Craig Steadman

Craig Steadman (born 14 July 1982) is an English professional snooker player.

Craig Steadman
Steadman at the 2016 Paul Hunter Classic
Born (1982-07-14) 14 July 1982 (age 38)
Farnworth, England
Sport country England
Professional2009/2010, 2012–2020, 2021–
Highest ranking66 (July–August 2015, March 2016)[1][2][3]
Career winnings£160,588
Highest break143:
2010 Welsh Open (qualifying)
Century breaks64
Best ranking finishSemi-finals (2021 Shoot Out)


Early career

Steadman began his professional career by playing Challenge Tour in 2001, at the time the second-level professional tour.[4] He reached the quarter final at the 2006 IBSF World Championships in Amman, Jordan, where he was eliminated by Manan Chandra 6–3. He reached the final of the 2008 European Snooker Championships but was defeated 7–6 by David Grace. He first entered Main Tour for the 2009–10 season, after finishing the 2008/09 PIOS rankings on the rank 8. On 23 May 2009 he won the English Team Championship with Manchester.[5]

2011/2012 season

He made it to the main draw of a ranking event for the first time in 2012, by beating Mike Dunn 5–3 in the wildcard round for the German Masters. He played Matthew Stevens in the first round, but was comfortably beaten 5–1.[6] Despite not being on the main snooker tour Steadman played in all 12 of the minor-ranking Players Tour Championship events throughout the season, reaching the last 32 on four occasions. These performances were enough to see him earn a place back on the tour for the 2012–13 season. Steadman decided to accept the invitation back on to the main tour only at the last minute, as he felt snooker was distracting him from his main career as a professional artist.[7]

2012/2013 season

Steadman took advantage of a new flatter structure used in the qualifiers for the 2013 Welsh Open, whereby he would only need to win two matches to reach the venue by defeating Yu Delu and Jamie Burnett with the loss of only one frame.[8] However, in Newport he was whitewashed 0–4 by Stuart Bingham.[9] Steadman played in all ten PTC's this season, with his best results being three last 32 defeats to finish 65th on the Order of Merit.[10] His season ended when he lost 6–10 to Kurt Maflin in the second round of World Championship Qualifying to finish the year ranked world number 83.[11][12]

2013/2014 season

In his opening match, Steadman defeated Marcus Campbell 5–3 to qualify for the 2013 Wuxi Classic in China where he faced Lü Haotian in the first round and lost 5–3.[13] He also qualified for the International Championship and World Open, but lost in the opening round of each.[13] At the China Open, Steadman beat Michael Holt and Martin O'Donnell to advance to the last 16 of a ranking event for the first time, where he was defeated 5–2 by Mike Dunn.[14] In qualifying for the World Championship, Steadman saw off Jak Jones 10–7 to play Steve Davis in the second round. He led 9–5 before Davis won three frames in a row but Steadman then took a 46-minute 18th frame on the colours to win 10–8, in a result that relegated six-time world champion Davis from the main tour.[15] Steadman himself lost his place on the tour in the next round when he was defeated 10–6 by Dechawat Poomjaeng as he was ranked world number 78, outside of the top 64.[16][17] He entered Q School and dropped just two frames in his five matches of the first event to earn a new two-year tour card for the 2014–15 and 2015–16 seasons.[18]

2014/2015 season

2014 Paul Hunter Classic

Steadman began the 2014–15 season by qualifying for the Wuxi Classic for the second year in a row and was beaten 5–2 by Marco Fu in the first round.[19] He also qualified for the International Championship by defeating Cao Yupeng 6–4 and he saw off Graeme Dott 6–1 in the first round, before losing 6–3 to Ian Burns.[20] Despite Anthony Hamilton being docked a frame for arriving late to their first round UK Championship meeting, Steadman was edged out 6–5 in a scrappy six-and-a-half-hour match. Steadman described his performance as pathetic afterwards, but responded in his very next event the Lisbon Open.[21] He began the tournament with a 4–1 win over Shaun Murphy, a player who had won the last two European Tour events, and then earned a pair of deciding frame victories against Kyren Wilson (came back from 3–0 down to win 4–3) and Joe Swail (came back from 3–1 down to win 4–3).[22] Steadman then whitewashed Stuart Bingham 4–0 to reach his first quarter-final in a professional event, where he lost 4–3 to Mark Davis.[23]

In April, Steadman qualified for the televised stages of the World Championship for the first time, courtesy of wins over Rhys Clark, Michael White and Jamie Burnett.[19] He described playing five-time winner of the event Ronnie O'Sullivan in the first round an honour and was defeated 10–3.[24][25]

2015/2016 season

2015 Paul Hunter Classic

A 6–2 triumph over Li Hang saw Steadman qualify for the International Championship for the third successive year, but he lost 6–2 to Ding Junhui in the opening round. He also lost in the first round of both the UK Championship (6–3 to Zhou Yuelong) and Welsh Open (4–1 to Dechawat Poomjaeng).[26] Steadman was knocked out in the fifth round of Q School 1 and the final round of the second event. This meant he earned a new two-year tour card by ending in first place on the Q School Order of Merit.[27]

2016/2017 season

Steadman lost in the second round of three events in the first half of the 2016–17 season and also let 3–0 and 5–3 leads slip against Anthony McGill in the first round of the UK Championship to be defeated 6–5.[28] His best form of the year came at the Welsh Open, where he reached the last 16 of an event for the second time in his career after eliminating Jak Jones 4–2, Sam Baird 4–1 and Anthony Hamilton 4–2. However, he was then whitewashed 4–0 by Barry Hawkins.[29]

