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The 1973 Pot Black was a professional invitational snooker tournament, which was broadcast in 1973. The tournament was held in the Pebble Mill Studios in Birmingham, and featured eight professional players. All matches were one-frame shoot-outs.

1973 Pot Black
Tournament information
DatesChristmas 1972 (Broadcast 13 February-29 May 1973)
VenuePebble Mill Studios
CityBirmingham
CountryEngland
FormatNon-Ranking event
Winner's share£1000
Highest breakAustralia Eddie Charlton (110)
Final
ChampionAustralia Eddie Charlton
Runner-upEngland Rex Williams
Score93–33
1972
1974

Broadcasts were on BBC2 and started at 21:00 on Tuesday 13 February 1973[1] The tournament this year was reverted to 8 players. The three ex-winners were in a Pot Black Champions group while the remaining five players were in a League of Champions group. The top two from each group qualified for the semi-finals. Alan Weeks presented the programme with Ted Lowe as commentator and Sydney Lee as referee.

The tournament featured the TV debut of Alex Higgins who beat John Pulman in the first match of the series. Eddie Charlton retained the Pot Black title beating Rex Williams 93–33 shown on 29 May [2] and also made the first century break making 110 against John Spencer [3] which remained a record until 2005.[4]

Main drawEdit

League of Champions GroupEdit

Player 1 Score Player 2 Broadcast Date
  Alex Higgins 1–0   John Pulman 13 February 1973
  Rex Williams 1–0   Jackie Rea 20 February 1973
  Fred Davis 0–1   John Pulman 6 March 1973
  Alex Higgins 0–1   Rex Williams 13 March 1973
  Fred Davis 1–0   Jackie Rea 27 March 1973
  John Pulman 1–0   Rex Williams 3 April 1973
  Alex Higgins 0–1   Jackie Rea 10 April 1973
  Fred Davis 1–0   Rex Williams 24 April 1973
  Jackie Rea 1–0   John Pulman 1 May 1973
  Alex Higgins 0–1   Fred Davis 8 May 1973

Pot Black Champions GroupEdit

Player 1 Score Player 2 Broadcast Date
  John Spencer 0–1   Ray Reardon 27 February 1973
  John Spencer 0–1   Eddie Charlton 20 March 1973
  Eddie Charlton 1–0   Ray Reardon 17 April 1973

Knockout stageEdit

Semi-finals (15 and 22 May 1973) Final (29 May 1973)
  Rex Williams 1
  Fred Davis 0   Rex Williams 0
  Ray Reardon 0   Eddie Charlton 1
  Eddie Charlton 1

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "BBC Television – 13 February 1973 – Pot Black". BBC Genome Project. BBC. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  2. ^ "BBC Television – 29 May 1973 – Pot Black: BBC2 Knockout Snooker Competition". BBC Genome Project. BBC. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  3. ^ "BBC Television – 20 March 1973 – Pot Black: BBC2 Knockout Snooker Competition". BBC Genome Project. BBC. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  4. ^ http://cuetracker.net/tournaments/pot-black/1973/901