I came out of the Army in the year of 1976 , and started to work for my uncle’s firm Trent Valley Pool & Snooker tables Leisure firm in Chettles industrial Estate and office on lincoln Street basford . I worked alongside my cousin Gary Hume and A sub contract billiard fitter called Mick Robb who had a firm called Belvoir billiards . I stayed at Trent Valley Leisure for 4 years , then on advice from Mick Robb , I left and moved to Elston & Hopkin of Goldsmith Street Nottingham . although I still did a bit of work for my Uncle Ron and cousin Gary over the years while I worked for Elston & Hopkin , mainly at weekends or evenings and my boss at Elston & Hopkin did knew that I helped them out now and again . although their work and sales where nationwide and E&H where local east midlands mainly very little outside a 50 to 80 mile radius .so no conflict of interest . John hopkin was a very good Employer and Boss .
In 1980 Elston & hopkin where just being relocated from the very old Empire Theatre Building on goldsmith Street Nottingham where they had a billiard hall and a very fine fitted out Solid Mahogany sales counter for billiard table spares . cue sales and so on . I also got married in 1980 to my Wife Carol , who I am happy to say we are still together after 39 years of marriage and have two Daughters Helen and Kimberley and in 2018 our first Grand child Emily arrived .~ Sorry no Boys to carry on the business . Elston & hopkin moved into a workshop on Canal Street , also now demolished , and then into the Newark Street premises from 1980 . having a 18 table billiard hall , office and workshop on the top floor . of Davisella house right on the corner of Newark street & Manvers Street . Elston & hopkin moved out in the early 2000s and sold out to Universal logic in 2004 , I went with the firm to work out of a warehouse in Gainsborough Lincolnshire for the next 7 years . I look back on the 43 years I have been working as a Billiards fitter . I have learnt from everyone around me from my Uncles firm and Gary Hume to Mick Robb who was a big influence in my work , to Roger Perczynski and Alan Pykett at Elston & hopkin . I also learnt a bit of Computer presentation and promotion from my last boss Ted Roberts . I have had my ups and downs , but became self employed in May 2012 when I had started GCL billiards .
I have met some characters , and worked for some very famous people , as you can imagine it is not everyone who has a room for a full size billiard table , and most celebs and sports personalities do at sometime in their life have ownership or inherit through a house sale a full size table . But I get as much satisfaction working for normal working folk like myself as I do the high society and famous clientele . I look upon myself as the Caretaker in my time period of the billiard tables I work on . I am now approaching 65 years of age , and starting to feel the aches and pains of fitting such heavy tables . a bit of arthritis , a bad knee joint from my football days , and the normal getting old feeling that you feel creeping up on you . To the point that upstairs locations are now null and void and no go areas . let the younger fitters lift slate upstairs or into a basement . So I do not do this type of heavy lifting anymore , one bad job could put me off work for a long time so why risk it , just ground floor to ground floor locations and the van loading if I wish to carry on to my 70’s I do not know how long I will be doing this line of work , but I do aim to get to 70 years old at least full time . So at least another 5 years and two months to go yet . HEALTH PERMITTING of course . and maybe do 3 days a week then 2 days a week until retirement , but it is not unusual for 80 year old fitters to still be fitting tables and doing Re-cloths , At Elston and Hopkin they had an old fitter called Joe doing it until he was 80 odd years old . he fully retired just before I started there .
SELLER HAS INFORMED THIS TABLE IS NOW SOLD VIA ANOTHER WEB SITE
SOLD SOLD SOLD !
We have a client who wishes to sell their very nice 9ft raise and fall dining table , the table was made by Hamiltons , and if you do your research this is a bespoke hand made piece that would be very expensive when made , and very rare to find a dining table / snooker table raise and fall type , and try finding one larger than 8ft . Try finding another 9ft snooker dining table that is 9ft playing area . once you get up to 8ft then finding one larger size than this becomes like finding a needle in a haystack ,, although we may have a full size George Wright windup action one coming up for sale soon so keep watching these adverts for that one .
Table is being sold as a PRIVATE SALE direct from the seller , who supplied the size of the slate bed , table is dismantled as we speak and is ready for collection , it may require a re-cloth
The table is a three section slate bed table for easy transport
All inquiries to email@example.com
or contact Geoff at GCL billiards
Buyer responsible for collection , if you would like a quote from Geoff to collect this table for you and deliver it , then also please contact at above details
UNIQUE table not to be confused with low cost tables this one would have cost a lot of money when it was manufactured by Hamiltons
You only have to look at their web site , all tables are POA , why pay Hamiltons price when you can have the same for a fraction .
