1956 World Professional Match-play Championship

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World Professional Match-play Championship
Tournament information
Dates 9 January–10 March 1956
Final venue Tower Circus
Final city Blackpool
Country England
Highest break England Rex Williams (141)
Final
Champion England Fred Davis
Runner-up England John Pulman
Score 38–35
1955
1957
1956 World Professional Match-play Championship is located in the United Kingdom
Belfast
Belfast
Birmingham
Birmingham
Blackpool
Blackpool
Venues

The 1956 World Professional Match-play Championship was a snooker tournament with the final being held at the Tower Circus in Blackpool, England.[1] Fred Davis won his eighth and last World title by defeating John Pulman 38–35 in the 73-frame final.[1] Pulman led 31–29 but Davis won 8 of the first 10 frames on the final day to take a winning lead of 37–33.

Rex Williams made the highest break of the tournament with 141 in frame 48 of his semi-final match against Fred Davis in Birmingham.[2][3]

Joe Davis and Walter Donaldson played in the 1955/1956 News of the World Snooker Tournament, that was played from October 1955 to February 1956, but did not enter the Championship.

Schedule[edit]

Match Dates Venue, city
John Pulman v Jackie Rea 9–13 January 1956 Belfast[4]
Fred Davis v Rex Williams 23–27 January 1956 Birmingham[5]
Fred Davis v John Pulman 5–10 March 1956 Tower Circus, Blackpool[6]

Main draw[edit]

Sources:[7][8][9]

Semi-finals
61 frames
Final
73 frames
           
England Fred Davis 35
England Rex Williams 26
England Fred Davis 38
England John Pulman 35
England John Pulman 36
Northern Ireland Jackie Rea 25

Final[edit]

The final was over 73 frames. John Pulman led 7–5 after the opening day[10] and extended his lead to 14–10 after the second day.[11] Fred Davis had the best of the third day but Pulman still led 19–17.[12] Both players won 6 frames on days 4 and 5 and so Pulman led 25–23 after day 4[13] and 31–29 after day 5.[14] On the final day, Davis won 5 of the 6 frames in the afternoon session to lead 34–32. He then won 3 of the first 4 frames in the evening to take a winning lead of 37–33. The final score was 38–35.[15][6]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "2004 Embassy World Championship Information". Global Snooker Centre. Archived from the original on 8 December 2004. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Snooker". The Glasgow Herald. 27 January 1956. p. 4. 
  4. ^ "Played last night". The Glasgow Herald. 13 January 1956. p. 4. 
  5. ^ "Snooker". The Glasgow Herald. 28 January 1956. p. 7. 
  6. ^ a b "Played on Saturday". The Glasgow Herald. 12 March 1956. p. 11. 
  7. ^ "World Championship 1956". Global Snooker. Retrieved 14 March 2011. 
  8. ^ "Embassy World Championship". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  9. ^ Hayton, Eric (2004). The CueSport Book of Professional Snooker. Lowestoft: Rose Villa Publications. p. 144. ISBN 0-9548549-0-X. 
  10. ^ "Billiards & snooker". The Glasgow Herald. 6 March 1956. p. 4. 
  11. ^ "Professionals". The Times. 7 March 1956. p. 16. 
  12. ^ "Snooker and billiards". The Glasgow Herald. 8 March 1956. p. 4. 
  13. ^ "Snooker & billiards". The Glasgow Herald. 9 March 1956. p. 4. 
  14. ^ "Snooker & billiards". The Glasgow Herald. 10 March 1956. p. 7. 
  15. ^ "Snooker champion". The Times. 12 March 1956. p. 16.