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Pot Black was a UK television snooker tournament that played a large part in the popularisation of the modern game. Image File history File links Snooker-15reds. ... The World Snooker Championship, currently held at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, is the climax of snookers annual calendar and the most important snooker event of the year in terms of prestige, prize money and world ranking points. ... The UK Championship is a professional snooker tournament, generally regarded as the second most prestigious tournament after the World Championship. ... The title given to this article is incorrect due to technical limitations. ... The Malta Cup is a professional snooker tournament that was introduced in the 2004/05 season. ... The Welsh Open is a professional snooker tournament. ... The China Open was a professional snooker tournament. ... The Northern Ireland Trophy is a professional snooker tournament. ... The Masters, formerly the Benson & Hedges Masters is a professional snooker tournament. ... Snooker is a billiards sport that is played on a large (12 × 6) baize-covered table with pockets in each of the four corners and in the middle of each of the long side cushions. ...


In the late 1960s the BBC started broadcasting in colour, and were looking for programmes that could exploit this new technology. The game of snooker, with its multi-coloured balls, was suggested. The format of a knockout tournament, with weekly single-frame matches, was devised by BBC Birmingham producer Philip Lewis, and the programme first aired on July 23, 1969, on BBC2, presented by Alan Weeks, with match commentary by Ted Lowe. The first tournament was won by Ray Reardon. This article is an overview article about the Crown chartered British Broadcasting Corporation formed in 1927. ... July 23 is the 204th day (205th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 161 days remaining. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... BBC Two (or BBC2 as it was formerly styled) was the second UK television station to be aired by the BBC. History The channel was scheduled to begin at 7:20pm on April 20, 1964 and show an evening of light entertainment, starting with the comedy show The Alberts and... Alan Weeks (September 8, 1923 - June 11, 1996) was a British television sports reporter and commentator. ... Ted Lowe was a BBC snooker commentator. ... Ray Reardon is a retired Welsh snooker player. ...


The success of Pot Black was immediate and phenomenal, and it became the second most popular programme on BBC2. Matches always ended with the potting of the black ball, which is often not bothered with in multi-frame matches.


Pot Black ran from 1969 to 1986, by which time professional snooker, with its long matches, had become so popular that the single-frame matches that Pot Black offered seemed almost irrelevant. There was a single "time-frame" tournament in 1991. A junior version, called Junior Pot Black, ran from 1981. 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Pot Black's instantly recognisable theme tune was the ragtime classic Black And White Rag, composed by George Botsford and performed by Winifred Atwell. George Botsford (February 24, 1874 - February 11, 1949) was an American composer of ragtime and other forms of music. ... Winifred Atwell (February 27, 1914 - February 28, 1983) was a pianist who enjoyed great popularity in Britain in the 1950s with a series of boogie woogie and ragtime hits. ...


It is often said that Pot Black is responsible for producing one of the most memorable British sports quotes. Legendary commentator "Whispering" Ted Lowe, aware that not all viewers had colour televisions, said "Steve is going for the pink ball - and for those of you who are watching in black and white, the pink is next to the green". However, this quote is more likely to have occurred during a live snooker match, and not during the pre-recorded Pot Black.


Pot Black featured all the top players of its time, among them many well-loved personalities such as Fred Davis, Ray Reardon, Graham Miles and Alex Higgins. Pot Black helped transform snooker from a minority sport with just a handful of professionals into one of the most popular sports in the UK, where every tournament is fiercely contested and the top players earn millions annually, but there is much nostalgia for the simpler, friendlier days of Pot Black. Fred Davis (August 13, 1913 - April 16, 1998) was an English professional snooker and billiards player, and was one of the most loved personalities in the game. ... Ray Reardon is a retired Welsh snooker player. ... Graham Miles (born 11 May 1941) is a retired English snooker player. ... Alexander Gordon Higgins (born March 18, 1949) is a world-famous snooker player. ...


