1948 World Snooker Championship

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World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates 9 February–1 May 1948
Final venue Leicester Square Hall
Final city London
Country England
Organisation(s) Billiards Association and Control Council
Highest break England Fred Davis (109)
Final
Champion England Fred Davis
Runner-up Scotland Walter Donaldson
Score 84–61
1947
1949

The 1948 World Snooker Championship was a professional snooker tournament. The final was held at the Leicester Square Hall in London, England from 19 April to 1 May.[1]

For the second year running the final was contested by Fred Davis and Walter Donaldson. Davis won his first World title by defeating Donaldson 81–64 in the final,[1] although he reached the winning margin already at 73–52.[2] Davis also made the highest break of the tournament with 109.[3]

Schedule[edit]

Match Dates Venue, city
Clark McConachy v John Pulman 9–14 February 1948 Rochdale
Albert Brown v Sidney Smith 1–4 March 1948 Blackpool
Fred Davis v Alec Brown 15–20 March 1948 Manchester
Walter Donaldson v Kingsley Kennerley 22–25, 27 March 1948 Newcastle
Walter Donaldson v Albert Brown 29 March–3 April 1948 Leicester Square Hall, London
Fred Davis v Clark McConachy 5–10 April 1948 Leicester Square Hall, London
Walter Donaldson v Fred Davis 19–24, 26 April–1 May 1948 Leicester Square Hall, London

Main draw[edit]

Sources:[4][5][6]

Quarter-finals
71 frames
Semi-finals
71 frames
Final
145 frames
Scotland Walter Donaldson 46
England Kingsley Kennerley 25 Scotland Walter Donaldson 40
England Sidney Smith 35 England Albert Brown 31
England Albert Brown 36 Scotland Walter Donaldson 61
England Fred Davis 43 England Fred Davis 84
England Alec Brown 28 England Fred Davis 43
New Zealand Clark McConachy 42 New Zealand Clark McConachy 28
England John Pulman 29

Qualifying[edit]

All qualifying matches were held at Burroughes Hall in London. The first-round matches were held from 1 to 13 December 1947. In the first match Sydney Lee conceded his match to John Pulman before the second day's play because of an abscess on his neck. Pulman was leading 8–2 after the first day.[7] Only 10 frames had been played because of a power cut which curtailed the afternoon session to three frames.[8] Conrad Stanbury comfortably won the second match, against Eric Newman, taking a 19–5 winning lead after the second day.[9] The third match between Willie Leigh and Herbert Holt was very close. Leigh won the final frame 83–35 to win the match.[10] The final first-round matches between John Barrie and Herbert Francis was also close. The match was 12–12 after two days. Barrie won the match 19–16.[11]

The semi-finals were held from 5 to 10 January 1948. Pulman beat Stanbury in the first semi-final, taking a winning 18–15 lead on the final evening.[12] In the second semi-final Barrie led 10–6 and won 21–14. He made a break of 101 during the final evening session.[13] In the final, played from 12 to 14 January, Leigh led 7–5 after the first day and 13–11 after two days. The match went to a final frame decider with Pulman winning 60–49, potting the last black.[14]

Round 1
35 frames
Round 2
35 frames
Round 3
35 frames
England John Pulman w/o
England Sydney Lee w/d England John Pulman 19
Canada Conrad Stanbury 26 Canada Conrad Stanbury 16
England Eric Newman 9 England John Pulman 18
England Herbert Francis 16 England Willie Leigh 17
England John Barrie 19 England John Barrie 14
England Willie Leigh 18 England Willie Leigh 21
England Herbert Holt 17

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "2004 Embassy World Championship Information". Global Snooker Centre. Archived from the original on 8 December 2004. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
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  9. ^ "Another M'Conachy century". Dundee Courier. 6 December 1947. Retrieved 12 January 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive. (subscription required (help)). 
  10. ^ "Snooker – Marsh-Carter final". Western Daily Press. 11 December 1947. Retrieved 12 January 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive. (subscription required (help)). 
  11. ^ "Sport in brief". Western Daily Press. 15 December 1947. Retrieved 12 January 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive. (subscription required (help)). 
  12. ^ "Pulman successful". Western Morning News. 8 January 1948. Retrieved 12 January 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive. (subscription required (help)). 
  13. ^ "Items". Nottingham Evening Post. 12 January 1948. Retrieved 12 January 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive. (subscription required (help)). 
  14. ^ "John Pulman beats Willie Leigh – Wins on black in last frame". Western Daily Press. 15 January 1948. Retrieved 12 January 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive. (subscription required (help)).