Snooker world rankings 1984/1985

Preceded by
1984/1985 Succeeded by

The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA), the governing body for professional snooker, first introduced a ranking system for professional players in 1976, with the aim of seeding players for the World Snooker Championship. The reigning champion would be automatically seeded first, the losing finalist from the previous year seeded second, and the other seedings based on the ranking list. Initially the rankings were based on performances in the preceding three world championships, with five points for the winner, four for the runner-up, three for losing semi-finalists, two for losing quarter-finalists, and on for losers in the last 16 round. Following the 1982 World Snooker Championship, the Jameson International and the Professional Players Tournament which were open to all members of the WPBSA. These events carried points as per the previous system. Points for World Championship finishes were now worth double the previous tariff, with ten points for the winner, eight for the runner up, and so on. In the 1983–84 snooker season, the Lada Classic was added as a ranking tournament, and "merit points" were introduced. Merit points were awarded to players who were required to compete in qualifying rounds of ranking tournaments who reached the last 32, with a full merit point awarded if this was achieved in the world championship, and half a merit point otherwise.[1]:107[2] No points were awarded to a player who did not win any matches in a given tournament: for example, a top 16 player seeded into the last 32 of the world championship would not win any merit points if they lost their first match.[3]

The tournaments that counted towards the 1984/1985 rankings were those which were open to all professional players over three seasons. These tournaments were the Jameson International Open 1982 and 1983, the Professional Players Tournament 1982 and 1983, the 1984 Lada Classic, and the 1982, 1983 and 1984 Embassy World Championships. Steve Davis was ranked first with 32 points, some way ahead of Tony Knowles in second place with 21, Cliff Thorburn (3rd, with 20) and Kirk Stevens (4th, with 19). John Virgo, who did not win any ranking points in the 1983–1984 season was the only player to lose their place in the top 16 from the previous year. Willie Thorne joined the top 16.[3] The Coral Open and Dulux British Open were added for to the ranking list with effect from the 1984–85 season, which meant that performances in those events were taken into account for the 1985/1986 rankings. In the same season, due to changes in sponsors, the Professional Players Tournament became the Rothmans Grand Prix, and the Lada Classic became the Mercantile Credit Classic.[1]

The world rankings for the 61 professional snooker players in the 1984–85 season are listed below.

Points TariffEdit

World Championship Other Ranking Tournaments
Champion 10 5
Runner-up 8 4
Losing semi-finalist 6 3
Losing Quarter-finalist 4 2
Last 16 Loser 2 1
Last 32 Loser 1 merit point 0.5 merit point


No. 1: Steve Davis
Born (1957-08-22) August 22, 1957 (age 63)
Sport country  England
Highest ranking1
No. 2: Tony Knowles
Born (1955-06-13) June 13, 1955 (age 65)
Sport country  England
Highest ranking2
No. 3: Cliff Thorburn
Born (1948-01-16) January 16, 1948 (age 73)
Sport country  Canada
Highest ranking1
No.[4][5][6] Name Nationality
1 Steve Davis   England
2 Tony Knowles   England
3 Cliff Thorburn   Canada
4 Kirk Stevens   Canada
5 Ray Reardon   Wales
6 Eddie Charlton   Australia
7 Jimmy White   England
8 Terry Griffiths   Wales
9 Alex Higgins   Northern Ireland
10 Tony Meo   England
11 Dennis Taylor   Northern Ireland
12 Willie Thorne   England
13 John Spencer   England
14 Bill Werbeniuk   Canada
15 Doug Mountjoy   Wales
16 David Taylor   England
17 Silvino Francisco   South Africa
18 John Virgo   England
19 Joe Johnson   England
20 John Parrott   England
21 Mark Wildman   England
22 Dean Reynolds   England
23 Cliff Wilson   Wales
24 Perrie Mans   South Africa
25 Mike Hallett   England
26 Dave Martin   England
27 Eugene Hughes   Ireland
28 John Campbell   Australia
29 Murdo MacLeod   Scotland
30 Neal Foulds   England
31 Rex Williams   England
32 Graham Miles   England
33 Eddie Sinclair   Scotland
34 Mike Watterson   England
35 Mario Morra   Canada
36 Jim Donnelly   Scotland
37 George Scott   England
38 Patsy Fagan   Ireland
39 Colin Roscoe   Wales
40 Jim Meadowcroft   England
41 Jim Wych   Canada
42 Mick Fisher   England
43 Les Dodd   England
44 Jack Fitzmaurice   England
45 Marcel Gauvreau   Canada
46 Fred Davis   England
47 Roy Andrewartha   Wales
48 Warren King   Australia
49 Paul Mifsud   Malta
50 Ray Edmonds   England
51 Ian Black   Scotland
52 John Dunning   England
53 John Bear   Canada
54 Eddie McLaughlin   Scotland
55 Tommy Murphy   Northern Ireland
56 Frank Jonik   Canada
57 Steve Duggan   England
58 Paddy Morgan   Australia
59 Billy Kelly   Ireland
60 Clive Everton   Wales
61 Jackie Rea   Northern Ireland


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  2. ^ Everton, Clive (1985). Guinness Snooker – The Records. Guinness Superlatives Ltd. pp. 14–15. ISBN 0851124488.
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