Sheffield’s ‘public enemy number’ one braces himself for a Ponds Forge backlash if he wins

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Craig Steadman fears he could become public enemy No1 in Sheffield today by knocking golden oldie Steve Davis off the professional snooker tour after 36 years.

The world No 80 takes on legend Davis, 56, at the Dafabet World Championship qualifiers at Ponds Forge, which run until 16 April.

And six-time world champion Davis must win to have any chance of keeping his professional status, having fallen outside the top 64 in the prize-money list.

Both players are three victories away from making it to the Crucible (19 April - 5 May) where the Nugget has enjoyed so much success.

Steadman, 31, said: “I know I could be the man who knocks him off tour after a million years or whatever it is, and if that happens I could be in for a rough ride.

“There will be probably people out there stringing up effigies of me like David Beckham after the World Cup and setting them on fire.”