A one-day Pot Black tournament was held on October 29, 2005, and broadcast on the BBC sports programme Grandstand. The invitational event featured eight players, namely Ronnie O'Sullivan, Stephen Hendry, Stephen Maguire, Matthew Stevens, Paul Hunter, John Higgins, Jimmy White and Shaun Murphy, with Matthew Stevens beating Shaun Murphy in the final. October 29 is the 302nd day of the year (303rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 63 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC, sometimes also known as the Beeb or Auntie) is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world, founded in 1922. ... The British television sport programme Grandstand is one of the BBCs longest running sports shows, alongside BBC Sports Personality of the Year. ... Ronnie OSullivan (born 5 December 1975) is an English professional snooker player. ... Stephen Hendry MBE (born January 13, 1969 in Auchterarder, Perth and Kinross) is a Scottish professional snooker player. ... Stephen Maguire (born March 13, 1981) is a Scottish professional snooker player. ... Matthew Stevens (born September 11, 1977) is a Welsh professional snooker player. ... This article or section seems not to be written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia entry. ... John Higgins (born May 18, 1975, Wishaw, North Lanarkshire) is a Scottish professional snooker player. ... James Warren Jimmy White MBE (born 2 May 1962) is an English professional snooker player. ... Shaun Murphy (born August 10, 1982) is an English professional snooker player and the 2005 world snooker champion. ... Matthew Stevens (born September 11, 1977) is a Welsh professional snooker player. ... Shaun Murphy (born August 10, 1982) is an English professional snooker player and the 2005 world snooker champion. ...


A Celebrity Pot Black was held on 15 July 2006 in aid of Sport Relief. It was contested between the team of Ronnie O'Sullivan and Bradley Walsh and the team of Steve Davis and Vernon Kay. Steve Davis and Vernon Kay were the winners and became the first ever champions of Celebrity Pot Black. Ronnie OSullivan (born 5 December 1975) is an English professional snooker player. ... Steve Davis OBE (born August 22, 1957) is an English professional snooker player who lives in Brentwood, Essex with his wife and two sons. ... Vernon Kay (born 28 April 1974, in Bolton, Greater Manchester, England) is a British television presenter and DJ. His first TV presenting job was on the BBC kids show FBI, a spin-off of Fully Booked. ...


Winners

Year Winner Opponent Final score
1969 Ray Reardon John Spencer 88 - 29 (points)
1970 John Spencer Ray Reardon 88 - 27 (points)
1971 John Spencer Fred Davis 61 - 40 (points)
1972 Eddie Charlton Ray Reardon 75 - 43 (points)
1973 Eddie Charlton Rex Williams 93 - 33 (points)
1974 Graham Miles John Spencer 147 - 86 (points from 2 frames)
1975 Graham Miles Dennis Taylor 81 - 27 (points)
1976 John Spencer Dennis Taylor 69 - 42 (points)
1977 Perrie Mans Doug Mountjoy 90 - 21 (points)
1978 Doug Mountjoy Graham Miles 2 - 1 (frames)
1979 Ray Reardon Doug Mountjoy 2 - 1 (frames)
1980 Eddie Charlton Ray Reardon 2 - 1 (frames)
1981 Cliff Thorburn Jim Wych 2 - 0 (frames)
1982 Steve Davis Eddie Charlton 2 - 0 (frames)
1983 Steve Davis Ray Reardon 2 - 0 (frames)
1984 Terry Griffiths John Spencer 2 - 1 (frames)
1985 Doug Mountjoy Jimmy White 2 - 0 (frames)
1986 Jimmy White Kirk Stevens 2 - 0 (frames)
1991 Steve Davis Stephen Hendry 2 - 1 (frames)
2005 Matthew Stevens Shaun Murphy 53 - 27 (points)

