1974 World Snooker Championship

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Park Drive World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates 16–25 April 1974
Venue Belle Vue
City Manchester
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Total prize fund £10,000
Winner's share £2,000[1]
Highest break England Graham Miles (131)
Final
Champion Wales Ray Reardon
Runner-up England Graham Miles
Score 22–12
1973
1975

The 1974 World Snooker Championship (also known as 1974 Park Drive World Snooker Championship for sponsorship reasons) was professional snooker tournament that took place between 16 and 25 April 1974 at the Belle Vue in Manchester, England.[1]

Ray Reardon won his third World title by defeating Graham Miles 22–12 in the final.[1]

Tournament summary[edit]

  • 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 on 21 and 22 April with the final played over 3 days from 23 to 25 April.
  • Canadian Bill Werbeniuk made his World Championship debut, and beat Geoff Thompson 8–3 in the first round, before losing to Fred Davis 5–15 in the second round.[2]
  • This was the last time that Park Drive sponsored the event and there was no sponsor the following year.[1]
  • Miles made the highest break of the tournament with 131.[3]

Main draw[edit]

Sources:[4][5][6]

  Round 1
Best of 15 frames
Round 2
Best of 29 frames
Quarter-finals
Best of 29 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 29 frames
Final
Best of 43 frames
                                               
England Kingsley Kennerley 5     Wales Ray Reardon 15  
England Jim Meadowcroft 8     England Jim Meadowcroft 3  
  Wales Ray Reardon 15  
  Wales Marcus Owen 11  
England Maurice Parkin 5 Wales Gary Owen 8
Wales Marcus Owen 8     Wales Marcus Owen 15  
  Wales Ray Reardon 15  
  England Fred Davis 3  
England Bernard Bennett 8     Northern Ireland Alex Higgins 15  
Australia Warren Simpson 2     England Bernard Bennett 4  
  Northern Ireland Alex Higgins 14
  England Fred Davis 15  
Canada Bill Werbeniuk 8 England Fred Davis 15
England Geoff Thompson 3     Canada Bill Werbeniuk 5  
  Wales Ray Reardon 22
  England Graham Miles 12
South Africa Perrie Mans 8     England John Spencer 13  
Australia Ian Anderson 1     South Africa Perrie Mans 15  
  South Africa Perrie Mans 4
  England Rex Williams 15  
England John Pulman 8 England Rex Williams 15
England Sydney Lee 0     England John Pulman 12  
  England Rex Williams 7
  England Graham Miles 15  
Australia Paddy Morgan 8     England Graham Miles 15  
Canada Cliff Thorburn 4     Australia Paddy Morgan 7  
  England Graham Miles 15
  England John Dunning 13  
England John Dunning 8 Australia Eddie Charlton 13
England David Taylor 6     England John Dunning 15  

Qualifying[edit]

Source:[4]

Best of 15 frames
England John Dunning 8–2 England David Greaves
Australia Warren Simpson 8–3 Northern Ireland Jackie Rea
England Jim Meadowcroft 8–5 England Pat Houlihan
Canada Cliff Thorburn 8–3 England Alex McDonald
England John Pulman 8–0 England Jack Karnehm
England David Taylor 8–7 England Ron Gross
Wales Marcus Owen 8–1 Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor

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. ^ "Bill Werbeniuk at the World Championship". Snooker Database. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "2004 Embassy World Championship Information". Global Snooker Centre. Archived from the original on 8 December 2004. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "World Championship 1974". Global Snooker. Archived from the original on 28 December 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "1974 World Championships Results". Snooker Database. Retrieved 6 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Embassy World Championship". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 6 March 2012.