Raymond Reardon, MBE (born 8 October 1932) is a Welsh retired professional snooker player. He turned professional in 1967 at the age of 35 and dominated the sport in the 1970s, winning the World Snooker Championship six times and winning more than a dozen other tournaments. Reardon was world champion in 1970, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976 and 1978, and runner-up in 1982. He won the inaugural Pot Black tournament in 1969, the 1976 Masters and the 1982 Professional Players Tournament.

Ray Reardon
Born (1932-10-08) 8 October 1932 (age 89)
Tredegar, Monmouthshire, Wales
Sport countryWales[1]
Highest ranking1 (1976–1981, 1982–1983)
Tournament wins
World Champion

Reardon was the first player to be ranked "world number one" when world rankings were introduced during the 1976–77 season, a position that he held for the next five years. He regained the top ranking position in 1982, after which his form declined and he dropped out of the elite top-16 ranked players after the 1986–87 season. Reardon retired from professional competition in 1991.

He remained one of snooker's top players into his 50s, setting a number of records. In 1978, Reardon became the oldest world snooker champion at the age of 45 years and 203 days, a record that lasted until 2022 when Ronnie O'Sullivan won the title aged 46 years and 148 days.[2][3] Reardon is still the oldest player to win a ranking event, which he accomplished in 1982, aged 50 years and 14 days. His highest break in competition was 146. He worked with O'Sullivan in a coaching role, helping him to win the 2004 World Snooker Championship. Reardon's dark widow's peak and sharp-toothed grin earned him the nickname "Dracula".

Early lifeEdit

Reardon was born on 8 October 1932, in the coal mining community of Tredegar in Monmouthshire, Wales.[1] When eight years old, he was introduced to a version of snooker by his uncle, and by the age of ten he was practising cue sports twice-weekly at Tredegar Workmen's Institute as well as on a scaled-down billiard table at home. He primarily played English billiards rather than snooker, which, according to authors Luke Williams and Paul Gadsby, helped improve his control of the cue ball and his potting.[4] At the age of 14, following in the footsteps of his father, Reardon turned down a place at a grammar school to become a miner at Ty Trist Colliery. He wore white gloves whilst mining, to protect his hands for snooker.[4]

After a rockfall in which he was buried for three hours, he quit mining and in 1960 became a police officer when his family moved to Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire, England.[4][5]

Amateur snooker careerEdit

In 1949, Reardon won the News of the World Amateur title, and was awarded an ash cue stick, which was presented to him by Joe Davis. Reardon used this cue for almost 30 years until it came apart shortly after the 1978 World Championship final.[6] He reached the final of the 1949–50 under-19 Junior championship, losing 2–3 to Jack Carney.[7] Reardon first won the Welsh Amateur Championship in 1950, defeating the defending champion John Ford 5–3 in the final,[8] and he retained the title every year until 1955.[9] He reached the final of the 1956 English Amateur Championship, where he led Tommy Gordon 7–3 after the first day, but lost the tip from his cue early on the second day and was defeated 9–11.[10]

Reardon played a fellow Tredegar resident, Cliff Wilson, in a succession of money matches and faced him a number of times in amateur tournaments.[11][12] Their contests attracted hundreds of spectators and in his 1979 book, The Story of Billiards and Snooker, Clive Everton describes them as "modern snooker's nearest equivalent to a bare knuckle prize fight."[13]

After losing in the first round of the 1957 English Amateur Championship, Reardon decided to take some time out from competitive snooker to work on improving his game. He next entered the championship in 1964, when he won the title by defeating John Spencer 11–8 in the final.[14] This victory led to an invitation to tour South Africa with Jonathan Barron, which proved so successful that Reardon was offered the opportunity to return and tour again as a professional. Based on this offer, he resigned from the police force and turned professional in 1967.[10][15][16]

