1978 World Snooker Championship

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Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates 17–29 April 1978
Venue Crucible Theatre
City Sheffield
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Total prize fund £24,000[1]
Winner's share £7,500[1]
Highest break 138
Final
Champion Wales Ray Reardon
Runner-up South Africa Perrie Mans
Score 25–18
1977
1979

The 1978 Embassy World Snooker Championship was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 17 and 29 April 1978 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

The final was contested by Ray Reardon and Perrie Mans. Reardon led 5–2 after the first session, before Mans levelled the match at 8–8 after the first days play. After the third interval Reardon led 12–11 and won the 24th frame with a 64 break to lead 13–11. After the second day Reardon led 18–14, and eventually won the match 25–18.[2] This was Reardon's sixth and last world title.[3]

Tournament summary[edit]

Prize fund[edit]

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[9]

  • Winner: £7,500
  • Runner-up: £3,500
  • Third place: £2,500
  • Fourth place: £2,000
  • Quarter-final: £1,000
  • Last 16: £500
  • Total: £24,000

Main draw[edit]

[1][10][11]

Last 16
Best of 25 frames
Quarter-finals
Best of 25 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 35 frames
Final
Best of 49 frames
                           
18, 19 & 20 April            
 England John Spencer (1)  8
21 & 22 April
 South Africa Perrie Mans  13  
 South Africa Perrie Mans  13
19 & 20 April
   England Graham Miles (8)  7  
 England Graham Miles (8)  13
24, 25 & 26 April
 England David Taylor  10  
 South Africa Perrie Mans  18
18 & 19 April
   England Fred Davis  16  
 Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (5)  12
21 & 22 April
 Republic of Ireland Patsy Fagan  13  
 Republic of Ireland Patsy Fagan  10
20 & 21 April
   England Fred Davis  13  
 Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (4)  9
27, 28 & 29 April
 England Fred Davis  13  
 South Africa Perrie Mans  18
17, 18 & 19 April
   Wales Ray Reardon (2)  25
 Australia Eddie Charlton (3)  13
20, 21 & 22 April
 England Willie Thorne  12  
 Australia Eddie Charlton (3)  13
17 & 18 April
   Canada Cliff Thorburn (6)  12  
 Canada Cliff Thorburn (6)  13
23, 24 & 25 April
 England Pat Houlihan  8  
 Australia Eddie Charlton (3)  14
17, 18 & 19 April
   Wales Ray Reardon (2)  18   Third place
Best of 13 frames
 England John Pulman (7)  4
21 & 22 April 27 & 28 April
 Canada Bill Werbeniuk  13  
 Canada Bill Werbeniuk  6  England Fred Davis  3
17 & 18 April
   Wales Ray Reardon (2)  13    Australia Eddie Charlton (3)  7
 Wales Ray Reardon (2)  13
 Wales Doug Mountjoy  9  

Qualifying[edit]

[1]

Century breaks[edit]

There were seven century breaks at championship, the highest being 138 by John Spencer.[12][13][14][15]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "April 29 down the years: The greatest Crucible final". ESPN. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Turner, Chris. "World Professional Championship". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 16 April 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Kastner, Hugo. "SNOOKER – Spieler, Regeln & Rekorde (May 2011 update)" (in German). Archived from the original on 27 May 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Dee, John. "O'Sullivan must combat curse of the Crucible". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Turner, Chris. "Various Snooker Records". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 10 February 2013. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 134. 
  8. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 143. 
  9. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 130. 
  10. ^ "Embassy World Championship". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  11. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. pp. 6–7. 
  12. ^ Kastner, Hugo. "Snooker – Spieler, Regeln & Rekorde (May 2011 update)" (in German). Archived from the original on 27 May 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  13. ^ "2004 Embassy World Championship Information". Global Snooker Centre. Archived from the original on 8 December 2004. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  14. ^ "Crucible Centuries". Snooker.org. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  15. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 146.