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Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates15 April – 1 May 1989
VenueCrucible Theatre
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£525,000
Winner's share£105,000
Highest break Stephen Hendry (SCO) (141)
Champion Steve Davis (ENG)
Runner-up John Parrott (ENG)

The 1989 World Snooker Championship (also referred to as the 1989 Embassy World Snooker Championship for sponsorship reasons) was a professional snooker tournament that took place from 15 April to 1 May 1989 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England. Organised by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA), it was the eighth and final ranking event of the 1988–89 snooker season and the thirteenth consecutive World Snooker Championship to be held at the Crucible, the first tournament at this location having taken place in 1977.

A five-round qualifying event for the championship was held at the Preston Guild Hall from 22 March to 4 April 1989 for 126 players, 16 of whom reached the main stage, where they met the 16 invited seeded players. The tournament was broadcast in the United Kingdom by the BBC, and was sponsored by the Embassy cigarette company. The winner received £105,000 from the total prize fund of £525,000.

The defending champion was Steve Davis, who had previously won the World Championship five times. He met John Parrott in the final, which was a best-of-35-frames match. Davis won the match 18–3, which remains the biggest margin of defeat in the sport's modern era. This was Davis' sixth and last world title, and also his last appearance in a World Championship final. Stephen Hendry scored the championship's highest break, a 141, in his quarter-final match. There were 19 century breaks compiled during the championship.


The World Snooker Championship is an annual professional snooker tournament organised by the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA).[1] Founded in the late 19th century by British Army soldiers stationed in India,[2] the cue sport was popular in the British Isles.[1] However, in the modern era, which started in 1969 when the World Championship reverted to a knockout format,[3] it has become increasingly popular worldwide, especially in East and Southeast Asian nations such as China, Hong Kong and Thailand.[4][5][6]

Joe Davis won the first World Championship in 1927, hosted by the Billiards Association and Control Council, the final match being held at Camkin's Hall in Birmingham, England.[7][8] Since 1977, the event has been held at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.[9] The 1989 championship featured 32 professional players competing in one-on-one snooker matches in a single-elimination format, with each round played over a pre-determined number of frames, and each match divided into two or more sessions containing a set number of frames.[10][11] These competitors in the main tournament were selected using a combination of the top players in the snooker world rankings and the winners of a pre-tournament qualification stage.[12][13] The top 16 players in the world rankings automatically qualified for the event, the remaining 16 players coming through the qualification rounds.[12][13] It was the eighth and final ranking event of the 1988–89 snooker season,[14] and the thirteenth consecutive World Snooker Championship to be held at the Crucible, the first tournament having taken place in 1977.[15] The defending champion in 1989 was Steve Davis, who had defeated Terry Griffiths 18–11 in the final of the 1988 World Snooker Championship to win his fifth world title.[16]

Prize fund[edit]

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[17][18][19]

  • Winner: £105,000
  • Runner-up: £63,000
  • Semi-finalist: £31,500
  • Quarter-finalist: £15,750
  • Last 16: £7,875
  • Last 32: £4,429.68
  • Last 48: £3,445.31
  • Last 64: £1,804.68
  • Highest break (televised stage): £10,500
  • Highest break (untelevised stage): £2,625
  • Maximum break: £100,000
  • Total: £525,000

Tournament summary[edit]


Darren Morgan (pictured in 2008) defeated former champion Alex Higgins

Qualifying matches took place at Preston Guild Hall from 22 March to 4 April 1989,[20] for 126 players, 16 of whom reached the main stage, where they met the 16 invited seeded players.[21] Mannie Francisco, playing his first match in the United Kingdom since losing in the final of the 1972 World Amateur Snooker Championship, led Tony Wilson 5–4 after their first session, but was eliminated 6–10.[10] Darren Morgan compiled breaks of 108 and 103 against Eric Lawlor, the first time that two century breaks had been achieved in consecutive frames in the World Snooker Championship.[22] Bill Werbeniuk had been due to return to competitive play after a six-month ban imposed by the WPBSA for his use of beta blockers, but did not appear for his match.[23] From 4–9 in arrears, Paddy Browne won six consecutive frames against Steve Meakin to progress 10–9.[10] Joe O'Boye built a 9–0 lead over Danny Fowler, who then won six successive frames before O'Boye clinched a 10–6 victory.[10] Six-time champion Ray Reardon was eliminated 5–10 by Gary Wilkinson.[24]

