POOL: Bill is king of Europe again

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A TAXI-driver with strong ties to the Dispatch district has navigated his way to success as a pool player — by winning the European Over-50s Championship for the second year running.

Grandad Bill Rigby (53), pictured, works for Bulwell-based firm Central Cars and twice won the Hucknall Open competition (1995 and 2004).

But now he is one of the biggest names on the international stage in senior competitions.

Not only is he ranked England’s number one in his age category, he is also the first player to retain the European over-50s individual prize.

Dad-of-six Bill, of Clare Road, Basford, took the Europeans by storm last year in Malta by scooping the over-50s crown and then captaining England A to the team title.

This time around, in Dublin, Ireland, he was in the fast lane again, dropping just five legs in total through four matches.

His attentions now switch to the world championships in Blackpool at the end of June.

On his latest success, Bill said: “I am over the moon. This is a magical feeling. Thousands of players work hard to try and get into the England set-up each year.

“To be ranked number one, even for a short while, is a great achievement and a great feeling. I would like to thank all my sponsors for their support.”

In Dublin, Bill wasn’t seriously challenged throughout the straight knockout tournament. In the First Round, he whitewashed Scottish player Derek Ahern 5-0.

In the Second Round, fellow England A player Roger Hunt was beaten 5-1 and in the semi-finals, Bill defeated England B’s Ian Turner 6-2.

Bill continued his imperious form in the final, beating home favourite Patrick Farrelly, of Ireland, 7-2.