE ……WOW

Just had a report from Steve who manages my GCL BILLIARDS WEB SITE for me.

He informs me of some impressive stats on hits and countries that have visited my web address and viewed pages.

Here are those stats.

Hi Geoff

I just thought you might like to know how popular your website was in 2019.
Unique visitors is basically the number of different people who have visited your website during the month and that’s the real indication of how popular your website is.
It’s also impressive to note that your website received over 1.3 million ‘hits’ during the year.  That’s the total number of page loads during the year.
Here is a list of all the different countries that visitors are from:
All very impressive. Keep up the good work!

I do get emails from all over the world inquiring on tables and advice.  One particular person from Canada always emails me every month for advice on Snooker tables.  I am happy to help others if I can find the time from my busy work load.

I am really humbled by the amount of people who have visited GCL Billiards website.
I did not know we where attracting so many people to the site, but then again I have always been busy in my work.
I owe a lot to the man who got me started in the Billiards industry, my Uncle Ron Hume,
pictured here on the left, and to John Hopkin of Elston & Hopkin.
Both showed faith in me when I was young.

No 1 Snooker & Pool Table Recovering in Nottingham Derby and Leicester plus Lincoln

We are the number 1 choice for the local East Midlands and beyond for the recovering and maintenance of Snooker & Pool Tables. We have built a reputation of trust and fine workmanship, and we have many referrals for our work, please ask around the many snooker and pool clubs or local pubs or private owners of cue sports tables.  You will find there are many who recommend us as a reliable and trustworthy firm.

Geoff Large has 44 years personal experience and the 44 years are not stitched together with other fitters like other firms do to extend the look of experience.  He has actually been working for over 44 years in the trade as a billiards fitter, from working for his Uncle in the 1970s under the guidance of a qualified billiard fitter (Mick Robb) for 6 years, through to an established East Midland Billiards firm of Elston & Hopkin for over 31 years and now as an established Company owner of GCL Billiards for the last 8 years.  Geoff is enjoying it even more now than when he was employed.

While that enthusiasm is still there and Geoff is fit and able to do the work, GCL Billiards will be around for a few more years yet.  Geoff Large has no desire to retire.

He may take it a bit more slower paced now he is older in age and take the odd one day off now and again and he has had to stop doing the upstairs work involving lifting heavy tables up and down stairs.  But he will still offer the dismantle, transportation and set back up ground floor to ground floor option, along with re-clothing, re-rubber and new nets and leathers on all cue sports tables.

A taster of what we are about.
Butlins hotshots artscape bud dec 2015
From large contract work
STEVE B's OAK ARISOCRAT 2012 recover
to privately owned tables
cueball pool room busy
from busy local Pool and snooker clubs
renovated home pool table mkt harb
to privately owned small pool tables
re-rubber of pool cushions to black rubber
re-rubber of pool cushion
to re-rubber of full size snooker tables
Blackburn template too big for pocket opening
Rectifying faults or tight pockets for clients
acadamy table leveling
Leveling snooker tables
linc brain level 0.1
and pool tables to a high degree as this thickness of a £20 note shows .
rushcliffe tables and shades on van
to transporting full size snooker tables
supreme 3 on van room for one more
and delivering our new contract rental pool tables .
we have organised some difficult installs of snooker slates
Adjustable muntins K&hillman
Improving tables by fitting adjustable slate bearer brackets
Ivanoe ken stretched string down
Re-stretching bed cloths
ashbourne ripped cloth repair near cushion
sewing torn cloth

Towers ball rails process of being cleaned
and being very thorough when re-covering , cleaning the inside of the table is just as important .
Dorset ornate table Mr Roberts
From Advertising clients tables for sale on our web site so that you deal direct and no middle men fees , which means you get some Bargain buys
kelso bed cloth fitted (2)
some tables were even advertised FREE for collection, as this one above which our new client had installed and re-covered in royal Blue in Scotland
Thurston life pool slides out martin

also some bargains on old antique scoreboards such as this one which sold for just £400, direct from an advert placed on GCL Billiards web site in the for sale section .
Above I have given you a taster of what GCL Billiards is all about. We are no hit and run or bodge it and scarper firm.

If a job is worth doing then do it right, my old boss John Hopkin had very high values when it came to working in this industry he was very well respected for it, not only from clients but from fellow billiards firms in the trade.

I like to think I run GCL Billiards on those same values.

We are entering our 8th year as a Firm and we have been busy in all that time.  We have over 40 years time served billiards fitting experience.  Do not be fooled by adverts of stitched together experience, this is a well used ploy, or other misleading advertising like bought or resurrected names of defunct and not trading any more old historic established firms to get a foothold in the market.

Go for the firm who uses their own identity and do not hide behind others’ good work and reputation from the past.  Enquire around about Geoff Large or GCL Billiards, you will find we are genuine and a firm to trust.

Geoff Large
NBSA approved billiards fitter
& Business Owner
GCL Billiards


We will now be stocking the new Black ball Limited Edition Hainsworth match cloth .

Hainsworth only supply Black ball with this cloth .
and is Exclusive to Black ball only , but Black ball are now supply the trade so you can have this limited edition cloth fitted to any make of table .

So it does not matter if you have supreme , DPT , IPA , old Hazel Grove in fact any make of table we will be able to source and re-cloth in this Exclusive cloth colour and grade .
contact Geoff Large at GCL billiards to reserve your slot for you next pool table re-cloth .
but if you should also wish to upgrade to a Black ball table , I am sure we will be able to accommodate that as well .
and offer you competitive pricing on par with any other retailer .
I will be contacting Micheala and Ross at Black ball to see what could be offered for retail by GCL billiards .

Burroughs & Watts Life Pool Scoreboard with matching ball cabinet and penny slots ….all original circa pre 1895

We have a Genuine 1895 circa Burroughs & Watts  life pool Scoreboard for sale , a large 10 player board .
very ornate and attractive ,and at a reasonable price too when you compare what other leading billiard houses are selling them at .
all original ivory buttons , the lower cabinet WOULD have had a set of Ivory pyramid or life pool ball stored in there and the penny slots would and will  still take Victorian Pennies .
you can pick odd ivory balls up now and again so i am sure you could make this period display even better
Highly collectable in this condition , and would look great if you all ready have a Burroughs & Watts table , but have  a standard scoreboard .
all the life stars are there one is sticking at the moment but it is there .
a little repair here and there and a small split is all that this board has that you could pick fault with .
It is has not been re-polished and is all original apart from small repair to left hand lower slot , very hard to find them unrestored  and original in this condition .
all I am going to do is wax it and polish it up .
Phone Geoff and leave a message if I am not around to answer the phone 077534 66064
£1500 will secure this board and will include couriered delivery ….the board is a Private sale .
Not too bothered if this one stays I like it that much .