In the final round, Tony Meo established a new record highest break for world championship qualifying by compiling a break of 142 during his defeat of Tony Jones.[25] Three-time champion champion John Spencer lost 1–10 to Steve Duggan, who in an earlier round had eliminated another former champion, Fred Davis.[10] Another ex-champion, Alex Higgins, failed to qualify for the championship for the first time in his career, after he lost to Morgan.[26][27] Higgins, the world number 17,[28] who had beaten four of the top seven players in the rankings on the way to victory at the 1989 Irish Masters on 2 April, was defeated 8–10 by Morgan the following day.[28][29] Morgan broke Meo's record for the highest break in world championship qualifying by compiling a break of 143, his fourth century break of the competition.[29] Seven players qualified for the main event for the first time: Morgan, Wilkinson, Browne, O'Boye, Duggan, Steve Newbury, and David Roe.[30]

First round[edit]

The first round took place between 15 and 20 April, each match played over two sessions as the best of 19 frames.[11] Defending champion Davis played Steve Newbury, and took a 7–2 lead at the end of the first session after being 0–2 behind. Newbury won the first three frames of the second session to narrow the deficit to 5–7 before Davis won 10–5.[31] For the seventh time, Cliff Wilson failed to win a match at the Crucible, eliminated 1–10 by Steve Duggan.[19] Winning seven consecutive frames to move from 2–4 behind Tony Knowles to 9–4 ahead, David Roe went on to defeat Knowles 10–6.[32] Mike Hallett was 0–3 behind Doug Mountjoy before winning the fourth frame after a fluked yellow, ended the first session at 4–4,[33] then fell 4–6 behind, but won six of the next seven frames to progress to the next round 10–7.[32]

Terry Griffiths led Bob Chaperon 4–0 and, always at least three frames ahead from that point on, won 10–6.[19] Silvino Francisco eliminated Joe O'Boye 10–6 after leading 6–1.[19] Paddy Browne was 5–4 ahead of Willie Thorne after their first session, but then lost five successive frames as Thorne progressed 10–5.[19] Stephen Hendry built a 4–0 lead over Gary Wilkinson, and led 6–3 as the second session commenced, but after missing several short-length pots during the match, won only in the deciding frame, 10–9.[34]

Third seed Neal Foulds lost 9–10 to Wayne Jones, at the end of a season that saw Foulds fall from third to 20th place in the rankings.[35] Peter Francisco held a 7–4 lead over Dean Reynolds but lost 7-10.[36] Meo led the 1987 champion Joe Johnson 8–0 before winning the match 10–5.[35] Eddie Charlton defeated Cliff Thorburn 10–9 in a match that finished at 2:39 am, which was the second-latest finish time for a match at the Crucible.[37] Charlton, aged 59 years and 169 days, became the second-oldest player to win a match at the World Championship, after Fred Davis in 1979.[38]

After constructing breaks of 110, 103 and 102, John Parrott led James 9–7, but missed match-ball pots on the black in each of the next two frames, with James winning them both to force a deciding frame, which was won by Parrott who compiled a break of 33.[19][32] Parrott, from Liverpool, wore a black armband during the match in recognition of the Hillsborough disaster that had happened on 15 April at the FA Cup semi-final between Nottingham Forest F.C. and Liverpool F.C..[31][39] Dennis Taylor led Hughes 6–3 after their first session, and in the second session won four consecutive frames including breaks of 106 and 94, to qualify for the next round 10–3.[19] John Virgo progressed to the second round for the first time since 1982 by eliminating Darren Morgan 10–4.[33] Second seed Jimmy White defeated Dene O'Kane, who recorded a 127 break, 10–7.[19]

