1978 UK Championship

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Coral UK Championship
Tournament information
Dates22 November–1 December 1978
VenueGuild Hall
CityPreston
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatNon-ranking event
Total prize fund£12,500
Winner's share£3,500
Highest breakEngland Graham Miles (139)
Final
ChampionWales Doug Mountjoy
Runner-upEngland David Taylor
Score15–9
1977
1979

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[edit]

Final: Best of 29 frames. Referee:
The Guild Hall, Preston, England, 30 November and 1 December 1978.
Doug Mountjoy
 Wales
15–9 David Taylor
 England
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]

References[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.