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The 1978 World Snooker Championship (also known as the 1978 Embassy World Snooker Championship for the purposes of sponsorship) was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 17 and 29 April 1978 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.

Embassy World Snooker Championship
Tournament information
Dates17–29 April 1978
VenueCrucible Theatre
CitySheffield
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£24,000[1]
Winner's share£7,500[1]
Highest breakEngland John Spencer (138)
Final
ChampionWales Ray Reardon
Runner-upSouth Africa Perrie Mans
Score25–18
1977
1979

The final was contested by Ray Reardon and Perrie Mans. Reardon led 5–2 after the first session, before Mans levelled the match at 8–8 after the first day's play. After the third interval Reardon led 12–11 and won the 24th frame with a 64 break to lead 13–11. After the second day Reardon led 18–14, and eventually won the match 25–18. Reardon became the oldest winner of the World Championship aged 45 years and 203 days this passed the previous record of Joe Davis who was aged 45 years and 33 days in 1946. This record still stands to this day.[2] This was Reardon's sixth and last world title.[3][4] The tournament was sponsored by cigarette manufacturer Embassy.

Tournament summaryEdit

Prize fundEdit

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[10]

  • Winner: £7,500
  • Runner-up: £3,500
  • Third place: £2,500
  • Fourth place: £2,000
  • Quarter-final: £1,000
  • Last 16: £500
  • Highest break: £500
  • Maximum break: £10,000
  • Total: £24,000

Main drawEdit

Numbers in (parentheses) indicate seedings.

Sources:[1][11][12]

 
Last 16
Best of 25 frames
Quarter-finals
Best of 25 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 35 frames
Final
Best of 49 frames
 
              
 
18, 19 & 20 April
 
 
  John Spencer (1)8
 
21 & 22 April
 
  Perrie Mans13
 
  Perrie Mans13
 
19 & 20 April
 
  Graham Miles (8)7
 
  Graham Miles (8)13
 
24, 25 & 26 April
 
  David Taylor10
 
  Perrie Mans18
 
18 & 19 April
 
  Fred Davis16
 
  Alex Higgins (5)12
 
21 & 22 April
 
  Patsy Fagan13
 
  Patsy Fagan10
 
20 & 21 April
 
  Fred Davis13
 
  Dennis Taylor (4)9
 
27, 28 & 29 April
 
  Fred Davis13
 
  Perrie Mans18
 
17, 18 & 19 April
 
  Ray Reardon (2)25
 
  Eddie Charlton (3)13
 
20, 21 & 22 April
 
  Willie Thorne12
 
  Eddie Charlton (3)13
 
17 & 18 April
 
  Cliff Thorburn (6)12
 
  Cliff Thorburn (6)13
 
23, 24 & 25 April
 
  Pat Houlihan8
 
  Eddie Charlton (3)14
 
17, 18 & 19 April
 
  Ray Reardon (2)18 Third place
Best of 13 frames
 
  John Pulman (7)4
 
21 & 22 April 27 & 28 April
 
  Bill Werbeniuk13
 
  Bill Werbeniuk6  Fred Davis3
 
17 & 18 April
 
  Ray Reardon (2)13   Eddie Charlton (3)7
 
  Ray Reardon (2)13
 
 
  Doug Mountjoy9
 

QualifyingEdit

Century breaksEdit

There were seven century breaks at championship, the highest being 138 by John Spencer.[13][14][15][16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "World Championship 1978". Global Snooker. Archived from the original on 2012-02-22. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  2. ^ "April 29 down the years: The greatest Crucible final". ESPN. Archived from the original on 1 December 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
  3. ^ Turner, Chris. "World Professional Championship". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 16 April 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2011.
  4. ^ "Reardon v Mans".
  5. ^ a b Kastner, Hugo. "Snooker – Spieler, Regeln & Rekorde (May 2011 update)" (PDF) (in German). Archived (PDF) from the original on 27 May 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
  6. ^ Dee, John. "O'Sullivan must combat curse of the Crucible". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 15 May 2012.
  7. ^ Turner, Chris. "Various Snooker Records". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 10 February 2013. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  8. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 134.
  9. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 143.
  10. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 130.
  11. ^ "Embassy World Championship". Snooker Scene. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  12. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. pp. 6–7.
  13. ^ Kastner, Hugo. "Snooker – Spieler, Regeln & Rekorde (May 2011 update)" (PDF) (in German). Archived (PDF) from the original on 27 May 2012. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
  14. ^ "2004 Embassy World Championship Information". Global Snooker Centre. Archived from the original on 8 December 2004. Retrieved 9 May 2012.
  15. ^ "Crucible Centuries". Snooker.org. Archived from the original on 23 May 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  16. ^ Downer, Chris (2012). Crucible Almanac. p. 146.