Snooker & Pool Table Recovers

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 Service contracts 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 .
dorset slates coming off frame june 2105
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
bentinck slates and frame
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 .
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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 .
B & watts for sale K & Ashfield stored bubbl;e wrapped
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
clitheroe frame up level slates in back
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.
Mark parry frame assemble
When we reach the relocated site , we can start to put the frame parts out ready for assembly
mark parry slates on and linings ready
the slates can go back on and any final leveling done and tack linings refitted
linc brain finished table
And the Table is ready for play in it’s new home
van igor loaded inside cargo
A full size snooker table fits neatly and stacked correctly for transport in the back of our van
Rear view of van Igor
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 .

email Geoff below for a quote

c.large@btinternet.com 

POOL TABLE TO RENT @ GCL BILLIARDS


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

When I first started in the Billiards industry 1976 . and my last few working years as a billiards fitter .

Above Chettles industrial Estate on Ilkeston Road Nottingham showing weigh Bridge office .
CIRCA 1970’s
on the left My Uncle Ron Hume ( Curly ) he got me into Billiard fitting .
a keen Golfer and member of the Variety club of Great Britain .

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 .

The entrance to Elston & Hopkin Empire billiard hall on Goldsmith Street . Now demolished to make way for the royal concert Center building in 1980 .
Photo is Circa 1970’s

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 .


One of the best Snooker Players you could meet out there , Dennis Taylor
My Granddaughter Emily .

WE ARE NOT A SNOOKER CLUB ! do not phone us up trying to book a table to play on please try Stapleford cue club or any mentioned below to play snooker or pool .

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 .
Stapleford
Nottingham.
NG9 7AY
tel 01159 394 504

if you are very close to Derby then try
Cueball
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
NG24 1UA
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
Ashbourne 9ft rubber and cushion blocks gluedpool table keyworth 7ft riley superleague strippinglivingstone strip and cover cushions bluerushcliffe tables and shades on vanBaulk line re-cover june 2015 working on cushions apartBaulk line re-cover june 2015 Geoff on cushion strip
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
winners at stabbo cue club x 4
stapleford cue club
cueball pool room busy
Cueball in Derby pool room and plenty of full size snooker tables
Khillman-Newark-CC
Newark cue club 41 Carter gate Newark Nottinghamshire NG24 1UA ………….tel 01636 612030 for booking to play on pool and snooker tables .
Hunters Bar Dec 15th 2015 7 recovers on pool
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 .

Booking work in Before Christmas with GCL billiards ? …only a few days left available .

I am giving plenty of warning we are on holiday this year from 20th of December to January the 6th .

If you wish to have work completed on your pool or snooker table , then I have a 2 days at the end of November free as we speak .
and only 11 days left in December , i do have the odd Saturday to work , so NO Saturdays left I’m afraid .

Please accept that I cannot take on more work than I can carry out in that time period , I tried it in the past and it just does not work out .
some job’s turn out to be more time consuming than others .

and as you can see I do not cut corners to speed work up .

I have a few long days ahead of me , doing many re-covers .

but as you can see I get there in the end .

we do multi table work .

and the one oddity table now and again , we are worth waiting for .

If you cannot wait get the speed fitters in … your table may look a bit rough after though !
but believe me it is better to wait for an experienced fitter rather than one who would just cut corners to fit you in .

If you cannot mange to get me booked in before Christmas , I will be available in January 2020 …I’m going nowhere !

8ft Titan Snooker table for sale immaculate condition …. £500 plus collection costs

We have a client based on the Wirrel , who would like to sell their 8ft by 4ft Titan snooker table .
A modern table built around the 1990s /2000s .
Titan tables are  very good tables .

This one is 4 leg version so could be used if you got a hard wood 3 sectional top made as a dining table .
***Tall chairs would be required if you did this around 4 inch higher than normal seating .

And yes I know the seller has set the balls up wrong in the triangle and at D end , pink and blue , only balls correct is the black and white ..
.but hey it serves a purpose for display and all balls are there .
just shows this owner does not play on it much …. who ever buys will be buying an almost unused in as new condition , but it is second hand .
as you can see cloth is almost unused and this table was just a room filler rather than an enthusiasts players table .

this three china mans hat lighting shade is included as are the balls cues and rests or rest .

