BOB Cooper was given a lesson from the master when he took on Steve Davis at Fleming Park.

The 20-year-old from Stubbington lost 110-3 to the six-times world champion in the Liverpool Victoria Snooker one-frame challenge on May 13, 2000. The event was part of an exhibition evening which included TV’s John Virgo.

After narrowly missing a long pot with his opening shot, Cooper returned to the table 65 points behind Davis after a break which included a genius four-ball plant to double a red into the middle pocket.

Virgo was punished 6-2 by Davis during an exhibition match – exactly as the 700-strong Eastleigh crowd had expected.

As with all exhibition matches though, the night was not just about the snooker, and with everyone game for a laugh the evening’s proceeds took on an increasingly comical tone, culminating in Virgo’s famed and very well-received trick-shot and impression routine.

A draw for a signed cue and case raised £600 for Wessex Heartbeat and saw a lucky winner walk away with the prize. Everyone else left with memories of a truly remarkable night.

These pictures show the local sponsors of the event with Steve Davis, John Virgo and Bob Cooper.