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English Professional Championship
Non Ranking Event

Brief History of the English Professional Championship
 
The first English Professional Championship was held in 1981 with sponsorship from John Courage but only lasted one season.
 
From 1985 to 1989, the WPBSA provided a prize fund subsidy of £1000 per man and the championship, along with those of the other home countries, was revived. Sponsorship was also forthcoming from Tolly Cobbold and the event replaced their ‘Classic’ which had successfully been staged at Ipswich Corn Exchange for the previous six seasons.
 
Predictably perhaps, Steve Davis, who had one the original event back in 1981, emerged as the winner but in 1986 his pal, Tony Meo, beat him in the semis and went on to win the final. Davis did not enter the event again and Meo retained his title the following year.
 
No sponsor could be found in 1988 but the event stayed at Ipswich, moving to Redwood Lodge, Bristol in 1989. After that, the WPBSA subsidy ended and, without sponsorship, the championship ceased.

Roll Of Honour             

Year Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
1981 Haden Hill LC, Birmingham John Courage Steve Davis Tony Meo 9-3 £4,000
1982-4 not held
1985 Corn Exchange, Ipswich Tolly Cobbold Steve Davis Tony Knowles 9-2 £17,500
1986 Corn Exchange, Ipswich Tolly Cobbold Tony Meo Neal Foulds 9-7 £18,500
1987 Corn Exchange, Ipswich Tolly Cobbold Tony Meo Les Dodd 9-5 £20,000
1988 Corn Exchange, Ipswich none Dean Reynolds Neal Foulds 9-5 £15,000
1989 Redwood Lodge, Bristol none Mike Hallett John Parrott 9-7 £15,500



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