1956/1957 News of the World Snooker Tournament

The 1956/1957 News of the World Snooker Tournament was a professional snooker tournament sponsored by the News of the World. The tournament was won by John Pulman who all his 5 matches. Fred Davis finished in second place ahead of Jackie Rea. Both won 3 matches but Davis won more frames overall. The News of the World Snooker Tournament ran from 1949/50 to 1959.

News of the World Tournament
Tournament information
Dates22 October 1956–2 March 1957
Venuevarious
FormatNon-Ranking event
Total prize fund£1500
Final
ChampionEngland John Pulman
Runner-upEngland Fred Davis
1955/56
1957/58

FormatEdit

The 1956/57 event was a round-robin snooker tournament and was played from 22 October 1956 to 2 March 1957. 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 the same as the previous year, 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 except for one match played in Rochdale where there was only an evening session.[1]

Each match was separately handicapped. Joe Davis gave Fred Davis a 10-point start each frame, Walter Donaldson 14, John Pulman 14, Jackie Rea 20 and Rex Williams 24. Fred Davis gave Walter Donaldson 10, John Pulman 10, Jackie Rea 14 and Rex Williams 17. Walter Donaldson gave John Pulman 10, Jackie Rea 12 and Rex Williams 14. John Pulman gave Jackie Rea 10 and Rex Williams 14. Jackie Rea gave Rex Williams 10 points.

ResultsEdit

After winning his first match 20–17, Joe Davis lost his remaining four matches 19–18 and finished in fifth place.

Winner Score Loser Date Venue Ref
Joe Davis 20–17 Rex Williams 22–24 October Jersey [2]
Jackie Rea 19–18 Joe Davis 25–27 October Jersey [3]
John Pulman 21–16 Walter Donaldson 29–31 October Oldham [4]
Fred Davis 19–18 Walter Donaldson 5–7 November Newcastle [5]
John Pulman 20–17 Rex Williams 8–10 November Newcastle [6]
Walter Donaldson 19–18 Joe Davis 21–24,26–27 November Rochdale [7]
Fred Davis 24–13 Rex Williams 26–28 November Birmingham [8]
Rex Williams 24–13 Walter Donaldson 29 November–1 December Birmingham [9]
Jackie Rea 21–16 Walter Donaldson 17–19 December Burroughes Hall, London [10]
John Pulman 21–16 Jackie Rea 20–22 December Burroughes Hall, London [11]
Jackie Rea 19–18 Fred Davis 21–23 January Liverpool [12]
John Pulman 20–17 Fred Davis 11–13 February Bolton [13]
Rex Williams 21–16 Jackie Rea 14–16 February Bolton [14]
John Pulman 19–18 Joe Davis 25–27 February Houldsworth Hall, Manchester [15]
Fred Davis 19–18 Joe Davis 28 February–2 March Houldsworth Hall, Manchester [16]

Table

Pos Player Pld MW FW Prize
1   John Pulman 5 5 101 ?
2   Fred Davis 5 3 97 ?
3   Jackie Rea 5 3 91 ?
4   Rex Williams 5 2 92 ?
5   Joe Davis 5 1 92 ?
6   Walter Donaldson 5 1 82 ?

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).

BroadcastingEdit

The BBC showed a short, 30 minute, TV programme of the final day of the final match from Houldsworth Hall, Manchester. The commentator was Sidney Smith.[17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Snooker". The Glasgow Herald. 22 November 1956. p. 4.
  2. ^ "Snooker". The Glasgow Herald. 25 October 1956. p. 4.
  3. ^ "Snooker". The Glasgow Herald. 29 October 1956. p. 4.
  4. ^ "Snooker". The Glasgow Herald. 1 November 1956. p. 4.
  5. ^ "Snooker". The Glasgow Herald. 8 November 1956. p. 4.
  6. ^ "Snooker". The Times. 11 November 1957. p. 15.
  7. ^ "Snooker & Billiards". The Glasgow Herald. 28 November 1956. p. 4.
  8. ^ "Snooker & Billiards". The Glasgow Herald. 29 November 1956. p. 11.
  9. ^ "Snooker". The Glasgow Herald. 3 December 1956. p. 4.
  10. ^ "Snooker". The Glasgow Herald. 20 December 1956. p. 2.
  11. ^ "Billiards & Snooker". The Glasgow Herald. 24 December 1956. p. 9.
  12. ^ "Snooker & Billiards". The Glasgow Herald. 24 January 1957. p. 4.
  13. ^ "Snooker". The Glasgow Herald. 14 February 1957. p. 4.
  14. ^ "Snooker". The Glasgow Herald. 18 February 1957. p. 5.
  15. ^ "Snooker". The Glasgow Herald. 28 February 1957. p. 4.
  16. ^ "Snooker". The Glasgow Herald. 4 March 1957. p. 4.
  17. ^ "BBC Television – 2 March 1957 – 15:00 Snooker". BBC Genome Project. BBC. Retrieved 4 January 2016.