Just re-clothed three pool tables in Northampton club . The special ordered three IPA rated 861 speed cloths by Strachan in powder blue . The Strachan 861 is a non-directional worsted (speed) cloth to assure constant speed in all directions. … read more
PRICED TO SELL . We have a client due to not requiring the table anymore , have for sale at greatly reduced from new price paid , a very nice looking 10ft billiard / snooker table . At just £1000 … read more
We are a Snooker and billiards firm based in the East Midlands . We like to keep local if we can but do travel if the work returns the effort of that Travelling . Snooker table re-clothing to a high … read more
We have a local client here in Sandiacre Nottingham / Derby border looking to purchase a 9ft Snooker Table . Riley / Karnehm and Hillman are just two that would suit him , but we are open to suggestions , … read more
Geoff Large, expert table fitter with 37 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.
Snooker table Dismantle and Transport relocation , use GCL billiards for this specialist service
We have 40 years experience of relocating Snooker and Pool tables of various sizes
if you are looking to have a snooker or Pool table relocated then call in the professionals .
GCL billiards have the correct tools and men to move these heavy tables from one location to another .
The heavy slates are the main object that will catch may DIY or man and a van out , they require careful handling and knowledge of safe loading or storing of these Slates correctly .
We have three of these piano wheels and a slate slide for downstairs maneuvering with ease of just three men .
Upstairs locations may require up to 6 men to lift these slates up but we sometimes only use 4 men .
a ground floor to Ground floor locations only require two men
This table only required moving 6 feet , but it still required a full strip down of slates off the frame to move it safely without damage to slate joints
Do not listen to firms who say they can jack up a full size table and wheel it to a new position , this will damage the slate joints and your carpets or floor covering , and may snap the legs in the process too .
GCL billiards men are trained over years of experience to move tables in a safe and responsible way .
sometimes we are lucky with on site fork lifts , we always look for the easy option , but never cut corners , on this job
We where able to ask the local farmer if he could just fork lift the slates out of the van and up to the floor the tables where being erected back up on .
If we have to store tables on site , we can also offer a full bubble wrapping service
This table being stored in dismantled form in our Clients Garage , taking very little room up
On this job we arrived to find that the client had all ready got the slates and frame upstairs ,
this helps not only in time but in costing as we where only required to send one fitter out to complete this table fitting , with the clients help of putting the slates back onto the frame.
When we reach the relocated site , we can start to put the frame parts out ready for assembly
the slates can go back on and any final leveling done and tack linings refitted
And the Table is ready for play in it’s new home
A full size snooker table fits neatly and stacked correctly for transport in the back of our van
You may see us out and about on the road , our van has distinctive livery of pool theme on sides and Snooker on rear
if you are thinking or having a snooker or Pool table dismantled and relocated , then please get in touch with Geoff Large
with 40 years experience of relocating full size snooker tables , you are in safe hands .
Did you know GCL billiards rent pool tables out to pub’s clubs and staff canteens on full maintenance contracts .
We have many tables now in a few club’s and pubs around the midlands area mainly East midlands , and we also have a major supermarket chain that uses GCL billiards
to supply their new supreme winner pool tables in their staff room / canteens on a rolling contract which we carry out a 6 monthly re-cloth service .
In fact we carry out two re-cloths every year on our tables included in the rental price of £80 per month and no VAT to pay !
We know of no other firm that offers this high maintenance service .
We only wish to cater for a nominal amount of sited rental tables so get on our books while you can , as we also have a full billiards firm carrying out re-covering and maintenance not only to pool tables but to snooker tables too .
we therefore only wish to have around 40 to 50 machines sited to run alongside our full maintenance billiards firm .
May we point out we are fully qualified billiards fitters and not a fruit machine mechanic who will be maintaining your rental table .
