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World Doubles Championship
Non Ranking Event

A Brief History of the World Doubles Championship
 
In the early 1980s there was an insatiable appetite for snooker on television and, by way of something a bit different, the idea of a major doubles championship emerged. Doubles had never been a serious part of the professional game but that did not deter the sponsors, Courage, who used their Hofmeister brand to support the event.
 
29 pairs entered the event and the last 16 onwards was played at Crystal Palace National Recreation Centre a week or so before Christmas 1982. This turned out to be a far from ideal venue and attendance was poor. One of the more surprising partnerships was Alex Higgins and Eddie Charlton. In the event Steve Davis & Tony Meo seemed to have the ideal formula and they won with little trouble.
 
The following year a far better venue was found at the Derngate Centre in Northampton and there it was to remain for the next five years. Davis & Meo were unstoppable and took the title for the second year running with Jimmy White and Tony Knowles as runners up. In 1984 Jimmy changed partners and teamed up with Alex Higgins who, after Charlton, had played with Kirk Stevens previous year. They managed to beat Davis & Meo in the semi-finals and went on to beat Cliff Thorburn & Willie Thorne in the final.
 
Davis and Meo regained the title in 1985 and won again in 1986 where, in the final, they beat a new pairing of Mike Hallett and Stephen Hendry. It was this partnership who went on to win the next year when the champions went out in the first round, the only occasion that they had not reached at lest the semi finals. Sponsorship had now moved to the Fosters brand but it was still part of the Courage group and their contract ended with the 1987 event. Other events were now filling the calendar and that was almost the last we have seen of this form of the game other than in the Nations Cup team event. There was one more major doubles tournament held as part of the one-off World Masters in 1991 when Hallett & Hendry were again the winners.

Roll Of Honour             

Year Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
1982 Crystal Palace, London Hofmeister Steve Davis &
Tony Meo
Terry Griffiths &
Doug Mountjoy
13-2 £24,000
1983 Derngate Centre, Northampton Hofmeister Steve Davis &
Tony Meo
Tony Knowles &
Jimmy White
10-2 £25,000
1984 Derngate Centre, Northampton Hofmeister Alex Higgins &
Jimmy White
Cliff Thorburn &
Willie Thorne
10-2 £34,500
1985 Derngate Centre, Northampton Hofmeister Steve Davis &
Tony Meo
Tony Jones &
Ray Reardon
12-5 £40,000
1986 Derngate Centre, Northampton Hofmeister Steve Davis &
Tony Meo
Mike Hallett &
Stephen Hendry
12-3 £50,000
1987 Derngate Centre, Northampton Fosters Mike Hallett &
Stephen Hendry
Dennis Taylor &
Cliff Thorburn
12-8 £60,000



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