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Welcome to the only official Joe Swail website. I'd like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you for all the support I have received from those who have followed my career. This website is the only one which is fully endorsed by the Outlaw, and I will keep you up to date on all my latest news. If there is anything you would like to see on the website, please feel free to get in touch. I hope you enjoy it, Joe Swail


Alan Hughes, snooker’s legendary former MC, loved a nickname and there were few more esoteric than ‘The Outlaw’ for Joe Swail – in reference to the film The Outlaw Josey Whales.

Yet it turned out to the apt. Swail was a gun-slinging fighter of a player with an unorthodox action but a heart as big as the Irish Sea, never more in evidence that at the World Championship during two memorable years in which he reached the semi-finals.

Swail had survived a nail-biter before he even got to the Crucible in 2000. He trailed 9-6 to Stephen Maguire, who missed a pink for the match. Reprieved, Swail hit back to win 10-9.

He beat Paul Hunter 10-6 in the first round and then from 12-8 down to John Parrott in the last 16 won five frames in succession.


News Articles by ProSnookerBlog

  • New Launched Wed, 22 Jun 2016 11:04:03 +0000
    I am today pleased to say that as mentioned last month we have now launched our new site over at As regulars will know, my blogs have largely appeared over on the old WPBSA site for some six months now, although not quite as regular as I would have liked given the development of […]
  • PSB Update Tue, 03 May 2016 21:02:42 +0000
    I have recently received a few comments on the blog regarding the lack of new content following my announcement last year that I would be joining the WPBSA on a full-time basis. To clarify, my blog has since continued over at here, with all of the ranking and tour structure blogs that I have […]
  • World Championship 2016: Tour Survival Blog Sat, 02 Apr 2016 08:22:30 +0000
    And so it is almost upon us – the start of the 2016 Betfred World Championship qualifiers next Wednesday which will determine who will join the 16 seeded players at the Crucible Theatre two weeks from now. Not only that, but the results will also determine who will stay on tour for next season, either […]
  • Race to the Crucible 2016: Live Blog Mon, 28 Mar 2016 14:41:24 +0000
    It has all come down to this – the 2016 China Open is now underway in Beijing, following which the world’s top 16 players will be guaranteed to appear at the Crucible stages of next month’s World Championship. For a summary of how the position stood prior to the Monday’s action, please read my comprehensive […]
  • Gdynia Open 2016: Live Blog Tue, 23 Feb 2016 22:31:01 +0000
    Although my blog has now largely moved over to (watch this space for some exciting news on that front), this weekend I will be live blogging here at PSB throughout the professional stages of the crucial Gdynia Open. Regular readers will be well aware of the importance of this event, with tour places, Players […]
  • A New Beginning Wed, 25 Nov 2015 13:22:36 +0000
    Little did I know back in August 2008 when I started Pro Snooker Blog that it would go on to be the start of something that would change my life, but over seven years on it is now no exaggeration to say that. With that in mind, today I have some important news for everyone […]
  • Provisional Ranking List Links Tue, 24 Nov 2015 12:14:26 +0000
    In view of the current technical issues with the site, please find below the relevant links to the important ranking lists to following throughout the Betway UK Championship: Latest provisional end of season rankings Final race to the Crucible Latest EBSA Order of Merit Latest European Order of Merit
  • Site Maintenance Sat, 21 Nov 2015 14:50:50 +0000
    Next Tuesday will see the start of the UK Championship and as ever I will be on site to report on all of the action from snooker’s second biggest ranking event. As you may have noticed in recent days however, not all has been well here at PSB from a technical point of view and […]
  • Entry Deadline This Week For WDBS Event Mon, 16 Nov 2015 14:49:45 +0000
    Later this month, Gloucester’s South West Snooker Academy will host the first event to be staged by the new World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) body. The WDBS has been created by the WPBSA, with the help of the English Federation of Disability Sport and aims to encourage the participation of people with disabilities in […]
  • Robertson is the Champion of Champions Sun, 15 Nov 2015 22:50:47 +0000
    Neil Robertson is the winner of the 2015 Champion of Champions, after he saw off Mark Allen 10-5 this evening to win his biggest event in nearly two years at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Having taken a 6-3 lead following the afternoon session, it appeared as though we might be in for an early […]