Professional careerEdit

Six times world snooker championEdit

Reardon's first appearance at the World Snooker Championship was in 1969 in a quarter-final against Fred Davis in Stoke-on-Trent.[17] The match featured lengthy tactical exchanges between the players, resulting in some of the longest sessions ever recorded in world championship play. Neither player was ahead by more than two frames until Reardon won the 27th frame to lead 15–12, after which Davis won six successive frames. The pair were level again at 24–24 in the best-of-49-frames contest, so the match went to a deciding frame. In the 49th frame, Davis compiled a break of 52 and accrued further points in subsequent visits to the table, leaving Reardon with no option but to concede the frame at 64 points behind with one red ball remaining.[18][19] In July 1969, the BBC began broadcasting Pot Black, a competition of one-frame matches which became popular with viewers and enhanced the profile and earning power of the participants. Reardon won the first series by defeating Spencer 88–29 in the final.[20]

In London in April 1970, Reardon won the World Championship for the first time, defeating Davis in the quarter-finals, Spencer in the semi-finals, and John Pulman 37–33 in the final, having led 27–14 before Pulman reduced the lead to one frame at 34–33.[20][21] At the next world championship, played in Australia in November 1970, Reardon topped the round-robin group after winning all four of his matches,[22] which qualified him for a place in the semi-finals, where Spencer established a winning margin against him at 25–7 and finished the match 34–15 ahead after dead frames.[23][24] Reardon won the October 1971 edition of the Park Drive 2000, defeating Spencer 4–3 in the final after placing second in the round-robin stage (behind Spencer who had placed first). In the Spring 1972 edition, he made a break of 146 in the round-robin, which was the highest-ever break in competitive play at that time.[25] This remained the highest official break of Reardon's career,[26] as he never achieved a maximum break of 147 in tournament play.[27]

At the 1972 World Championship, Reardon lost his first match 22–25 to Rex Williams in the quarter-finals.[28] He reached the final of the 1973 World Championship in Manchester, beating Jim Meadowcroft 16–10, and Spencer 23–22 (having trailed 10–12). He lost the first seven frames of the final to Eddie Charlton, but took 17 of the next 23 to hold a four-frame advantage at 17–13 and then moved further ahead into a 27–25 lead. At this point in the match, he complained to the organisers about the television lighting reflecting on the object balls; when his complaint was not resolved by the organisers, he approached the tournament sponsors and threatened to withdraw from the competition, after which the lighting was changed. Reardon was ahead 31–29 going into the last day, and won 38–32 to claim his second world title.[28][29]

He successfully defended the title in 1974, defeating Meadowcroft 15–3, Marcus Owen 15–11 and Davis 15–3 before beating Graham Miles 22–12 in the final.[28] In a post-match interview, Reardon suggested that he had not played "any better than mediocre" in the final, but that Miles had not created any pressure for him. He added that "I don't feel the elation that I felt at winning last year."[30][31] He also won the 1974 Pontins Professional, leading 9–4 in the final and winning it 10–9 after Spencer took five consecutive frames to force a deciding frame.[32]

In 1975, Reardon reached the final of the inaugural Masters by winning 5–4 on the pink ball against Williams in the semi-final, but lost the final 8–9 to Spencer on a re-spotted black.[33] At the 1975 World Championship in Australia, he won a tough quarter-final against Spencer, 19–17, and then eliminated Alex Higgins 19–14 in the semi-finals to meet Charlton in the final. Reardon was leading 16–8, but Charlton won the following nine frames and then went ahead 28–23 before Reardon pulled back seven of the next eight frames to lead 30–29. Charlton took the 60th frame to tie the match but Reardon won the vital 61st frame to secure the world title for the third successive year.[33] A week later, at Pontins in Prestatyn, Wales, he retained the Professional title and won the Spring Open title.[33]

Reardon won the Masters in January 1976, beating Miles 7–3 in the final.[34] He had earned his place in the final by defeating Pulman 4–1 in the quarter-finals, in a match where the highest break (compiled by Pulman) was only 22, and then Charlton 5–4 in the semi-finals.[35]

He won his fifth world title in 1976, defeating John Dunning 15–7, Dennis Taylor 15–2 and Perrie Mans 20–10. During the final in Manchester against Higgins, Reardon complained about the television lighting (which was changed), the quality of the table (to which adjustments were subsequently made), and the referee (who was replaced). Higgins led in the early stages of the match, but Reardon recovered to 15–13 before winning 12 of the next 15 frames for a 27–16 victory.[28][36] He also won the 1976 World Professional Match-play Championship in Australia, defeating the event's promoter Charlton 31–24 in the final.[37]

