BBC to showcase some of snooker’s past best matches this month

You will get to see Alex Higgins, Steve Davis, Jimmy White and more – all past glories and heartaches…

The BBC this month, what would have been what snooker fans call World Championship month, will showcase some of snooker’s past best matches at the Crucible – 17 – from next weekend. 

Judd Trump
Judd Trump’s first World final appearance in 2011 will feature in 17 days of repeats of the best finals and matches in Crucible history…

The likes include Alex Higgins’s 1982 final between Ray Reardon, where Higgins was made famous by that emotive television shot at the end of him cradling his newborn after winning the title for a second time within 10 years apart.

Fans will also see Steve Davis’s loss to Joe Johnson in 1986, one of only two outsiders to have won at the Crucible.

That Black Ball Final

Dennis Taylor’s famous final frame with Steve Davis can be viewed on Youtube…and still gets over 220,000 views today…

Also, not forgetting that incredible final in 1985 that had everyone talking about snooker when Steve Davis lost to Dennis Taylor on the final black and had millions up past midnight to see Taylor win his one and only World title.

Others include for the modern fans the likes of Judd Trump and John Higgins’s first final in 2011 where Higgins won but it was the start of a new era in potting as Judd Trump burst onto the scene with his flamboyance and panache on the table. Of course, Judd is older now and wiser and scooped his first World title in 2019.

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the 2020 World Championships were postponed until further notice, but Boss Barry Hearn is looking to try and make the date for July/August to resume the rest of the 2019/2020 season.

The Crucible

Trump won the last event before the Coronavirus forced the government to shut down the country to stop the spread of the disease. He made history in the Gibraltar Open by being the first player to win six ranking events in one season.

Saturday 18 April (15:00): Steve Davis v Tony Knowles – 1982, first round.

Sunday 19 April (14:00): Ray Reardon v Alex Higgins – 1982, final.

Monday 20 April (14:00): Steve Davis v Jimmy White – 1984, final.

Tuesday 21 April (14:00): Neil Robertson v Mark Selby – 2014, semi-final.

Wednesday 22 April (14:00): Steve Davis v Joe Johnson – 1986, final.

See the full line up on the BBC site now, here


World Championship Qualifiers Reaching Finale

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Judgement Day is fast approaching this week at the World Championship qualifiers at the English Institute of Sport as the event reaches its final couple of days before fans will know which 16 have qualified for this year’s Betfred World Championship at the Crucible in Sheffield.

The drama is unfolding nicely as we know for sure that one lucky amateur is guaranteed to walk out at the iconic venue next Saturday for the first time.

That lucky amateur will be either Michael Judge or Stephen Hendry’s nephew James Cahill, as they will play each other in the final qualifying round for a place in the last 32, or what some call the ‘first-round proper’.

Irishman Judge, 44, according to research, actually holds the record for the number of times he’s failed to qualify by reaching the final qualifying round. Hopefully, the former professional, who’s appeared at the Crucible three times, can get a fourth walkout at the Crucible this time around. Cahill, 23, also a former pro, has had a season where in the UK Championship this season as an amateur, he beat former World number one Mark Selby in the first round!

No Ordinary Joe…

2018 English Amateur Champion Joe O’Connor, who’s in his first year as a pro, has made it through to the final qualifying round at the EIS but faces a tough test in the Shootout Champion Thailand’s Thepchaiya Un-Nooh. If O’Connor makes it onto the big stage at the Crucible, it will have been a good season for the 23-year-old debut pro potter from Leicester, who reached a semi-final of a ranking event earlier this season in the Welsh Open.

Women Ng On Yee and Reanne Evans didn’t make it past their first-round meetings, but Hong Kong’s On Yee put up a good fight against the former World Championship semi-finalist Alan McManus losing 10 – 6.

The event continues until Wednesday 17th April…The main event begins on Saturday the 20th April where the 16 qualifiers will have known their fate of which top 16 players they will be playing in the first round proper.

Follow the action on the Eurosport player or watch live scores here...