1969 World Snooker Championship

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Player's No.6 World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates 18 November 1968–22 March 1969
Final venue Victoria Hall
Final city London
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Ranking event
Total prize fund £3,500
Winner's share £1,300[1]
Highest break England John Spencer (110)
Final
Champion England John Spencer
Runner-up Wales Gary Owen
Score 37–24
1968
1970

The 1969 World Snooker Championship (also known as the Player's No.6 World Snooker Championship for sponsorship reasons) was the first snooker championship in a knock-out format since 1957, following years of challenge matches. The final was held at the Victoria Hall in London, England,[1][2] from 17 to 22 March 1969.[3]

John Spencer won in the final 37–24 against Gary Owen.

Tournament summary[edit]

  • The first match, played from 18 to 22 November 1968 at the Wryton Stadium in Bolton, saw the end of John Pulman's reign as champion, at the hands of John Spencer. Spencer led 24–18 after the final afternoon session and clinched the match by winning the first frame in the evening with a "magnificent 97 break".[4][5]
  • Two new professionals made the semi-final, Spencer and Owen, and both won their matches. Spencer beat Williams 37–12, and Owen beat Davis 37–24.[2]
  • John Spencer won the first of his three world titles by defeating Gary Owen 37–24 in the 73-frame final at the Victoria Hall in London.[1][6] Spencer led Owen 36–24 after 5 days[7] and won the first frame on the final day to win the championship. The remaining 12 dead frames were played with Spencer finishing with a 46–27 lead.[8] With this he became the first player to win the World Championship at his first attempt since Joe Davis won the inaugural championship in 1927.[9]
  • It was also sponsored for the first time by a cigarette company, Player's No.6 being the featured brand.[1]

Main draw[edit]

Sources:[2][10]

Quarter-finals
Best of 49 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 73 frames
Final
Best of 73 frames
       
 England John Pulman  18
 England John Spencer  25  
 England John Spencer  37
     England Rex Williams  12  
 England Rex Williams  25
 England Bernard Bennett  4  
 England John Spencer  37
   
   Wales Gary Owen  24
 Wales Gary Owen  25
 Northern Ireland Jackie Rea  17  
 Wales Gary Owen  37
     England Fred Davis  24  
 England Fred Davis  25
 Wales Ray Reardon  24  
 

Final[edit]

Final: Best of 73 frames. Referee: unknown
Victoria Hall, London, 17–22 March 1969.[11]
John Spencer
 England
46–27 Gary Owen
 Wales
Day 1: 81(60)–35, 35–72, 17–76, 64–43, 94(53)–20, 75–73, 55–25, 76–25, 23–96(80), 40–82(52), 27–87(70), 50–62
Day 2: 91(58)–27, 27–69, 64–33, 68–54, 71–43, 76–21, 85–8, 33–62, 69–41, 95(59)–40, 112(62)–15, 21–95(61)
Day 3: 40–69, 37–64, 79–41, 11–76, 60–24, 18–78, 42–54, 122(56)–11, 87–22, 82(55)–9, 50–72, 62–47
Day 4: 47–57, 76–26, 44–56, 62(60)–24, 7–64, 44–55, 75–34, 54–39, 57–46, 12–82(57), 54–67(47), 92–31
Day 5: 98(77)–1, 67–48, 71–26, 43–67, 38–84, 80(73)–8, 77–1, 68–55, 62–52, 69–23, 9–88(50), 73–29
Day 6: 78–35, 101–21, 89–44, 70–41, 73–64, 19–108(100), 62–51, 51–63, 90–32, 104–17, 58–85, 64–53, 94–34
77 Highest break 100
0 Century breaks 1
10 50+ breaks 7
"Dead" frames were played, Spencer had won the match 37–24.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Turner, Chris. "World Professional Championship". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 16 April 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "World Championship 1969". Global Snooker. Archived from the original on 28 December 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "On this Week: Irish hat-trick success". Eurosport UK. Archived from the original on 2 June 2011. Retrieved 2 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Spencer beats Pulman". The Times. 23 November 1968. p. 5. 
  5. ^ Baxter, Trevor (26 January 1999). "Obituary: John Pulman". London: The Independent. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Turner, Chris. "On this Week: Irish hat-trick success". Eurosport UK. Archived from the original on 31 August 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Snooker". The Times. 22 March 1969. p. 6. 
  8. ^ "Snooker". The Times. 24 March 1969. p. 12. 
  9. ^ Everton, Clive (1982). Guinness Book of Snooker (Rev. ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 89. ISBN 0-85112-256-6. 
  10. ^ "Embassy World Championship". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  11. ^ http://cuetracker.net/Tournaments/World-Championship/1969/916