The 40th UK Championship begins tomorrow, which means only one thing: it’s (pretty much) 10 years since the 30th UK Championship.
That was a bit tongue-in-cheek. But it is fair to say that the 2006 Championship is worthy of some reflection.
For one thing, in a bizarre quirk of chance, it just so happens that the newly-crowned Northern Ireland Open champion, Mark King, scored the joint-highest break of the 2006 tournament, with a 146.
A 17-year-old Judd Trump also scored highly, albeit during the qualifying stages. He racked up five century breaks during his qualification campaign, but failed to make it to the main draw. At the final hurdle, he succumbed 9-7 to Rod Lawler.
More fans will recall 2006 as being the year when Ronnie O’Sullivan threw in the towel against Stephen Hendry when trailing just 4-1 in their best-of-17 quarter-final clash.
Hendry went on to beat compatriot Graeme Dott in the semi-final, which set up an encounter with the man who defeated him in the 2002 World Championship final, Peter Ebdon.
Ebdon, whose route to the final included wins against Ding Junhui and John Higgins, put in a break of 70 in the final frame to secure a 10-6 victory against the Scot.
In so doing, the Englishman became the ninth player to win both the World Championship and the UK Championship.
As for Hendry, his appearance against Ebdon turned out to be the last time he would reach the final of a ranking event.