1986 World Snooker Championship

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Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates 19 April–5 May 1986
Venue Crucible Theatre
City Sheffield
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Ranking event
Total prize fund £350,000
Winner's share £70,000
Highest break 134
Final
Champion England Joe Johnson
Runner-up England Steve Davis
Score 18–12
1985
1987

The 1986 Embassy World Snooker Championship was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 19 April – 5 May 1986 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

Joe Johnson won his only world title by defeating Steve Davis 18–12 in the final.

Tournament summary[edit]

  • Like John Spencer in 1978, Terry Griffiths in 1980 and Steve Davis in 1982, defending champion Dennis Taylor fell to the Crucible curse,[1] and lost his opening match 6–10 against Mike Hallett.[2]
  • Johnson was a 150–1 outsider at the start of the championship, as he never won a tournament in his seven year career.[2] He defeated Dave Martin in the first round and Hallett in the second.[3] In the quarter-finals he overturned a 9–12 deficit to defeat Griffiths 13–12; before he beat Tony Knowles 16–8 in the semi-finals to set up a final against Steve Davis, the world number one. After the first days play ended at 8–8, Johnson took a 13–11 lead before the last session of the match. Johnson than won five of the last six frames to win the match 18–12 for his first world title.[2]
  • Future world champion and world No. 1 Stephen Hendry made his debut losing 8–10 to Willie Thorne.[2][4] It also made him the youngest player in the championship's history at the age of 17 years and 3 months.[5] Another debutant in 1986 was Danny Fowler, who lost 2–10 to Terry Griffiths.[6]
  • Three-time world champion John Spencer made his final appearance at the tournament, losing 7–10 to Alex Higgins.[7]

Prize fund[edit]

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[3][8]

  • Winner: £70,000
  • Runner-up: £42,000
  • Semi-finals: £21,000
  • Quarter-finals: £10,500
  • Last 16: £5,250
  • Last 32: £2,953
  • Last 48: £1,203
  • Total: £350,000

Main draw[edit]

Shown below are the results for each round. The numbers in parentheses beside some of the players are their seeding ranks (each championship has 16 seeds and 16 qualifiers).[3][9][10][11]

First round Second round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Best of 19 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 31 frames
                           
