Player Popularity Contest 2009

www.global-snooker.com

Look, we know that professional sport is not a popularity contest and every sportsman or woman would sacrifice being popular for being successful.

But surely, you can have both, and while snooker's elite are enjoying a well-earned break away from the green-baize, we thought we'd run our own ranking tournament on Global-Snooker.

We looked at the phenomenon that is, Facebook.  We searched for the top-20 players, a few legends and a couple of random, 'wild-cards' and compared their support level on the social-networking site.

And, from the results we produced snooker's alternative top-32...

Rank Player Country Fans
1 Ronnie O'Sullivan England 47752
2 Mark Selby England 8158
3 John Higgins Scotland 1974
4 Stephen Hendry Scotland 1756
5 Neil Robertson Australia 956
6 Shaun Murphy England 925
7 Marco Fu Hong Kong 889
8 Jimmy White England 717
9 Ken Doherty Rep. Ireland 376
10 Alex Higgins N. Ireland 360
11 Judd Trump England 325
12 Ricky Walden England 321
13 Ali Carter England 305
14 Peter Ebdon England 249
15 Barry Pinches England 249
16 Jamie Cope England 247
17 Matthew Stevens Wales 239
18 Ding Junhui PR China 225
19 Steve Davis England 200
20 Willie Thorne England 185
21 Mark Williams Wales 177
22 Stephen Maguire Scotland 153
23 Ryan Day Wales 116
24 John Virgo England 99
25 Joe Swail N. Ireland 85
26 Liang Wenbo PR China 80
27 John Parrott England 39
28 Dave Harold England 37
29 Dennis Taylor N. Ireland 35
30 Joe Perry England 26
31 Mark Allen N. Ireland 1
32 Mark King England 0

No surprise there then.  We're sure that you would have all wagered a small amount on The Rocket topping the popularity charts.  We do find it 'INTERESTING' though that six-times world champion and all-round funny guy, Steve Davis is languishing in 19th place.

Spare a thought for the Mark's (King and Allen) who between them on Facebook can only muster one fan.

A special mention must also go to Cliff Thorburn and Michaela Tabb.

The Grinder has a group set up in his name, "Cliff Thorburn for Prime Minister, with a link to his 1983 maximum break and a footnote, "I'd like to see Gordon Brown try this..."

And after her first world final, Michaela would beat Neil Robertson into fifth spot if we were looking outside of players.

We then thought it would be a great idea to see how our snooker players compared with other sports.  We took leading players from various sports and compared them with snooker's top two and here is what we found...

Rank Player Country Sport Fans
1 Roger Federer Switzerland Tennis 1 380 537
2 Lewis Hamilton England F1 377 143
3 Tiger Woods USA Golf 353 665
4 Ronnie O'Sullivan England Snooker 47 752
5 Phil Taylor England Darts 23 056
6 Andy Murray Scotland Tennis 21 197
7 Jenson Button England F1 20 467
8 Mark Selby England Snooker 8 158
9 Raymond Van Barneveld Holland Darts 1 984
10 Paul Casey England Golf 335

Now that is interesting!  Federer hammers Woods, and maybe a shot in the arm for snooker over darts.  Snooker's number one and two prove to be considerably more popular than their darting counterparts.

Your favourite player needs you...(especially if he is King or Allen!).  So get on there and show your support, and while you are there, come and say hi at the Global-Snooker Group...

Will we move Ronnie upper? Will we increase his number of fans?

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