1976 World Snooker Championship

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Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates –23 April 1976
Venue Middlesbrough Town Hall
Wythenshawe Forum
City Middlesbrough
Manchester
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Ranking event
Total prize fund £15,300
Winner's share £6,000[1]
Highest break England John Spencer (138)
Final
Champion Wales Ray Reardon
Runner-up Northern Ireland Alex Higgins
Score 27–16
1975
1977

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.

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. Ray Reardon led Alex Higgins 8–5 after the first day and extended his lead to 15–11 after the second day. He won 9 frames on the third day to lead 24–15 and won 3 of the first 4 frames on the final day to win the championship 27–16.[3]

The highest break of the tournament was 138 made by John Spencer in his match against David Taylor.[4] 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.[5]

Main draw[edit]

Numbers in (parentheses) indicate seeding.

Sources:[2][6][7][8]

Last 16
Best of 29 frames
Quarter-finals
Best of 29 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 39 frames
Final
Best of 53 frames
                           
           
 Wales Ray Reardon (1)  15
 England John Dunning  7  
 Wales Ray Reardon (1)  15
   Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor  2  
 Wales Gary Owen (8)  9
 Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor  15  
 Wales Ray Reardon (1)  20
   South Africa Perrie Mans  10  
 England Graham Miles (5)  10
 South Africa Perrie Mans  15  
 South Africa Perrie Mans  15
   England Jim Meadowcroft  8  
 England Rex Williams (4)  7
 England Jim Meadowcroft  15  
 Wales Ray Reardon (1)  27
   Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (3)  16
 Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (3)  15
 Canada Cliff Thorburn  14  
 Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (3)  15
   England John Spencer (6)  14  
 England John Spencer (6)  15
 England David Taylor  5  
 Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (3)  20
   Australia Eddie Charlton (2)  18  
 England Fred Davis (7)  15
 Canada Bill Werbeniuk  12  
 England Fred Davis (7)  13
   Australia Eddie Charlton (2)  15  
 Australia Eddie Charlton (2)  15
 England John Pulman  9  

Qualifying[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 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. ^ a b c "World Championship 1976". Global Snooker. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Reardon a class above rest". The Times. 24 April 1976. p. 15. 
  4. ^ Eric, Hayton (2004). The CueSport Book of Professional Snooker: The Complete Record & History. London: Rose Villa Publications. p. 11. ISBN 0-9548549-0-X. 
  5. ^ "Snooker record". The Sydney Morning Herald. 16 April 1976. Retrieved 25 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "1976 World Championships Results". Snooker Database. Retrieved 25 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Embassy World Championship". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "1976 World Championships Results". Snooker Database. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  9. ^ Snooker Scene, May 1976, page 5