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Eirian Williams is a professional snooker referee. He was formerly a police officer in the Welsh town of Llanelli for 18 years.
A professional snooker referee for well over 15 years, Eirian has done it all in the game and been in charge of all of the major finals within the game at some point or another.
As he describes on his excellent official website, his first match in front of the TV cameras took place in 1995 as Jimmy White comprehensively defeated Scotland’s Billy Snaddon 5-0 and since then he has not looked back. His first ranking event final came in the 1998 Welsh Open as Paul Hunter captured the title with a 9-5 win over John Higgins, before in 2001 he realised a dream by refereeing both the UK and World Championship finals, as well as a 147 break by Ronnie O'Sullivan at the China International.
Since then the former policeman has continued to play a prominent role in the major events, going on to referee the World final on a further two occasions as well as countless other ranking event finals. In addition he was also in charge of the dramatic 2006 Masters final when John Higgins defeated Ronnie O'Sullivan 9-8 on the final black.