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The 1980 Pot Black was a professional invitational snooker tournament, which was held in the Pebble Mill Studios in Birmingham. 8 players were competing in 2 four player groups. The matches were now only one-frame shoot-outs in the group stages, 2 frame aggregate scores in the semi-finals and the best of 3 frames in the final.

Pot Black 80
Tournament information
Dateslate December 1979 (Broadcast 4 January – 18 April 1980)
VenuePebble Mill Studios
CityBirmingham
CountryEngland
FormatNon-Ranking event
Winner's share£2000
Highest breakNorthern Ireland Dennis Taylor (87)
Final
ChampionAustralia Eddie Charlton
Runner-upWales Ray Reardon
Score2–1
1979
1981

Broadcasts were on BBC2 and started at 21:00 on Friday 4 January 1980.[1] Alan Weeks presented the programme with Ted Lowe as commentator and Sydney Lee as referee.

The first programme of the series featured reigning Pot Black champion Ray Reardon playing again the current world champion Terry Griffiths making his Pot Black debut and Reardon went on to reach the final losing to Eddie Charlton 1-2 who himself won his third title equalling the record with John Spencer.[2][3]

Main drawEdit

Group 1Edit

Player 1 Score Player 2 Broadcast Date
  Ray Reardon 1–0   Terry Griffiths 4 January 1980
  John Spencer 0–1   Dennis Taylor 18 January 1980
  Ray Reardon 1–0   John Spencer 1 February 1980
  Terry Griffiths 0–1   Dennis Taylor 22 February 1980
  Terry Griffiths 0–1   John Spencer 29 February 1980
  Ray Reardon 0–1   Dennis Taylor 14 March 1980

Group 2Edit

Player 1 Score Player 2 Broadcast Date
  Doug Mountjoy 0–1   Graham Miles 11 January 1980
  Perrie Mans 0–1   Eddie Charlton 25 January 1980
  Doug Mountjoy 1–0   Perrie Mans 15 February 1980
  Graham Miles 0–1   Eddie Charlton 29 February 1980
  Doug Mountjoy 1–0   Eddie Charlton 7 March 1980
  Graham Miles 1–0   Perrie Mans 21 March 1980

Knockout stageEdit

  Semi-finals (28 March and 4 April 1980)     Final (18 April 1980)
                 
    Ray Reardon 1  
    Doug Mountjoy 0    
        Ray Reardon 1
        Eddie Charlton 2
    Eddie Charlton 1    
    Dennis Taylor 0   3rd place Play-off (11 April 1980)
 
  Doug Mountjoy 1
    Dennis Taylor 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "BBC Television – 4 January 1980 – Pot Black". BBC Genome Project. BBC. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  2. ^ "BBC Television – 18 April 1980 – Pot Black: BBC2 Knockout Snooker Competition". BBC Genome Project. BBC. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  3. ^ "CueTracker - 1980 Pot Black - Snooker Results & Statistics". cuetracker.net. Retrieved 25 February 2017.