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The 1977 Pot Black was a professional invitational snooker tournament, which was held in the Pebble Mill Studios in Birmingham, and this year, the tournament expanded from 8 to 12 players. All matches were one-frame shoot-outs.

1977 Pot Black
Tournament information
Dateslate December 1976 (Broadcast 7 January-22 April 1977)
VenuePebble Mill Studios
CityBirmingham
CountryEngland
FormatNon-Ranking event
Winner's share£1000
Highest breakSouth Africa Perrie Mans (59)
Final
ChampionSouth Africa Perrie Mans
Runner-upWales Doug Mountjoy
Score90–21
1976
1978

Broadcasts were on BBC2 and started at 21:00 on Friday 7 January 1977 [1] Alan Weeks presented the programme with Ted Lowe as commentator and Sydney Lee as referee.

With 12 players now competing in this series, The round robin format has now become 4 groups of 3 players. The two debutants Perrie Mans and Doug Mountjoy faced each other in the final which Mans won 90-21 [2][3]

Main drawEdit

The draw for the group stages was done by Denis Howell, the Minister of Sport and shown before the first match.

Group 1Edit

Player 1 Score Player 2 Broadcast Date
  Eddie Charlton 1–0   Rex Williams 7 January 1977
  Cliff Thorburn 1–0   Rex Williams 4 February 1977
  Eddie Charlton 0–1   Cliff Thorburn 4 March 1977

Group 2Edit

Player 1 Score Player 2 Broadcast Date
  John Spencer 0–1   Doug Mountjoy 14 January 1977
  Doug Mountjoy 1–0   John Pulman 11 February 1977
  John Spencer 0–1   John Pulman 11 March 1977

Group 3Edit

Player 1 Score Player 2 Broadcast Date
  Fred Davis 1–0   Ray Reardon 21 January 1977
  Perrie Mans 1–0   Fred Davis 18 February 1977
  Ray Reardon 0–1   Perrie Mans 18 March 1977

Group 4Edit

Player 1 Score Player 2 Broadcast Date
  Graham Miles 1–0   Dennis Taylor 28 January 1977
  Willie Thorne 1–0   Dennis Taylor 25 February 1977
  Graham Miles 0–1   Willie Thorne 25 March 1977

Knockout stageEdit

  Semi-finals (1 and 8 April 1977)     Final (22 April 1977)
                 
    Cliff Thorburn 0  
    Doug Mountjoy 1    
        Doug Mountjoy 0
        Perrie Mans 1
    Perrie Mans 1    
    Willie Thorne 0   3rd place Play-off (15 April 1977)
 
  Cliff Thorburn 1
    Willie Thorne 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "BBC Television – 7 January 1977 – Pot Black". BBC Genome Project. BBC. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  2. ^ "BBC Television – 29 April 1977 – Pot Black: BBC2 Knockout Snooker Competition". BBC Genome Project. BBC. Retrieved 24 February 2017.
  3. ^ http://cuetracker.net/tournaments/pot-black/1977/880