The 1977 Dry Blackthorn Cup was a professional invitational snooker tournament on 21 December 1977. Created by promoter Mike Barrett, who later promoted boxing matches involving Frank Bruno, it was played at the Wembley Conference Centre in London and featured four professional players. This was the first snooker event to be held at the venue, which from 1979 to 2006 hosted the Masters Championship.
|Dates||21 December 1977|
|Venue||Wembley Conference Centre|
|Total prize fund||£4,350|
|Highest break||Ray Reardon (WAL) 77|
|Champion||Patsy Fagan (IRL)|
|Runner-up||Alex Higgins (NIR)|
The tournament was played on a knockout basis, and all three matches were the best-of-seven . The participants included three players who between them had won each edition of the World Snooker Championship since 1969: John Spencer (1969, 1971, 1977), Ray Reardon (1970, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976) and Alex Higgins (1972). The fourth player was Patsy Fagan, who had won the 1977 UK Championship earlier in the month.
Fagan won the Dry Blackthorn Cup, beating Higgins 4–2 in the final. Fagan received prize money of £2,000 as the winner, and Higgins received £1,000 as runner-up. Spencer and Reardon received £500 each as losers in the semi-finals. £50,000 would have been awarded to any player making a maximum break of 147. To cover the potential award of the maximum break prize, promoter Mike Barrett paid an insurance premium of £500.
The following year, Barrett promoted the 1978 Champion of Champions event at the same venue. Like the Dry Blackthorn Cup, this was an invitational event for four players. Fagan, Reardon and Higgins participated in the 1978 tournament, along with Doug Mountjoy.
Results are shown below. Players in bold are match winners.
Best of 7 frames
Best of 7 frames
|Patsy Fagan (IRL)||4|
|John Spencer (ENG)||2||Patsy Fagan||4|
|Alex Higgins (NIR)||4||Alex Higgins||2|
|Ray Reardon (WAL)||2|
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