He reached the final of the 1977 Masters, after progressing past Williams in the quarter-finals (4–1) and Miles in the semi-finals (5–2), but lost 6–7 to Doug Mountjoy.[38] He was also runner-up at the 1977 Benson & Hedges Ireland Tournament, losing 2–5 to Higgins.[39] Reardon's successful run at the World Championship ended in 1977 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield,[a] when he lost to Spencer in the quarter-finals 6–13; it was his first defeat at the World Championship since his quarter-final loss to Williams in 1972.[28]

Reardon regained the world title in 1978 in Sheffield, winning it for the sixth and final time, by beating Mountjoy 13–9 (after trailing 2–7), Bill Werbeniuk 13–6, Charlton 18–14, and Mans 25–18 in the final.[40] Aged 45 years and 203 days, Reardon became the oldest winner of the World Championship.[41][42] Shortly after establishing this record, he regained the Pontins Professional title, taking it for the fourth time in five years, by defeating Spencer 7–2 in the final.[43] In the same year, his old rival from Tredegar, Wilson, won the World Amateur Championship.[44]

Later professional careerEdit

Toward the end of 1978, Reardon beat Patsy Fagan 6–1 and Higgins 11–9 to win the one-off "Champion of Champions" event sponsored by the Daily Mirror and held at the Wembley Conference Centre.[45] He also won the 1979 Forward Chemicals Tournament.[39]

He regained his Pot Black title in 1979 by defeating Mountjoy 2–1 in the final. This was Reardon's first win since he won the inaugural event in 1969, although he was runner-up in 1970, 1972 and 1980.[46] At the 1979 World Championship, he lost to Dennis Taylor in the quarter-finals, and was eliminated by David Taylor at the same stage in 1980. He progressed one stage further in 1981, beating Spencer 13–11 and Werbeniuk 13–10 before being defeated by Mountjoy in the semi-finals. Mountjoy scored a championship record break of 145 during the match, which he won 16–10.[47]

Reardon joined with Mountjoy and the reigning World Champion, Terry Griffiths, to win the first World Challenge Cup for Wales, defeating England (Fred Davis, Spencer and Miles) 14–3 in the final. The same Wales team retained the title in 1980.[48]

At the 1982 Highland Masters, Reardon whitewashed Steve Davis 6–0 in the semi-finals before winning the event with an 11–4 defeat of Spencer in the final.[39] He reached the world championship final in 1982, losing to Higgins 15–18. En route to the final, he defeated Jim Donnelly (10–5), John Virgo (13–8), Silvino Francisco (13–8), and Charlton, in the semi-finals, by 16–11 after winning five successive frames from 11-all to win.[39][49] In the final, Reardon built a 5–3 lead, but was behind 7–10 at the end of the first day. He later levelled the match at 15–15, but Higgins won the last three frames to claim the title.[50]

For the 1982–83 season, Reardon returned to number one in the world rankings, which at the time was only based on performances at the World Championships over previous years.[51] He won the Professional Players Tournament in late 1982, beating Jimmy White 10–5 in the final,[52] reached the final of the Benson & Hedges Masters, losing 7–9 to Cliff Thorburn,[39] and won the 1983 International Masters, where he defeated Davis 2–1 in the semi-final group stages, before prevailing 9–6 against White in the final, having trailed 3–5.[53] At the Professional Players Tournament, Reardon set a record as the oldest winner of a ranking tournament at the age of 50 years and 14 days.[41] He also regained the Welsh Professional Title, eliminating Griffiths 9–4 and Mountjoy 9–1 in the semi-final and final respectively.[54] At the 1983 World Snooker Championship, he lost 12–13 in the second round to Tony Knowles, and at the 1984 Championship he reached the quarter-finals, where he was eliminated 2–13 by Kirk Stevens.[39]

