1978 World Snooker Championship

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Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates17–29 April 1978
VenueCrucible Theatre
CitySheffield
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£24,000[1]
Winner's share£7,500[1]
Highest breakEngland John Spencer (138)
Final
ChampionWales Ray Reardon
Runner-upSouth Africa Perrie Mans
Score25–18
1977
1979

The 1978 World Snooker Championship (also known as the 1978 Embassy World Snooker Championship for the purposes of sponsorship) was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 17 and 29 April 1978 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

The final was contested by Ray Reardon and Perrie Mans. Reardon led 5–2 after the first session, before Mans levelled the match at 8–8 after the first day's play. After the third interval Reardon led 12–11 and won the 24th frame with a 64 break to lead 13–11. After the second day Reardon led 18–14, and eventually won the match 25–18. Reardon became the oldest winner of the World Championship aged 45 years and 203 days this passed the previous record of Joe Davis who was aged 45 years and 33 days in 1946. This record still stands to this day.[2] This was Reardon's sixth and last world title.[3][4] The tournament was sponsored by cigarette manufacturer Embassy.

Tournament summary[edit]

Prize fund[edit]

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[10]

  • Winner: £7,500
  • Runner-up: £3,500
  • Third place: £2,500
  • Fourth place: £2,000
  • Quarter-final: £1,000
  • Last 16: £500
  • Highest break: £500
  • Maximum break: £10,000
  • Total: £24,000

Main draw[edit]

Numbers in (parentheses) indicate seedings.

Sources:[1][11][12]

 
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 & 20 April
 
 
England John Spencer (1)8
 
21 & 22 April
 
South Africa Perrie Mans13
 
South Africa Perrie Mans13
 
19 & 20 April
 
England Graham Miles (8)7
 
England Graham Miles (8)13
 
24, 25 & 26 April
 
England David Taylor10
 
South Africa Perrie Mans18
 
18 & 19 April
 
England Fred Davis16
 
Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (5)12
 
21 & 22 April
 
Republic of Ireland Patsy Fagan13
 
Republic of Ireland Patsy Fagan10
 
20 & 21 April
 
England Fred Davis13
 
Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (4)9
 
27, 28 & 29 April
 
England Fred Davis13
 
South Africa Perrie Mans18
 
17, 18 & 19 April
 
Wales Ray Reardon (2)25
 
Australia Eddie Charlton (3)13
 
20, 21 & 22 April
 
England Willie Thorne12
 
Australia Eddie Charlton (3)13
 
17 & 18 April
 
Canada Cliff Thorburn (6)12
 
Canada Cliff Thorburn (6)13
 
23, 24 & 25 April
 
England Pat Houlihan8
 
Australia Eddie Charlton (3)14
 
17, 18 & 19 April
 
Wales Ray Reardon (2)18 Third place
Best of 13 frames
 
England John Pulman (7)4
 
21 & 22 April 27 & 28 April
 
Canada Bill Werbeniuk13
 
Canada Bill Werbeniuk6England Fred Davis3
 
17 & 18 April
 
Wales Ray Reardon (2)13 Australia Eddie Charlton (3)7
 
Wales Ray Reardon (2)13
 
 
Wales Doug Mountjoy9
 

Qualifying[edit]

Source:[1]

Century breaks[edit]

There were seven century breaks at championship, the highest being 138 by John Spencer.[13][14][15][16]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "April 29 down the years: The greatest Crucible final". ESPN. Archived from the original on 1 December 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
  3. ^ Turner, Chris. "World Professional Championship". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 16 April 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2011.
  4. ^ "Reardon v Mans".
  5. ^ a b Kastner, Hugo. "Snooker – Spieler, Regeln & Rekorde (May 2011 update)" (PDF) (in German). Archived (PDF) from the original on 27 May 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
  6. ^ Dee, John. "O'Sullivan must combat curse of the Crucible". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 15 May 2012.
  7. ^ Turner, Chris. "Various Snooker Records". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 10 February 2013. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  8. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 134.
  9. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 143.
  10. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 130.
  11. ^ "Embassy World Championship". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  12. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. pp. 6–7.
  13. ^ Kastner, Hugo. "Snooker – Spieler, Regeln & Rekorde (May 2011 update)" (PDF) (in German). Archived (PDF) from the original on 27 May 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
  14. ^ "2004 Embassy World Championship Information". Global Snooker Centre. Archived from the original on 8 December 2004. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  15. ^ "Crucible Centuries". Snooker.org. Archived from the original on 23 May 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  16. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 146.