Nationality
eng England
Titles
2015 English Open Champion
2015 Pro
38
2015 Tour
34
Seasons
2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Name - Neil Raybone
Nickname - The Razor
Home town - Stoke on Trent
Major Titles:
2011 World Masters Champion
2014 IPA British Open Champion
2014 IPA English Open Champion
2015 IPA English Open Champion
EPT Midlands Open Champion (American 8 Ball)
First memory of playing pool - Playing in the local youth club when I was younger and then the person who ran the club got me involved playing for the West Midlands Junior County Team.  When I was 12 I qualified for the England Junior Team and it all started from there.Who inspired you to play pool - I never really felt inspired by anyone to play pool, it was just something I got into at a young age and has I started doing well in local pub leagues and Junior County, I started entering more tournaments. Cue - 56in, 17 3/4 oz, Maple Shaft, Stripy Ebony butt, four green/four Bocote splices with one green/Stripy Ebony front splice.  I also use a Jason Owen Break Cue. Years as a pro - 10 Years Best victories and Achievements - My best victory was winning the World Masters in 2011 as this had the majority of the best players and professionals in the tournament from all over the world, this was before the divide in the sport so to win this tournament was a special achievement for me.  Also winning the EPT Midlands Open (American 8 Ball) was a big achievement for me as the standard of players at the event was really high, I had a really tough draw and to beat Nick Van Den Berg in the final who at the time was European Number 1 was a big step forward in my career.  Also to become the number 1 Ranked IPA Tour Player has been a big achievement for me due to the high standard of the tour.
Ambitions in the sport: To become IPA World Champion and continue to improve my game and win big events. Why the IPA - The IPA Tour has the best rules and the players play all their matches on the best equipment.  The IPA has a great team in place and the tour is improving all the time.  The IPA are looking to move the sport forward to a global audience with the introduction of HD Quality Streaming, World Series Events and Coral Betting.   In my opinion Its the only place to play pool!
Advice to any up and coming players:  Enter as many tournaments as possible and try to practice with the best players you can to help improve your game to the next level. Football team - Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C
Sporting Heros - Roger Federer, he is the greatest Tennis Player ever and a brilliant Professional on and off the court.  Also Ronnie O'Sullivan he is a genius with a cue and pure Box Office.
Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C Sporting hero -
Describe yourself in 3 words -
Determined, Dedicated, Competitive
Sponsors:
Netshield - Providing Managed IT Services - www.netshield.co.uk
Jason Owen Cues - www.jasonowencues.com
Players Pool and Snooker Lounge - Stoke on Trent