1980 World Snooker Championship

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Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates 22 April–5 May 1980
Venue Crucible Theatre
City Sheffield
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Ranking event
Total prize fund £60,000
Winner's share £15,000
Highest break 136 (x2)
Final
Champion Canada Cliff Thorburn
Runner-up Northern Ireland Alex Higgins
Score 18–16
1979
1981

The 1980 Embassy World Snooker Championship was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 22 April and 5 May 1980 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

Cliff Thorburn won in the final 18–16 against Alex Higgins.

Tournament summary[edit]

  • Tony Meo, Cliff Wilson and Ray Edmonds made their Crucible debuts, however they lost in the first round 9–10 against Alex Higgins, 6–10 against Doug Mountjoy and 5–10 David Taylor respectively.[1][2][3] John Pulman made his last appearance at the World Championship, but lost 5–10 against Canadian Jim Wych.[4]
  • The championship extended the players who played the Crucible from 16 to 24 with the top eight players going automatically in to round 2.[5]
  • To accommodate these eight extra matches, the frames in each match were also revamped. The first round went to 19 frames, the second and quarter-finals to 25, the semi-finals to 31 and the final to 35 frames. The format still continues today except for the semi-final, which became a 33-frame match in 1997.[5]
  • The coverage of the final was interrupted by coverage of the Iranian Embassy Siege, as the BBC took the snooker off the air to bring live coverage about the SAS storming the Iranian Embassy in London.[6]
  • John Street refereed the final.[7]

Prize fund[edit]

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[8]

  • Winner: £15,000
  • Runner-up: £8,000
  • Semi-final: £4,000
  • Quarter-final: £2,000
  • Last 16: £1,500
  • Last 32: £750
  • Total: £60,000

Main draw[edit]

[5][9][10]

  Round 1
Best of 19 frames
Round 2
Best of 25 frames
Quarter-finals
Best of 25 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 31 frames
Final
Best of 35 frames
                                               
England  Steve Davis 10     Wales  Terry Griffiths (1) 10  
Republic of Ireland  Patsy Fagan 6     England  Steve Davis 13  
  England  Steve Davis 9  
  Northern Ireland  Alex Higgins 13  
Northern Ireland  Alex Higgins 10 South Africa  Perrie Mans (8) 6
England  Tony Meo 9     Northern Ireland  Alex Higgins 13  
  Northern Ireland  Alex Higgins 16  
  Canada  Kirk Stevens 13  
Canada  Kirk Stevens 10     England  John Spencer (5) 8  
England  Graham Miles 3     Canada  Kirk Stevens 13  
  Canada  Kirk Stevens 13
  Australia  Eddie Charlton (4) 7  
England  John Virgo 10 Australia  Eddie Charlton (4) 13
England  Jim Meadowcroft 2     England  John Virgo 12  
  Northern Ireland  Alex Higgins 16
  Canada  Cliff Thorburn (3) 18
Wales  Doug Mountjoy 10     Canada  Cliff Thorburn (3) 13  
Wales  Cliff Wilson 6     Wales  Doug Mountjoy 10  
  Canada  Cliff Thorburn (3) 13
  Canada  Jim Wych 6  
Canada  Jim Wych 10 Northern Ireland  Dennis Taylor (6) 10
England  John Pulman 5     Canada  Jim Wych 13  
  Canada  Cliff Thorburn (3) 16
  England  David Taylor 7  
England  David Taylor 10     England  Fred Davis (7) 5  
England  Ray Edmonds 3     England  David Taylor 13  
  England  David Taylor 13
  Wales  Ray Reardon (2) 11  
Canada  Bill Werbeniuk 10 Wales  Ray Reardon (2) 13
England  Willie Thorne 9     Canada  Bill Werbeniuk 6  

Century breaks[edit]

There were 11 century breaks at the championship.[9] Kirk Stevens and Steve Davis shared the high break prize when they both made a 136 break. It was the first time the highest break would go to two players.[11][12][13] There was also a £5,000 bonus for compiling a higher break than the championship record of 142.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tony Meo at the World Championship". Snooker Database. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Cliff Wilson at the World Championship". Snooker Database. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Ray Edmonds at the World Championship". Snooker Database. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "John Pulman at the World Championship". Snooker Database. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c "Embassy World Championship". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Weir, Stuart. "World Snooker: Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask about the Crucible.(Sport)". Sunday Mail on HighBeam Research. Retrieved 10 June 2012.  (subscription required)
  7. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 143. 
  8. ^ a b Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 130. 
  9. ^ a b "World Championship 1980". Global Snooker. Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  10. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. pp. 10–11. 
  11. ^ Kastner, Hugo. "Snooker – Spieler, Regeln & Rekorde (May 2011 update)". Archived from the original on 27 May 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  12. ^ "Crucible Centuries". Snooker.org. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  13. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 146.