2017/2018 season

Steadman managed to reach the third round of three ranking events throughout the 2017–18 season. However, he wasn't able to accumulate enough ranking points by the end of the season and was thus relegated from the tour. In May 2018 he entered Q School in a bid to re-enter the professional snooker tour.[30] He did so defeating Adam Duffy 4–0 in the final round of the second event.[31]

2020/2021 season

Steadman this season competed as an amateur and in the Shoot Out he made it to the semi-finals.[32] His previous best in a ranking event was the last 16. He did not participate in qualifying for the World Championships.[33]

Performance and rankings timeline

Tournament 1999/
Ranking[34][nb 1] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 3] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 3] 83 [nb 4] 73 [nb 4] 82 [nb 4] 72 [nb 2] [nb 3]
Ranking tournaments
European Masters[nb 5] Not Held A A A A Tournament Not Held LQ LQ 2R LQ A
English Open Tournament Not Held 2R 2R 3R 1R A
Championship League Tournament Not Held Non-Ranking Event A
Northern Ireland Open Tournament Not Held 2R 1R 1R 2R A
UK Championship A A A A A A LQ A A LQ 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R A
Scottish Open[nb 6] A A A A A Tournament Not Held MR Tournament Not Held 1R 3R 1R 1R A
World Grand Prix Tournament Not Held NR DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
German Masters Tournament Not Held A 1R LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ A
Shoot-Out Tournament Not Held Non-Ranking Event 1R 1R 2R 4R SF
Welsh Open A A A A A A LQ A A 1R 2R 1R 1R 4R 3R 3R 1R A
Players Championship[nb 7] Tournament Not Held DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
Gibraltar Open Tournament Not Held MR 2R 2R 1R 2R A
WST Pro Series Tournament Not Held A
Tour Championship Tournament Not Held DNQ DNQ DNQ
World Championship LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ A A LQ LQ 1R LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ A
Non-ranking tournaments
The Masters A A LQ LQ A A LQ A A A A A A A A A A A
Former ranking tournaments
Wuxi Classic[nb 8] Tournament Not Held Non-Ranking Event LQ 1R 1R Tournament Not Held
Australian Goldfields Open Tournament Not Held A LQ LQ LQ LQ Tournament Not Held
Shanghai Masters Tournament Not Held LQ A A LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ Non-Ranking NH
Paul Hunter Classic[nb 9] Tournament Not Held Pro-Am Event Minor-Ranking Event 2R 3R 3R NR NH
Indian Open Tournament Not Held LQ LQ NH LQ LQ 2R Not Held
China Open A A A Not Held A LQ A A LQ 3R LQ LQ LQ 1R 2R Not Held
Riga Masters[nb 10] Tournament Not Held Minor-Ranking LQ 2R 3R 1R NH
International Championship Tournament Not Held LQ 1R 2R 1R LQ LQ 1R LQ NH
China Championship Tournament Not Held NR LQ LQ LQ NH
World Open[nb 11] A A A A A A LQ A A LQ 1R Not Held LQ LQ LQ 2R NH
Former non-ranking tournaments
Merseyside Professional Championship A A 1R A A 3R Tournament Not Held
Haining Open Tournament Not Held Minor-Ranking 3R 2R A 3R NH
Performance Table Legend
LQ lost in the qualifying draw #R lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
QF lost in the quarter-finals
SF lost in the semi-finals F lost in the final W won the tournament
DNQ did not qualify for the tournament A did not participate in the tournament WD withdrew from the tournament
NH / Not Heldmeans an event was not held.
NR / Non-Ranking Eventmeans an event is/was no longer a ranking event.
R / Ranking Eventmeans an event is/was a ranking event.
MR / Minor-Ranking Eventmeans an event is/was a minor-ranking event.
PA / Pro-am Eventmeans an event is/was a pro-am event.
  1. From the 2010/2011 season it shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
  2. He was an amateur.
  3. New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
  4. Players qualified through Q School started the season without ranking points.
  5. The event was called the European Open (2001/2002–2003/2004) and the Malta Cup (2004/2005)
  6. The event was called the Players Championship (2003/2004)
  7. The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013)
  8. The event was called the Jiangsu Classic (2009/2010)
  9. The event was called the Grand Prix Fürth (2004/2005)
  10. The event was called the Riga Open (2014/2015–2015/2016)
  11. The event was called the Grand Prix (1999/2000–2000/2001 and 2004/2005–2009/2010) and the LG Cup (2001/2002–2003/2004)

Career finals

Pro-am finals: 6 (1 title, 5 runners-up)

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 2007 Pontins Pro-Am - Event 1 Andrew Norman 2–4[35]
Winner 1. 2008 Pontins Autumn Open Leo Fernandez 5–0
Runner-up 2. 2008 Pontins World Series Grand Final Jamie Cope 1–4
Runner-up 3. 2012 Paul Hunter English Open Adam Duffy 3–6
Runner-up 4. 2013 Paul Hunter English Open (2) Stuart Carrington 3–5
Runner-up 5. 2013 Vienna Snooker Open Mark King 0–5

Amateur finals: 4 (1 title, 3 runners-up)

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 2004 English Open Judd Trump 7–8[36]
Runner-up 2. 2007 PIOS – Event 7 Bjorn Haneveer 2–6
Winner 1. 2008 PIOS – Event 4 Mike Hallett 6–1
Runner-up 3. 2008 European Snooker Championship David Grace 6–7


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