World Matchplay (snooker)

The World Matchplay professional non-ranking snooker tournament was established in 1988 and last held in 1992.

World Matchplay
Tournament information
VenueThe Dome
Organisation(s)Matchroom Sport
FormatNon-ranking event
Final year1992
Final champion(s)Thailand James Wattana


In 1988 Barry Hearn created an invitational tournament, called the World Matchplay, for the provisional top 12 players, and it ran for five years. The event was held at the Brentwood Centre, Brentwood between 1988 and 1990, before moving to The Dome, Doncaster, for the last two years. The 1988 event was the first snooker tournament to offer a top prize of £100,000.[1]

It was sponsored by Everest in 1988 and 1989, and Coalite from 1990–1992. It was televised between 1988 and 1992 by ITV as a replacement for the World Doubles Championship.[1]



Year Winner Runner-up Final score Season
World Matchplay (non-ranking)
1988   Steve Davis   John Parrott 9–5 1988/89
1989   Jimmy White   John Parrott 18–9 1989/90
1990   Jimmy White   Stephen Hendry 18–9 1990/91
1991   Gary Wilkinson   Steve Davis 18–11 1991/92
1992   James Wattana   Steve Davis 9–4 1992/93


  1. ^ a b c Turner, Chris. "World Matchplay". Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 28 February 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2011.