What was the story there? Why did he threaten to shoot Taylor?
How come whenever I try to quote another poster, it comes up as my own quote?
Very sad. He had a lot to deal with.
He had a hard time in recent years.
That Vid still from CF's OP is poignant when one reads this from 2005 as well
A tortured man and family .... RIP
Last edited by Ah Well; 25-07-2010 at 12:00 AM.
He was possibly drunk at the time, we don't know.
According to Taylor he said.."You're from Coalisland, I'm from East Belfast....." he then offered to fight Taylor. Taylor refused to fight. He then threatened to have him shot. This was at a time when sectarian killings were happening every few days.
Lets not paper over the cracks here, there were clear sectarian connotations to the Higgins/Taylor clash. All from Higgins mind you.
A friend and I met Higgins in a bar in Grafton St circa 1990. He latched on to us after he heard the Nordie accents, and to be honest was pretty chilled and friendly
. He was alone and seemed happy to meet a few Nordies. I got the impression he felt alienated in Dublin.
All was going well, till he started swinging round a pole like a f@cking chimp and was duly turfed out by the doormen. On hearing of his death? I was surprised he lived so long to be honest.
A chain smoking, binge drinking, cocaine snorting,womanising, sectarian bigot who used to be good at snooker.
Thats how I'll remember our alex.
No doubt the media will label him a loveable rogue.
He was given a life and he lived it to the full, some good, some bad, and towards the end with great courage, but he never took life for granted.
How many of us have got off our asses and lived our lives with passion and courage?
The name Alex "Hurricane" Higgins will always be in the snooker history books.