Pot Black legends cued a
new era of Portsmouth
snooker players

The original picture of Copnor Road, Portsmouth, at its junction with Chichester Road which came from Remember When reader Barry Cox
The original picture of Copnor Road, Portsmouth, at its junction with Chichester Road which came from Remember When reader Barry Cox
Two clerks on duty in James Taylors offices in Old Portsmouth. 			 (Robert James collection)

BOB HIND: How ways of doing business have changed from the old days

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The photograph of Copnor Road’s junction with Chichester Road that I published on May 22 brought back memories from readers including Graeme Jefferson who says the car on the left is a Ford Zephyr/Zodiac MkIII.

The model began production in early 1962 and since we know that trolley buses stopped running in Portsmouth in 1963 this dates the photo to 1962/63.

Graeme was a pupil at Copnor Road School which was located behind the trolley bus and he was a regular at Rainy’s sweet shop and newsagent.

Behind the camera would have been the Co-op dairy.

The snooker club, pictured on the left by the Zodiac, was once owned by Amber Cole’s father.

Amber tells me her brother Warren Cole and apparently her dad’s father, Jack Cole, owned The Frodden Snooker Club in Portsmouth.

He loaned Terry Cole (her father) and Roger Cole (her father’s brother) the money to buy Copnor Snooker Club in the late 1960s.

It had previously been owned by two women who lived in London.

It was already an established billiards and table tennis club when Amber’s dad and his brother bought it.

Terry Cole and Amber’s mother, Yvonne Cole, bought out Roger’s share in about the mid-1980s.

Terry and Roger also owned a snooker hall at North End, one at Eastney and another at Hayling Island.

Terry also part-owned a snooker club in Street, Somerset, with his cousin Pip Davis.

After Terry Cole had a heart attack in 1995 Amber’s brother Warren Cole took over the day-to-day running and bought the Copnor Snooker Club business in 1997.

Terry Cole, Amber and Warren own the building today and Warren runs the business now.

Amber finished by saying that back in the days of Pot Black on television – the programme which starred the likes of Ray Reardon, Jimmy White, Steve Davis and Alex Higgins among other household names – the show attracted a lot of customers some of whom still use the club today.