2005 Northern Ireland Trophy

The 2005 Northern Ireland Trophy was the first edition of the Northern Ireland Trophy snooker tournament, held from 17 to 21 August 2005, at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Matthew Stevens defeated Stephen Hendry by nine frames to seven (9–7) in the final. Alan McManus made the highest break with 140. This was the only year the tournament was held as a non-ranking event; it would become a ranking tournament for the next three seasons.

Northern Ireland Trophy
Tournament information
Dates17–21 August 2005
VenueWaterfront Hall
CountryNorthern Ireland
Organisation(s)World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association
FormatNon-ranking event
Total prize fund£104,000
Winner's share£23,000
Highest breakScotland Alan McManus (140)
ChampionWales Matthew Stevens
Runner-upScotland Stephen Hendry
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The top 16 ranked players were invited, Paul Hunter and Stephen Lee did not participate. They were replaced by Ali Carter and 2005 World Champion Shaun Murphy. Northern Ireland players Mark Allen and Joe Swail were invited as wildcards along with Ding Junhui and Neil Robertson.

Prize fundEdit

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[1]

  • Winner: £23,000
  • Final: £12,000
  • Semi-final: £6,500
  • Quarter-final: £5,000
  • Last 16: £4,000
  • Wildcard round: £4,000

Players who entered as wildcards received less prize money: Robertson received £3,500 for reaching the semi-final, Allen and Swail received £2,000 for reaching the quarter-finals while Ding received £1,000 for reaching the last 16.

Wild-card roundEdit


Match Score
WC1   Steve Davis 0–4   Mark Allen
WC2   Ali Carter 0–4   Ding Junhui
WC3   Ian McCulloch 0–4   Neil Robertson
WC4   Joe Perry 1–4   Joe Swail

Main drawEdit


Last 16
Best of 7 frames
Best of 9 frames
Best of 11 frames
Best of 17 frames
  Ronnie O'Sullivan 2
  Joe Swail 4
  Joe Swail 1
  Alan McManus 5
  Peter Ebdon 0
  Alan McManus 4
  Alan McManus 3
  Stephen Hendry 6
  John Higgins 1
  Mark Allen 4
  Mark Allen 1
  Stephen Hendry 5
  Stephen Hendry 4
  Ding Junhui 2
  Stephen Hendry 7
  Matthew Stevens 9
  Matthew Stevens 4
  Ken Doherty 1
  Matthew Stevens 5
  Stephen Maguire 2
  Stephen Maguire 4
  Mark Williams 3
  Matthew Stevens 6
  Neil Robertson 4
  Jimmy White 2
  Neil Robertson 4
  Neil Robertson 4
  Shaun Murphy 3
  Graeme Dott 2
  Shaun Murphy 4