Second round[edit]

The second round, which took place between 20 and 24 April, was played as best-of-25-frames matches spread over three sessions.[11] Davis defeated Duggan within two sessions, going from a 7–1 lead after the first to a 13–3 victory in the second.[19] Hallett won in the deciding frame against Roe.[19] Griffiths and Silvino Francisco were 3–3 at the end of their first session, after which Griffiths obtained a 10–6 lead during the second session, and eliminated Francisco 13–9.[19] Thorne took a 2–0 lead against Hendry, but was eventually defeated 4–13.[19]

Jones lost 3–13 to Reynolds.[19] Meo was warned by the referee for slow play during the 21st frame against Charlton. This turned out to be the last frame, as Meo won the contest 13–8.[35] Parrot won four consecutive frames to go from 9–10 behind Taylor to win 13–10.[19] The match between White and Virgo saw White take a 5–3 lead from the first session,[33] and went to a deciding frame during which Virgo, leading by two points in the frame, announced that he had committed a foul by slightly touching a red ball with his cue stick. White went on to win the frame and match.[40]

The afternoon session on 22 April, featuring the matches between Parrott and Taylor, and Griffiths and Francisco, had its start time delayed from 3:00 pm until 3:06 pm, commencing with a minute's silence in acknowledgement of the Hillsborough disaster a week earlier.[11][41][35] There was no television coverage of matches on 24 April due to strike action by the Broadcasting and Entertainment Trades Alliance and the National Union of Journalists relating to a pay dispute.[42][43]


The quarter-finals were played as best-of-25-frames matches over three sessions on 25 and 26 April.[11] As in the previous round, Davis won his match before the final session was required.[44] Davis compiled a 128 break in the second frame as he built a 7–0 lead, before Hallett took the last frame of the first session.[45] The first four frames of the second session were won by Davis, putting him 11–1 ahead.[45] Hallett compiled a 133 break when 2–12 behind, and lost the match 3–13.[44] Griffiths and Hendry were level at 4–4 at the conclusion of their first session.[44] Hendry won nine successive frames to progress 13–5, constructing a 141 break in the thirteenth frame of the match.[46]

Reynolds, who had criticised Meo for the slow pace of his play during the 1989 British Open final between the pair in March, was warned by referee John Williams for slow play.[35] Meo won the match 13–9, having held leads of 4–3 and 9–7 after the first two sessions.[35][45] At the pot-match press conference, Reynolds started crying during his opening sentence, and, a few minutes later, expressed his dissatisfaction with the referee's decisions during the match.[19] Making a number of mistakes, White trailed Parrott 1–7 after their first session,[44] but recovered to 6–8 before losing 7–13.[19]


John Parrott (pictured in 2008) defeated Tony Meo to reach the final

The semi-finals took place between 27 and 29 April as best-of-31-frames matches played over four sessions.[11] After trailing Davis 2–5 and 4–10 at the end of their first two sessions,[19] Hendry reduced his arrears to 6–10, and compiled a 68 break to lead by 51 in the 17th frame. Davis then forced a re-spotted black by compiling a 51 break consisting of the three remaining red balls, each followed by a black ball, and the colours, and went on to win the frame. Hendry won three of the next four frames, making a break of 139 in the 20th frame. Davis took a 16–9 lead by prevailing 67–59 in the last frame of the third session.[47] In the final session, Hendry scored only eight points across three frames, with Davis making breaks of 63, 71, 54 and 40 to wrap up a 16–9 victory.[19]

Meo's highest break in the first session of his match against Parrott was just 28, and he finished that session 2–6 behind,[48] narrowing Parrott's lead to 4–6 by winning the first two frames of the second session. The session finished with Parrott 10–5 ahead.[47] Meo won on the black having needed Parrott to concede penalty points in the 16th frame, then Parrott won the next three frames, with the 18th and 19th both being close. The session ended with Meo having made a 112 break but Parrott 15–7 ahead. In the fourth session, Parrott's break of 82 won him the frame, and the match 16–7.[49]


