1973 World Snooker Championship

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Park Drive World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates 16–28 April 1973
Venue City Exhibition Hall
City Manchester
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Total prize fund £8,000
Winner's share £1,500[1]
Highest break 139
Final
Champion Wales Ray Reardon
Runner-up Australia Eddie Charlton
Score 38–22
1972
1974

The 1973 Park Drive World Snooker Championship was a snooker tournament that took place between 16–28 April 1973 at the City Exhibition Hall in Manchester, England.[1]

Ray Reardon won in the final 38–22 against Eddie Charlton.

Tournament summary[edit]

  • The competition took place over a fortnight, rather than the months it had taken to complete previous championships. Park Drive continued to sponsor the event.[1]
  • Cliff Thorburn and Dennis Taylor made their debuts; both would later become world champions. They played each other in the first round and Thorburn won 9–8.[2][3]
  • Alex Higgins beat Fred Davis in the quarter-finals 16–14. The match is noted for a rain interruption.[4]
  • Ray Reardon staged a recovery when, having trailed John Spencer 12–19, he won their semi-final 23–22. Reardon lost the first session of the final against Eddie Charlton 0–7, but went on to win 38–32. For the first time some frames of the final were televised by the BBC.[4]
  • Spencer made the highest break of the tournament with 139.[5]

Main draw[edit]

[6][7][8]

  Round 1
Best of 17 frames
Round 2
Best of 31 frames
Quarter-finals
Best of 31 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 45 frames
Final
Best of 75 frames
                                               
England  Pat Houlihan 9     Northern Ireland  Alex Higgins 16  
Northern Ireland  Jackie Rea 2     England  Pat Houlihan 3  
  Northern Ireland  Alex Higgins 16  
  England  Fred Davis 14  
England  David Greaves 9 England  Fred Davis 16
England  Bernard Bennett 8     England  David Greaves 1  
  Northern Ireland  Alex Higgins 9  
  Australia  Eddie Charlton 23  
South Africa  Perrie Mans 9     Australia  Eddie Charlton 16  
England  Ron Gross 2     South Africa  Perrie Mans 8  
  Australia  Eddie Charlton 16
  England  Graham Miles 6  
England  Graham Miles 9 England  John Pulman 10
England  Geoff Thompson 5     England  Graham Miles 16  
  Australia  Eddie Charlton 32
  Wales  Ray Reardon 38
Canada  Cliff Thorburn 9     England  Rex Williams 16  
Northern Ireland  Dennis Taylor 8     Canada  Cliff Thorburn 15  
  England  Rex Williams 7
  England  John Spencer 16  
England  David Taylor 9 England  John Spencer 16
England  John Dunning 4     England  David Taylor 5  
  England  John Spencer 22
  Wales  Ray Reardon 23  
Australia  Warren Simpson 9     Wales  Gary Owen 16  
England  Maurice Parkin 3     Australia  Warren Simpson 14  
  Wales  Gary Owen 6
  Wales  Ray Reardon 16  
England  Jim Meadowcroft w/o Wales  Ray Reardon 16
England  Kingsley Kennerley w/d     England  Jim Meadowcroft 10  

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Cliff Thorburn at the World Championship". Snooker Database. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Dennis Taylor at the World Championship". Snooker Database. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Kastner, Hugo. "SNOOKER – Spieler, Regeln & Rekorde (May 2011 update)". Archived from the original on 27 May 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "2004 Embassy World Championship Information". Global Snooker Centre. Archived from the original on 8 December 2004. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "World Championship 1973". Global Snooker. Archived from the original on 28 December 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2011. 
  7. ^ "1973 World Championships Results". Snooker Database. Retrieved 6 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Embassy World Championship". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2012.