1977 World Snooker Championship

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Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates18–30 April 1977
VenueCrucible Theatre
CitySheffield
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£17,000[1]
Winner's share£6,000[1]
Highest breakEngland John Spencer (135)
Final
ChampionEngland John Spencer
Runner-upCanada Cliff Thorburn
Score25–21
1976
1978

The 1977 World Snooker Championship (also known as the 1977 Embassy World Snooker Championship for the purposes of sponsorship) was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 18 and 30 April 1977 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.

John Spencer won in the final 25–21 against Cliff Thorburn.[2] The event was sponsored by cigarette manufacturer Embassy. Spencer at aged 41 was the oldest Crucible champion until Ray Reardon won the 1978 Championship aged 45.

Tournament summary[edit]

Prize fund[edit]

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[11]

  • Winner: £6,000
  • Runner-up: £2,000
  • Semi-final: £1,200
  • Quarter-final: £750
  • Last 16: £350
  • Highest break: £500
  • Total: £17,000

Main draw[edit]

Numbers in (parentheses) indicate seedings.

Sources:[1][12][13][14][15]

 
Last 16
Best of 25 frames
Quarter-finals
Best of 25 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 35 frames
Final
Best of 49 frames
 
              
 
18 & 19 April
 
 
Wales Ray Reardon (1)13
 
22 & 23 April
 
Republic of Ireland Patsy Fagan7
 
Wales Ray Reardon (1)6
 
18 & 19 April
 
England John Spencer (8)13
 
England John Spencer (8)13
 
24, 25, 26 & 27 April
 
England John Virgo9
 
England John Spencer (8)18
 
18 & 19 April
 
England John Pulman16
 
England Graham Miles (5)13
 
22 & 23 April
 
England Willie Thorne4
 
England Graham Miles (5)10
 
18 & 19 April
 
England John Pulman13
 
England Fred Davis (4)12
 
28, 29, & 30 April
 
England John Pulman13
 
England John Spencer (8)25
 
20 & 21 April
 
Canada Cliff Thorburn 21
 
Australia Eddie Charlton (3)13
 
22 & 23 April
 
England David Taylor5
 
Australia Eddie Charlton (3)12
 
20 & 21 April
 
Canada Cliff Thorburn13
 
England Rex Williams (6)6
 
24, 25, 26 & 27 April
 
Canada Cliff Thorburn13
 
Canada Cliff Thorburn18
 
20 & 21 April
 
Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor16
 
South Africa Perrie Mans (7)11
 
22 & 23 April
 
Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor13
 
Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor13
 
20 & 21 April
 
Wales Doug Mountjoy11
 
Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (2)12
 
 
Wales Doug Mountjoy13
 

Qualifying[edit]

Source:[1][15]

Round 1 (Best of 21 frames)
England John Virgo 11–1 Wales Roy Andrewartha
Round 2 (Best of 21 frames)
Republic of Ireland Patsy Fagan 11–9 England Jim Meadowcroft
England John Virgo 11–6 England John Dunning
England Willie Thorne 11–4 England Bernard Bennett
England John Pulman w/o–w/d England Maurice Parkin
England David Taylor 11–0 England David Greaves
Canada Cliff Thorburn 11–0 Scotland Chris Ross
Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor 11–0 England Jack Karnehm
Wales Doug Mountjoy 11–9 Northern Ireland Jackie Rea

Century breaks[edit]

There were six century breaks at the championship. The highest break of the tournament was 135 made by John Spencer.[16][17][18]

References[edit]

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  8. ^ "Doug Mountjoy at the World Championship". Snooker Database. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
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  10. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 143.
  11. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 130.
  12. ^ "1977 World Championships Results Grid". Snooker Database. Retrieved 28 October 2010.
  13. ^ "Embassy World Championship". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  14. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. pp. 4–5.
  15. ^ a b Eric, Hayton (2004). The CueSport Book of Professional Snooker: The Complete Record & History. London: Rose Villa Publications. p. 146. ISBN 0-9548549-0-X.
  16. ^ Kastner, Hugo. "Snooker – Spieler, Regeln & Rekorde (May 2011 update): Crucible Records – bis 2011" (PDF) (in German). Archived (PDF) from the original on 27 May 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
  17. ^ "2004 Embassy World Championship Information". Global Snooker Centre. Archived from the original on 8 December 2004. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  18. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 146.