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1980 Classic (1979/1980)

The 1980 Wilson's Classic (January) was the inaugural edition of the professional invitational snooker tournament, which took place on 7 and 8 January 1980. The tournament was played at the New Century Hall in Manchester, and featured eight professional players.

Wilson's Classic
Tournament information
Dates7–8 January 1980
VenueNew Century Hall
CityManchester
CountryEngland
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatNon-Ranking event
Total prize fund£8,900
Winner's share£?
Highest breakNorthern Ireland Alex Higgins (75)
Final
ChampionEngland John Spencer
Runner-upNorthern Ireland Alex Higgins
Score4–3
← First
1980 (December) →

John Spencer won the tournament, beating Alex Higgins 4–3 in the final.[1] A second Classic was staged in 1980 in December with Steve Davis winning the title.

Main drawEdit

[2]

Quarter-finals
Best of 3 frames
Semi-finals
Best of 3 frames
Final
Best of 7 frames
  Terry Griffiths 2
  Jim Meadowcroft 0   Terry Griffiths 0
  Alex Higgins 2   Alex Higgins 2
  Dennis Taylor 0   Alex Higgins 3
  John Spencer 2   John Spencer 4
  Graham Miles 0   John Spencer 2
  John Virgo 2   John Virgo 0
  Doug Mountjoy 0

FinalEdit

Final: Best of 7 frames. Referee: Jim Thorpe.
New Century Hall, Manchester, England, 8 January 1980.
Alex Higgins
  Northern Ireland
3–4 John Spencer
  England
46–64, 50–51, 102–39, 97(75)–19, 70 (52)–26, 29–67, 90(52)–30
75 Highest break 52
0 Century breaks 0
2 50+ breaks 1

Century breaksEdit

No centuries were made.
Highest break of the tournament:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Wilson's Classic, Lada Classic, Mercantile Credit Classic". Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  2. ^ "1980 Mercantile Credit Classic Results Grid". Snooker Database. Retrieved 18 January 2018.