1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ... Ray Reardon is a retired Welsh snooker player. ... John Spencer (18 June 1935 - 11 July 2006) was an English snooker player who dominated the game in the 1970s along with Ray Reardon. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... John Spencer (18 June 1935 - 11 July 2006) was an English snooker player who dominated the game in the 1970s along with Ray Reardon. ... Ray Reardon is a retired Welsh snooker player. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ... John Spencer (18 June 1935 - 11 July 2006) was an English snooker player who dominated the game in the 1970s along with Ray Reardon. ... Fred Davis (August 13, 1913 - April 16, 1998) was an English professional snooker and billiards player, and was one of the most loved personalities in the game. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Eddie Charlton (31 October 1929 - 7 November 2004) was a world-class Australian snooker player. ... Ray Reardon is a retired Welsh snooker player. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... Eddie Charlton (31 October 1929 - 7 November 2004) was a world-class Australian snooker player. ... Rex Williams (born 20 July 1933) is a retired English snooker player. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Graham Miles (born 11 May 1941) is a retired English snooker player. ... John Spencer (18 June 1935 - 11 July 2006) was an English snooker player who dominated the game in the 1970s along with Ray Reardon. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... Graham Miles (born 11 May 1941) is a retired English snooker player. ... Dennis Taylor (recte Denis), born January 19, 1949 in Coalisland, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, is a retired British snooker player. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... John Spencer (18 June 1935 - 11 July 2006) was an English snooker player who dominated the game in the 1970s along with Ray Reardon. ... Dennis Taylor (recte Denis), born January 19, 1949 in Coalisland, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, is a retired British snooker player. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... Pierre Perrie Mans (born 14 October 1940) is a retired professional snooker player from South Africa. ... Doug Mountjoy (born 8 June 1942) is a retired Welsh Snooker player. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... Doug Mountjoy (born 8 June 1942) is a retired Welsh Snooker player. ... Graham Miles (born 11 May 1941) is a retired English snooker player. ... This page refers to the year 1979. ... Ray Reardon is a retired Welsh snooker player. ... Doug Mountjoy (born 8 June 1942) is a retired Welsh Snooker player. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... Eddie Charlton (31 October 1929 - 7 November 2004) was a world-class Australian snooker player. ... Ray Reardon is a retired Welsh snooker player. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Clifford Charles Devlin (Cliff) Thorburn (born January 16, 1948 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada) is a retired professional snooker player. ... Jim Wych (born January 11, 1955) is a Canadian professional snooker and billiards player. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Steve Davis OBE (born August 22, 1957) is an English professional snooker player who lives in Brentwood, Essex with his wife and two sons. ... Eddie Charlton (31 October 1929 - 7 November 2004) was a world-class Australian snooker player. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Steve Davis OBE (born August 22, 1957) is an English professional snooker player who lives in Brentwood, Essex with his wife and two sons. ... Ray Reardon is a retired Welsh snooker player. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Terry Griffiths (born October 16, 1947) is a retired Welsh snooker player. ... John Spencer (18 June 1935 - 11 July 2006) was an English snooker player who dominated the game in the 1970s along with Ray Reardon. ... This article is about the year. ... Doug Mountjoy (born 8 June 1942) is a retired Welsh Snooker player. ... James Warren Jimmy White MBE (born 2 May 1962) is an English professional snooker player. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... James Warren Jimmy White MBE (born 2 May 1962) is an English professional snooker player. ... Kirk Stevens (born August 17, 1958) is a Canadian professional snooker player. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Steve Davis OBE (born August 22, 1957) is an English professional snooker player who lives in Brentwood, Essex with his wife and two sons. ... Stephen Hendry MBE (born January 13, 1969 in Auchterarder, Perth and Kinross) is a Scottish professional snooker player. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Matthew Stevens (born September 11, 1977) is a Welsh professional snooker player. ... Shaun Murphy (born August 10, 1982) is an English professional snooker player and the 2005 world snooker champion. ...

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Pot Black - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (469 words)
Pot Black ran from 1969 to 1986, by which time professional snooker, with its long matches, had become so popular that the single-frame matches that Pot Black offered seemed almost irrelevant.
Pot Black's instantly recognisable theme tune was the ragtime classic Black And White Rag, composed by George Botsford and performed by Winifred Atwell.
Pot Black helped transform snooker from a minority sport with just a handful of professionals into one of the most popular sports in the UK, where every tournament is fiercely contested and the top players earn millions annually, but there is much nostalgia for the simpler, friendlier days of Pot Black.
Pot Black Family Pool and Snooker Centre, pool, snooker, family, fun, perth, Western Australia (212 words)
Pot Black Family Pool and Snooker Centres commenced business in 1986 and is now the premier cue sports chain in Australia with five centres in Perth.
Pot Black centres have special facility liquor licences similar to other major sporting venues where dad can have a beer and mum can have a wine if they wish but this doesn't prevent the whole family or unaccompanied juveniles from visiting.
Pot Black is fully committed to the development of the sports of snooker and pool and conducts in-house leagues and major competitions for seniors and juniors.
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