John Gent 9ft Snooker table NOW SOLD


NOW SOLD after just one  day on advertising , the buyer arranging dismantle as we speak ….just shows people do look at GCL Billiards web site for sale pages as they know they can get a table without middle men fees .
keep a look out we have a nice 8ft one coming up for sale in Beeston Nottingham , again another private table  sale this time due to bereavement .

We have a client who wishes to sell their 9ft snooker table which is located in Bingham Nottingham

John gent produced tables for the local East midlands from 1880 to 1920s  ,
above photo of Gent tables being installed in Nottingham for John Hopkin at Burnaby billiard hall . circa early 1920s or just after world war 1 .
the tall man in the hat is John hopkin my old boss’s Grand Father .

John Gent 9ft table that is for sale in very good unmolested order .
all accessories you see are with the table , a three section slate bed 6 legged table .

any inquiries to

Pool table for sale 6ft sized in Stapleford Nottingham . £325 ono BEEN informed it is sold ?

Been informed by the second person I sent over to this seller that the table is now sold , but awaiting confirmation from seller .

SOLD ????????


Here we have a 6ft pool table , I think the manufacturer is Optima but no sure , it certainly looks like one of there older series tables .
this is the smaller 6ft version so would fit into most homes , you could make an over sized dining top for this and use as a dining table if you had high enough chairs .
so if the Mrs says no just tell her you are buying her  a new dining table …

a much better alternative to most small snooker tables that use tiny balls and bag nets and leathers .
much easier to maintain and lower costs to re-cover than a small snooker table .
you can purchase a set of snooker balls and play snooker on it too .

it comes with balls and triangle only . A PRIVATE SALE ! not part of GCL Billiards stock .

although cloth is in good un-ripped order it may be slightly faded .

the table is in Stapleford Nottinghamshire not far from junction 25 of M1 and just down from Bramcote roundabout and  this is a private sale for Steve Bates a friend of mine .
please email and I will forward his contact details onto you .

Wanted 10ft snooker table .

Date of inquiry of wanted ad 17th April 2017…………………….  WANTED TEN FOOT snooker table

We have a Client who is moving to a new home in Pulborough in West Sussex , and he has a nice large Loft area for a 10ft tbale .
If you have a Snooker  / Billiards tables for sale please send photo’s by email and we will forward these onto our client  to
any table considered from Modern to old , but must be a 10ft slate bed sectional slate table . 6 or 8 legged .

Easter Weekend , we are not answering the phones this Easter or answering Emails .

Just chilling out .

Some people may not celebrate Easter but this year We are going to have a break from work just like the rest of the UK .
I will at this time of the year be out in the Garden getting it ready for the coming summer and a time to reflect on life as I work on cleaning the patios.
So please do not be offended by us not answering telephone calls or emails over the Easter period .
We are just taking a full Easter off for a change this year .
some celebrate Easter as a Christian religious festival and rightfully too as this is what Easter is all about , some say the greatest Story on Earth !

some celebrate by chocolate egg hunts

some take a holiday maybe a trip to the coast ?

and some by just Gardening or DIY time .

What ever way you choose to celebrate Easter Have a good one relax and just reflect on life ,
I know I will be celebrating by all 4 of the above reasons if I can squeeze them all into 4 days .
Friday & Saturday Gardening patio cleaning & time for thought and Christ who gave his life for us .
Sunday Day of rest and out for a meal with wife, Thoughts about resurrection and maybe a trip over to the coast ?
Monday Garage clean out and get Van ready for work on Tuesday .
well that is what I am planning weather permitting .
I am not a regular church attender the odd wedding and funeral is perhaps the only time I attend church if I am am honest ,  but throughout my life I have been brought up in the belief of Christianity and all the good that this faith brings out in people .
so whatever you do at Easter try and relax and take it all in , Watch the old films on TV , Ben Hur  or the Robe , I always watch them if I get time .
Back open for  work on Tuesday the 18th April .

Full size Riley Aristocrat steel cushioned match table for sale in Wolverhampton

We have a selling client who wishes to move on through lack of use a fully renovated Riley Aristocrat match table with the all important genuine Steel Block cushions
these cushions are not the sandwich type that some so called billiard firms put out , but genuine two piece , one section steel plate and the other part is the wood capping bolted to the rear .
I have to point his out due to the fact of one firm putting out inferior steel cushions that are really bodged standard cushions and sold as steel cushion .
so back to this table for sale , the table is located in a Wolverhampton post code.

as you can see this table has not had much use so someone is going to get a good deal for a quick sale .

the cloth condition , this photo shows no track lines to pocket openings .

Centre pocket opening , leathers and nets also in as new condition as is woodwork polish.

corner pocket opening with a ball to show the estimate of pocket opening size , I would say around 3.5 inch at the fall .
again as new nets and leathers and polish looking in good order .

I am not sure if the lighting is included this is something you will have to take up with the selling client .