Reardon first wore spectacles in a match at the 1985 British Open. He lost 4–5 to Dave Martin after leading 4–1.[55] He reached the semi-finals of the 1985 World Snooker Championship (playing with unassisted vision), where he lost 5–16 to Davis.[56] He lost to John Campbell in the first round of the 1986 World Snooker Championship, and to Davis in the second round in 1987.[39]

After dropping out of the top-16 rankings in 1987,[57] Reardon whitewashed Davis 5–0 in the third round of the 1988 British Open, using his old cue (encouraged to rebuild it by Davis) with which he had won his world titles. However, in the next round, playing under TV lighting, he suffered a drying of contact lenses (which he started using in 1987) and lost 2–5 to David Roe, having led 2–1.[58][59]

Retirement and legacyEdit

Reardon played his last competitive ranking match in the second qualifying round for the 1991 World Snooker Championship. He was defeated 5–10 by Jason Prince, losing three frames on the black. Afterward, Reardon announced that "there was no bitterness on [his] part" but that he would not be returning. Having slipped to 127th in the provisional ranking, and now aged 58, Reardon called a halt to his playing career, mentioning that he had not entered any tournaments for the following season because the qualifying event dates clashed with his exhibition commitments on the holiday camp circuit, but adding that "even if it were feasible, I wouldn't play" except in invitation or seniors events.[60] He later played in the 2000 World Seniors Masters where he lost his opening one-frame match 46–69 to Miles.[61] He advised Ronnie O'Sullivan on his way to his 2004 World Championship victory, giving him psychological and tactical help.[62]

When the snooker world rankings were introduced in 1976, Reardon was the first to claim the position of number-one, retaining it until 1981/1982.[1] His win in the 1982 Professional Players Tournament at the age of 50 contributed to his recapturing the world number one position in the first set of rankings to be calculated on tournaments other than the World Championship.[63] Reardon and Spencer were the first players to exploit the commercial opportunities made available by the increasing interest in snooker in the early 1970s.[64] After winning Pot Black in 1969 and the world title in 1970, Reardon took up offers for exhibition matches and holiday camp exhibition engagements.[51] However, Everton and Gordon Burn (1986) have both noted that Reardon's peak as a player pre-dated the real boom in snooker that happened in the 1980s.[10][65]

In January 1976, Reardon appeared on This is Your Life, with guests including Spencer, Charlton, Higgins, Pulman, Miles, Thorburn, Jackie Rea and Joyce Gardner.[66] Reardon's prominent eye teeth and widow's peak led to him being nicknamed "Dracula".[67][68] The sobriquet was first used by Paul Daniels after Reardon appeared on one of Daniels's television shows.[69] Everton has described Reardon in his early career as a "deadly long potter", and praised his "the nerve with which he identified and seizes frame winning openings."[56] Jack Karnehm wrote that Reardon achieved "complete and utter dominance of the game" by 1976, and "had a determination and will to win unequalled since the heyday of Joe Davis."[70] Williams and Gadsby describe Reardon as "without doubt the most successful snooker player of the 1970s" and claim "he set new standards for mental fortitude" in the game.[71]

Davis saw Reardon play at Pontins in Prestatyn in 1975, and incorporated elements that he had observed in Reardon into his own game: a pause before hitting the cue ball, and his approach. Burn wrote "Ray Reardon behaved as if he thought he was special. And Steve — with a little encouragement from [his manager] Barry [Hearn] — decided that was how he was going to behave from now on."[72] However, Davis said that he lost some respect for Reardon when as a new professional, he experienced Reardon asking for the pack of red balls to be re-racked six times as he claimed that the referee had not placed them correctly. Davis, unsettled by what he felt might be gamesmanship on Reardon's part, and lost the match 0–4.[73] Spencer stated in his autobiography that he was never friendly with Reardon, and said that Reardon "was the sort of person who could laugh 24 hours a day if it was to his advantage."[74]

Reardon was awarded the MBE in 1985.[56] He resides in Devon[26] and is currently the president of the golf club in Churston.[75][76] He made a playing appearance at a Snooker Legends evening in Plymouth in July 2010.[77] The Welsh Open trophy was renamed the Ray Reardon Trophy in his honour, starting with the 2017 edition of the tournament.[78]

