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East Staffs Pool League legends list – number six

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 04, 2013

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EILEEN Evans comes in at number six as the East Staffs Pool League continues its countdown of pool legends over the past three decades.

It was almost 30 years ago when Evans started playing for Gladstone Ladies.

Despite only picking up a cue at the age of 30 her talent was evident early on. Evans, who was one of the most popular players in the league, took 12 years to reach her first final but lost out to John Richardson and Denise Key in the 94/95 Mixed Doubles final.

Four years later, in the 98/99 season, Evans enjoyed her first Mixed Doubles final triumph alongside Rob Chambers. The duo also went on to win East Staffs Pool Summer League title.

And in a highly memorable year Evans finished as runner-up alongside Helen Casement in the Ladies Doubles.

It was the beginning of a golden period for Evans who reached nine further Mixed Doubles finals in the same number of subsequent years – winning seven.

The exploits of Evans and Chambers mean they have gone down in the record books as the most successful mixed doubles partnership in the league’s history, reaching a total of 11 finals and winning eight.

She made it to the Singles final in 2000 and 2001 but lost both to Yvonne Spendlove.

Evans won the Ladies Doubles twice after reaching five finals between 1999 and 2005. And the singles success she craved arrived in the 2005/06 season when at the age of 53 she defeated Carrie Taylor.

Evans retired on the back of her singles success but made a comeback on year later, winning the Mixed Doubles title in the 2006/07 season and again in 2008.

After a successful career which includes 11 titles from 19 finals Evans finally hung up her cue. And with 177 points Evans is the league’s number six legend.

MICHAEL Chambers was considered an OK player in the 90s but would go on to change pool in Burton in dramatic fashion.

In the early 80s Mark and Dave Goodhead were phenomenal pool players. But while one became a local superstar the other lost interest and disappeared from the pool scene.

So 10 years later Michael Chambers introduced his sons to the league and the three brothers would become the most famous siblings to grace the East Staffs Pool League.

In 1992 Gary Chambers was 19, his brother Rob was 16 and John was just 12.

John initially watched on the sidelines as his brothers amazed with their ability after joining South Stap SC.

Gary Chambers makes it as number six on the legends’ list and in 1993 his team shocked the pool scene by defeating Division One champions Derby Turn A in the Super Cup.

It put players like Gary and Rob Chambers, and Barry Dowson on the map.

Gary Chambers reached his first final in 1994 and beat Mick Stone. In the same year he again demonstrated his potting ability by defeating the same player in the 14-1 Singles.

Chambers won the 14-1 title three times from four finals. In a golden 11-year period he reached nine Singles League finals and won six.

From 11 Doubles finals Chambers took the title in eight and he also added a Mixed Doubles title from three finals.

The year 1998 stood out after teaming up with brother Rob and Mark Sherratt to a national three-a-side competition which has never been emulated by a team from Burton.

In the finals the talented trio were up against 300 rival teams but rose to the top to collect a cheque for £4,000.

All three brothers feature in the legends list but Gary was the first to stop playing seven years ago due to work commitments.

Chambers, who is now 39, reached 23 finals, winning 15 and scores 245 points to make sixth spot on the list.

Just 10 years after unleashing his sons on the pool circuit Michael Chambers was diagnosed with cancer. He died a short time later in 2002, aged just 49.

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  • mrschambers2012  |  February 05 2013, 9:38AM

    What a lovely write up not just for the Brothers but for their dad whom introduced them to the sport they all love. Maybe this will give my husband (Rob) the incentive to get back into the pool scene and environment he's so comfortable in. Though he is rather intrigued to find out what number he is on the pool legends list, without a doubt for pure dedication and success John must be number one, but for putting Burton on the map in the pool scene Rob said surely he's number one for that! :)

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