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Encyclopedia > UK Championship (snooker)
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The UK Championship is a professional snooker tournament, generally regarded as the second most prestigious tournament after the World Championship. 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 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. ... Pot Black was a UK television snooker tournament that played a large part in the popularisation of the modern game. ... Snooker is a cue sport that is played on a large (12 feet × 6 feet) baize-covered table with pockets in each of the four corners and in the middle of each of the long side cushions. ... 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 was first held in 1977 as the United Kingdom Snooker Championship, an event open only to British residents. Patsy Fagan won, beating Doug Mountjoy by 12 frames to 9, to win £2000. The 1977 Super Crystalate UK Championship took place at the Blackpool Tower Circus, Blackpool in November/December 1977. ... Patsy Fagan (born January 15, 1951) is a retired Irish snooker player. ... Doug Mountjoy (born 8 June 1942) is a retired Welsh Snooker player. ...


The rules were changed in 1984 to allow all professionals to enter (although until 2005, only players from Britain and Ireland had ever won the event), and it was granted ranking status. It carries one and a half times as many ranking points as all other tournaments, with the exception of the World Championship. 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The snooker world rankings are a system of ranking professional snooker players. ... 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 tournament has seen many memorable finals. In 1977 and 1979 it provided Patsy Fagan and John Virgo, respectively, with their first and to date only major tournament wins. In 1980, it was Steve Davis's first of his 73 professional tournament wins. In 1981, the Davis-Terry Griffiths final set the stage for four more final battles between Davis and Griffiths that were to dominate the rest of the season before their unexpected losses in the first round of the 1982 World Championship. In 1983, Alex Higgins beat Davis 16-15 after having trailed 7-0 at the end of the first session, a loss for Davis that was to prefigure and perhaps contribute to his even more memorable loss of the 1985 World Snooker Championship final to Dennis Taylor. In 1985, Willie Thorne, then on the brink of emerging as a major force to be reckoned with in the game, led Davis 13-10 at the start of the evening session, only to miss a simple blue off its spot and lose 16-14. The victory regenerated Davis's confidence after his devastating World Championship loss; Thorne, on the other hand, never won another ranking title. In 1988, Doug Mountjoy, widely viewed as just making up the numbers against the rising Stephen Hendry, produced a stunning display of character and ability to win 16-12 and become the second-oldest ever winner of a ranking event; even more astonishingly, he was to win the Mercantile Credit Classic the following month to become one of only four players ever to win two ranking tournaments in a row. Stephen Hendry's 1989 win prefigured his decade of dominance similar to the one prefigured by Davis's win in 1980; its significance was emphasised by the fact that the losing finalist was Davis himself. Hendry's 16-15 win the following year, over Davis again, spoke to his unique qualities of nerve. Finally, the 2005 tournament saw Davis reach his first ranking tournament final for almost two years at the age of 48 (and make his highest break in tournament play for 23 years) before losing 10-6 to 18-year-old Ding Junhui in the final that featured the widest age gap between finalists in professional tournament history. The 1977 Super Crystalate UK Championship took place at the Blackpool Tower Circus, Blackpool in November/December 1977. ... The 1979 Coral UK Championship took place at the Guildhall, Preston in November/December 1979. ... Patsy Fagan (born January 15, 1951) is a retired Irish snooker player. ... John Virgo (born 3 March 1946, in Salford, Lancashire, England) is an English ex-professional snooker player, commentator, and TV personality. ... The 1980 Coral UK Championship took place at the Guildhall, Preston bewteen 22 November and 29 November 1980. ... Steve Davis OBE (born August 22, 1957) is an English professional snooker player who lives in Brentwood, Essex with his wife and two sons. ... Terry Griffiths (born October 16, 1947, Llanelli) is a retired Welsh snooker player. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Alexander Gordon Higgins (born March 18, 1949) is a world-famous snooker player. ... Dennis Taylor just after winning the 1985 championship The 1985 World Snooker Championship final is often cited as the most exciting game of snooker ever seen. ... For the soul singer, see Dennis Taylor (singer). ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... William Joseph Willie Thorne (born 4 March 1954 in Leicester) is a former English professional snooker player and now a commentator. ... Stephen Hendry MBE (born January 13, 1969 in Auchterarder, Perth and Kinross) is a Scottish professional snooker player. ... The Classic was a professional snooker tournament. ... Stephen Hendry MBE (born January 13, 1969 in Auchterarder, Perth and Kinross) is a Scottish professional snooker player. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ding Junhui (Chinese: 丁俊暉, pinyin: Dīng Jùnhuī; born April 1, 1987) is a Chinese snooker player, born in Yixing, Jiangsu (near Shanghai), and is now a resident of England during the snooker season. ...


The tournament has had many different sponsors over the years including Coral, Tennetts, Royal Liver Assurance and Liverpool Victoria and is currently sponsored by Maplin. It is one of the tournaments televised by the BBC and it is held towards the end of each calendar year. Prize money in 2005 was £500,000, with the winner receiving £70,000. Maplin may refer to: Maplin Electronics, an electrical retailer in the UK and Ireland Maplin Sands, a series of mudflats on the northern bank of the Thames estuary Category: ... This article is an overview article about the Crown chartered British Broadcasting Corporation formed in 1927. ...


Winners

Year Winner Opponent Final score Season
non-ranking
1977 Patsy Fagan Doug Mountjoy 12 - 9 1977/78
1978 Doug Mountjoy David Taylor 15 - 9 1978/79
1979 John Virgo Terry Griffiths 14 - 13 1979/80
1980 Steve Davis Alex Higgins 16 - 6 1980/81
1981 Steve Davis Terry Griffiths 16 - 3 1981/82
1982 Terry Griffiths Alex Higgins 16 - 15 1982/83
1983 Alex Higgins Steve Davis 16 - 15 1983/84
ranking
1984 Steve Davis Alex Higgins 16 - 8 1984/85
1985 Steve Davis Willie Thorne 16 - 14 1985/86
1986 Steve Davis Neal Foulds 16 - 7 1986/87
1987 Steve Davis Jimmy White 16 - 14 1987/88
1988 Doug Mountjoy Stephen Hendry 16 - 12 1988/89
1989 Stephen Hendry Steve Davis 16 - 12 1989/90
1990 Stephen Hendry Steve Davis 16 - 15 1990/91
1991 John Parrott Jimmy White 16 - 13 1991/92
1992 Jimmy White John Parrott 16 - 9 1992/93
1993 Ronnie O'Sullivan Stephen Hendry 10 - 6 1993/94
1994 Stephen Hendry Ken Doherty 10 - 5 1994/95
1995 Stephen Hendry Peter Ebdon 10 - 3 1995/96
1996 Stephen Hendry John Higgins 10 - 9 1996/97
1997 Ronnie O'Sullivan Stephen Hendry 10 - 6 1997/98
1998 John Higgins Matthew Stevens 10 - 6 1998/99
1999 Mark Williams Matthew Stevens 10 - 8 1999/00
2000 John Higgins Mark Williams 10 - 4 2000/01
2001 Ronnie O'Sullivan Ken Doherty 10 - 1 2001/02
2002 Mark Williams Ken Doherty 10 - 9 2002/03
2003 Matthew Stevens Stephen Hendry 10 - 8 2003/04
2004 Stephen Maguire David Gray 10 - 1 2004/05
2005 Ding Junhui Steve Davis 10 - 6 2005/06

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