1978 UK Championship

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Coral UK Championship
Tournament information
Dates22 November–1 December 1978
VenueGuild Hall
FormatNon-ranking event
Total prize fund£12,500
Winner's share£3,500
Highest breakEngland Graham Miles (139)
ChampionWales Doug Mountjoy
Runner-upEngland David Taylor

The 1978 Coral UK Championship was a professional non-ranking snooker tournament that took place between 22 November and 1 December 1978 at the Guild Hall in Preston. England.[1]

1978 would be the first of 20 UK Championship competitions to be played in Preston's Guildhall. For the first time the event was sponsored by Coral and they would continue doing so until 1985.

The most dramatic match came in the qualifying rounds when Terry Griffiths, a newly turned professional was beaten 8–9 by Rex Williams after leading 8–2. The championship proper also provided plenty of surprises. Patsy Fagan, the defending UK champion went out 7–9 in the first round to David Taylor who, after a decade in the professional ranks, reached his first major final by beating Alex Higgins 9–5 in the semi-final. In the other half, Roy Andrewartha beat John Spencer 9–8 and Willie Thorne beat Ray Reardon 9–6 only to collapse 1–9 against Graham Miles, whose 139 break set a tournament record. In the semi-finals it was Miles' turn to collapse 1–9 to Doug Mountjoy who, keeping his best till last, clinched his final victory over Taylor with a break of 120. The BBC televised the final again shown on Grandstand and with Ted Lowe commentating the match. The highest break of the tournament was 139 made by Graham Miles.

Main draw[edit]

[1][2][3] Last 24 Best of 17 frames

Round of 16Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
Republic of Ireland Patsy Fagan7
England David Taylor9
England David Taylor9
England John Virgo2
England John Pulman3
England John Virgo9
England David Taylor9
Northern Ireland Alex Higgins5
England Fred Davis9
England John Dunning2
England Fred Davis4
Northern Ireland Alex Higgins9
Northern Ireland Alex Higgins9
England Jim Meadowcroft6
England David Taylor9
Wales Doug Mountjoy15
Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor4
Wales Doug Mountjoy9
Wales Doug Mountjoy9
Wales Roy Andrewartha4
England John Spencer8
Wales Roy Andrewartha9
Wales Doug Mountjoy9
England Graham Miles1
England Graham Miles9
England Rex Williams8
England Graham Miles9
England Willie Thorne1
Wales Ray Reardon6
England Willie Thorne9


Final: Best of 29 frames. Referee:
The Guild Hall, Preston, England, 30 November and 1 December 1978.
Doug Mountjoy
15–9 David Taylor
First session: 32–61, 76–16, 115–18, 29–75, 47–65 (60), 55–44, 65–33, 62–32, 19–84, 7–74 (55), 46–74, 35–81, 80–34 (68), 74–29 (58), 64–22, 88–33 (50), 57–66 (52), 65–35, 84–51, 58–39, 26–83, 112–33, 90–26 (63), 120–1 (120)
120 Highest break 60
1 Century breaks 0
6 50+ breaks 2

Century breaks[edit]


  1. ^ a b "1978 UK Championship". Archived from the original on 27 April 2006. Retrieved 21 May 2012.
  2. ^ "1978 UK Championship Results". Snooker Database. Retrieved 13 October 2010.
  3. ^ "1978 UK Championship Results Grid". Snooker Database. Retrieved 30 November 2010.