The latest Hall of Fame inductees are traditionally announced at the UK’s national pinball show. In 2008 and 2009 that was the UK Pinball Show organised by Nick Bennett. In 2010 Andrew Heighway took the reins with the UK Pinball Party which continued until 2015. After a hiatus for two years, Phillip Murphy launched the UK Pinfest show in 2018 which continues to this day, with the induction presentations resuming in 2022.

Here are all the inductees to the Pinball News Hall of Fame, also incorporating those inducted under its original name of the UK Pinball Group Hall of Fame:

2022

The Hall of Fame returns to the UK’s national pinball show. UK Pinfest is held at the Mercure Daventry Court and the induction ceremony took place in the main hall on Sunday 28th August, 2022.

Northern Lights Pinball
Team who support numerous shows, introduce many new players and raise huge sums for charity.

Paul Brock
Founder and host of the hugely popular Pinball Info website and community discussion forum.

Lyman F. Sheats Jr.
Ace rules programmer and designer who developed and coded many of today’s most popular titles.


2015

For the eighth year of inductions to the UK Pinball Group Hall of Fame, the ceremony continued as part of the UK Pinball Party’s awards dinner as it moved to the Heighway Pinball factory in Merthyr Tydfil on Saturday 22nd August, 2015.

Joe Balcer
Popular game designer at Stern Pinball and now leading the design of Jersey Jack Pinball’s first title.

Matt Vince
Pinball collector and founder of the London Pinball game operation business.

Josh Sharpe
World-class pinball player and founder of the IFPA to promote competitive pinball worldwide.


2014

The seventh year of inductions to the UK Pinball Group Hall of Fame was held at the Daventry Court Hotel as part of the UK Pinball Party’s awards dinner on Saturday 30th August, 2014.

Barry Oursler
Famous Williams pinball designer of games including the Pinbot and the Comet/Cyclone/Hurricane series.

Dave Willcox
Founder of the Pinball Daze parts business and operator around his native South Wales.

Mike Pacak & Rob Berk
Organisers of the annual Pinball Expo in Chicago which was about to celebrate its 30th show.


2013

The sixth year of inductions to the UK Pinball Group Hall of Fame continued to be held as part of the UK Pinball Party’s awards dinner at the Daventry Court Hotel on Saturday 10th August, 2013.

George Gomez
A famous pinball designer in his own rights but now heading up the game design team at Stern Pinball.

Phil Palmer
Founder of the Pinball Heaven games, repairs and parts supply business.

Dave Rolfe
Popular collector of early solid-state games and organiser of the Welsh Classic Pinball Open.


2012

For the fifth year of inductions to the UK Pinball Group Hall of Fame we were once again part of the UK Pinball Party’s awards dinner which was hosted at the same location but the newly-renamed Daventry Court Hotel on Saturday 18th August, 2012.

Mark Ritchie
Famed pinball designer and more recently head of development for Big Buck Hunter at Play Mechanix.

Andrew Heighway
Founder of Heighway Pinball and organiser of the UK Pinball Party shows.

Steve Kordek
Legendary game designer for Williams who recently passed at the age of 101.


2011

The fourth year of inductions to the UK Pinball Group Hall of Fame again took place as part of the UK Pinball Party’s awards dinner which was hosted at the Barcelo Daventry Hotel on Saturday 13th August, 2011.

Jack Guarnieri
Founder of Jersey Jack Pinball and Pinball Sales, manufacturer of popular feature-packed games.

Will Barber
Organiser of the South Coast Slam charity pinball show on England’s south coast.

Jay Stafford
Co-founder of the hugely popular Internet Pinball Database and pinball historian.


2010

For the third year of inductees to the UK Pinball Group Hall of Fame, the presentation took place as part of the newly-founded UK Pinball Party’s awards dinner at the Barcelo Daventry Hotel on Saturday 14th August, 2010.

Dennis Nordman
Famed pinball designer with a long career creating popular and humorous titles.

Mark Squires
Pinball restorer, organiser of the Swavesey Pinball Weekend and sponsor of the UK Pinball Show.

Gary Stern
Founder of Data East Pinball, Sega Pinball and Stern Pinball with a lifetime in the business


2009

The second group of inductees to the UK Pinball Group Hall of Fame were announced during the UK Pinball Show 2009 awards dinner which was held at the Marriott Northampton on Saturday 25th July, 2009.

Steve Ritchie
Legendary pinball designer with a string of hit titles from his five decades in the industry.

Nick Bennett
Founder of Pinballers Anonymous and organiser of the UK Pinball Show.

Gary Flower
Pinball historian and co-author of the famous pinball book The Lure of the Silver Ball.


2008

The first three members of the UK Pinball Group Hall of Fame were inducted during the UK Pinball Show’s awards dinner which was held at the Kettering Park Hotel & Spa on Saturday 30th August, 2008.

John Trudeau
Pinball designer who has enjoyed a long history in the business during which he has created many popular classic and innovative designs.

Martin Ayub
Editor of Pinball News and owner of the UK Pinball Group who travels the world to report and compete in tournaments.

Andy Netherwood
Owner of the Pinball Mania parts and game repair business who also works as show tech to keep all the games running.

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