www.SnookerArchive.co.uk
Chris Turner's SNOOKER ARCHIVE

FROM THE ARCHIVES
TOURNAMENTS
WORLD RANKINGS
MAXIMUM BREAKS
LEADING CENTURY MAKERS
TOP MONEY EARNERS
SNOOKER RECORDS
AWARDS
LINKS
HELP
View My Collection of
SNOOKER PROGRAMMES

Historical World Rankings

The first world rankings were introduced after the 1976* world championship based on performances in that event only over the previous three years. The main purpose was to determine the seedings for the next year’s championship.
 
As more ranking events were introduced in the mid 1980s, the rankings were based on the last two season’s performance in all ranking events.
 
Most of the events earned the same points but in order to reflect their relative importance, the UK Championship and, to a greater extent, the world championship, carried higher points tariffs than the others.
 
Although the actual points awarded has changed over the years, the system itself remained largely the same up to the end of the 2009/10 season. From the onwards a two year rolling ranking system has been used whereby points scored for events more than 24 months previously are dropped on an ongoing basis. For seeding purposes there are cut-off points in October, December, February and at the end of the season.
 
The full ranking list published after the world championship each season includes all players who are members of the World Snooker Association, even those who are retired, but I have only included the top 32 for each season in these historic records.
 
* There was an Order of Merit published after the 1975 world championship on which seedings were based for 1976. As this was produced using identical criteria to the first official ranking list I have included it here.

Click below to find a particular season
1975/76 to 1979/80                       (click for 1980/81 to 1984/85)
Pos 1975/76
1976/77 1977/78 1978/79 1979/80
1 Ray Reardon WAL Ray Reardon WAL Ray Reardon WAL Ray Reardon WAL Ray Reardon WAL
2 Eddie Charlton AUS Alex Higgins NIR John Spencer ENG Perrie Mans RSA Dennis Taylor NIR
3 Alex Higgins NIR Eddie Charlton AUS Eddie Charlton AUS Eddie Charlton AUS Eddie Charlton AUS
4 Rex Williams ENG Fred Davis ENG Dennis Taylor NIR John Spencer ENG John Spencer ENG
5 Graham Miles ENG Graham Miles ENG Alex Higgins NIR Cliff Thorburn CAN Cliff Thorburn CAN
6 John Spencer ENG Rex Williams ENG Cliff Thorburn CAN Fred Davis ENG Fred Davis ENG
7 Fred Davis ENG Perrie Mans RSA John Pulman ENG Alex Higgins NIR Perrie Mans RSA
8 Gary Owen WAL John Spencer ENG Graham Miles ENG Dennis Taylor NIR Terry Griffiths WAL
9 Dennis Taylor NIR Dennis Taylor NIR Fred Davis ENG Graham Miles ENG Graham Miles ENG
10 Cliff Thorburn CAN Gary Owen WAL Perrie Mans CAN John Pulman ENG John Virgo ENG
11 John Pulman ENG John Dunning ENG Rex Williams ENG Patsy Fagan IRL Alex Higgins NIR
12 John Dunning ENG Jim Meadowcroft ENG David Taylor ENG Bill Werbeniuk CAN Bill Werbeniuk CAN
13 Perrie Mans RSA Cliff Thorburn CAN Gary Owen WAL David Taylor ENG Doug Mountjoy WAL
14 Bill Werbeniuk CAN Bill Werbeniuk CAN Doug Mountjoy WAL Doug Mountjoy WAL John Pulman ENG
15 Warren Simpson AUS John Pulman ENG Jim Meadowcroft ENG Willie Thorne ENG David Taylor ENG
16 David Taylor ENG David Taylor ENG John Dunning ENG Jim Meadowcroft ENG Patsy Fagan IRL
17 Jim Meadowcroft ENG Marcus Owen WAL Bill Werbeniuk CAN Rex Williams ENG Willie Thorne ENG
18 Marcus Owen WAL Bernard Bennett ENG John Virgo ENG Pat Houlihan ENG Steve Davis ENG
19 Ian Anderson AUS Ian Anderson AUS Patsy Fagan IRL John Virgo ENG Kirk Stevens CAN
20 Paddy Morgan AUS Warren Simpson AUS Willie Thorne ENG John Dunning ENG Pat Houlihan ENG
21 Bernard Bennett ENG n/a n/a Ian Anderson AUS Gary Owen WAL Rex Williams ENG
22 David Greaves ENG n/a n/a Warren Simpson AUS Warren Simpson AUS Jim Meadowcroft ENG
23 Pat Houlihan ENG n/a n/a Marcus Owen WAL Ian Anderson AUS John Dunning ENG
24 n/a n/a n/a n/a Bernard Bennett ENG Marcus Owen WAL Warren Simpson AUS
25 n/a n/a n/a n/a Paddy Morgan AUS Bernard Bennett ENG Ian Anderson AUS
26 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a Paddy Morgan AUS Marcus Owen WAL
27 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a Bernard Bennett ENG
28 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a Paddy Morgan AUS
back to top