All these accessories are included with the table as well as a cover

CLOSE UP OF LEG the upper leg block may have suffered from rest head damage at some point,  you can also see the hook hole has been plugged on the arch way .
so on renovation I suspect the firm beveled the edges of the block to give a clean edge to the blocks . I do like to be thorough with a tbales description .
GCL Billiards have not inspected the table , but I have seen a photo of the underside and in my opinion the only point that I would make is
the table will require some adjustable muntin slate bearer brackets .
these are add on units that will cost extra and I would recommend the fitting of these at installation of the table .
as per photo’s here

after seeing that the table has no adjustable brackets for the slate bearers , I would say the table was  standard Riley Aristocrat and has been upgraded with match steel block cushions
the table offers good value for money , and my selling client is looking for offers around the £2000 mark for a quick sale .
The proper made Steel cushions alone I priced up trade the other week at around £1600 for another client who had been sold the not so good sandwich steel cushions by a Firm up Leeds way .
the Price of the table does not include any dismantle load and transport or unloading and erecting of the table .
If you require  price for this you can contact Geoff at GCL Billiards who would be happy to quote for such work based on ground floor or upstairs locations and post code .
Riley Match Quality steel cushioned Aristocrats do not come up often , but this week I have two that are coming up for sale by private sales through our for sale section  of the website , the other in Cardiff is coming up for sale next so anyone down that end of the country may wish to go for that one and I am still awaiting details and photo’s of that one to come in .
But this table in Wolverhampton is in as new condition and is ready to go .
In my opinion a much better table than a Chinese made star , so first come first served . and  new Riley Aristocrat today will set you back £13000.00p
that’s around £11.000 more than this table , check it out in the link below .

Sew 4 inch by 4 inch L shape tear on full size Antique snooker table at a club in Derby .

Saturday and working again when will I ever get a full weekend off ?
Got a phone call Friday afternoon informing me of this L shape tear on a club table in Derby .
with a few bills coming in the club wanted me to sew the tear up and then around September maybe re-cover the table ,
but for now they just wanted to get the table back in use for a nominal costing .
this is what I found when I got there this morning .

a 4 inch by 4 inch tear , obviously someone knew they had done this , not saying deliberate but it took some downward cueing stabbing power and  a sharp ferrule or very hard tip to rip this cloth to this extent . Especially as this cloth has had two stretches in the past and is on very tight not slack at all .

to sew this large tear the cloth had to be sewn from the reverse which meant two cushions coming off and taking tacks out of two sides .

Right I can now get at the tear and get the cloth to close up a bit rather than trying to pull it together sewing from above , which was impossible due to tension of cloth .
so not a quick repair like some are , this tear was too large to do that . with traveling of around 10 mile each way , this repair took almost three hours of the day up .

Lock stitching the tear together from the reverse side.

when finished I always rub a little candle wax over the threads to strengthen them

the repair of tear fully sewn up and tapped level with hammer and wood block , then cloth is ironed as flat as I could get it .
there is some slight ball deviation when a ball rolls over it but this will get better as the table is brushed and ironed more .
but at least this repair will last them until September , unless someone rips it more or decides to have a go at the repair .
I have suggested  CTV in the room from now on .

not many firms would do a call out job like this , preferring to turn it into a full re-cover

but GCL Billiards do work with clubs to look for a more affordable solution to keeping the table in play until they can afford a re-cover
like most clubs , they have expensive rates and bills to pay at certain times of the year , and the budget for the next re-cover for this table is in September 2017 .

Hunters Bar Grantham 7 supreme winner pool tables re-covered in Strachan 6811 tournament cloth and one in speed cloth .

Just been over to Hunters Bar this week to re-cover 7 Supreme winner 7×4 pool tables .
6 in Strachan 6811 tournament and one in Strachan super pro speed .

with 7 supreme winners and 4 Sam K steel 9ft pool tables int his club , it gets very busy at times

a photo showing  the Sam k steel 9ft American pool 9ft Tables in the back ground .

gluing of the bed cloths to the slate bed

We strip every staple out of the cushions , cowboy speed fitters cover over old staples and it is not unusual to have 3 to 4 sets of staples left in when stripping down
at GCL billiards we like to take every staple out every time we do a re-cover .

close up of a finished table  re-clothed in Strachan 6811 tournament cloth .
the day before I went to Grantham I also re-covered 4 Supreme winners in sleaford at the Reel Club in the new Simonis speed sky blue cloth .

Silver Supreme Winner pool table for sale with blue cloth , plus pool table moving wheels trolley £350 . CASH on collection only

we have a Silver pool table at £350 Cash on collection . this is a PRIVATE SALE . and not part of GCL billiards stock .
a supreme Winner 7×4 coin operated with super six coin mech adjustable from 10p to 50p
The table has a hardly worn Strachan 777  Blue cloth fitted to it .
this pool table has come back off site and is now for sale as it stands buyer collects from long Eaton near Junction 25 of M1.
in my opinion all it requires is a respray by silver Halfords can of paint to top surround to look good again .
it is a second hand Pool table and has the usual knocks and scrapes associated with on site use in a pub site .

the top surround is suffering from coin flipping to the silver surround and has marks above where the coin mech is as seen in above photo .
this table will look good again with around £20 worth of spray paint and masking tape , that is all it requires to make it look really good like this photo below when it originally went out on site 18 months ago

the table has been used since this re-cover but no much , and the cloth is in very good condition .

This photo is the current condition of the table as it was picked up off site and as it is for sale .
this price is for pick up only from Long Eaton near junction 25 of M1.

as you can see if the top was resprayed like this photo the table would look a lot better for it .

The table side door has new locks fitted 4 silver legs to match the cabinet and two sets of balls , a set of blue and yellows and a set of spots and stripes
it has a triangle brush and two cues .
the coin mech can be set for FREE play if required .
there is also a ply wood hard top cover to the table as seen in this above photo .
the table is also up for sale on another site so please inquire to see if still available .
In my opinion the cloth has plenty of life left in it , a re-cover in Strachan 6811 is an extra £185 if required , but as said it does not require this .
these COIN OPERATED supreme winners are around £1200 to £1250 delivered and set up depending where you purchase from  , grab yourself a second hand one at below 1/4 of the price of new.

here is one example of silver 7×4 Supreme winner table with blue cloth and coin operated at £1253.00p

Supreme Winner 6 ft, 7 ft, 8 ft English Pool Table