Performance and rankings timelineEdit

Tournament 1968/
Ranking No ranking system 1 1 1 1 1 4 1 2 5 6 15 38 40 54 73 [57]
Ranking tournaments
Grand Prix[nb 1] Tournament Not Held W 3R 3R 1R 1R 1R LQ A LQ [39]
Asian Open[nb 2] Tournament Not Held Non-Ranking Event Not Held A LQ [39]
Dubai Classic[nb 3] Tournament Not Held NR A LQ [39]
UK Championship Tournament Not Held Non-Ranking Event QF 2R 2R 1R 1R LQ LQ [39]
Classic Tournament Not Held Non-Ranking Event 1R QF 1R 1R 1R 2R LQ A [39]
British Open[nb 4] Tournament Not Held Non-Ranking Event 2R 1R 2R 2R 1R LQ A [39]
European Open Tournament Not Held 1R A LQ [39]
World Championship Non-Ranking Event W W W QF W QF QF SF F 2R QF SF 1R 2R LQ LQ LQ LQ [39]
Non-ranking tournaments
Scottish Masters Tournament Not Held QF QF A A A A A NH A A [39]
European Grand Masters Tournament Not Held F [79]
The Masters Tournament Not Held F W F SF SF SF QF QF F QF QF 1R 1R A A A A [39]
Irish Masters[nb 5] Tournament Not Held A A F SF F RR F SF F QF 1R 1R A A A A A [39]
Welsh Professional Championship Tournament Not Held W NH F W SF W SF SF QF QF QF QF QF QF [39]
Professional Snooker League[nb 6] Tournament Not Held RR Not Held A A A A A [80]
Pontins Professional Tournament Not Held W W W RR W SF F QF F F SF SF QF A A A A A [39]
Former ranking tournaments
Canadian Masters[nb 7] Tournament Not Held Non-Ranking Tournament Not Held Non-Ranking 1R Not Held [39]
International Open[nb 8] Tournament Not Held NR 2R 2R 2R 1R 2R 1R 1R A NH [39]
Former non-ranking tournaments
Stratford Professional Not Held F A A Tournament Not Held [81]
Park Drive 2000 (Spring) Not Held A RR Tournament Not Held [25]
Park Drive 2000 (Autumn) Not Held W RR Tournament Not Held [25]
Men of the Midlands Not Held SF F Tournament Not Held [82]
World Championship QF W SF QF W Ranking Event [28]
World Masters Tournament Not Held RR Tournament Not Held [83]
Norwich Union Open Tournament Not Held A F Tournament Not Held [39]
Watney Open Tournament Not Held SF Tournament Not Held [39]
Canadian Club Masters Tournament Not Held F Tournament Not Held [84]
World Matchplay Championship Tournament Not Held F Tournament Not Held [39]
Dry Blackthorn Cup Tournament Not Held SF Tournament Not Held [85]
Holsten Lager International Tournament Not Held QF Tournament Not Held [86]
Forward Chemicals Tournament Tournament Not Held W Tournament Not Held [39]
Golden Masters Tournament Not Held F W Tournament Not Held [87]
Kronenbrau 1308 Classic Tournament Not Held F Tournament Not Held [88]
Champion of Champions Tournament Not Held W NH RR Tournament Not Held [39][89]
International Open[nb 9] Tournament Not Held 2R Ranking Event NH [39]
Highland Masters Tournament Not Held W Tournament Not Held [90]
Australian Masters[nb 10] Tournament Not Held A A A RR A A A A A NH A NH [91]
Classic Tournament Not Held A SF SF 1R Ranking Event [39][92]
Tolly Cobbold Classic Tournament Not Held F A A A QF A Tournament Not Held [39][93]
UK Championship Tournament Not Held 2R 2R A SF QF SF QF Ranking Event [39]
British Open[nb 11] Tournament Not Held F RR RR W 2R Ranking Event [39]
KitKat Break for World Champions Tournament Not Held QF Tournament Not Held [39]
Pot Black W F A F ?? ?? ?? 2R RR SF W F SF RR F 1R 1R QF Tournament Not Held [94][95]
Belgian Classic Tournament Not Held QF Tournament Not Held [39]
Canadian Masters[nb 12] Tournament Not Held A A A SF A A A Tournament Not Held SF A A R Not Held [39]
Performance Table Legend
LQ lost in the qualifying draw #R lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
QF lost in the quarter-finals
SF lost in the semi-finals F lost in the final W won the tournament
DNQ did not qualify for the tournament A did not participate in the tournament ?? no reliable source available
NH / Not Held means an event was not held.
NR / Non-Ranking Event means an event is/was no longer a ranking event.
R / Ranking Event means an event is/was a ranking event.
  1. ^ The event was also called the Professional Players Tournament (1982/93–1983/1984)
  2. ^ The event was also called the Thailand Masters (1983/1984–1986/1987)
  3. ^ The event was also called the Dubai Masters (1988/1989)
  4. ^ The event was also called the British Gold Cup (1979/1980), Yamaha Organs Trophy (1980/1981) and International Masters (1981/1982–1983/1984)
  5. ^ The event was also called the Benson & Hedges Ireland Tournament (1974/1975–1976/1977)
  6. ^ The event was later called the Premier League
  7. ^ The event was also called the Canadian Open (1978/1979–1980/1981)
  8. ^ The event was also called the Goya Matchroom Trophy (1985/1986)
  9. ^ The event was also called the Goya Matchroom Trophy (1985/1986)
  10. ^ The event was also called the Hong Kong Open (1989/1990) and Australian Open (1994/1995)
  11. ^ The event was also called the British Gold Cup (1979/1980), Yamaha Organs Trophy (1980/1981) and International Masters (1981/1982–1983/1984)
  12. ^ The event was also called the Canadian Open (1978/1979–1980/1981)