Matching Scoreboard is also included
anyone wishing to purchase I will put you in direct contact with the seller .
If you would like a price for collection deliver and set up , this table is I have been informed a three section slate bed , it will have to be fully dismantled to load onto a van .
You should only undertake  Qualified billiard fitters for this work .
GCL billiards  in Geoff Large has over 42 years in the trade PERSONAL years not made up of adding all employers experience together like other firms do .

Geoff refitting a table back together in Wales .

GCL billiards have the van and soft and hard tyre piano wheels to move a sectional slate bed table safely .
If you require a quote for dismantle loading delivery and set back up , then please contact GCL billiards at our email address for a quote .
please say if on ground floor or if stairs are involved , also Post code is required for an exact quote  for the distance .

Email is     c.large@btinternet.com


I moved an identical table to this one two years ago , that one had a table top for Table tennis .
They are very good tables to work on .

Rare opportunity to buy a nice BCE Westbury 10ft 8 legs !

the 10 foot by 5 foot  Table is located on a ground floor in Surrey , so only two fitters will be required to dismantle and load it .
Very rare to fine 8 legs on a 10ft , this table is priced to sell at just £1000 ( try buying a new one for that )
The table looks like it could do with a re-cloth in Strachan 6811 tournament but we can use any cloth you care to mention and is available through our suppliers  ,
and GCL billiards will be pleased to quote for any removal and set up charges and re-clothing quote .

The table looks to only have had Home use and comes with a range of accessories .

The lighting shade is also included .

as can be seen it has 8 legs , most are 6 legged just like a full sized table
If you fancy a full sized table and just have not got the room for one ,
then maybe a 10ft by 5ft would fit the room , you would require a room 20ft by 15ft
rather than a 22ft by 16ft for a full size .

you can get more of an idea of cloth wear on this photo .

Geoff Large at GCL Billiards would be happy to quote you for the removal and installation of this 10ft table .
The table is based in surrey ,  we are based in Nottingham , it may well be a two day job to bring in and  deliver the table .
and carry out the re-cloth .
You would be hard pushed to find a fitter with as much experience , 42 years in the trade now .

and no intentions of retiring at the moment .
We are just too busy moving and installing BARGAINS LIKE THESE direct to the customer v the selling client .

All inquiries to Geoff at  …

c.large@btinternet.com

we will pass on any interested parties to our selling client .

Working Away for the week at Skegness Butlins ….Snooker & Pool table re-clothing

We are again at Butlins Green Baize Club our third visit this year working on the maintenance of the cue sports tables .
we have three American pool tables to re-cloth in Strachan super pro speed cloth in Butlins Red

and various work on full size snooker tables within the club .

we visit around three times a year now , the structure of the green baize has changed over the years and now it demands that the tables get more care and attention than we used to do  .
there is a charge for table time now at Butlins , in the past it has been free , with charging for table time , Butlin’s Management have realised the need to keep the tables in as good condition as they can .
we use top quality Strachan cloth for both the snooker and the pool tables .
and we keep the nets and leathers and ball rails in top order too .
GCL billiards thank Butlin’s Skegness for the regular return work , we like to feel we have proved our good ethics in the work we carry out and value Bultins as a client .
GCL Billiards  use of top materials , top workmanship ethics ,
and carrying out the work to the tight timescale demanded by Butlins and meeting their terms and conditions as an approved  contractor .
We have built up a trust with the management that they know they can rely on GCL billiards to maintain their cue Sports tables .
We always look at what is best for Butlins rather than what is best for GCL billiards .
this is a principle that was instilled into me by my old boss John Hopkin many years ago , when I first started work for Elston & Hopkin Billiards of Nottingham  .
John Hopkin  is still alive and is in his 90’s now .

IPA RATED Strachan 861 powder blue speed cloth for pool tables .

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 .

For Sale 10ft Sir William Bentley billiards …. Snooker Table . BARGAIN REDUCED to £800

PRICED TO SELL .  NOW REDUCED TO JUST £800 as of November 12th  2019

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 £800 reduced price  , 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

c.large@btinternet.com

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 .

Snooker and Pool table recovering , re-cloth , Strachan or Hainsworth cloths used . Nottingham, Derby ,Leicester, Lincoln, East Midlands .

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

Hainsworth Match
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 .

10ft Billiard Snooker table for sale Burroughs and watts £750 North London

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

c.large@btinternet.com

or phone GCL billiards on 07753466064 for further details .