World Doubles Championship
The World Doubles Championship, also known as the Hofmeister World Doubles (1982–86) or the Fosters World Doubles (1987) for sponsorship purposes, was a non-ranking team snooker tournament held from 1982 to 1987 as the major event.
|Organisation(s)||World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association|
|Format||Non-ranking team event|
|Final champion(s)|| Mike Hallett|
Created to capitalise on the growing popularity of televised snooker, as well as to offer a slightly different version of the game, the event was initially staged at the Crystal Palace in London, sponsored by Courage Brewery through their Hofmeister brand. 29 pairs entered the event, which was played from the last 16 in London.
Due to poor attendance of the inaugural event it was moved to the Derngate Centre in Northampton. In 1987 the sponsorship of the event was moved to the Fosters brand, but the sponsorship contract expired the same year. By the end of the 1980s, other more significant events were making up the snooker calendar and the tournament was abandoned. Four of the six tournaments were won by the pairing of Steve Davis and Tony Meo.
|1982||Steve Davis & Tony Meo||Terry Griffiths & Doug Mountjoy||13–2||1982/83|
|1983||Steve Davis & Tony Meo||Tony Knowles & Jimmy White||10–2||1983/84|
|1984||Alex Higgins & Jimmy White||Cliff Thorburn & Willie Thorne||10–2||1984/85|
|1985||Steve Davis & Tony Meo||Tony Jones & Ray Reardon||12–5||1985/86|
|1986||Steve Davis & Tony Meo||Mike Hallett & Stephen Hendry||12–3||1986/87|
|1987||Mike Hallett & Stephen Hendry||Cliff Thorburn & Dennis Taylor||12–8||1987/88|
- Turner, Chris. "World Doubles Championship". cajt.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk. Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. Retrieved 12 March 2013.
- "Meo makes his mark – and collects £13,000". The Glasgow Herald. 20 December 1982. Retrieved 2 June 2011.
- "Easy for Davis & Meo". The Glasgow Herald. 19 December 1983. Retrieved 2 June 2011.
- "Davis, Meo lift doubles crown". The Glasgow Herald. 16 December 1985. Retrieved 2 June 2011.
- "Davis and Meo wrap up title". The Glasgow Herald. 15 December 1986. Retrieved 2 June 2011.
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