Career finalsEdit

Sources for the ranking and non-ranking final results can be found in the Performance timeline section above.

Ranking finals: 6 (5 titles)Edit

World Championship (4–1)
Other (1–0)
Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 1974 World Championship (3)   Graham Miles 22–12
Winner 2. 1975 World Championship (4)   Eddie Charlton 31–30
Winner 3. 1976 World Championship (5)   Alex Higgins 27–16
Winner 4. 1978 World Championship (6)   Perrie Mans 25–18
Runner-up 1. 1982 World Championship   Alex Higgins 15–18
Winner 5. 1982 Professional Players Tournament   Jimmy White 10–5

Non-ranking finals: 44 (19 titles)Edit

World Championship (2–0)[b]
The Masters (1–3)
Other (15–22)
Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 1969 Pot Black   John Spencer 1–0
Runner-up 1. 1970 Pot Black   John Spencer 0–1
Winner 2. 1970 World Championship   John Pulman 37–33
Runner-up 2. 1970 Stratford Professional   Gary Owen 4–6
Winner 3. 1971 Park Drive 600   John Spencer 4–0
Winner 4. 1971 Park Drive 2000 – Autumn   John Spencer 4–3
Runner-up 3. 1972 Pot Black (2)   Eddie Charlton 0–1
Runner-up 4. 1973 Men of the Midlands   Alex Higgins 3–5
Winner 5. 1973 World Championship (2)   Eddie Charlton 38–32
Winner 6. 1974 Pontins Professional   John Spencer 10–9
Runner-up 5. 1974 Norwich Union Open   John Spencer 9–10
Runner-up 6. 1975 The Masters   John Spencer 8–9
Winner 7. 1975 Pontins Professional (2)   John Spencer 10–4
Winner 8. 1976 The Masters   Graham Miles 7–3
Winner 9. 1976 Pontins Professional (3)   Fred Davis 10–9
Runner-up 7. 1976 Canadian Club Masters   Alex Higgins 4–6
Runner-up 8. 1976 World Professional Match-play Championship   Eddie Charlton 24–31
Runner-up 9. 1977 The Masters (2)   Doug Mountjoy 6–7
Winner 10. 1977 Welsh Professional Championship   Doug Mountjoy 12–8
Runner-up 10. 1977 Benson & Hedges Ireland Tournament   Alex Higgins 3–5
Winner 11. 1978 Pontins Professional (4)   John Spencer 7–2
Runner-up 11. 1978 Golden Masters   Doug Mountjoy 2–4
Winner 12. 1978 Champion of Champions   Alex Higgins 11–9
Winner 13. 1978 Pot Black (2)   Doug Mountjoy 2–1
Winner 14. 1979 Forward Chemicals Tournament   John Spencer 9–6
Runner-up 12. 1979 Irish Masters   Doug Mountjoy 5–6
Runner-up 13. 1979 Tolly Cobbold Classic   Alex Higgins 4–5
Winner 15. 1979 Golden Masters   Graham Miles 4–2
Runner-up 14. 1979 Kronenbrau 1308 Classic   Eddie Charlton 4–7
Runner-up 15. 1980 Pot Black (3)   Eddie Charlton 1–2
