RILEY ARISTOCRAT MATCH PLAY SPEC TABLE ( with steel cushions ) NOW SOLD within 24 hours of advert .



within 24 hours of posting this advert the table sold .

These Riley steel cushioned match tables sell very quick and at reasonable prices compared to new price .


original advert



We have a client near Birmingham , who wishes to sell their very nice renovated Riley Aristocrat
Full match spec including very expensive slate pad heaters and all accessories .
The table will work out at about £4000 with fitting to ground floor only  , re-using original bed cloth back on .
HUGE saving on new price for one of these now at around £15000 .
there will be a miles charge of 50p per mile EXTRA , and if a two day job extra for 2nd day and BB if required due to distance ,
it all depends how close you live to Birmingham and Nottingham .
you will be saving around £9000 from buying a new table from Riley’s

as you can see from this photo of the Riley Aristocrat Match table when it was set up , the cushions are Match play  steel cushions

the legs and arches are Silver match colour from those classic lines of the Aristocrat when it was used to TV tournaments .

Table when it was finished for our client , the cloth is in pretty good order , but if you wished to have a new cloth fitted we could price that up too ( as an EXTRA )
an illness to a family member has forced the sale , and this is a very reluctant sale , our client got rid of a Star table for this one , like myself he rates the Riley  Aristocrat as the better table .
A superb table that in this condition and price does not come onto the market often as a package that includes fitting at this price .

I only get these tables come up now and again for sale as Private direct sales  , this was the last one I did .
from North wales to Nottingham and it cost a fair bit more than the silver legged one .

I have put an all in price which is a rough figure it all depends how far away you live and we must stress only Ground floor fitting will be accommodated no stair work .
If you are in the market for a full size riley steel cushioned match play aristocrat then save a huge amount of money and buy this one .
You will not regret it .
Our client has had very expensive heat pads as used by professional fitted to this table , we will take these off for transport , but must stress you must have a fully qualified electrician to fit them to the table we suggest using the same firm that supplies them .
We cannot fit any electrical item as we are not insured , you need to be a part P electrician qualified to fit electrical items like these .

Please no offers on this table , our client is selling at a very competitive price for these much sought after  MATCH SPEC  tables .
an iron is included in the price and  these alone are an expensive item .

if you are interested in purchasing the table at this great offer price , contact Geoff or Carol by email if possible to

please note the table is a Private sale direct from our selling client , we charge a £35 admin fee to arrange to sale to both parties , the buyer and the seller .
this to cover our time and effort in the advert and the passing on of details to and from seller to buyer , and the odd phone call arranging delivery and so forth .

Away until beginning of june on Holiday break , next 14 days unavailable to answer calls and emails .

Sorry for any inconvenience if you are trying to book me at the moment
but I will not be available until June the 1st to take any more work in as bookings .
this is only 14 days that I will not be able to reply to emails or telephone calls .

I am Working on my house improvements until Friday 21st May then off to Brixham in Devon for a week , so not contactable until June 1st .
My daughter and the dogs are staying at home but she will not answer any emails or office  telephone calls until June 1st .
we have booking well into June and only have a few days in June available at the end of that month .
If you wish to book GCL Billiards for July please make contact after June 1st .
Due to Covid we are now finding ourselves very busy fitting and re-clothing tables in the many home bars and garage conversions .
this will cause some disappointment in thinking we can just drop everything and come to do your table , if we are booked out there is nothing I can do about it .
once a booking is taken it is honoured .
we are a small firm and do not have subcontract fitters working for us , I am the only  fitter of GCL billiards and I only have one pair of hands .

But I do know a few other fitters dotted around the country that MAYBE could fit you in if urgent and will pass their details onto you if asked , but please note GCL billiards is worth waiting for .
with 45 years personal time served years behind me , you can be assured you are getting a professional work ethics .
on both Snooker and Pool tables .

Brixham Harbour


FEEDBACK from work we do and why it is so important to get it and share it .

It is very important that any feedback we get that we publish so that any one looking to have work done by GCL Billiards can see we are an experienced and professional outfit
when it comes to the care and maintenance of our clients cue sports tables .
This year I will have been a billiard tables fitter for over 45 years , I started in 1976 as an apprentice fitter .
Today I got a message from Henri in France about the table we dismantled for him from Barry Stark’s ( well known Snooker Coach )  Brother based near Collingham Newark Nottinghamshire  and transport to our  Lincoln shipping agents , Watson European .
who would then take it to Paris in France for Henri .
I had recommended a fitter from Bournemouth Martin Rabbets for the set up of the table as I now do not travel abroad to work as I have more than enough to keep me going back here in the UK .
I have been there and done it in the past , and enjoyed working in places like France Spain & Portugal and Switzerland .
But as you get older the excitement of working abroad with all that travelling and driving wanes a bit .
The table was a very nice Riley Aristocrat and at a very attractive price for Henri , due to a house move for Barry’s Brother .