We have a client who wishes to sell their nice Riley Aristocrat full size snooker table . Table looks in good order with vast range of accessories included . Just £500 buy arranges for collection , GCL billiards will quote to move this table for any buyer and set it back up again on ground floor . All inquiries to
or phone 07753466064 and speak to Geoff Large at GCL billiards
PLEASE NOTE ****
No emails or telephone or answer messages will be responded to in the period break of 21st of December to Monday 7th January
We are closed for our Christmas Break ,
GCL Biliiards will be closed from Friday 21st of December to Monday 7th of January
We already have most of January booked out for work , with some other job’s pending to fill the rest of January in .
part of February is also booked out , so again we have 6 to 8 weeks waiting for pool and snooker table work .
with just the odd day free here and there for local work .
We have a sottish trip due in January to Peebles , to move a 9ft table from Sheffield .
this will involve staying in Peebels at an Hotel PUB / B&B for the night .
other work in is 7 pool tables and 4 american pool tables in Grantham .
we also have a week of work to do at Butlins in skegness in early Feb , and also a club in Ashby del a zouch with 5 tables due work .
add to this a lot of private and pub club work on single and double tables and you can see how quick a month can be booked out with only around 22 working days per month on average .
we would like to wish all our clients and future clients a very happy and prosperous new year
and hope that Brexit is not too disruptive to our work and supplies which I am sure it will not be .
we try and use as much UK manufactured goods in our line of work as possible .
we will try and keep our prices in order and an acceptable level for the skilled work required , but we are governed by materiel and other goods prices and fuel .
also insurance and overall running costs of this small firm .
but I think you will find we around £10 give or take with a like for like skilled Billiards fitting firm .
please note that relocating snooker tables is a costly affair , where you can pick up a full size snooker table for a couple of hundred pounds it costs on average two thirds ore than the purchase to relocate it . *** plus expenses like fuel miles traveled B&B and 2nd day labour rates if required .
We will continue to try and link buyers with sellers to tables but we do not buy them in to sell , we only act as an agent for a seller and we list a table for free and only charge £25 admin fee if we are successful in finding a buyer for you . £25 admin fee is only payable once table has been sold , no sale no £25 fee .
We do have some success rate in moving tables on for people via our for sale page .
just take a look at our for sale pages if you are in the market for a Billiard / Snooker table , there are some bargain tables with some realistic prices on there like this Karnehm and Hillman table in excellent order cloth wise , apart from a few knocks in the polish work where cross rest has been put back at angle knocking the wood end and cushion , and just recently added . but take a look through all the for sale listings you may find just what you are looking for
Today I have set up a full size BCE Westbury steel cushioned table at a clients house near Derby
my client is having his whole house modernized and extended , and some serious designs have gone into the property .
one thing they did require for the snooker table was a custom colour of Taupe from Hainsworth smart cloth .
Taupe is a kind of mushroom or faded camel colour is another way to describe it .
the cloth looks grey in the photo’s but close up it is mushroom soup colour .
Frame being set up , just the centre adjustable slate muntin’s ( centre slate bearers ) to be fitted next and a pre level of frame before slates go on .
stripping cushions ready for re-cover . slates have been fitted , and joints filled and level .
Match play steel cushions re-covered in the new Taupe coloured Hainsworth smart cloth .
Bed cloth being fitted
Table finished , Balls set up for play .
the light above the table is not my cup of tea , but the clients are looking into that with a possibility of changing it for something more suitable for the table .
if they deem it not suitable .
my clients are going to have the whole frame and cushion cappings painted in another colour
We will be closed for business and phone or contact for December 7th /8th /9th/10th &11th 2018 , ( 5 Days ) Small family break
And also for December 21st 2018 to January 7th 2019 ( 17 days ) our Christmas closed period .
We will not be answering any emails or telephone messages during this period , and would ask all clients to make contact before or after these dates .
and refrain from clogging our message and email system .
Snooker & Pool Table Recovers
Geoff Large, expert table fitter with 39 years of experience. All aspects of snooker, pool and 9 ball table recovers, repairs and maintenance.
My services include:
Recover of bed cloth and/or cushion cloth
Stretching of bed cloth
Re-rubbering of cushions
Fitting new pocket nets, leathers and rails
Refurbishment and re-polishing
Levelling of the table
Dismantling, moving, setting up, logistics and storage
Pool table hire
West of England 100% pure new wool first grade cloth used, no seconds.