19 April            
 Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (1)  6
24 & 25 April
 England Mike Hallett  10  
 England Mike Hallett  6
19 & 20 April
   England Joe Johnson (16)  13  
 England Joe Johnson (16)  10
29 & 30 April
 England Dave Martin  3  
 England Joe Johnson (16)  13
20 & 21 April
   Wales Terry Griffiths (8)  12  
 Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (9)  10
25 & 26 April
 England John Spencer  7  
 Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (9)  12
20 & 21 April
   Wales Terry Griffiths (8)  13  
 Wales Terry Griffiths (8)  10
1, 2 & 3 May
 England Danny Fowler  2  
 England Joe Johnson (16)  16
21 & 22 April
   England Tony Knowles (4)  8
 Canada Kirk Stevens (5)  10
26, 27 & 28 April
 England Dean Reynolds  6  
 Canada Kirk Stevens (5)  13
22 & 23 April
   Australia Eddie Charlton (12)  12  
 Australia Eddie Charlton (12)  10
29 & 30 April
 Wales Cliff Wilson  6  
 Canada Kirk Stevens (5)  9
22 & 23 April
   England Tony Knowles (4)  13  
 South Africa Silvino Francisco (13)  10
27 & 28 April
 England Rex Williams  4  
 South Africa Silvino Francisco (13)  10
23 & 24 April
   England Tony Knowles (4)  13  
 England Tony Knowles (4)  10
 England Neal Foulds  9  
23 & 24 April            
 Canada Cliff Thorburn (3)  10
27 & 28 April
 Canada Bill Werbeniuk  5  
 Canada Cliff Thorburn (3)  13
23 April
   Republic of Ireland Eugene Hughes  6  
 England David Taylor (14)  7
29 & 30 April
 Republic of Ireland Eugene Hughes  10  
 Canada Cliff Thorburn (3)  13
22 April
   England Willie Thorne (11)  6  
 England Willie Thorne (11)  10
26, 27 & 28 April
 Scotland Stephen Hendry  8  
 England Willie Thorne (11)  13
21 & 22 April
   Australia John Campbell  9  
 Wales Ray Reardon (6)  8
1, 2 & 3 May
 Australia John Campbell  10  
 Canada Cliff Thorburn (3)  12
20 & 21 April
   England Steve Davis (2)  16
 England Jimmy White (7)  10
25 & 26 April
 England John Virgo  7  
 England Jimmy White (7)  13
20 & 21 April
   England John Parrott  8  
 England Tony Meo (10)  4
29 & 30 April
 England John Parrott  10  
 England Jimmy White (7)  5
19 & 20 April
   England Steve Davis (2)  13  
 Wales Doug Mountjoy (15)  10
24, 25 & 26 April
 South Africa Perrie Mans  3  
 Wales Doug Mountjoy (15)  5
19 April
   England Steve Davis (2)  13  
 England Steve Davis (2)  10
 England Ray Edmonds  4  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 4 May & 5 May 1986). Referee: John Street[12]
Joe Johnson (16)
 England
18–12 Steve Davis (2)
 England
24–85, 60–49, 0–108, 14–111, 70–0, 68–36, 74–14, 13–66, 4–108, 1–76, 27–64, 72–20, 95–22, 63–37, 76–8, 0–137, 85–26, 57–44, 66–11, 86–36, 35–84, 31–73, 70–40, 7–100, 69–9, 52–63, 49–32, 64–38, 83–40, 86–27 Century breaks: 3 (Davis 3)

Highest break by Johnson: 75
Highest break by Davis: 108

24–85, 60–49, 0–108, 14–111, 70–0, 68–36, 74–14, 13–66, 4–108, 1–76, 27–64, 72–20, 95–22, 63–37, 76–8, 0–137, 85–26, 57–44, 66–11, 86–36, 35–84, 31–73, 70–40, 7–100, 69–9, 52–63, 49–32, 64–38, 83–40, 86–27
England Joe Johnson wins the 1986 Embassy World Snooker Championship

Qualifying[edit]

Round 5 (Best of 19 frames)[3]
England Mike Hallett 10–7 Canada Jim Wych
England Dave Martin 10–5 England Nigel Gilbert
England John Spencer 10–7 Wales Steve Newbury
England Danny Fowler 10–6 Scotland Murdo MacLeod
England Dean Reynolds 10–7 Australia Warren King
Wales Cliff Wilson 10–6 England Paul Medati
England Rex Williams 10–3 Canada Marcel Gauvreau
England Neal Foulds 10–9 South Africa Peter Francisco
Canada Bill Werbeniuk 10–8 England Barry West
Republic of Ireland Eugene Hughes 10–7 Northern Ireland Tommy Murphy
Scotland Stephen Hendry 10–9 New Zealand Dene O'Kane
Australia John Campbell 10–6 South Africa Jimmy Van Rensberg
England John Virgo 10–8 England Steve Longworth
England John Parrott 10–6 Australia Robby Foldvari
South Africa Perrie Mans 10–7 England Les Dodd
England Ray Edmonds 10–9 England Mark Wildman

Century breaks[edit]

There were 20 century breaks in the championship, a record which stood until 1991. The highest breaks were 134 made by Davis in the main events,[13][14][15] and 141 made by Hendry and in the qualifying event.[3]

References[edit]

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  5. ^ "World Snooker: Stephen Hendry wins Crucible qualifier". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Danny Fowler at the World Championship". Snooker Database. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "John Spencer at the World Championship". Snooker Database. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  8. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 130. 
  9. ^ "1986 World Championships Results". Snooker Database. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  10. ^ "Embassy World Championship". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  11. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. pp. 22–23. 
  12. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 143. 
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