Henri today sent me an email thanking me for my approach to dismantling and palatizing the table for him  , unfortunately he could not use Martin because of the delays caused by Covid and traveling .

the table fully dismantled , all parts bubble wrapped apart from slates , and then ratchet strapped and cling filmed to a pallet
the long sides wrapped separate so in this photo is the full size table in parts palatized in two packages nice and neat and fully secured so it arrives as packed .
there was also a lighting shade which had to be wrapped too as an extra .
Photo shows us  at the shipping agents yard in Lincoln , the table is now ready for them to load onto a container or removals lorry .

and this is not our first rodeo when packing tables in this manner , here we have another table wrapped and dropped off at Watson European our shipping agent based in Lincoln .
for France and Spain .

once we have dropped the table off at Lincoln , Watson European will deliver to France and unload .
ready for a fitter to come and set the table up .
Best to arrange a Tele handler fork lift  at the unloading stage to make things run smooth .
and this is what our clients in France normally do , especially if they have to go upstairs .
but also if just to unload with ease to ground floor storage to await a fitter to come along .

one I did years ago near Cognac France , The local farmer just down the road was arranged to lift slates to this opening .
but handy just to lift off and put to one side  when Watsons arrive even if going on ground floor .

here is our important feedback from Henri for our service that I would like to share with you .

Hi Geoff,

I wanted to update you regarding the table which I have managed to get set up.

I did not go with Martin since international travel restrictions made the trip impossible for him, and it seemed it was not going to happen for at least another 3-4months+. I have found someone locally to do it, although this took a while since most of them do not do snooker table fittings.

You did a fantastic job on the packaging and shipping, as nothing was damaged nor was a single screw missing. The slates were intact. The fitter was very impressed by your work and said that he wished that UK table manufacturers would have the same standards as you when shipping.

The fitter managed to reuse the old cloth, and as expected, some of the markings are a bit off according to the official standard measurements, but it is still perfectly fine for me.  There are some slight folds in the cloth due to prolonged wrapped condition, the fitter suggested trying ironing them out or to wait and see if they even out with time. I wanted to have your advice on this if you had a specific technique in mind.

I will be sure to let anyone around me and at the snooker club in Paris know about you and your services if they are interested in following the same route as I did.

Let me know if you need any other info. Thanks again for making this possible, attached is a picture of the table, the light fixtures still need to get set up.

Best regards,



NO HOME OFFICE TELEPHONE CONNECTION …for the next few days faulty connection .

We are having problems with a line connection to our office telephone at home so our land line number is out of action
until an engineer can come out to us on Wednesday the 12th May .
The surprising thing is …our internet connection is unaffected,  it is just the phone line connection from your end it seems we are engaged all the time .
BT say this can happen ?
My mobile is ok though but I can only answer that if not hands  on a job which most of the time I am unloading lifting slates in or fitting cloth on tables .  07753 466064
My email is working ok and that is the best way to contact me at the moment .
But we are fully booked out now until June 21st , I am having some major work done on the house for the next two weeks so I am taking most of that time off
and also I have a weeks Holiday in Devon end of May for a week too .
I do have back up Recommended fitters from other firms though if work is Urgent , these are third party fitters and nothing to do with GCL Billiards though .
they are there for overflow work I cannot fit in , or if you cannot wait for me to do the work .

BT Xenon 1500 Cordless Telephone with Answering Machine - Single Handset | Robert Dyas

GCL BILLIARDS …RECOMENDED , now on Hainsworth fit list of select UK Billiard fitters .

We have been selected as a list of firms that use Hainsworth products ,  to be on Hainsworth Recommended Fitters list called THE FIT LIST
Hainsworth are a premier cue sports cloth manufacturer here in the UK of high end products .
along with our other recommendation organisation of the Nottingham billiards & Snooker Association we are proud to be associated with both parties .
Hainsworth for nation wide recommendation and the NBSA for local league snooker recommendation .

Hainsworth Purple Smart napped cloth .

The FIT List


Congratulations to Mark Selby Again World champion in 2021

Very happy to See Mark has regained his title again , that’s 4 times and he is still young enough to win it a few times more yet .
and regain his No 1 spot to challenge Judd Trump who holds that position at the moment .
I see a few people knock his style of play , but he has success with that style so why change it .
Mark is A Local east Midlands Lad from Leicester , he has done well for himself .

My self and Mark at Stapleford cue club her in Nottinghamshire  a few years ago , on one of his exhibition match evenings .