1973 World Snooker Championship

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Park Drive World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates 16–28 April 1973
Venue City Exhibition Hall
City Manchester
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Total prize fund £8,000
Winner's share £1,500[1]
Highest break England John Spencer (139)
Final
Champion Wales Ray Reardon
Runner-up Australia Eddie Charlton
Score 38–22
1972
1974

The 1973 World Snooker Championship (also known as 1973 Park Drive World Snooker Championship for sponsorship reasons) was a snooker tournament that took place between 16 and 28 April 1973 at the City Exhibition Hall in Manchester, England.[1]

Ray Reardon won in the final 38–22 against Eddie Charlton.

Tournament summary[edit]

  • The competition took place over 13 days, rather than the months it had taken to complete previous championships. Park Drive continued to sponsor the event.[1]
  • The first-round matches were played on 16 April, the second round matches on 17 and 18 April, the quarter-finals on 19 and 20 April, the semi-finals from 21 to 23 April with the final played over 5 days from 24 to 28 April.
  • Cliff Thorburn and Dennis Taylor made their debuts; both would later become world champions. They played each other in the first round and Thorburn won 9–8.[2][3]
  • Alex Higgins beat Fred Davis in the quarter-finals 16–14. The match is noted for a rain interruption.[4]
  • Reardon staged a recovery when, having trailed John Spencer 12–19, he won their semi-final 23–22. Reardon lost the first session of the final against Eddie Charlton 0–7, but went on to win 38–32. For the first time some frames of the final were televised by the BBC.[4]
  • Spencer made the highest break of the tournament with 139.[5]

Main draw[edit]

[6][7][8]

  Round 1
Best of 17 frames
Round 2
Best of 31 frames
Quarter-finals
Best of 31 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 45 frames
Final
Best of 75 frames
                                               
England Pat Houlihan 9     Northern Ireland Alex Higgins 16  
Northern Ireland Jackie Rea 2     England Pat Houlihan 3  
  Northern Ireland Alex Higgins 16  
  England Fred Davis 14  
England David Greaves 9 England Fred Davis 16
England Bernard Bennett 8     England David Greaves 1  
  Northern Ireland Alex Higgins 9  
  Australia Eddie Charlton 23  
England Graham Miles 9     England John Pulman 10  
England Geoff Thompson 5     England Graham Miles 16  
  England Graham Miles 6
  Australia Eddie Charlton 16  
South Africa Perrie Mans 9 Australia Eddie Charlton 16
England Ron Gross 2     South Africa Perrie Mans 8  
  Australia Eddie Charlton 32
  Wales Ray Reardon 38
Australia Warren Simpson 9     Wales Gary Owen 16  
England Maurice Parkin 3     Australia Warren Simpson 14  
  Wales Gary Owen 6
  Wales Ray Reardon 16  
England Jim Meadowcroft w/o Wales Ray Reardon 16
England Kingsley Kennerley w/d     England Jim Meadowcroft 10  
  Wales Ray Reardon 23
  England John Spencer 22  
Canada Cliff Thorburn 9     England Rex Williams 16  
Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor 8     Canada Cliff Thorburn 15  
  England Rex Williams 7
  England John Spencer 16  
England David Taylor 9 England John Spencer 16
England John Dunning 4     England David Taylor 5  

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Turner, Chris. "World Professional Championship". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 16 April 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "Cliff Thorburn at the World Championship". Snooker Database. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Dennis Taylor at the World Championship". Snooker Database. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Kastner, Hugo. "Snooker – Spieler, Regeln & Rekorde (May 2011 update)" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 27 May 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "2004 Embassy World Championship Information". Global Snooker Centre. Archived from the original on 8 December 2004. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "World Championship 1973". Global Snooker. Archived from the original on 28 December 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2011. 
  7. ^ "1973 World Championships Results". Snooker Database. Retrieved 6 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Embassy World Championship". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2012.