Darren began getting involved in snooker at around 8 years old. By aged 9, he played his first league game at High Town recreation centre in Luton. By 10 he had won a league competition with breaks of 33 & 43 in the final and won the same competition again at aged 12. Continuing his progress, Darren had his first century break at 13. In 1995 he won his first 16 & under competition at Willie Thorne’s in Leicester followed by a handicap open in Woking. Shortly after, he won a a ‘winner takes all’ competition in the midlands which included Eddie Cooper and Dave Gilbert. For that season he was ranked No.2 in the 16 & under ranking tournaments. Darren practiced with many talented players such as Shaun Murphy, Andy Hicks, Ryan Day, Darren Clarke and many more. Also on his list of achievements was a weekday competition in Tooting with some of the entrants including Tony Drago, David Gray & Leo Fernandez. Darren won the event by beating Nick Pearce in the final. In 1996 at aged 17, Darren entered a pro-am at Strykers in Wolverhampton with 49 players which was fielded with a wealth of talent such as Joe Perry, Michael Holt, and David Roe. On route to the final, just some of the players he beat were Adrian Rosa, Sean Lanigan and a 3-1 final victory of John Lewis. At the age of twenty Darren joined the family business full time and progressed rapidly but still played snooker in the Watford and Harrow leagues. During his time as a league player he won: The ‘Champions of Champions’ beating Mark Leonard in the final. The Luton League Championship on two occasions The Watford Championship on two occasions and runner up to Tim Norris on a 3rd occasion. The Watford pairs on two occasions He was a key member of the successful inter league team, winning the event once and finalists three times. Darren accumulated well over a hundred century breaks and his highest being 140 and also had back to back centuries against Rob Davis not long before being taken ill. For those of you who knew Darren, I’m sure you’ll agree what a respectful, caring and honourable person he was. I feel certain that he would be very proud and honoured that so many players give their support in making this competition so very special.

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The Darren Griffiths Memorial competition first began back in 2005 at our family home where Darren spent many, many hours practicing. The first competition was a huge success with so many players from far and wide wanting to enter in memory of Darren. After moving home we looked for a suitable venue that could host this already very popular competition. Glyn Snr approached the Fairview Club Wembley. 20 years on Terry, Joan, Kelly, Jason and their team have been amazing hosts and helped make it a fantastic event. After all these years we still have a waiting list to enter and we’d like to take this opportunity to, once again, send a heartfelt thank you to everyone for their continued support in making this such a special tournament.

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Top ten highest breaks

Paul Stockwell

Paul is our first hall of famer and the only person who has managed to enter all 20 memorial competitions. Paul and Darren were not only snooker team mates but were also friends. We'll be forever grateful for your unwavering support.

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Since 2003 we have been supporting the Lymphoma Association in memory of Darren Griffiths. With the help of charity fund raisers, the very kind generosity from many of our memorial competition entrants and some incredible donations from our customers, so far, we have raised £24,000. A heartfelt thank you to all who have helped and contributed to the very worthy cause.