1980/81 to 1984/85                  (click for 1985/86 to 1989/90)
Pos 1980/81
1981/82 1982/83 1983/84 1984/85
1 Ray Reardon WAL Cliff Thorburn CAN Ray Reardon WAL Steve Davis ENG Steve Davis ENG
2 Cliff Thorburn CAN Steve Davis ENG Alex Higgins NIR Ray Reardon WAL Tony Knowles ENG
3 Eddie Charlton AUS Terry Griffiths WAL Cliff Thorburn CAN Cliff Thorburn CAN Cliff Thorburn CAN
4 Alex Higgins NIR Ray Reardon WAL Steve Davis ENG Tony Knowles ENG Kirk Stevens CAN
5 Terry Griffiths WAL Dennis Taylor NIR Eddie Charlton AUS Alex Higgins NIR Ray Reardon WAL
6 Dennis Taylor NIR Doug Mountjoy WAL Kirk Stevens CAN Eddie Charlton AUS Eddie Charlton AUS
7 Perrie Mans RSA David Taylor ENG Doug Mountjoy WAL Kirk Stevens CAN Jimmy White ENG
8 Fred Davis ENG Eddie Charlton AUS David Taylor ENG Bill Werbeniuk CAN Terry Griffiths WAL
9 David Taylor ENG Bill Werbeniuk CAN Bill Werbeniuk CAN Terry Griffiths WAL Alex Higgins NIR
10 Bill Werbeniuk CAN Alex Higgins NIR Jimmy White ENG David Taylor ENG Tony Meo ENG
11 Kirk Stevens CAN Kirk Stevens CAN Perrie Mans RSA Jimmy White ENG Dennis Taylor NIR
12 John Virgo ENG Fred Davis ENG John Spencer ENG Doug Mountjoy WAL Willie Thorne ENG
13 Steve Davis ENG John Virgo ENG Dennis Taylor NIR Dennis Taylor NIR John Spencer ENG
14 Doug Mountjoy WAL John Spencer ENG Terry Griffiths WAL John Virgo ENG Bill Werbeniuk CAN
15 John Spencer ENG Perrie Mans RSA Tony Knowles ENG Tony Meo ENG Doug Mountjoy WAL
16 Graham Miles ENG Graham Miles ENG Willie Thorne ENG John Spencer ENG David Taylor ENG
17 Jim Wych CAN Jim Wych CAN Silvino Francisco RSA Perrie Mans RSA Silvino Francisco RSA
18 Patsy Fagan IRL Tony Meo ENG Graham Miles ENG Willie Thorne ENG John Virgo ENG
19 John Pulman ENG Ray Edmonds ENG John Virgo ENG Dean Reynolds ENG Joe Johnson ENG
20 Willie Thorne ENG Tony Knowles ENG Fred Davis ENG Cliff Wilson WAL John Parrott ENG
21 Pat Houlihan ENG Jimmy White ENG Jim Wych CAN Silvino Francisco RSA Mark Wildman ENG
22 Rex Williams ENG Willie Thorne ENG Dean Reynolds ENG Graham Miles ENG Dean Reynolds ENG
23 Jim Meadowcroft ENG Cliff Wilson WAL Patsy Fagan IRL Joe Johnson ENG Cliff Wilson WAL
24 John Dunning ENG Dave Martin ENG Tony Meo ENG Mark Wildman ENG Perrie Mans RSA
25 Ian Anderson AUS John Dunning ENG John Bear CAN Patsy Fagan IRL Mike Hallett ENG
26 Bernard Bennett ENG Jim Meadowcroft ENG Cliff Wilson WAL Eddie Sinclair SCO Dave Martin ENG
27 Paddy Morgan AUS Patsy Fagan IRL Dave Martin ENG Murco Macleod SCO Eugene Hughes IRL
28 n/a n/a Rex Williams ENG Jim Meadowcroft ENG Fred Davis ENG John Campbell AUS
29 n/a n/a Mike Hallett ENG Jim Donnelly SCO Mike Hallett ENG Murco Macleod SCO
30 n/a n/a Eddie Sinclair SCO John Dunning ENG Eugene Hughes IRL Neal Foulds ENG
31 n/a n/a David Greaves ENG Mike Hallett ENG Les Dodd ENG Rex Williams ENG
32 n/a n/a John Pulman ENG Jack Fitzmaurice ENG John Campbell AUS Graham Miles ENG

