Paul Hunter Classic 2014
|Born||28 November 1984|
|Highest ranking||75 (October 2018)|
|101 (as of 7 December 2020)|
2020 World Championship (qualifying)
|Best ranking finish||Last 32 (x9)|
Allan Taylor (born 28 November 1984) is an English professional snooker player, who comes from Basildon, Essex but resides in Southend. He used to work at a police station in Birkenhead, supporting the police force by studying CCTV footage.
Taylor turned professional in 2013 after being the sixth highest ranked amateur on the PTC Order of Merit, winning a tour card for the 2013–14 and 2014–15 seasons. He then remained on tour until 2019, however upon finishing outside the top 64 he lost his tour card and was unable to re-qualify for the tour through Q School. He practices and prepares in St Mary's Mens Club.
Taylor lost 6–2 to Anthony McGill in the first round of the UK Championship. A few weeks later he beat Michael Holt 4–3 to qualify for the Indian Open, where he was defeated 4–3 by Li Hang in the first round. At the end of the season Taylor was the world number 107 which would have seen him lose his place on the tour, however he finished 62nd on the European Order of Merit which earned him one of the eight two-year cards on offer for non-qualified players.
A 5–2 win over Simon Dent and successive last frame deciders against Stuart Carrington and Li Hang saw Taylor reach the final qualifying round for the 2015 Australian Goldfields Open in which he made a 132 break against Mark King, but lost 5–4. He could not win another match until February when, at the Welsh Open, he tasted victory at the venue stage of a ranking event for the first time in his career by defeating Oliver Lines 4–1. Taylor lost 4–2 to Anthony Hamilton in the second round.
Taylor qualified for the 2016 Riga Masters, World Open and Indian Open, but was knocked out in the first round of each. He lost in the second round of the Northern Ireland Open and Welsh Open 4–2 to Li Hang and 4–1 to Robin Hull respectively. At the Gibraltar Open, Taylor advanced to the last 32 of a ranking event for the first time with wins over Saqib Nasir and Elliot Slessor. He moved 3–2 ahead of Shaun Murphy, but would be defeated 4–3. Taylor needed to come through Q School to remain on tour as he lost his spot at the end of the season, due to his world ranking of 86. In the last 16 of the first event he needed a snooker when 3–2 down to Daniel Ward. He got it when Ward went in-off and made a 96 in the deciding frame, before whitewashing Sean O'Sullivan 4–0 to earn a new two-year tour card.
Performance and rankings timeline
|Ranking[nb 1]||[nb 2]||[nb 2]||[nb 2]||[nb 3]||123||[nb 4]||111||[nb 5]||78||[nb 2]||[nb 3]|
|European Masters||Tournament Not Held||LQ||LQ||2R||A||3R|
|English Open||Tournament Not Held||1R||1R||2R||A||3R|
|Championship League||Non-Ranking Event||RR|
|Northern Ireland Open||Tournament Not Held||2R||1R||1R||A||3R|
|Scottish Open||Not Held||MR||Not Held||1R||2R||1R||A||1R|
|World Grand Prix||Tournament Not Held||NR||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ|
|Gibraltar Open||Tournament Not Held||MR||3R||3R||1R||2R|
|Players Championship[nb 6]||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ|
|Tour Championship||Tournament Not Held||DNQ||DNQ|
|Former ranking tournaments|
|Wuxi Classic||Non-Ranking||A||LQ||LQ||Tournament Not Held|
|Australian Goldfields Open||NH||A||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||Tournament Not Held|
|Paul Hunter Classic||Minor-Ranking Event||1R||1R||2R||NR||NH|
|Indian Open||Not Held||LQ||1R||NH||1R||LQ||LQ||Not Held|
|China Open||A||A||A||LQ||LQ||LQ||1R||LQ||LQ||Not Held|
|International Championship||Not Held||A||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||A||NH|
|China Championship||Tournament Not Held||NR||2R||1R||A||NH|
|World Open||A||A||A||LQ||Not Held||1R||2R||LQ||A||NH|
|Riga Masters[nb 7]||Tournament Not Held||MR||1R||LQ||LQ||1R||NH|
|Performance Table Legend|
|LQ||lost in the qualifying draw||#R||lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
|QF||lost in the quarter-finals|
|SF||lost in the semi-finals||F||lost in the final||W||won the tournament|
|DNQ||did not qualify for the tournament||A||did not participate in the tournament||WD||withdrew from the tournament|
|NH / Not Held||means an event was not held.|
|NR / Non-Ranking Event||means an event is/was no longer a ranking event.|
|R / Ranking Event||means an event is/was a ranking event.|
|MR / Minor-Ranking Event||means an event is/was a minor-ranking event.|
- It shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
- He was an amateur.
- New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
- Players qualified through European Tour Order of Merit started the season without prize money ranking points.
- Players qualified through Q School started the season without prize money ranking points.
- The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013)
- The event was called the Riga Open (2014/2015–2015/2016)
Amateur finals: 2 (2 titles)
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||Score|
|Winner||1.||2020||Challenge Tour - Event 5||Michael Collumb||3–1|
|Winner||2.||2020||Challenge Tour - Playoffs||Adam Duffy||4–0|
- "Taylor Made For Q School". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
- "Tour Players 2013/2014" (PDF). worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 October 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
- "Allan Taylor 2013/2014". Snooker.org. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
- "Prize Money Rankings After the 2014 World Championship" (PDF). World Snooker. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 May 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
- "Allan Taylor 2014/2015". Snooker.org. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
- "European Order of Merit 2014/2015". Snooker.org. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
- "World Rankings After 2015 World Championship". World Snooker. Archived from the original on 7 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
- "Mark King v Allan Taylor". World Snooker. Archived from the original on 24 April 2016. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
- "Allan Taylor 2015/2016". Snooker.org. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
- "Shaun Murphy 4–3 Allan Taylor". World Snooker. Archived from the original on 20 March 2017. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
- "Allan Taylor 2016/2017". Snooker.org. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
- "Rankings 2016/2017". Snooker.org. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
- "Kleckers Books Tour Sport". World Snooker. Retrieved 14 May 2017.
- "Ranking History". Snooker.org. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
- Allan Taylor at worldsnooker.com