Articles by: Andy Wilson

  • John Astley in action during his first round match against Ken Doherty during day three of the UK Championships at The Barbican Centre, York.

    Astley ‘close’ to top 64 after excellent season

    May 17, 2017 at 10:50 am

    John Astley, 28, is closing in on his target of breaking into the top 64 ranking spots and is pleased with the snooker he has produced this season. He started the season in the 70’s but estimates when the rankings are published ahead of next season he’ll be around the 66 […]

  • File photo dated 02-05-2017 of Mark Selby celebrates winning the Betfred Snooker World Championship.

    Gateshead snooker player Astley hails ‘unstoppable’ World Champion Selby

    May 16, 2017 at 3:40 pm

      Gateshead potter John Astley, 28, calls Mark Selby “unstoppable” after claiming the 2017 World Championship in Sheffield. The world no. 1 overcame John Higgins 18-15 in the final to pick up his fifth ranking title of the season and Astley feels that Selby is in the form of his career. […]

  • PGA professional Miley wants more passionate coaches in golf

    PGA professional Miley wants more passionate coaches in golf

    January 1, 2017 at 10:00 am

    PGA golf professional Anthony Miley would like to see more passionate coaches in golf as opposed to “ones who are there to pay the rent”. Miley realised early on he wasn’t going to make the grade as a professional player and began focussing on his coaching career where he believes people […]

  • Ultimate Strongmen reveal injuries are ever-present

    Ultimate Strongmen reveal injuries are ever-present

    December 14, 2016 at 11:40 am

    The Ultimate Strongman competition presents one of the most physical battles in the world where competitors go head to head in a bid to call themselves the “strongest” man on the planet. They say all has been going well with regards to their training and diet regimens but revealed they […]

  • John Astley at the International Championship 2016. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

    Astley qualifies for German Masters in dramatic style

    December 13, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Gateshead cueist John Astley secured his spot at the 2017 German Masters in Berlin in dramatic fashion, seeing off top ranking players Jimmy Robertson and Kyren Wilson. The 27-year-old beat Robertson 5-1 in the first round before an incredible comeback saw him beat Wilson 5-4 and book his place at […]

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    John Astley to face Jimmy Robertson in German Masters Qualifier

    December 9, 2016 at 11:09 am

    John Astley takes to the baize at the Barnsley Metrodome on Thursday to face No. 34 seed Jimmy Robertson in the first round of the German Masters Qualifiers. With the disappointment of the UK Championship exit behind him, Astley now looks to pass Robertson in hope of qualifying for the […]

  • Astley has been knocked out of the UK Open.

    Astley rues missed chances after UK Championship exit

    November 28, 2016 at 10:01 am

    John Astley saw his time at the 2016 Betway UK Championship cut short on Thursday night after suffering a 6-3 defeat to Xiao Guodong in the first round at the York Barbican.  Astley got off to a good start taking the opening frame with a break of 54. The match was tied […]

  • Astley takes positives from Belfast into UK Championship

    Astley takes positives from Belfast into UK Championship

    November 24, 2016 at 10:07 am

    The 2016 Betway UK Championship has gotten underway in York and local pro John Astley is still in positive spirits despite a second round exit at the Northern Ireland Open in Belfast last week. “I didn’t feel like I played that great in either of my matches but still, picking up some […]

  • Astley has been knocked out of the UK Open.

    Gateshead snooker star Astley eyes top ranking spots

    November 14, 2016 at 11:19 am

    Andrew Wilson, Scott Paddon, Joe Ramage, Gary Mutimer Professional snooker player John Astley, 27, is performing well on the Main Tour thus far and feels his form can carry him up the rankings. Astley credits his role as a coach for helping to improve his own game and has targeted […]

  • Sunderland City Predators made it six wins in a row against Nottingham Rockets

    Team Sunderland still on track despite loss

    October 27, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    The Sunderland City Predators have made a solid start to the campaign despite a 3-1 defeat away to Sheffield 2 on Saturday in the Men’s Division 2 North. Sheffield dominated the opening exchanges, taking the first set, but Sunderland improved in the second. They were rewarded for their perseverance and […]