Steve Davis (pictured in 2014) won his sixth world championship title

The final between Steve Davis and John Parrott took place on 30 April and 1 May.[11] It was a best-of-35 frames match scheduled for four sessions.[50] In the afternoon session on the first day, Davis established a 2–0 lead, before Parrott won the third frame. Davis extended his lead to 5–1, with Parrott winning the last frame of the first session, leaving Davis 5–2 ahead.[51]

Davis increased his advantage to 9–2 by winning the first four frames of the evening session on 30 April, recording breaks of 42, 37, 55 and 112, whilst Parrott potted only six balls, totalling 15 points.[52] Parrott led by 44 points in the twelfth frame after constructing a 52 break, but lost the frame after Davis compiled a 62 break.[52] Parrott went in-off after potting a red in the thirteenth frame, allowing Davis the opportunity to win the frame with a break of 59.[52] In the next frame, Davis missed potting the pink whilst using the rest, and Parrott made it 3–10 with a break of 68.[52] During the last three frames of the first day, Parrott potted only one red as Davis extended his lead to 13–3, including breaks of 80 and 68.[52]

Although Parrott had chances to win both of the first two frames in the third session, Davis won them both on the pink. With breaks 59 and 38 to add the next two frames, Davis increased his lead to 17–3. Parrott led 40–0 in the 21st frame, before a break of 42 by Davis. Davis won the frame, his 18–3 victory becoming a new record margin of victory in a World Snooker Championship final at the Crucible, surpassing his 18–6 defeat of Thorburn in 1983.[50] It was a third consecutive World Snooker Championship win for Davis.[53] And his sixth title, to equal Ray Reardon's total since the competition was re-launched in 1969.[54] The match ended with a session to spare,[55] and the pair played an exhibition match at the venue in place of the last session.[56]

Parrott said afterwards that "Me not playing anything like, and Steve playing exceptionally well, that's a recipe for 18–3."[50] Davis remarked that "A month before the championship I wasn't playing well enough to beat players like Hendry and Parrott. To actually pull out all the stops and produce the standard of play that I have must rate as one of my greatest achievements. I've played the best snooker of my career."[57] The two players occupied the top places in the 1989/1990 world rankings, calculated based on results from the previous two seasons; Davis retaining first position with 64 points, followed by Parrott on 48.[14] Parrott later won the 1991 World Snooker Championship title,[58] whilst 1989 was the last world final reached by Davis.[59][60]

Main draw[edit]

Shown below are the results for each round. The numbers in parentheses beside some of the players are their seeding ranks (each championship has 16 seeds and 16 qualifiers).[17][61][62][63]

