World Snooker Championship 1980


World Snooker Championship 1980

= The event =

The 1980 Embassy World Snooker Championship took place at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield between the 22nd April to the 5th May 1980.

Notable Moments

* The final was contested by Alex Higgins (who was heavily favoured to win his second world title) and Cliff Thorburn. Whilst leading 9-5, Higgins started to showboat and take on unnecessarily risky shots, a number of which he missed. Thorburn slowly reeled him in and eventually pipped him 18-16. Higgins's wife Lynne had a cake prepared exclaiming 'Alex Higgins 1980 World Champion', and both players posed with the cake after the final!

* The final frames of the final were interrupted by coverage of the Iranian Embassy Siege. The BBC took the snooker off the air to bring news as the SAS went into the Iranian Embassy in London to rescue the hostages. Coverage on BBC2 resumed while BBC1 continued with the news coverage.

* Debutants this year included Tony Meo, who gave Higgins a scare in the first round match when he lost 9-10. Canadian left-hander Jim Wych beat John Pulman, who had made his last appearance in the Crucible stages of the championship, 10-5. Cliff Wilson and Ray Edmonds also made their debuts.

* Kirk Stevens and Steve Davis shared the high break prize when they both made a 136. Stevens made his during his first round match with Graham Miles and Davis made his against Alex Higgins in the quarter-final. It was the first time the highest break would go to two players.

* A few frames later on the Davis/Higgins match, Higgins attempted a 147. He was the first player at the Crucible to pot 15 reds and 15 blacks but he missed the green when he attempted to fluke it when he was on a difficult shot - ending his hopes of winning £10,000.

* The longest frame of the championship was between Cliff Thorburn and Doug Mountjoy in the second round match which the 18th of 23 frames they played in the match took 69 minutes to complete. It took 21 minutes to pot the last brown! That record was surpassed in 2006.

* The championship extended the players who played the Crucible from 16 to 24 with the Top 9-16 ranked players going automatically to play 8 qualifiers. The winner of the first round would play a Top 8 player.

* To accommodate these eight extra matches, the frames in each match were also revamped. The first round went to 19 frames in two sessions, the second and quarter-finals to 25 in three sessions, the semi-finals to 31 in four sessions and the final to 35 frames in four sessions. The format still continues today except for the semi-final, which became a 33-frame match in 1997.

Highest Breaks

136 Kirk Stevens and Steve Davis.

There were 11 centuries in the championship.

Prize Money

* Winner £15,000

* 147 break £10,000

* Total £60,000

The Results

World Snooker Championship Rounds
|flagicon|Wales "'Terry Griffiths|q|starts in Round 2|q
|flagicon|England Steve Davis|10|flagicon|Ireland Patsy Fagan|6
|flagicon|South Africa|1928 "'Perrie Mans|q|starts in Round 2|q
|flagicon|Northern Ireland Alex Higgins|10|flagicon|England Tony Meo|9
|flagicon|England "'John Spencer|q|starts in Round 2|q
|flagicon|Canada Kirk Stevens|10|flagicon|England Graham Miles|3
|flagicon|Australia Eddie Charlton|q|starts in Round 2|q
|flagicon|England John Virgo|10|flagicon|England Jim Meadowcroft|2
|flagicon|Canada "'Cliff Thorburn|q|starts in Round 2|q
|flagicon|Wales Doug Mountjoy|10|flagicon|Wales Cliff Wilson|6
|flagicon|Northern Ireland "'Dennis Taylor|q|starts in Round 2|q
|flagicon|Canada Jim Wych|10|flagicon|England John Pulman|5
|flagicon|Wales Ray Reardon|q|starts in Round 2|q
|flagicon|Canada Bill Werbeniuk|10|flagicon|England Willie Thorne|9
|flagicon|England "'Fred Davis|q|starts in Round 2|q
|flagicon|England David Taylor|10|flagicon|England Ray Edmonds|5
|flagicon|England Steve Davis|13|flagicon|Wales Terry Griffiths|10
|flagicon|Northern Ireland Alex Higgins|13|flagicon|South Africa|1928 Perrie Mans|6
|flagicon|Canada Kirk Stevens|13|flagicon|England John Spencer|8
|flagicon|Australia Eddie Charlton|13|flagicon|England John Virgo|12
|flagicon|Canada Cliff Thorburn|13|flagicon|Wales Doug Mountjoy|10
|flagicon|Canada Jim Wych|13|flagicon|Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor|10
|flagicon|Wales Ray Reardon|13|flagicon|Canada Bill Werbeniuk|6
|flagicon|England David Taylor|13|flagicon|England Fred Davis|5
|flagicon|Northern Ireland Alex Higgins|13|flagicon|England Steve Davis|9
|flagicon|Canada Kirk Stevens|13|flagicon|Australia Eddie Charlton|7
|flagicon|Canada Cliff Thorburn|13|flagicon|Canada Jim Wych|6
|flagicon|England David Taylor|13|flagicon|Wales Ray Reardon|11
|flagicon|England Alex Higgins|16|flagicon|Canada Kirk Stevens|13
|flagicon|Canada Cliff Thorburn|16|flagicon|England David Taylor|7
("Best of 35 frames") Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 4 May & 5 May 1980. Referee: John Street
flagicon|Canada Cliff Thorburn
18-16
Alex Higgins flagicon|Northern Ireland
Scores to fill|
Scores to fill
flagicon|Canada Cliff Thorburn wins the 1980 Embassy World Snooker Championship
"Best of 19 frames"
"Best of 25 frames"
"Best of 25 frames"
"Best of 31 frames"


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