1951 World Snooker Championship

The 1951 World Snooker Championship was a professional snooker tournament. The final was held at the Tower Circus in Blackpool, England.[1]

World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates30 October 1950–24 February 1951
Final venueTower Circus
Final cityBlackpool
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)Billiards Association and Control Council
Highest breakScotland Walter Donaldson (106)
Final
ChampionEngland Fred Davis
Runner-upScotland Walter Donaldson
Score58–39
1950
1952
1951 World Snooker Championship is located in the United Kingdom
Scunthorpe
Scunthorpe
Bolton
Bolton
Accrington
Accrington
London
London
Newcastle upon Tyne
Newcastle upon Tyne
Blackpool
Blackpool
Venues

For the fifth consecutive year, the final was contested by Fred Davis and Walter Donaldson. Davis won his third World title by defeating Donaldson 58–39 in the final.[1] Donaldson made the highest break of the tournament with 106 in frame 32 of his semi-final match against Horace Lindrum.[2][3]

After defeating the then 45-year-old Sidney Smith — runner-up in the 1938 and 1939 championships — in the quarter-finals, the 15-year younger John Pulman reached the semi-finals, where he played against the eventual winner Fred Davis, before he retired and gave Davis an early bye into the final.

ScheduleEdit

Match Dates Venue, city
Horace Lindrum v Albert Brown 30 October–4 November 1950 Scunthorpe
Fred Davis v John Barrie 13–18 November 1950 Bolton
Walter Donaldson v Kingsley Kennerley 27 November–2 December 1950 Scunthorpe
John Pulman v Sidney Smith 11–16 December 1950 Accrington
Fred Davis v John Pulman 22–27 January 1951 Burroughes Hall, London
Walter Donaldson v Horace Lindrum 22–27 January 1951 Burroughes and Watts Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne
Fred Davis v Walter Donaldson 16–17, 19–24 February 1951 Tower Circus, Blackpool

Main drawEdit

Sources:[4][5][6]

Quarter-finals
71 frames
Semi-finals
71 frames
Final
97 frames
  Walter Donaldson 41
  Kingsley Kennerley 30   Walter Donaldson 41
  Horace Lindrum 43   Horace Lindrum 30
  Albert Brown 28   Walter Donaldson 39
  Fred Davis 42   Fred Davis 58
  John Barrie 29   Fred Davis 22
  John Pulman 38   John Pulman[n 1]14
  Sidney Smith 33
  1. ^ John Pulman retired.

QualifyingEdit

John Barrie met Sydney Lee at Burroughes Hall in London from 6 to 8 November. Barrie led 7–5 after the first day [7] and 15–9 after two days. He made a break of 101 on the second evening.[8] He eventually won 23–12.[9] Barrie then met Dickie Laws on the following three days also at Burroughes Hall. Barrie took an 8–4 lead,[10] increased to a winning 18–6 lead after two days.[11] The final score was 27–8.[12]

  Round 1
35 frames
    Round 2
35 frames
                 
      Dickie Laws 8
    John Barrie 23       John Barrie 27
    Sydney Lee 12  

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "2004 Embassy World Championship Information". Global Snooker Centre. Archived from the original on 8 December 2004. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  3. ^ "Donaldson leads in snooker semi-final". Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer. 25 January 1951. Retrieved 19 March 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  4. ^ "World Championship 1951". Global Snooker. Archived from the original on 2011-03-10. Retrieved 19 March 2011.
  5. ^ "Embassy World Championship". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  6. ^ Hayton, Eric (2004). The CueSport Book of Professional Snooker. Lowestoft: Rose Villa Publications. p. 144. ISBN 0-9548549-0-X.
  7. ^ "Barrie's good start". Sheffield Daily Telegraph. 7 November 1950. Retrieved 11 January 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  8. ^ "Barrie increases lead". Sheffield Daily Telegraph. 8 November 1950. Retrieved 11 January 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  9. ^ "Barrie through". Sheffield Daily Telegraph. 9 November 1950. Retrieved 11 January 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  10. ^ "Barrie's good start". Sheffield Daily Telegraph. 10 November 1950. Retrieved 11 January 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  11. ^ "Barrie 12 ahead". Sheffield Daily Telegraph. 11 November 1950. Retrieved 11 January 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  12. ^ "Snooker". Sheffield Daily Telegraph. 13 November 1950. Retrieved 11 January 2016 – via British Newspaper Archive.