1975 World Snooker Championship

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1975 World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates9 April – 1 May 1975
Final venueNunawading Basketball Centre
Final cityMelbourne
CountryAustralia
Organisation(s)WPBSA
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
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 between 9 April and 1 May 1975 across Australia.[1] 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.[2] 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.

Prize fund[edit]

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[3]

  • 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]

With Park Drive having ended their sponsorship,[1] The WPBSA awarded the 1975 World Championship to Eddie Charlton Promotions.[4][5] 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.[3] 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.[4][6]

David Taylor made the highest break of the tournament with 128.[7]

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

Results[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Match Dates Venue, city Ref
David Greaves v Jim Charlton 9–10 April 1975 Woonona-Bulli RSL Memorial Hall, Wollongong, NSW [8][9]
Phil Tarrant v Bernard Bennett 10–11 April 1975 City Tattersalls Club, Sydney, NSW [8][9][10]
Lou Condo v Maurice Parkin 10–11 April 1975 Queanbeyan Leagues Club, NSW [8][9][10]
John Pulman v Phil Tarrant 13–14 April 1975 Auburn Baseball Club, NSW [11][12][13][14]
Warren Simpson v Ron Mares 14–15 April 1975 Central Coast Leagues Club, Gosford, NSW [13][14][15][16]
David Taylor v Rex King 14–15 April 1975 Marrickville RSL Club, Sydney, NSW [14][16]
Ian Anderson v Lou Condo 14–15 April 1975 Bentleigh Club, Melbourne, Victoria [13][14][16]
Dennis Taylor v Perrie Mans 14–15 April 1975 City Tattersalls Club, Sydney, NSW [13][14][15][16]
Gary Owen v David Greaves 14–15 April 1975 Goulburn Workers' Club, NSW [14][15][16]
Bill Werbeniuk v Jim Meadowcroft 14–15 April 1975 Grafton District Services Club, NSW [13][14][16]
Cliff Thorburn v Paddy Morgan 14–15 April 1975 Tamworth Workers' Club, NSW [13][14][15][16]
Ray Reardon v Warren Simpson 16–17 April 1975 Central Coast Leagues Club, Gosford, NSW [17][18][19][20]
Rex Williams v Ian Anderson 16–17 April 1975 Bentleigh Club, Melbourne, Victoria [17][18][19][20]
Cliff Thorburn v Graham Miles 16–17 April 1975 Queanbeyan Leagues Club, NSW [17][18][19][20]
John Spencer v John Pulman 17–18 April 1975 Dapto Leagues Club, Wollongong, NSW [19][20]
Alex Higgins v David Taylor 17–18 April 1975 Albury SS&A, NSW [20]
Dennis Taylor v Fred Davis 17–18 April 1975 Marrickville RSL Club, Sydney, NSW [19][20]
Gary Owen v John Dunning 17–18 April 1975 Broken Hill RSL Club, NSW [19][20]
Eddie Charlton Bill Werbeniuk 17–18 April 1975 Grafton District Services Club, NSW [19][20]
Ray Reardon v John Spencer 21–23 April 1975 Cooma RSL Club, NSW [21][22][23][24][25][26]
Alex Higgins v Rex Williams 21–23 April 1975 Wentworthville Leagues Club, Sydney, NSW [21][22][23][24][25][26]
Dennis Taylor v Gary Owen 21–23 April 1975 Harbord Diggers' Club, Sydney, NSW [21][22][23][24][25][26]
Eddie Charlton v Cliff Thorburn 21–23 April 1975 Sherwood Services Club, Brisbane, Queensland [21][22][23][24][25][26]
Ray Reardon v Alex Higgins 24–26 April 1975 Canberra Workers' Club, ACT [27][28]
Eddie Charlton v Dennis Taylor 24–26 April 1975 Past Brothers Club, Brisbane, Queensland [27][28]
Ray Reardon v Eddie Charlton 27 April–1 May 1975 Nunawading Basketball Centre, Melbourne, Victoria [29][30][31][32][33]

Preliminary matches[edit]

Source:[34]

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

Main draw[edit]

Number in (parentheses) indicates seeding.

Source:[34][35][36]

  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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