1977 UK Championship

The 1977 UK Championship was a professional non-ranking snooker tournament that took place at the Tower Circus in Blackpool between 26 November and 3 December 1977.

1977 Super Crystalate UK Championship
Tournament information
Dates26 November – 3 December 1977 (1977-11-26 – 1977-12-03)
VenueTower Circus
CityBlackpool
CountryEngland
OrganisationWPBSA
FormatNon-ranking event
Total prize fund£7,000
Winner's share£2,000
Highest break Alex Higgins (NIR) (129)
Final
Champion Patsy Fagan (IRL)
Runner-up Doug Mountjoy (WAL)
Score12–9
1978

Mike Watterson instituted this new championship with sponsorship from manufacturers of the Super Crystalate balls.[1][2] The inaugural UK Championship was held in Blackpool, but the following year the tournament moved to the Guild Hall in Preston, where it remained for twenty years.[1]

The event was won by Patsy Fagan, a London-based Dubliner, who had been a professional for less than a year.[1][2] The final was televised and shown on BBC One's Grandstand programme.[3] Retired English snooker player Joe Davis presented Fagan with the trophy.[4]

Fagan earned £2,000 out of the £7,000 total prize money.[2]

Main drawEdit

[5][6][7][8][2]

Last 24
Best of 9 frames
Last 16
Best of 9 frames
Quarter-finals
Best of 9 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 17 frames
Final
Best of 23 frames
1   John Spencer (ENG) 3
10   Doug Mountjoy (WAL) 5 10   Doug Mountjoy 5
  Roy Andrewartha (WAL) 2 10   Doug Mountjoy 5
15   Willie Thorne 4
8   Rex Williams (ENG) 4
15   Willie Thorne (ENG) 5 15   Willie Thorne 5
  Bernard Bennett (ENG) 4 10   Doug Mountjoy 9
4   Alex Higgins 2
5   John Pulman (ENG) w/d
12   John Dunning (ENG) 5 12   John Dunning w/o
  Maurice Parkin (ENG) 4 12   John Dunning 0
4   Alex Higgins 5
4   Alex Higgins (NIR) 5
9   David Taylor (ENG) 5 9   David Taylor 4
  David Greaves (ENG) 4 10   Doug Mountjoy 9
14   Patsy Fagan 12
3   Dennis Taylor (NIR) 2
13   John Virgo (ENG) w/o 13   John Virgo 5
  John Barrie (ENG) w/d 13   John Virgo 5
6   Graham Miles 2
6   Graham Miles (ENG) 5
16   Jack Karnehm (ENG) 4   Chris Ross 1
  Chris Ross (SCO) 5 13   John Virgo 8
14   Patsy Fagan 9
7   Fred Davis (ENG) 0
14   Patsy Fagan (IRL) 5 14   Patsy Fagan 5
  Jackie Rea (NIR) 1 14   Patsy Fagan 5
11   Jim Meadowcroft 4
2   Ray Reardon (WAL) 4
11   Jim Meadowcroft (ENG) 5 11   Jim Meadowcroft 5
  Pat Houlihan (ENG) 4

FinalEdit

Final: Best of 23 frames. Referee: John Williams
Tower Circus, Blackpool, England, 2 and 3 December 1977.
Patsy Fagan
  Ireland
12–9 Doug Mountjoy
  Wales
First session: 57–21, 34–81, 48–47, 48–57, 40–68, 45–13, 68–31 (53), 64–57
Second session: 64–43 (57), 48–73, 52–79 (Fagan 52, Mountjoy 51), 38–73, 41–70, 98–0 (68), 58–57
Third session: 37–87, 34–72, 75–16 (53), 73–55 (52), 47–39, 80–28 (63)
68 Highest break 51
0 Century breaks 0
7 50+ breaks 1

Century breaksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Turner, Chris. "UK Championship". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d Everton, Clive (1985). Guinness Snooker - The Records. Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 60. ISBN 0851124488.
  3. ^ "Saturday TV". The Times (London). 3 December 1977. p. 10 – via The Times Digital Archive. Retrieved 24 November 2019.
  4. ^ 1977 UK Championships Final Patsy Fagan vs Doug Mountjoy rare snooker video. 18 minutes in. Retrieved 24 November 2019.
  5. ^ "1977 UK Championship Results". Snooker Database. Retrieved 13 October 2010.
  6. ^ "1977 UK Championship Results Grid". Snooker Database. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  7. ^ "UK Championship". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2011.
  8. ^ "1977 UK Championship". Global Snooker Centre. Archived from the original on 1 September 2006. Retrieved 21 May 2012.

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