Dennis Taylor character jug produced by Bairstow Manor Pottery of Hanley, England, circa 2010. Dennis Taylor (1949- ) is a Northern Irish retired professional snooker player and current commentator. He is best known for winning the 1985 World Snooker Championship, where he defeated the defending champion Steve Davis in a final widely recognized as one of the most famous matches in professional snooker history. Despite losing the first eight frames, Taylor recovered to win 18-17 in a dramatic duel on the last black ball. The final's conclusion attracted 18.5 million viewers, setting UK viewership records for any post-midnight broadcast and for any broadcast on BBC Two that still stand to this day. The handle of the jug features a pool cue and balls.