1955/1956 News of the World Snooker Tournament

The 1955/1956 News of the World Snooker Tournament was a professional snooker tournament sponsored by the News of the World. The tournament was won by Joe Davis who won 4 of his 5 matches. He finished ahead of Fred Davis who had also won 4 matches but Joe won more frames overall. The News of the World Snooker Tournament ran from 1949/50 to 1959.

News of the World Tournament
Tournament information
Dates31 October 1955–18 February 1956
Venuevarious
FormatNon-Ranking event
Total prize fund£1500
Winner's share£500
Final
ChampionEngland Joe Davis
Runner-upEngland Fred Davis
1954/55
1956/57

FormatEdit

The 1955/56 event was a round-robin snooker tournament and was played from 31 October 1955 to 18 February 1956. Matches were played at various locations around the United Kingdom and also on Jersey. There were 6 competitors and a total of 15 matches. The competitors were Joe Davis, Fred Davis, Walter Donaldson, John Pulman, Jackie Rea and Rex Williams. Each match lasted three days and was the best of 37 frames.

Each match was separately handicapped. Joe Davis played level with Fred Davis and gave John Pulman, Walter Donaldson and Jackie Rea 14 points and Rex Williams 16. Fred Davis gave John Pulman 10, Walter Donaldson and Jackie Rea 12 and Rex Williams 16. John Pulman played level with Walter Donaldson and gave Jackie Rea 7 and Rex Williams 10. Walter Donaldson gave Jackie Rea 7 and Rex Williams 12, Jackie Rea gave Rex Williams 10 points.

ResultsEdit

Winner Score Loser Date Venue Ref
Fred Davis 23–14 Rex Williams 31 October–2 November Blackpool [1]
Walter Donaldson 21–16 John Pulman 3–5 November Blackpool [2]
Rex Williams 20–17 Walter Donaldson 7–9 November Newcastle [3]
Fred Davis 20–17 John Pulman 10–12 November Newcastle [4]
Walter Donaldson 20–17 Joe Davis 5–7 December Liverpool [5]
John Pulman 22–15 Rex Williams 8–10 December Liverpool [6]
Jackie Rea 22–15 Rex Williams 12–14 December Jersey [7]
John Pulman 20–17 Jackie Rea 15–17 December Jersey [8]
Joe Davis 21–16 Jackie Rea 16–18 January Blackpool [9]
Fred Davis 20–17 Walter Donaldson 19–21 January Blackpool [10]
Joe Davis 21–16 John Pulman 23–25 January Burroughes Hall, London [11]
Walter Donaldson 23–14 Jackie Rea 26–28 January Burroughes Hall, London [12]
Fred Davis 28–9 Jackie Rea 9–11 February Manchester [13]
Joe Davis 33–4 Rex Williams 13–15 February Manchester [14]
Joe Davis 23–14 Fred Davis 16–18 February Manchester [15]

Table

Pos Player Pld MW FW Prize
1   Joe Davis 5 4 115 £500
2   Fred Davis 5 4 105 ?
3   Walter Donaldson 5 3 98 ?
4   John Pulman 5 2 91 ?
5   Jackie Rea 5 1 78 ?
6   Rex Williams 5 1 68 ?

The positions were determined firstly by the number of matches won (MW) and, in the event of a tie, the number of frames won (FW).

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Snooker". The Glasgow Herald. 3 November 1955. p. 4.
  2. ^ "Snooker". The Glasgow Herald. 7 November 1955. p. 4.
  3. ^ "Snooker". The Glasgow Herald. 10 November 1955. p. 2.
  4. ^ "Snooker". The Glasgow Herald. 14 November 1955. p. 13.
  5. ^ "Other competitions". The Glasgow Herald. 8 December 1955. p. 11.
  6. ^ "Snooker". The Glasgow Herald. 12 December 1955. p. 4.
  7. ^ "Snooker". The Glasgow Herald. 15 December 1955. p. 4.
  8. ^ "Snooker". The Glasgow Herald. 19 December 1955. p. 11.
  9. ^ "Snooker". The Glasgow Herald. 19 January 1955. p. 4.
  10. ^ "Snooker". The Glasgow Herald. 23 January 1955. p. 9.
  11. ^ "Snooker". The Glasgow Herald. 26 January 1956. p. 9.
  12. ^ "Snooker". The Glasgow Herald. 30 January 1956. p. 4.
  13. ^ "Snooker". The Glasgow Herald. 13 February 1956. p. 4.
  14. ^ "Snooker". The Glasgow Herald. 16 February 1956. p. 4.
  15. ^ "Snooker". The Glasgow Herald. 20 February 1956. p. 4.