Jimmy White: Sports Life Stories

Published on 24th March 2016 by

Jimmy ‘The Whirlwind’ White is often considered snooker’s greatest player to never win a World Championship. In this intimate portrayal, White talks about his life on and off the table and the reasons why he believes he never quite lived up to all that his talent promised.

“I would drink too much and I would be out too late…I was pretty selfish in the way that I thought that if I practiced I could still drink and party.

In this 2013 episode of ITV’s Sports Life series we also get to hear about White’s battle back from testicular cancer and the heartbreak of losing a record five World Championship finals. Important contributions come from his children and long-time friend and admirer Ronnie O’Sullivan.


In 2015 White released the bestselling autobiography Jimmy White: Second Wind, in which he talks about his career as well as his personal problems, including an addiction to crack cocaine which he started with friend and fellow professional Kirk Stevens.

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