We are 100% cue sports people who understand cue sport players requirements to play on good maintained tables .
we are focused on cue sports rather than coin slot machines in general .
we therefore offer you a better more professional approach to having a fully maintained machine on your premises rather than a poorly maintained one .
initial contract is for 12 month and after that .
we carry out a 6 month rolling contract renewed at each re-cloth stage .
we change the balls every year , and supply two sets of balls from new .
you have the keys and all that goes in the cash box is yours .
all we ask is you keep to our contract agreement and pay each monthly the rental payment without missing any payments .
So good is this deal that we have two club’s one with three table’s installed and one with 4 table’s installed , as they worked it out that with tax relief it was better to rent than buy .
and not have to worry about paying expensive re-cloth or new cushions or new coin mech .
they just sit back and take the takings from the machine pay the rental each month and have no worries of breakdown costs or maintenance costs ,
and their table always look good with a new re-cloth every 6 months .
we only use top rated cloth Strachan 6811 tournament as our standard cloth and if you pay a little extra each month you can upgrade to Hainsworth Match cloth .
Tables are cleaned out too so no dusty balls or sticking balls on dirty rail system
we buy the latest green badge tables , so you know you are not playing on a reconditioned 10 year old machine .
the latest tables come with cast metal corners rather than the older plastic chrome corners of the old model .
and the wood finish of all our tables are Black Pearl .
Get in touch with Carol or Geoff Large at GCL billiards to order your new rental supreme winner coin op table and start making money from your new table as soon as it is installed .
We would like more sites in the Nottingham Derby Beeston Stapleford Long Eaton area especially , but we do have sites as far as Matlock , Lincoln , Nuneaton and Coventry .
WE HAVE TWO TABLES IN STOCK READY TO GO OUT ON SITE .
*** we would like to point out that your pool table in order to make it pay for your rental site , it must take at least £20 per week or £3 per day ,
that’s 40 games a week 0r 6 games a day at 50p per go .
if you rental site does not make this amount your commitment for the first 12 months is still £80 per month , we do not do 50% split taking site rentals .
and after all many tables take at least £60 to £100 per week what would you rather pay per month £200 split out of £400 takings or £80 per month ?
also do not forget if you attract pool players into your pub they also buy drinks .
As they say if you provide a better maintained new table you will attract more custom to your pub or club as the word gets around you have a good maintained table .
Maintained by GCL billiards
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 .
We do not own a snooker or pool club , but if you do require to find a club to play local to us , try Stapleford cue Club they are the closest snooker club to me 2 mile down the road .
Stapleford Cue club is situated at
148 Derby Road behind the pizza hut take away .
tel 01159 394 504
if you are very close to Derby then try
under rollerworld access to right in carpark
Derby DE21 4AW
tel 01332 360924
other side of Nottingham then try
Newark cue club
41 Barker Gate
tel 01636 612030
I get many phone calls asking if we are open to book a table to play on ?
We are not advertised as a snooker club , we are a Billiards /Snooker / Pool table or as a collective a Cue sports table MAINTENANCE company
This means we work on tables repairing or maintaining them .
our other business is long term contract of coin operated pool table hire to pubs and clubs we do not own our own club .
I am sorry to say it is getting beyond a joke at how many people phone us up sometimes at 12 to 2am in the morning and Today ( Christmas Day ) of all days to ask what time we shut or are we open today.
we suspect these are Taxi Drivers knocking off work or taking a break and wanting somewhere to play snooker or pool .
I do not know of any all nighter snooker clubs most close at 12pm at the latest .
but just to refresh what we are about .
This is what we do If you require to book a table try Stapleford cue club they are the closest snooker/pool club to me
AND THIS WHAT A SNOOKER CLUB LOOKS LIKE
stapleford cue club
Cueball in Derby pool room and plenty of full size snooker tables
Newark cue club 41 Carter gate Newark Nottinghamshire NG24 1UA ………….tel 01636 612030 for booking to play on pool and snooker tables .
