1970 Chester Professional Tournament

The 1970 Chester Professional Tournament was an invitational non-ranking snooker tournament, which took place from 13 to 15 July 1970 at the Upton-By-Chester British Legion, Chester. Defending champion Jackie Rea won the tournament by defeating John Spencer 4–3 in the final.

1970 Chester Professional Tournament
Tournament information
Dates13–15 July 1970 (1970-07-13 – 1970-07-15)
VenueUpton-By-Chester British Legion
OrganisationChester & District League
FormatNon-ranking event
Champion Jackie Rea (NIR)
Runner-up John Spencer (ENG)

The tournament was part of the City of Chester Sports Festival, which had a programme encompassing over twenty different sports. Snooker events were organised by the Chester & District League and were held at the Upton-By-Chester British Legion, with the snooker tournament featuring four players who competed, in a knockout format, from 13 to 15 July 1970.[1][2]

In the semi-finals, defending champion Rea defeated John Dunning 4–3, and Spencer eliminated Pat Houlihan 5–2 after trailing 0–2. Rea won the first frame of the final, and, after Spencer had equalised at 1–1, moved into a 3–1 lead. In the fifth frame, Spencer missed potting an easy ball, and Rea went on to take the frame and achieve a winning margin in the match at 4–1. The last two frames of the match went to Spencer, who made breaks of 80 and 54, leaving the final score 4–3.[3]

Results edit

Players in bold denote match winners.[3]

Best of 7 frames
Best of 7 frames
  Jackie Rea (NIR) 4
  John Dunning (ENG) 3
  Jackie Rea (NIR) 4
  John Spencer (ENG) 3
  John Spencer (ENG) 5
  Pat Houlihan (ENG) 2

Final edit

Scores in bold indicate winning frame scores. Breaks over 40 are shown in parentheses.[3]

Final: Best of 7 frames.
Upton-By-Chester British Legion, Chester, 15 July 1970
Jackie Rea
4–3 John Spencer
61–49, 49–61, 91–17, 62–31, 48–46 (Spencer then won the two "dead" frames)

References edit

  1. ^ "Dates and places". The Billiard Player. Billiards Association and Control Council. March 1970. p. 10.
  2. ^ "Sports spectacular opens tomorrow". Cheshire Observer. 10 July 1970. p. 3.
  3. ^ a b c "Rea retains Chester pro title". The Billiard Player. Billiards Association and Control Council. August 1970. p. 33.