1975 World Snooker Championship

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World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates 9 April–1 May 1975
Final venue Nunawading Basketball Centre
Final city Melbourne
Country Australia
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Total prize fund A$30,000
Winner's share A$7,500
Highest break England David Taylor (128)
Final
Champion Wales Ray Reardon
Runner-up Australia Eddie Charlton
Score 31–30
1974
1976
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 1975 World Snooker Championship was a professional snooker tournament that took place at various locations in Australia.[1] The final was held at the Nunawading Basketball Centre on Burwood Highway, in Burwood East, Victoria.[2]

In the final Ray Reardon won 10 of the 12 frames on the second day to lead 16–8 but Eddie Charlton won the first 9 frames on day 3 to lead. Reardon then led 23–21 before Charlton won 8 frames in a row to lead 29–23, needing just 2 of the last 9 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.

Tournament summary[edit]

With Park Drive having ended their sponsorship,[1] The WPBSA awarded the 1975 World Championship to Eddie Charlton Promotions.[3][4] This was the second and, currently, the last world championship to be held in Australia.

There were 27 competitors. 3 preliminary matches were played to reduce the field to 24. 8 seeded players received a bye to the last-16 stage. 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.[5] 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.[3]

David Taylor made the highest break of the tournament with 128.[6]

The final was decided on the final frame, with Reardon winning 31–30.[1]

Prize fund[edit]

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[5]

Schedule[edit]

Match Dates Venue, city Ref
David Greaves v Jim Charlton 9–10 April 1975 Woonona-Bulli RSL Memorial Hall, Wollongong, NSW [7][8]
Phil Tarrant v Bernard Bennett 10–11 April 1975 City Tattersalls Club, Sydney, NSW [7][8][9]
Lou Condo v Maurice Parkin 10–11 April 1975 Queanbeyan Leagues Club, NSW [7][8][9]
John Pulman v Phil Tarrant 13–14 April 1975 Auburn Baseball Club, NSW [10][11][12][13]
Warren Simpson v Ron Mares 14–15 April 1975 Central Coast Leagues Club, Gosford, NSW [12][13][14][15]
David Taylor v Rex King 14–15 April 1975 Marrickville RSL Club, Sydney, NSW [13][15]
Ian Anderson v Lou Condo 14–15 April 1975 Bentleigh Club, Melbourne, Victoria [12][13][15]
Dennis Taylor v Perrie Mans 14–15 April 1975 City Tattersalls Club, Sydney, NSW [12][13][14][15]
Gary Owen v David Greaves 14–15 April 1975 Goulburn Workers' Club, NSW [13][14][15]
Bill Werbeniuk v Jim Meadowcroft 14–15 April 1975 Grafton District Services Club, NSW [12][13][15]
Cliff Thorburn v Paddy Morgan 14–15 April 1975 Tamworth Workers' Club, NSW [12][13][14][15]
Ray Reardon v Warren Simpson 16–17 April 1975 Central Coast Leagues Club, Gosford, NSW [16][17][18][19]
Rex Williams v Ian Anderson 16–17 April 1975 Bentleigh Club, Melbourne, Victoria [16][17][18][19]
Cliff Thorburn v Graham Miles 16–17 April 1975 Queanbeyan Leagues Club, NSW [16][17][18][19]
John Spencer v John Pulman 17–18 April 1975 Dapto Leagues Club, Wollongong, NSW [18][19]
Alex Higgins v David Taylor 17–18 April 1975 Albury SS&A, NSW [19]
Dennis Taylor v Fred Davis 17–18 April 1975 Marrickville RSL Club, Sydney, NSW [18][19]
Gary Owen v John Dunning 17–18 April 1975 Broken Hill RSL Club, NSW [18][19]
Eddie Charlton Bill Werbeniuk 17–18 April 1975 Grafton District Services Club, NSW [18][19]
Ray Reardon v John Spencer 21–23 April 1975 Cooma RSL Club, NSW [20][21][22][23][24][25]
Alex Higgins v Rex Williams 21–23 April 1975 Wentworthville Leagues Club, Sydney, NSW [20][21][22][23][24][25]
Dennis Taylor v Gary Owen 21–23 April 1975 Harbord Diggers' Club, Sydney, NSW [20][21][22][23][24][25]
Eddie Charlton v Cliff Thorburn 21–23 April 1975 Sherwood Services Club, Brisbane, Queensland [20][21][22][23][24][25]
Ray Reardon v Alex Higgins 24–26 April 1975 Canberra Workers' Club, ACT [26][27]
Eddie Charlton v Dennis Taylor 24–26 April 1975 Past Brothers Club, Brisbane, Queensland [26][27]
Ray Reardon v Eddie Charlton 27 April–1 May 1975 Nunawading Basketball Centre, Melbourne, Victoria [28][29][30][31][32]

Main draw[edit]

Number in (parentheses) indicates seeding.

Source:[33][34][35]

  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
                                               
Australia  Warren Simpson 15     Wales  Ray Reardon (1) 15  
Australia  Ron Mares 5     Australia  Warren Simpson 11  
  Wales  Ray Reardon (1) 19  
  England  John Spencer (8) 17  
England  John Pulman 15 England  John Spencer (8) 15
Australia  Phil Tarrant 5     England  John Pulman 10  
  Wales  Ray Reardon (1) 19  
  Northern Ireland  Alex Higgins (5) 14  
England  David Taylor 15     Northern Ireland  Alex Higgins (5) 15  
Australia  Rex King 8     England  David Taylor 2  
  Northern Ireland  Alex Higgins (5) 19
  England  Rex Williams (4) 12  
Australia  Ian Anderson 15 England  Rex Williams (4) 15
Australia  Lou Condo 8     Australia  Ian Anderson 4  
  Wales  Ray Reardon (1) 31
  Australia  Eddie Charlton (7) 30
Northern Ireland  Dennis Taylor 15     England  Fred Davis (3) 14  
South Africa  Perrie Mans 12     Northern Ireland  Dennis Taylor 15  
  Northern Ireland  Dennis Taylor 19
  Wales  Gary Owen 9  
Wales  Gary Owen 15 England  John Dunning (6) 8
England  David Greaves 3     Wales  Gary Owen 15  
  Northern Ireland  Dennis Taylor 12
  Australia  Eddie Charlton (7) 19  
Canada  Bill Werbeniuk 15     Australia  Eddie Charlton (7) 15  
England  Jim Meadowcroft 9     Canada  Bill Werbeniuk 11  
  Australia  Eddie Charlton (7) 19
  Canada  Cliff Thorburn 12  
Canada  Cliff Thorburn 15 England  Graham Miles (2) 2
Australia  Paddy Morgan 6     Canada  Cliff Thorburn 15  

Preliminary matches[edit]

Source:[33]

Best of 29 frames
Australia Phil Tarrant 15–8 England Bernard Bennett
Australia Lou Condo 15–8 England Maurice Parkin
England David Greaves 15–14 Australia Jim Charlton

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