1997 Seniors Pot Black
The 1997 Seniors Pot Black was a one-off invitational snooker tournament of the popular series Pot Black. Recording took place during early 1997 and broadcast in March. The tournament was held at Goodwood House in Chichester, Sussex. It featured 12 veteran players in a knock-out system both aged over 40. All matches until the final were one-frame shoot-outs and the final being contested over the best of three frames.
|Dates||Early 1997 (broadcast 3-14 March 1997)|
|Highest break||Joe Johnson (57)|
Broadcasts were shown on teatime daily on BBC2 and the series started at 17:30 on Monday 3 March 1997. David Vine presented the programme and Ted Lowe and Clive Everton were the commentators while there were more referees in this event than previously. Alan Chamberian and John Newton joined long time referee John Williams.
The players were all over 40 years of age. Some had retired from the game and some were still competing in tournaments. All the previous Pot Black champions over 40 were there including Ray Reardon, John Spencer and Eddie Charlton. Joe Johnson who never competed in any previous series of Pot Black won the title beating Terry Griffiths 2–0 to become the only champion of Seniors Pot Black.
|Player 1||Score||Player 2||Broadcast Date|
|John Spencer||47–74||Dennis Taylor||3 March 1997|
|Ray Reardon||80–46||Willie Thorne||4 March 1997|
|Perrie Mans||30–87||Joe Johnson||5 March 1997|
|Graham Miles||75–26||Rex Williams||6 March 1997|
|Quarter-finals (7-11 March 1997)||Semi-finals (12-13 March 1997)||Final (14 March 1997)|
|Dennis Taylor||101||Dennis Taylor||6|
|Eddie Charlton||31||Joe Johnson||112|
|Joe Johnson||50||Joe Johnson||2|
|Cliff Thorburn||33||Terry Griffiths||0|
|Graham Miles||63||Graham Miles||5|
|Terry Griffiths||95||Terry Griffiths||111|
|Final: Best of 3 frames.|
Goodwood House, Chichester, England, Early 1997 (Broadcast 14 March 1997).
|Terry Griffiths |
- "BBC Television – 3 March 1997 – Seniors Pot Black". BBC Genome Project. BBC. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
- "BBC Television – 14 March 1997 – Seniors Pot Black". BBC Genome Project. BBC. Retrieved 1 March 2017.