Snooker champion misses match after driving to the wrong Barnsley

A snooker star had to miss an important match in South Yorkshire after ending up in the wrong Barnsley.

Neil Robertson during day two of the 2019 Betfred World Championship at The Crucible, Sheffield. Photo: Richard Sellers/PA Wire.
Neil Robertson during day two of the 2019 Betfred World Championship at The Crucible, Sheffield. Photo: Richard Sellers/PA Wire.

Neil Robertson was due to be playing Ian Burns in a major championship qualifier at the Metrodome leisure centre in the South Yorkshire town on Saturday.

But the former world champion title-holder tweeted of his disappointment after his sat nav instead took him to a village in Gloucestershire.

The two places are 170 miles apart and would be more than a three-hour drive, meaning the champion sadly had to miss the match.

Mr Roberston, who lives in Cambridge, wrote: "When I realised there was a 2nd Barnsley it was too late to get to the other one.

"Hopefully I’ll be able to either play or complete a match this season."

Ian Chapman replied to the tweet to say, "never knew there were two Barnsleys, learn something new everyday", to which Mr Robertson replied: "That's what I was trying to tell myself driving back to Cambridge".