1975 World Snooker Championship

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1975 World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates9 April – 1 May 1975 (1975-04-09 – 1975-05-01)
Final venueNunawading Basketball Centre
Final cityMelbourne
CountryAustralia
OrganisationWPBSA
Total prize fundA$30,000
Winner's shareA$7,500
Highest break David Taylor (ENG) (128)
Final
Champion Ray Reardon (WAL)
Runner-up Eddie Charlton (AUS)
Score31–30
1974
1976

The 1975 World Snooker Championship was a professional snooker tournament that took place between 9 April and 1 May 1975 across Australia. The event was the 1975 edition of the World Snooker Championship, first held in 1927. The tournament featured 27 participants, 8 of which were seeded and received byes to the second round. The event featured a prize fund of A$30,000 with the winner receiving A$7,500. This was the second (and to date last) World Snooker Championship to be held outside of the United Kingdom.

The final was held at the Nunawading Basketball Centre on Burwood Highway, in Burwood East, Victoria. Ray Reardon played Eddie Charlton in a best-of-61 frames match. Reardon won 10 of the 12 frames on the second day to lead 16–8 but Eddie Charlton won the first nine frames on day three to lead. Reardon then led 23–21 before Charlton won eight frames in a row to lead 29–23 requiring just two of the last nine frames to win. However Reardon then won 7 frames in a row to lead again and, although Charlton levelled the match at 30–30, Reardon won the deciding frame to win 31–30.

Overview[edit]

1975 World Snooker Championship is located in New South Wales
Sydney
Sydney
Wollongong
Wollongong
Queanbeyan
Queanbeyan
Gosford
Gosford
Goulburn
Goulburn
Grafton
Grafton
Tamworth
Tamworth
Albury
Albury
Broken Hill
Broken Hill
Cooma
Cooma
Canberra
Canberra
Venues in New South Wales and ACT
1975 World Snooker Championship is located in Australia
Brisbane
Brisbane
Melbourne
Melbourne
Other venues in Australia

The World Snooker Championship is a professional tournament and the official world championship of the game of snooker.[1] Founded in the late 19th century by British Army soldiers stationed in India,[2] the sport was popular in the British Isles.[3] However, in the modern era it has become increasingly popular worldwide, especially in East and Southeast Asian nations such as China, Hong Kong and Thailand.[a][3][5][6]

This championship featured nine professional players competing in one-on-one snooker matches in a round-robin format until from which four players qualified to a single elimination format. Each match is played over a predetermined number of frames and sessions.[7][8] Joe Davis won the first World Championship in 1927, the final match being held in Camkin's Hall, Birmingham, England.[9][10] Ray Reardon was the defending champion, having defeated Graham Miles 22-12 in the 1974 final.[11][12]

Format[edit]

The championship was held from 9 April to 1 May 1975 at several locations across Australia.[7][13] This was the second time the championship was held outside the United Kingdom, previously in 1971 with two other challenge matches in 1965.[13] The event featured 27 participants, with a preliminary round, and eight seeded players who were awarded byes to the second round.[14] The number of frames increased during the tournament, with the opening rounds being the best of 29, the quarter-finals and semi-finals best of 37 and the final a best of 61 frames match.[15] With Park Drive having ended their sponsorship,[13] the WPBSA awarded the 1975 World Championship to Eddie Charlton Promotions.[16][17] The final was held at the Nunawading Basketball Centre on Burwood Highway, in Burwood East, Victoria.[18]

Schedule[edit]