First round Second round Quarter-finals Semi-finals
Best of 19 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 25 frames Best of 31 frames
15 April            
  Steve Davis (ENG) (1)  10
20 & 21 April
  Steve Newbury (WAL)  5  
 England Steve Davis (1)  13
15 & 16 April
   England Steve Duggan  3  
  Cliff Wilson (WAL) (16)  1
25 April
   Steve Duggan (ENG)  10  
 England Steve Davis (1)  13
16 & 17 April
   England Mike Hallett (9)  3  
  Mike Hallett (ENG) (9)  10
21 & 22 April
  Doug Mountjoy (WAL)  7  
 England Mike Hallett (9)  13
16 & 17 April
   England David Roe  12  
  Tony Knowles (ENG) (8)  6
27, 28 & 29 April
  David Roe (ENG)  10  
 England Steve Davis (1)  16
17 & 18 April
   Scotland Stephen Hendry (4)  9
   Terry Griffiths (WAL) (5)  10
22, 23 & 24 April
  Bob Chaperon (CAN)  6  
 Wales Terry Griffiths (5)  13
18 & 19 April
   South Africa Silvino Francisco (12)  9  
   Silvino Francisco (RSA) (12)  10
25 & 26 April
  Joe O'Boye (IRE)  6  
 Wales Terry Griffiths (5)  5
18 & 19 April
   Scotland Stephen Hendry (4)  13  
  Willie Thorne (ENG) (13)  10
23 & 24 April
  Paddy Browne (IRE)  5  
 England Willie Thorne (13)  4
19 & 20 April
   Scotland Stephen Hendry (4)  13  
   Stephen Hendry (SCO) (4)  10
  Gary Wilkinson (ENG)  9  
19 & 20 April            
  Neal Foulds (ENG) (3)  9
23 & 24 April
   Wayne Jones (WAL)  10  
 Wales Wayne Jones  3
19 April
   England Dean Reynolds  13  
  Peter Francisco (RSA) (14)  7
25 & 26 April
   Dean Reynolds (ENG)  10  
 England Dean Reynolds  9
18 April
   England Tony Meo  13  
  Joe Johnson (ENG) (11)  5
22, 23 & 24 April
   Tony Meo (ENG)  10  
 England Tony Meo  13
17 & 18 April
   Australia Eddie Charlton  8  
  Cliff Thorburn (CAN) (6)  9
27, 28 & 29 April
   Eddie Charlton (AUS)  10  
 England Tony Meo  7
16 & 17 April
   England John Parrott (7)  16
  John Parrott (ENG) (7)  10
21 & 22 April
  Steve James (ENG)  9  
 England John Parrott (7)  13
16 & 17 April
   Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (10)  10  
   Dennis Taylor (NIR) (10)  10
25 & 26 April
   Eugene Hughes (IRE)  3  
 England John Parrott (7)  13
15 & 16 April
   England Jimmy White (2)  7  
   John Virgo (ENG) (15)  10
20, 21 & 22 April
  Darren Morgan (WAL)  4  
 England John Virgo (15)  12
15 April
   England Jimmy White (2)  13  
   Jimmy White (ENG) (2)  10
  Dene O'Kane (NZL)  7  
Final (Best of 35 frames) Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 30 April & 1 May 1989. Referee: John Street[64]
Steve Davis (1)
18–3 John Parrott (7)
86–20, 65–28, 20–90, 66–5, 109–16, 78–11, 43–72, 100–6, 72–9, 113–0, 71–0, 74–58, 88–23, 32–68, 115–0, 68–1, 62–47, 56–44, 71–31, 68–6, 70–40 Century breaks: 1 (Davis 1)

Highest break by Davis: 112
Highest break by Parrott: 68

86–20, 65–28, 20–90, 66–5, 109–16, 78–11, 43–72, 100–6, 72–9, 113–0, 71–0, 74–58, 88–23, 32–68, 115–0, 68–1, 62–47, 56–44, 71–31, 68–6, 70–40
England Steve Davis wins the 1989 Embassy World Snooker Championship


Players in bold denote match winners.[21]