Hunters Bar Grantham 1 Union Street , Grantham next to lidl’s , NG31 6NZ……………… tel 01476 579493
Hunters bar has 7 UK pool , 4 american pool , and 6 full size snooker tables to play on .
Just re-clothed three pool tables in Northampton club .
The special ordered three IPA rated 861 speed cloths by Strachan in powder blue .
The Strachan 861 is a non-directional worsted (speed) cloth to assure constant speed in all directions. It has a smooth, precise surface which has been specially developed by Simonis in Belgium for the IPA professional tournaments.
861 is known for its durability and speed but also needs no ironing. The Strachan 861 Cloth gives you a flat, flawless playing surface. Available in powder blue.
Close up of this very popular cloth , but we must warn you it is more expensive than your normal wool napped cloth .
but we will special order this cloth in for clubs and private houses , if we get a good response from orders we may carry it in stock .
but for now special order only .
We have a client due to not requiring the table anymore ,
have for sale at greatly reduced from new price paid , a very nice looking 10ft billiard / snooker table .
At just £1000 , this table is ready to collect from Ground floor .
Sorry about the photo it is the only one we have of the table set up .
the light is available by negotiation at an extra cost .
All inquiries to Geoff & Carol Large at GCL billiards through email to
I will pass on any interested people to our selling client .
any one wishing for this table to be collected and delivered and set up
GCL billiards would be pleased to quote you for this .
It may be the case that you also have the table re-clothed at the same time again a quote could be arranged for this work .
We are a Snooker and billiards firm based in the East Midlands .
We like to keep local if we can but do travel if the work returns the effort of that Travelling .
Snooker table re-clothing to a high standard by Geoff Large who has over 42 years personal experience as a billiards fitter.
Please do not mistake the difference to a time served Billiards fitter to a pool table renovation engineer .
A billiards fitter has to undergo years of learning and crafting his experience to deliver an acceptable grade of work .
Some Pool table engineers do not know how to re-cloth a full size table or install one properly .
so always look for a time served billiards fitter to work on your cue sports table .
For example just bolting a table frame together and slinging the slate son is not acceptable .
The frame had to undergo some time spent getting it level before the slates even go near the frame .
Only then should the slates be placed on the frame and positioned .
then the fine levelling can be made of the slates before the joints are set and the cloth can be fixed to the slate bed .
then you can fit the bed cloth , on this table it was the original bed cloth re-stretched back on
If your cloth is in good order it can be re-stretched back on .
And stretched tightly as a drum skin .
loose cloth you run the risk of tears , and a slow table .
Once back together it is time for Play .
we also re-cloth american pool using high grade speed cloths .
we re-cloth UK pool tables such as this Supreme winner
We even clean the ball rails and inside the table .
we can use Strachan 6811
Strachan super pro speed cloth
just three of the cloths we could use , but we can also order special cloths such as Precision Hainsworth ,
We stock the odd Supreme pool table for Rental contracts or for sale too
there is a 6 week waiting time from the factory so we always try and keep two in stock at anyone time .
We also relocate and transport tables for our clients .
for quality work and craftsmanship talk to Geoff at GCL billiards for your Cue sports needs .
when it comes to re-clothing or new re-rubber or table moving and pool table rentals .
You can be assured you are dealing with the right firm .
We have a client who paid a considerable amount for this 10 foot by 5 foot table from sir William Bentley billiards a few years ago .
and now wishes to sell to make way for more room .
I have valued the table as come and get me price , this price does not include dismantle and relocating , but GCL billiards will quote to any buyer the cost for this .
I am informed the table is rose wood but from the photo’s I cannot make this out , it could be Mahogany , it used to be a full size table and was converted by sir William Bentley billiards to a 10ft size .
this means it will have the thicker slates of a full size .
Cues rests and balls and triangle are included , and they have some hard boards that can also go with it ….. BUT NO SCOREBOARD is included .
so you will need to source a scoreboard .
the table is priced to sell , and sold as viewed or seen from these photo’s
Cloth looks reasonable , but a re-cloth could be arranged at extra cost , again GCL billiards could quote you for this .
