Former snooker World Champion Shaun Murphy reveals he was “left for dead” by school bullies when he was a teenager

Former World Champion snooker player Shaun Murphy has revealed how he was bullied and “left for dead” when he was at high school in Northamptonshire.

Murphy said: “I lived in a very parochial town and because of what I did, I was in the local papers and on BBC Look East etc. So I was singled out for a bit of abuse from the other kids.  Kids can be really nasty. In the penultimate day of year nine, I was left for dead in the toilets at the school. I was beaten up by a group of lads at the school. I was just left in a pool of my own……whatever. 

“The Geography teacher took me home in her car that afternoon, she took me to the house and said to my mum and dad, ‘If you know what’s good for your son, don’t ever send him back to this school’. Over the next few days we came to the decision that we were never going to go back.”

Murphy was speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield sports reporter Andy Giddings on the Snooker Heaven programme last night, Wednesday 24 April. The programme featured interviews with various snooker legends and current players discussing the World Championship which is currently taking place in Sheffield.

Murphy also discussed how the memories of being bullied have stayed with him throughout his career.

He said: “I would love to sit here and tell you that when I won the World Championship and other tournaments I didn’t think of those lads, remember those times and didn’t get some satisfaction about the fact that I’d had the last laugh if you like. I would love to be big enough to say that didn’t happen but it did happen. I remember them very well and I never forgot them.

“I couldn’t wait to get out of the school system to be completely honest. I was educated at home and I took my GCSEs two or three years early. But for that decision I perhaps wouldn’t be sat here today.”

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