1957 World Professional Match-play Championship

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World Professional Match-play Championship
Tournament information
Dates1–13 April 1957
CitySaint Helier
ChampionEngland John Pulman
Runner-upNorthern Ireland Jackie Rea
1957 World Professional Match-play Championship is located in the United Kingdom
Jersey relative to the UK

The 1957 World Professional Match-play Championship was a snooker tournament held from 1 to 13 April in Saint Helier, Jersey. This was the first time the final was held outside England. The World Championship was not held again until 1964.[1] John Pulman won his first world title by defeating Jackie Rea 39–34 in the 73-frame final. Rea led in the early stages but Pulman pulled ahead and took a winning lead of 37–29 after the final afternoon session.[2]

In the 1956/1957 News of the World Snooker Tournament that had been played from October 1956 to March 1957, John Pulman had been handicapped as the fourth strongest player. None of the three higher handicapped players (Joe Davis, Fred Davis and Walter Donaldson) played in the Championship.


Match Dates Venue, city
Jackie Rea v Kingsley Kennerley 1–3 April 1957 Saint Helier, Jersey[3]
John Pulman v Rex Williams 4–6 April 1957 Saint Helier, Jersey[4]
John Pulman v Jackie Rea 8–13 April 1957 Saint Helier, Jersey[2]

Main draw[edit]


37 frames
73 frames
England John Pulman 21
England Rex Williams 16
England John Pulman 39
Northern Ireland Jackie Rea 34
Northern Ireland Jackie Rea 25
England Kingsley Kennerley 12


The final was over 73 frames.[4] Jackie Rea led 8–5 after the opening day,[8] 14–12 after the second day[9] and 20–19 after day three.[10] There was just one session on the fourth day and with Pulman winning 5 of the 7 frames he took the lead at 24–22.[11] Pulman also had the best of the fifth day and extended his lead to 32–27.[12] On the final day, Pulman won 5 of the 7 frames in the afternoon session to take a winning lead of 37–29. Rea won 5 of the 7 frames in the evening session to give a final score of 39–34.[2]


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