£750 is for the table as described above ,. all removal costs are down to the buyer .
any interested persons will be put in touch with the seller who is based near Barnet North London .
well out of the Chaos of central London Traffic and easy Ground floor collection .
Only Genuine buyers need apply , A 10ft is one of the rarest of sizes to find these days , hence why this cut down from full size came about .
a few firms did this to cater for people looking for a genuine 10ft .
so if you are in the market for a 10ft table , maybe you fancied a full size and found you did not have the space for a 12ft , but could fit a 10ft in ?
Then this is the one for you .
Or maybe you are looking at a 9ft table , but could go that extra foot long and extra 6 inches wide to fit a 10ft in
Ideal room size minimum is 20 foot by 15 foot .
please get in touch with Geoff at
or phone GCL billiards on 07753466064 for further details .
We have a local client here in Sandiacre Nottingham / Derby border looking to purchase a 9ft Snooker Table .
Riley / Karnehm and Hillman are just two that would suit him , but we are open to suggestions , woodwork must be in good order .
must be 3 to 5 section slate bed and 6 legs bolted cushions into slate , no low cost wood screwed cushions .
We will be ready to collect this table anytime in the next 6 weeks , so please get in touch if you have a 9ft table .
please measure slate bed length as people do get mixed up with 8fts and 9ft size when they sell them .
measure between nose of cushions it should measure 8ft 8 inch approx from end to end between nose of cushions ,
plus the overhang of cushion at each end being 2 inch each extra 4 inch of slate = 9ft
Looking for Private sale !
Phone Geoff on 07753466064 or better still to save time email with photo’s of table to
Back to work after our two week holiday .
We are taking bookings for August and September as we speak .
Full size snooker tables to re-cloth , pool tables also to re-cloth .
Bring in pool tables and get ready for re -renting.
I have coming in stock 8 latest edition Green badged Winner 7ft coin operated supreme pool tables for rental sites , try us for unbeatable rental rates which include two re-cloths a year .
These tables will be prepped and ready to rent out as from end of july
Just contact Geoff for more details of our rental contract agreements .
Superb Match play supreme winner 7ft coin op tables , fully maintained contract .
From £80 per month to £100 per month Contracts per table .
Price depends on cloth type and colour required .
Closed for business until July the 9th 2019
please contact me after this date to book work in or for inquiries .
Sorry we do not have anyone taking inquiries and no emails or phones are manned during this period .
I always switch off from work when on Holiday .
It is called relaxing and being stress free .
So please respect my privacy while I am on holiday .
Hi We are on Holiday for the next two weeks , business will reopen on 9th of July
We are pretty booked out for July and are taking bookings for august as we speak , but please contact me after the 9th of july to book work in .
My Daughters are at Home with the dogs but we are not open for business .
I do not even answer Emails or my mobile while on holiday , so anyone wishing to speak to me will have to wait until after July the 9th .
Has your precious table been affected by flooding in the last few weeks of downpours ?
We have experience of dismantling and taking off site for store and refurb of snooker and pool tables that have been affected by water or smoke damage .
this clients rear Garden was flooding and we where sent for URGENTLY , to dismantle the Full size snooker table that would have been affected ,
But we were quick to remove it off the flooding site before serious damage could be done
As you can see it was almost there , right up to the base of the doorway to the Garden snooker room .
Pumps were brought in to get it to back down , and we dismantled the table and took it away , the water had just touched the first two legs and the carpet was sodden .
We were just in time .
The table before the flood
The table after the flood , set back up , cloth replaced due to damp conditions it shrunk being 100% wool it had to be replaced under Insurance claim .
We deal direct with Insurance company if required , giving quote to remove and deliver back to site and set back up , plus any re-cloth work
This room after drying out which took weeks , also had to have new Carpets , and new skirting and repainted .
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