First qualifying round
Best of 19 frames
Player Score Player
 Nick Terry (ENG) 10–0  Maurice Parkin (ENG)
 Craig Edwards (ENG) 10–4  James Giannaros (AUS)
 Mark Rowing (ENG) 10–1  Steve Mizerak (USA)
 Bernard Bennett (ENG) 10–4  Clive Everton (WAL)
 Paul Thornley (CAN) 10–3  Bert Demarco (SCO)
 Tony Wilson (IOM) 10–5  Mannie Francisco (RSA)
 Derek Mienie (RSA) 10–6  Vladimir Potazsnyk (AUS)
 Mark Johnston-Allen (ENG) 10–3  Eddie McLaughlin (ENG)
 Ian Graham (ENG) 10–0  David Greaves (ENG)
 Steve Campbell (ENG) w.o.w.d.  Gerry Watson (CAN)
 Joe Grech (MLT) 10–6  Derek Heaton (ENG)
 Mick Price (ENG) w.o.w.d.  Paddy Morgan (AUS)
 Robert Marshall (ENG) 10–1  Mike Hines (RSA)
 Darren Morgan (WAL) 10–5  Sam Frangie (AUS)
  Second qualifying round
Best of 19 frames
Third qualifying round
Best of 19 frames
Fourth qualifying round
Best of 19 frames
Fifth qualifying round
Best of 19 frames
 Paul Medati (ENG) 8    Nigel Gilbert (ENG) 10
 Nick Terry (ENG) 10    Nick Terry (ENG) 5      Nigel Gilbert (ENG) 10      Steve Newbury (WAL) 10
 Jim Bear (CAN) 7    Tony Chappel (WAL) 7    Craig Edwards (ENG) 8      Nigel Gilbert (ENG) 7
 Craig Edwards (ENG) 10    Craig Edwards (ENG) 10
 John Dunning (ENG) 9    Warren King (AUS) 7
 Mark Rowing (ENG) 10    Mark Rowing (ENG) 10      Mark Rowing (ENG) 6      John Spencer (ENG) 1
 Fred Davis (ENG) 10    Steve Duggan (ENG) 10    Steve Duggan (ENG) 10      Steve Duggan (ENG) 10
 Bernard Bennett (ENG) 4    Fred Davis (ENG) 3
 Malcolm Bradley (ENG) 7    Bill Werbeniuk (CAN) w.d.
 Paul Thornley (CAN) 10    Paul Thornley (CAN) w.o.      Paul Thornley (CAN) 4      Doug Mountjoy (WAL) 10
 Patsy Fagan (IRE) 10    Dave Gilbert (ENG) 10    Dave Gilbert (ENG) 10      Dave Gilbert (ENG) 7
 Geoff Foulds (ENG) 6    Patsy Fagan (IRE) 4
 Bill Oliver (ENG) 10    Tommy Murphy (NIR) 10
 Jim Rempe (USA) 5    Bill Oliver (ENG) 8      Tommy Murphy (NIR) 7      Rex Williams (ENG) 3
 Paul Watchorn (IRE) 10    David Roe (ENG) 10    David Roe (ENG) 10      David Roe (ENG) 10
 Robbie Grace (RSA) 6    Paul Watchorn (IRE) 5
 Mario Morra (CAN) 10    Martin Clark (ENG) 10
 Bernie Mikkelsen (CAN) 4    Mario Morra (CAN) 6      Martin Clark (ENG) 10      Bob Chaperon (CAN) 10
 Matt Gibson (SCO) 10    Dave Martin (ENG) 10    Dave Martin (ENG) 2      Martin Clark (ENG) 10
 Mike Darrington (ENG) 0    Matt Gibson (SCO) 7
 Terry Whitthread (ENG) 10    Danny Fowler (ENG) 10
 Jim Donnelly (SCO) 7    Terry Whitthread (ENG) 6      Danny Fowler (ENG) 6      Barry West (ENG) 7
 George Scott (ENG) 4    Joe O'Boye (ENG) 10    Joe O'Boye (ENG) 10      Joe O'Boye (ENG) 10
 Tony Wilson (IOM) 10    Tony Wilson (IOM) 8
 Jim Meadowcroft (ENG) 10    Murdo MacLeod (SCO) 10
 Derek Mienie (RSA) 7    Jim Meadowcroft (ENG) 9      Murdo MacLeod (SCO) 6      Steve Longworth (ENG) 0
 Steve Meakin (ENG) 10    Paddy Browne (IRE) 10    Paddy Browne (IRE) 10      Paddy Browne (IRE) 10
 Tony Kearney (IRE) 3    Steve Meakin (ENG) 9
