Talented snooker player Jake Nicholson has sadly passed away at the age of 28 after a battle with cancer.
Nicholson, from Flamborough in Yorkshire, was a popular figure on the amateur circuit and will be sorely missed by all of his snooker friends.
Challenge Tour event winner
As a junior, Nicholson represented England at the Under-21 level. In 2019, he won the Challenge Tour, defeating Andrew Paget 3-1 in the final in Newbury. This led to him entering the finalists for the 2020 Challenge Tour, reaching the semi-finals before losing to Alan Taylor.
Nicholson also participated in the World Championship qualifiers in 2020 and beat Brandon Sargent before losing to Jack Jones, while in the English Amateur Championship in the same year he reached the round of 16.
WPBSA President Jason Ferguson said: “We are deeply saddened to hear of Jake’s passing. Our sport will come together to remember this very talented and beloved young man who had a great future ahead of him.
“I remember congratulating him when he won the Challenge Tour two years ago and I think he could be a star in the making, because he had so much potential. It’s sad that he didn’t get the chance to fulfill his dreams.
“Our thoughts and sincere condolences are with Jake’s parents and all his friends and family.”
Pictured: Stephen Hallworth, Oliver Lines and Ashley Carty
Many of his fellow players praised him:
Oliver Lines: “Brother, I don’t even know where to begin, I knew how much you mean to me and our whole family! I hope you don’t get hurt in the end, I will miss you forever, until we meet again, I love you brother!”
Sanderson L: “You were my brother, my best companion, I can’t believe you were robbed from us, you were so positive in life and we had so many memories together, I wish I could have seen you before you left, we will miss you so much and love you all so much, rest in peace.”
Peter Devlin: “Burning to hear the news about Jake Nicholson. I will always remember playing a championship at Leeds. I was about 16, and he was on the table next to me. He had three horns in my top seven, and he inspired me. Great player and a nice boy. Life can be so cruel. , RIP Jake”.
Stephen Hallworth: “Wrew. Eight years until the day we were competing for England together at the Under-21 World Championship in China. A very talented player, an even better man. You will miss your infectious and sometimes very silly laugh. Rest Jake, my brother.”
Barry Pinches: “I was saddened to hear the news of Jake Nicholson’s passing today. A promising young snooker player and a beautiful boy too. My thoughts are with his family. Jake tore.”
Jamie Curtis Barrett: “Jake, we met several moons ago in Leeds, and from day one we became good friends, traveled the world together and shared hotel rooms, flights, drives, and practice sessions. We’ve had some amazing times and I’ve been such a character, representing the class both in and out of the game. Many will unfortunately miss you, my heart is speaking to your parents and your family. Now fly high, spread your wings and keep putting those balls in the pot.”
The GoFundMe page was created by Jamie with the goal of raising £1,000 to support the Jake family at this time which you can view Here.
Article by WST.