1986 UK Championship (snooker)

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Tennents UK Championship
Tournament information
Dates 22–30 November 1986
Venue Guild Hall
City Preston
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Ranking event
Winner's share £60,000
Highest break 144
Champion England Steve Davis
Runner-up England Neal Foulds
Score 16–7

The 1986 Tennents UK Championship was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 22 and 30 November 1986 at the Guild Hall in Preston, England.

Scottish brewers Tennents took over as the sponsors of the UK Championship after Coral withdrew their sponsorship after 8 years.[1] The event was also best known for Alex Higgins head-butting an official. Higgins was later fined £12,000 and was banned from five subsequent tournaments.[2]

Steve Davis won in the final by defeating Neal Foulds 16–7, who had already won the BCE International two months earlier. Davis won £60,000 and his triumph was a personal landmark, because it took his career winnings past £1 million.[3] The highest break of the tournament was 144 made by Jimmy White.

Main draw[edit]


Round of 32 Best of 17 frames

Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
 England Steve Davis  9
 England Dean Reynolds  5  
 England Steve Davis  9
   Malta Tony Drago  8  
 Malta Tony Drago  9
 England Willie Thorne  5  
 England Steve Davis  9
   Northern Ireland Alex Higgins  3  
 Northern Ireland Alex Higgins  9
 England Mike Hallett  7  
 Northern Ireland Alex Higgins  9
   Wales Wayne Jones  5  
 Wales Wayne Jones  9
 Republic of Ireland Eugene Hughes  5  
 England Steve Davis  16
   England Neal Foulds  7
 Canada Cliff Thorburn  9
 England John Spencer  2  
 Canada Cliff Thorburn  2
   England Neal Foulds  9  
 England Neal Foulds  9
 England Jimmy White  7  
 England Neal Foulds  9
   England John Parrott  3  
 England Tony Knowles  9
 Wales Terry Griffiths  6  
 England Tony Knowles  4
   England John Parrott  9  
 England John Parrott  9
 England Steve Longworth  6  

Century breaks[edit]


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  2. ^ "The Hurricane. It was a sobriquet which reflected both Alex Higgins' flamboyant snooker style and his turbulent private life.". Sunday Independent on HighBeam Research. Retrieved 10 March 2013. (subscription required)
  3. ^ Hayton, Eric (2004). The CueSport Book of Professional Snooker. Lowestoft: Rose Villa Publications. p. 34. ISBN 0-9548549-0-X. 
  4. ^ "1986 UK Championship Results". Snooker Database. Retrieved 13 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "UK Championship". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 25 May 2012.