 Jack Fitzmaurice (ENG) 10    Ray Reardon (WAL) 10
 Colin Roscoe (WAL) 9    Jack Fitzmaurice (ENG) 5      Ray Reardon (WAL) 5      Tony Drago (MLT) 9
 Vic Harris (ENG) 10    Gary Wilkinson (ENG) 10    Gary Wilkinson (ENG) 10      Gary Wilkinson (ENG) 10
 Mike Watterson (ENG) 5    Vic Harris (ENG) 6
 Anthony Harris (ENG) 10    Wayne Jones (WAL) 10
 Jimmy van Rensberg (RSA) 7    Anthony Harris (ENG) 4      Wayne Jones (WAL) 10      David Taylor (ENG) 7
 Gino Rigitano (CAN) 3    Jim Wych (CAN) 10    Jim Wych (CAN) 9      Wayne Jones (WAL) 10
 Mark Johnston-Allen (ENG) 10    Mark Johnston-Allen (ENG) 3
 Bob Harris (ENG) w.d.    Graham Cripsey (ENG) 2
 Ian Graham (ENG) w.o.    Ian Graham (ENG) 10      Ian Graham (ENG) 10      Dean Reynolds (ENG) 10
 Martin Smith (ENG) 10    Jon Wright (ENG) 7    Martin Smith (ENG) 6      Ian Graham (ENG)
 Steve Campbell (ENG) 9    Martin Smith (ENG) 10
 Jason Smith (ENG) 10    Tony Jones (ENG) 10
 Robby Foldvari (AUS) 4    Jason Smith (ENG) 7      Tony Jones (ENG) 10      Tony Meo (ENG) 10
 Jim Chambers (ENG) 10    Kirk Stevens (CAN) 10    Kirk Stevens (CAN) 2      Tony Jones (ENG) 7
 Ian Anderson (AUS) 7    Jim Chambers (ENG) 8
 Ian Williamson (ENG) 7    Les Dodd (ENG) 10
 Joe Grech (MLT) 10    Joe Grech (MLT) 9      Les Dodd (ENG) 10      Eddie Charlton (AUS) 10
 Glen Wilkinson (AUS) 10    Roger Bales (ENG) 1    Glen Wilkinson (AUS) 4      Les Dodd (ENG) 6
 Billy Kelly (IRE) 2    Glen Wilkinson (AUS) 10
 John Rea (SCO) 10    Pat Houlihan (ENG) 5
 Dennis Hughes (ENG) 3    John Rea (SCO) 10      John Rea (SCO) 10      Steve James (ENG) 10
 Ian Black (SCO) 10    Ray Edmonds (ENG) 10    Ray Edmonds (ENG) 7      John Rea (SCO) 7
 Dessie Sheehan (IRE) 8    Ian Black (SCO) 3
 Eddie Sinclair (SCO) 9    Mark Bennett (WAL) 9
 Mick Price (ENG) 10    Mick Price (ENG) 10      Mick Price (ENG) 6      Eugene Hughes (IRE) 10
 Brian Rowswell (ENG) 10    Marcel Gauvreau (CAN) 7    Brian Rowswell (ENG) 10      Brian Rowswell (ENG) 9
 Pascal Burke (IRE) 0    Brian Rowswell (ENG) 10
 Paul Gibson (ENG) 10    Ken Owers (ENG) 10
 Robert Marshall (ENG) 3    Paul Gibson (ENG) 8      Ken Owers (ENG) 8      Alex Higgins (NIR) 8
 Eric Lawlor (ENG) 2    John Campbell (AUS) 4    Darren Morgan (WAL) 10      Darren Morgan (WAL) 10
 Darren Morgan (WAL) 10    Darren Morgan (WAL) 10
 Francois Ellis (RSA) 10    Jack McLaughlin (NIR) 10
 Mark Wildman (ENG) 7    Francois Ellis (RSA) 9      Jack McLaughlin (NIR) 2      Dene O'Kane (NZL) 10
 Alain Robidoux (CAN) 10    Mick Fisher (ENG) 2    Alain Robidoux (CAN) 10      Alain Robidoux (CAN) 5
 Graham Miles (ENG) 8    Alain Robidoux (CAN) 10

Century breaks[edit]

There were 19 century breaks in the 1989 World Snooker Championship. The highest break of the event was 141 made by Stephen Hendry.[65]


There were 28 century breaks in the qualifying stages, the highest of which was 143 made by Darren Morgan.[10]


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