1952 World Professional Match-play Championship

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World Professional Match-play Championship
Tournament information
Dates12 November 1951–15 March 1952
Final venueTower Circus
Final cityBlackpool
Highest breakFred Davis (140)
ChampionEngland Fred Davis
Runner-upScotland Walter Donaldson
1952 World Professional Match-play Championship is located in the United Kingdom
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The 1952 World Professional Match-play Championship was a snooker tournament held at the Tower Circus in Blackpool, England.[1]

The event was created following a dispute between the Professional Billiards Players' Association (PBPA) and the Billiards Association and Control Council (BACC).[2] The BACC thought the championship is primarily about honour, and financial consideration should come at second place.[3] The PBPA established an alternative 'world championship' called the PBPA Snooker Championship.

Fred Davis won his fourth World title by defeating Walter Donaldson 38–35 in the final.[1] Davis also compiled the highest break of tournament with 140.[4]


Match Dates Venue, city
Jackie Rea v Jim Lees 12–17 November 1951 Wellington, Shropshire
Albert Brown v John Pulman 27 November–1 December 1951 Slough
Alec Brown v Rex Williams 17–22 December 1951 Darlaston, Staffordshire
Jackie Rea v Kingsley Kennerley 7–11 January 1952 South Shields
Albert Brown v Alec Brown 14–18 January 1952 Derby
Walter Donaldson v Albert Brown 21–25 January 1952 Scunthorpe
Fred Davis v Jackie Rea 4–9 February 1952 Wellington, Shropshire
Fred Davis v Walter Donaldson 10–15 March 1952 Tower Circus, Blackpool

Main draw[edit]

Ten players entered the event. The two finalists in the 1951 World Snooker Championship, Fred Davis and Walter Donaldson were given byes to the semi-final stage in opposite halves of the draw. The remaining eight played two rounds to determine the other two semi-finalists.[5]


Round 1
61 frames
61 frames
61 frames
73 frames
          England Fred Davis 38  
Northern Ireland Jackie Rea 33       Northern Ireland Jackie Rea 23  
England Jim Lees 28     Northern Ireland Jackie Rea 35  
England Kingsley Kennerley w/o     England Kingsley Kennerley 26  
England Sydney Lee w/d       England Fred Davis 38
England Albert Brown 32       Scotland Walter Donaldson 35
England John Pulman 27     England Albert Brown 36  
England Alec Brown 39     England Alec Brown 25  
England Rex Williams 22       England Albert Brown 30  
          Scotland Walter Donaldson 31  


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