Runner-up 16. 1980 Welsh Professional Championship   Doug Mountjoy 6–9
Runner-up 17. 1980 British Gold Cup   Alex Higgins 1–5
Runner-up 18. 1980 Pontins Professional   John Virgo 6–9
Winner 16. 1981 Welsh Professional Championship (2)   Cliff Wilson 9–6
Runner-up 19. 1981 Irish Masters (2)   Terry Griffiths 7–9
Winner 17. 1982 Highland Masters   John Spencer 11–4
Runner-up 20. 1982 Pontins Professional (2)   Steve Davis 4–9
Runner-up 21. 1983 Pot Black (4)   Steve Davis 0–2
Runner-up 22. 1983 The Masters (3)   Cliff Thorburn 7–9
Winner 18. 1983 Welsh Professional Championship   Doug Mountjoy 9–1
Winner 19. 1983 International Masters   Jimmy White 9–6
Runner-up 23. 1983 Irish Masters (3)   Steve Davis 2–9
Runner-up 24. 1983 Pontins Professional (3)   Doug Mountjoy 7–9
Runner-up 25. 1990 European Grand Masters   Martin Clark 2–4

Team finals: 6 (3 titles)Edit

Outcome No. Year Championship Team/partner Opponent(s) in the final Score Ref.
Winner 1. 1975 Ladbroke International Rest of the World   England Cumulative score [96]
Winner 2. 1979 World Challenge Cup   Wales   England 14–3 [48]
Winner 3. 1980 World Challenge Cup (2)   Wales   Canada 8–5 [48]
Runner-up 1. 1981 World Team Classic   Wales   England 3–4 [48]
Runner-up 2. 1983 World Team Classic (2)   Wales   England 2–4 [48]
Runner-up 3. 1985 World Doubles Championship   Tony Jones   Steve Davis
  Tony Meo
5–12 [97]

Pro-am finals: 3 (1 title)Edit

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score[94]
Winner 1. 1975 Pontins Spring Open   John Virgo 7–1
Runner-up 1. 1982 Pontins Spring Open   John Parrott 4–7
Runner-up 2. 1983 Pontins Spring Open (2)   Terry Griffiths 3–7

Amateur finals: 8 (7 titles)Edit

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score Ref.
Winner 1. 1950 Welsh Amateur Championship   John Ford (WAL) 5–3 [8]
Winner 2. 1951 Welsh Amateur Championship (2)   Richie Smith (WAL) 5–2 [98]
Winner 3. 1952 Welsh Amateur Championship (3)   John Ford (WAL) 5–3 [9]
Winner 4. 1953 Welsh Amateur Championship (4)   Aubrey Kemp (WAL) 5–3 [9]
Winner 5. 1954 Welsh Amateur Championship (5)   John Ford (WAL) [9]
Winner 6. 1955 Welsh Amateur Championship (6)   John Ford (WAL) 5–2 [99]
Runner-up 1. 1956 English Amateur Championship   Tommy Gordon (ENG) 9–11 [100]
Winner 7. 1964 English Amateur Championship   John Spencer (ENG) 11–8 [100]


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  2. ^ The World Championship did not become a ranking event until 1974.


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