Match Dates Venue, city Ref
David Greaves v Jim Charlton 9–10 April 1975 Woonona-Bulli RSL Memorial Hall, Wollongong, NSW [19][20]
Phil Tarrant v Bernard Bennett 10–11 April 1975 City Tattersalls Club, Sydney, NSW [19][20][21]
Lou Condo v Maurice Parkin 10–11 April 1975 Queanbeyan Leagues Club, NSW [19][20][21]
John Pulman v Phil Tarrant 13–14 April 1975 Auburn Baseball Club, NSW [22][23][24][25]
Warren Simpson v Ron Mares 14–15 April 1975 Central Coast Leagues Club, Gosford, NSW [24][25][26][27]
David Taylor v Rex King 14–15 April 1975 Marrickville RSL Club, Sydney, NSW [25][27]
Ian Anderson v Lou Condo 14–15 April 1975 Bentleigh Club, Melbourne, Victoria [24][25][27]
Dennis Taylor v Perrie Mans 14–15 April 1975 City Tattersalls Club, Sydney, NSW [24][25][26][27]
Gary Owen v David Greaves 14–15 April 1975 Goulburn Workers' Club, NSW [25][26][27]
Bill Werbeniuk v Jim Meadowcroft 14–15 April 1975 Grafton District Services Club, NSW [24][25][27]
Cliff Thorburn v Paddy Morgan 14–15 April 1975 Tamworth Workers' Club, NSW [24][25][26][27]
Ray Reardon v Warren Simpson 16–17 April 1975 Central Coast Leagues Club, Gosford, NSW [28][29][30][31]
Rex Williams v Ian Anderson 16–17 April 1975 Bentleigh Club, Melbourne, Victoria [28][29][30][31]
Cliff Thorburn v Graham Miles 16–17 April 1975 Queanbeyan Leagues Club, NSW [28][29][30][31]
John Spencer v John Pulman 17–18 April 1975 Dapto Leagues Club, Wollongong, NSW [30][31]
Alex Higgins v David Taylor 17–18 April 1975 Albury SS&A, NSW [31]
Dennis Taylor v Fred Davis 17–18 April 1975 Marrickville RSL Club, Sydney, NSW [30][31]
Gary Owen v John Dunning 17–18 April 1975 Broken Hill RSL Club, NSW [30][31]
Eddie Charlton Bill Werbeniuk 17–18 April 1975 Grafton District Services Club, NSW [30][31]
Ray Reardon v John Spencer 21–23 April 1975 Cooma RSL Club, NSW [32][33][34][35][36][37]
Alex Higgins v Rex Williams 21–23 April 1975 Wentworthville Leagues Club, Sydney, NSW [32][33][34][35][36][37]
Dennis Taylor v Gary Owen 21–23 April 1975 Harbord Diggers' Club, Sydney, NSW [32][33][34][35][36][37]
Eddie Charlton v Cliff Thorburn 21–23 April 1975 Sherwood Services Club, Brisbane, Queensland [32][33][34][35][36][37]
Ray Reardon v Alex Higgins 24–26 April 1975 Canberra Workers' Club, ACT [38][39]
Eddie Charlton v Dennis Taylor 24–26 April 1975 Past Brothers Club, Brisbane, Queensland [38][39]
Ray Reardon v Eddie Charlton 27 April–1 May 1975 Nunawading Basketball Centre, Melbourne, Victoria [40][41][42][43][44]

Prize fund[edit]

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[45]

  • Winner: A$7,500
  • Runner-up: A$4,000
  • Semi-final: A$3.000
  • Quarter-final: A$1,500
  • Last 16: A$750
  • Total: A$30,000

Tournament summary[edit]

Most of the early round matches were played in New South Wales although the semi-finals were played in Canberra and Brisbane with the final in Melbourne.[45] South African Professional Championship winner Perrie Mans was defeated in the opening round, by Dennis Taylor 15-12.[26][27] Mans was down by two frames after the first session, but recovered to 7-7, before Taylor pulled ahead in the third session.[24][25]

There was controversy about the seedings. John Spencer was seeded 8 which meant that he met Ray Reardon in the quarter-final. Alex Higgins was also in the top half of the draw while Eddie Charlton was in the bottom half of the draw.[16][46] David Taylor made the highest break of the tournament with 128.[citation needed]

The final was decided on the final frame, with Reardon winning 31–30.[13]

Results[edit]

Preliminary matches[edit]

Source:[14]

Best of 29 frames
 Phil Tarrant (AUS) 15–8  Bernard Bennett (ENG)
 Lou Condo (AUS) 15–8  Maurice Parkin (ENG)
 David Greaves (ENG) 15–14  Jim Charlton (AUS)

Main draw[edit]

Below is the results from the event. Players in bold denote match winners, whilst numbers in brackets are the players seeding.[14][47][48]

  Round 1
Best of 29 frames
Round 2
Best of 29 frames
Quarter-finals
Best of 37 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 37 frames
Final
Best of 61 frames
                                     
 Warren Simpson (AUS) 15      Ray Reardon (WAL) (1) 15  
 Ron Mares (AUS) 5      Warren Simpson (AUS) 11  
  Wales Ray Reardon (1) 19  
  England John Spencer (8) 17  
 John Pulman (ENG) 15  John Spencer (ENG) (8) 15
 Phil Tarrant (AUS) 5      John Pulman (ENG) 10  
  Wales Ray Reardon (1) 19  
  Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (5) 14  
 David Taylor (ENG) 15      Alex Higgins (NIR) (5) 15  
 Rex King (AUS) 8      David Taylor (ENG) 2  
  Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (5) 19
  England Rex Williams (4) 12  
 Ian Anderson (AUS) 15  Rex Williams (ENG) (4) 15
 Lou Condo (AUS) 8      Ian Anderson (AUS) 4  
  Wales Ray Reardon (1) 31
  Australia Eddie Charlton (7) 30
 Dennis Taylor (NIR) 15      Fred Davis (ENG) (3) 14  
 Perrie Mans (SAF) 12      Dennis Taylor (NIR) 15  
  Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor 19
  Wales Gary Owen 9  
 Gary Owen (WAL) 15  John Dunning (ENG) (6) 8
 David Greaves (ENG) 3      Gary Owen (WAL) 15  
  Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor 12
  Australia Eddie Charlton (7) 19  
 Bill Werbeniuk (CAN) 15      Eddie Charlton (AUS) (7) 15  
 Jim Meadowcroft (ENG) 9      Bill Werbeniuk (CAN) 11  
  Australia Eddie Charlton (7) 19
  Canada Cliff Thorburn 12  
 Cliff Thorburn (CAN) 15  Graham Miles (ENG) (2) 2
 Paddy Morgan (AUS) 6      Cliff Thorburn (CAN) 15  

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