1976 World Snooker Championship

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Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates7–23 April 1976
VenueMiddlesbrough Town Hall
Wythenshaw Forum
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£15,300
Winner's share£6,000[1]
Highest breakEngland John Spencer (138)
ChampionWales Ray Reardon
Runner-upNorthern Ireland Alex Higgins

The 1976 World Snooker Championship (also known as the 1976 Embassy World Snooker Championship for sponsorship purposes) was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place at two venues.[2] This was the first world championship to be sponsored by Embassy; their sponsorship lasted for the next 30 years.[1] Ray Reardon won in the final 27–16 against Alex Higgins.

There were seven century breaks in the championship.

Tournament detail[edit]

The leading 14 players in the Order of Merit received automatic entry to the final stages and were joined by two winners from the qualifying competition. The leading 8 in the Order of Merit were seeded.

The Middlesbrough Town Hall in Middlesbrough staged the top half of the draw and the Wythenshawe Forum, Manchester, staged the bottom half and the final. The final was held over 4 days from 20 to 23 April.

Champion Ray Reardon won 15-7 against John Dunning including breaks of 106, 81 and 71; Dennis Taylor 15-2 with a break of 115 in the last frame and then his semifinal against Perrie Mans by 20-10 with a top break of 133 plus runs of 85 and 70.

The final, where Reardon had travelled to where Higgins had been playing, was a fractious affair with complaints from Reardon over the quality of the table and the TV lighting. Eventually, the referee was replaced after further complaints from the champion. Higgins had the better of the earlier exchanges, leading 4-2 and 10-9 before Reardon started to dictate both the pace and tactics. The Welshman eventually won, very comfortably, 27-16 to secure his fifth title.

The highest break of the tournament was 138 made by John Spencer in his match against David Taylor.[3] Earlier in the week Eddie Charlton had compiled a break of 137; however, it did not count as a record because the table was not up to standard.[4]

Main draw[edit]

Numbers in (parentheses) indicate seeding.


Last 16
Best of 29 frames
Best of 29 frames
Best of 39 frames
Best of 53 frames
Wales Ray Reardon (1)15
England John Dunning7
Wales Ray Reardon (1)15
Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor2
Wales Gary Owen (8)9
Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor15
Wales Ray Reardon (1)20
South Africa Perrie Mans10
England Graham Miles (5)10
South Africa Perrie Mans15
South Africa Perrie Mans15
England Jim Meadowcroft8
England Rex Williams (4)7
England Jim Meadowcroft15
Wales Ray Reardon (1)27
Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (3)16
Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (3)15
Canada Cliff Thorburn14
Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (3)15
England John Spencer (6)14
England John Spencer (6)15
England David Taylor5
Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (3)20
Australia Eddie Charlton (2)18
England Fred Davis (7)15
Canada Bill Werbeniuk12
England Fred Davis (7)13
Australia Eddie Charlton (2)15
Australia Eddie Charlton (2)15
England John Pulman9




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