1928 World Snooker Championship

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World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates 28 December 1927–17 May 1928
Final venue Camkin's Hall
Final city Birmingham
Country England
Organisation(s) BACC
Highest break England Alec Mann (46)
Final
Champion England Joe Davis
Runner-up England Fred Lawrence
Score 16–13
1927
1929

The 1928 World Snooker Championship was a snooker tournament held at various venues throughout the season. The final was held at the Camkin's Hall in Birmingham, England.[1] It was played on a challenge basis with the other 6 entries, playing off for the right to challenge Joe Davis in the final. The highest break of the tournament was 46 made by Alec Mann.[2]

Davis won in the final 16–13 against Fred Lawrence, and retained the title.

Schedule[edit]

Match Dates Venue, city
Tom Newman v Fred Smith 28–30 December 1927 Albert Hall, Leamington Spa
Alec Mann v Albert Cope  ?–? ? 1928  ?
Fred Lawrence v Alec Mann  ?–? ? 1928 arranged for Birmingham
Tom Newman v Tom Dennis 29–31 March 1928 Lounge Hall, Nottingham
Fred Lawrence v Tom Newman 7–9 May 1928 Birmingham
Joe Davis v Fred Lawrence 14–17 May 1928 Camkin's Hall, Birmingham

Detail[edit]

The Championship was played on a challenge basis with the entrants, playing off for the right to challenge the Champion, Joe Davis, in the final. The Billiards Championship was contested on a challenge basic at the time and the same system was used for the snooker championship.

The first match played was between Tom Newman and Fred Smith at the Albert Hall, Kenilworth Street, Leamington Spa from 28 to 30 December. Newman led 7–1 after the first day and 10–6 at the end of the second day.[3] Newman won the first two frames on the final day to win the match 12–6.[4]

The match between Tom Dennis and Newman was played from Thursday 29 to Saturday 31 March at The Lounge, Shakespeare Street, Nottingham. Newman took a 5–3 lead on the first day and increased this to 11–5 after two days, just one frame from victory. Newman won the first frame on the final day to take a winning 12–5 lead. The evening session was rearranged to include a billiards match as well as a frame of snooker.[5]

Newman and Fred Lawrence met in Birmingham from Monday 7 to Wednesday 9 May. Lawrence led 6–2 after the first day. Newman won the last two frames on the second day to reduce Lawrence's lead to 9–7 but Lawrence won the first three frames on the final day to win the match 12–7.[6]

The final between Davis and Lawrence was played from 14 to 17 May in Camkin's Hall in Birmingham. Lawrence and Davis shared the afternoon session but Davis won all four frames in the evening to lead 6–2 after the first day.[7] Lawrence won three frames on the second evening but Davis still led 9–7 after two days play.[8] Davis won three frames on the third afternoon and led 14–10 after the third day, needing just two frames on the final day.[9] Lawrence won three of the four afternoon frames on the final day to reduce Davis's lead to 15–13. Lawrence led 52–14 in the first evening frame but Davis eventually won it 64–56 to retain his title.[10] The highest break of the final was a 44 by Davis on the third evening.[2][11]

Main draw[edit]

[4][5][6][10][12]

  Round 1
Best of 23 frames
    Round 2
Best of 23 frames
    Round 3
Best of 23 frames
    Final
Best of 31 frames
                                     
        England  Fred Lawrence 12  
  England  Alec Mann 14     England  Alec Mann 11    
  England  Albert Cope 9         England  Fred Lawrence 12   England  Joe Davis 16
      England  Tom Newman 7   England  Fred Lawrence 13
        England  Tom Dennis 5    
  England  Tom Newman 12     England  Tom Newman 12  
  England  Fred Smith 6  

The score in the match between Mann and Cope includes "dead" frames. The match between Lawrence and Mann may also include "dead" frames.

Final[edit]

Final: Best of 31 frames.
Camkin's Hall, Birmingham, England, 14–17 May 1928. Referee: Fred Smith.[7][8][9][10][13]
Joe Davis
 England
16–13 Fred Lawrence
 England
Day 1: 95–38, 47–54, 93–28, 38–81, 84–59, 57–46, 89–20, 60–43
Day 2: 68–42, 95–29, 43–69, 40–63, 54–51, 40–44, 32–73, 59–66
Day 3: 74–65, 83–20, 41–74, 58–45, 50–78, 66–55, 44–71, 80–23
Day 4: 41–68, 38–69, 54–43, 40–74, 64–56

References[edit]

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  5. ^ a b "Snooker Championship – Newman proves too good for Dennis". Nottingham Evening Post. 31 March 1928. Retrieved 1 December 2015 – via British Newspaper Archive. (subscription required (help)). 
  6. ^ a b "All sorts of sport". Nottingham Evening Post. 10 May 1928. Retrieved 1 December 2015 – via British Newspaper Archive. (subscription required (help)). 
  7. ^ a b "The Snooker title – Davis and Lawrence start professional final". Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer. 15 May 1928. Retrieved 1 December 2015 – via British Newspaper Archive. (subscription required (help)). 
  8. ^ a b "The Snooker title – Davis maintains his lead in the final". Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer. 16 May 1928. Retrieved 1 December 2015 – via British Newspaper Archive. (subscription required (help)). 
  9. ^ a b "The Snooker title – Davis still leading in the final". Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer. 17 May 1928. Retrieved 1 December 2015 – via British Newspaper Archive. (subscription required (help)). 
  10. ^ a b c "Double for Davis – Chesterfield player retains snooker title". Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer. 18 May 1928. Retrieved 1 December 2015 – via British Newspaper Archive. (subscription required (help)). 
  11. ^ "Davis winning snooker title". Gloucester Citizen. 17 May 1928. Retrieved 1 December 2015 – via British Newspaper Archive. (subscription required (help)). 
  12. ^ "Embassy World Championship". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  13. ^ "Amateur snooker championship". Leamington Spa Courier. 18 May 1928. Retrieved 21 November 2015 – via British Newspaper Archive. (subscription required (help)).