back to top

1985/86 to 1989/90
Pos 1985/86
1986/87 1987/88 1988/89 1989/90
1 Steve Davis ENG Steve Davis ENG Steve Davis ENG Steve Davis ENG Steve Davis ENG
2 Cliff Thorburn CAN Cliff Thorburn CAN Jimmy White ENG Jimmy White ENG John Parrott ENG
3 Tony Knowles ENG Dennis Taylor NIR Neal Foulds ENG Neal Foulds ENG Stephen Hendry SCO
4 Dennis Taylor NIR Tony Knowles ENG Cliff Thorburn CAN Stephen Hendry SCO Jimmy White ENG
5 Kirk Stevens CAN Jimmy White ENG Joe Johnson ENG Terry Griffiths WAL Terry Griffiths WAL
6 Ray Reardon WAL Alex Higgins NIR Terry Griffiths WAL Cliff Thorburn CAN Mike Hallett ENG
7 Jimmy White ENG Willie Thorne ENG Tony Knowles ENG John Parrott ENG Cliff Thorburn CAN
8 Terry Griffiths WAL Joe Johnson ENG Dennis Taylor NIR Tony Knowles ENG Dennis Taylor NIR
9 Alex Higgins NIR Kirk Stevens CAN Alex Higgins NIR Mike Hallett ENG Willie Thorne ENG
10 Tony Meo ENG Terry Griffiths WAL Silvino Francisco RSA Dennis Taylor NIR Doug Mountjoy WAL
11 Willie Thorne ENG Tony Meo ENG Willie Thorne ENG Joe Johnson ENG Joe Johnson ENG
12 Eddie Charlton AUS Silvino Francisco RSA Rex Williams ENG Silvino Francisco RSA Tony Knowles ENG
13 Silvino Francisco RSA Neal Foulds ENG John Parrott ENG Willie Thorne ENG John Virgo ENG
14 David Taylor ENG Doug Mountjoy WAL Doug Mountjoy WAL Peter Francisco RSA Tony Meo ENG
15 Doug Mountjoy WAL Ray Reardon WAL Dean Reynolds ENG John Virgo ENG Dean Reynolds ENG
16 Joe Johnson ENG Rex Williams ENG Mike Hallett ENG Cliff Wilson WAL Steve James ENG
17 Bill Werbeniuk CAN John Parrott ENG Cliff Wilson WAL Alex Higgins NIR Martin Clark ENG
18 John Parrott ENG John Campbell AUS Peter Francisco RSA Rex Williams ENG Cliff Wilson WAL
19 John Virgo ENG John Virgo ENG John Virgo ENG Eddie Charlton AUS Steve Newbury WAL
20 John Spencer ENG Eugene Hughes IRL Tony Meo ENG Tony Drago MLT Neal Foulds ENG
21 Eugene Hughes IRL David Taylor ENG Kirk Stevens CAN Eugene Hughes IRL Barry West ENG
22 Cliff Wilson WAL Murdo Macleod SCO John Campbell AUS Dean Reynolds ENG Eddie Charlton AUS
23 Neal Foulds ENG Cliff Wilson WAL Stephen Hendry SCO Dene O'Kane NZL Silvino Francisco RSA
24 Dean Reynolds ENG Bill Werbeniuk CAN Eugene Hughes IRL Doug Mountjoy WAL Alex Higgins NIR
25 Mark Wildman ENG Eddie Charlton AUS David Taylor ENG Steve Newbury WAL Peter Francisco RSA
26 Murdo Macleod SCO Peter Francisco RSA Eddie Charlton AUS Barry West ENG David Roe ENG
27 Rex Williams ENG Mike Hallett ENG Dave Martin ENG John Spencer ENG Eugene Hughes IRL
28 Mike Hallett ENG Dave Martin ENG John Spencer ENG David Taylor ENG Dene O'Kane NZL
29 Dave Martin ENG Dean Reynolds ENG Barry West ENG Bob Chaperon CAN Bob Chaperon CAN
30 Perrie Mans RSA Barry West ENG Murdo Macleod SCO Steve Longworth ENG Tony Drago MLT
31 John Campbell AUS Steve Longworth ENG Steve Longworth ENG Tony Meo ENG Wayne Jones WAL
32 Dene O'Kane NZL Jim Wych CAN Tony Drago MLT Steve James ENG Rex Williams ENG

©Chris Turner 2011