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First held before 1980*
* Later events:    1980-89   1990-99   2000 onwards

        

Bombay International
This was the first professional snooker tournament to be held in India. The first event in 1979 was a six-man round robin but in 1980, the top two played a final to see who took the first prize.

Year Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
1979 Bombay Gymkhana Gaware Paints John Spencer Dennis Taylor Round robin £2,000
1980 Bombay Gymkhana Gaware Paints John Virgo Cliff Thorburn 13-7 £3,000
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Champion of Champions

Boxing promoter, Mike Barrett, copied the format he had used for his Dry Blackthorn Cup the previous year to put on this event with sponsorship by the Daily Mirror also at the Wembley Conference Centre. Again there were just four players and the event was completed in a single day in front of a crowd of some 1,800. By 1979 the venue had been taken over by the Benson & Hedges Masters and the event was not held but it did return in 1980, this time at the Master’s former home, the New London Theatre. This time there were ten players split into two round robin groups. The players did not like the format which involved them playing ‘dead’ frames and the crowds did not turn up. There was no sponsor and it turned into a financial disaster which was not repeated.
 
Year Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
1978 Wembley Conference Centre Daily Mail Ray Reardon Alex Higgins 11-9 £2,000
1980 New London Theatre none Doug Mountjoy John Virgo 10-8 £5,000
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Daily Mail Gold Cup
The Daily Mail sponsored this event for four seasons from 1936/37 and it was considered almost as prestigious as the world championship. The events were played in a round robin format over a period of fifteen weeks with all players handicapped. Joe Davis played off scratch and had to concede as many as 45 points per frame to some of his rivals. After managing to win the first two events, Joe was unable to compete against the crippling handicap. There was no cash prize only a magnificent Gold Cup although there were other prizes in the form of goods. The event was discontinued at the outbreak of World War II and never revived.

Season Sponsor Winner
Runner Up
1936/37 Daily Mail Joe Davis Horace Lindrum
1937/38 Daily Mail Joe Davis Willie Smith
1938/39 Daily Mail Alec Brown Sidney Smith
1939/40 Daily Mail Alec Brown Sidney Smith
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Dry Blackthorn Cup
A one-off tournament notable as the first snooker event to be held at the Wembley Conference Centre. It was the brainchild of boxing promoter, Mike Barrett. There were only four players and the event took place on a single day. The following year Barrett put on a similar event at the same venue called the Champion of Champions.

Year Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
1977 Wembley Conference Centre Dry Blackthorn Patsy Fagan Alex Higgins 4-2 £2,000
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Forward Chemicals Tournament
This was one-off event which was run on the same lines as the Park Drive 2000 a few years earlier. Four invited professionals competed against each other three times on a round robin basis with the top two meeting in the final at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre.

Year Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
1979 Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester Forward Chemicals Ray Reardon John Spencer 9-6 £3,000
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Holsten Lager International
Another event which lasted for only one season, the Holsten Lager International had an unusual format. There were sixteen players in a straight knockout but the first round was decided by aggregate scores over four frames and the second by aggregate over 6 frames. The semi finals and final were ‘Best of 11’ and ‘Best of 21’ respectively. It was however for the quarter final between John Spencer and Cliff Thorburn that this event is remembered. In the afternoon session, John made the first ever 147 in a professional tournament. Sadly, as it was the afternoon, the TV cameras were not running and due to oversize pockets the break was never officially ratified for record purposes. Spencer went on to beat Graham Miles in the final.

Year Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
1979 Fulcrum Centre, Slough Holsten Lager John Spencer Graham Miles 11-7 £3,500
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Kronenbrau 1308 Classic
A one-off event held the week after the Limosin International (see below). It featured Eddie Charlton, who won again, Ray Reardon, Perrie Mans and Jimmy van Rensburg.

Year Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
1979 Johannesburg Kronenbrau Eddie Charlton Ray Reardon 7-4 £1,373
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Limosin International

The first major professional tournament in South Africa for many years, this tournament featured eight players, six of the top pros of the day plus the Francisco brothers, Mannie and Silvino, who although they were professional had rarely competed outside their home country at that time. It was a straight knockout tournament with prize money totalling nearly £9,000 and although well supported and covered on television, was not repeated. It gave Eddie Charlton his first major international title.

Year Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
1979 Good Hope Centre, Capetown Kronenbrau Eddie Charlton John Spencer 23-19 £2,747
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McEwans Lager Golden Masters
A four-man invitation featuring Ray Reardon, Dennis Taylor, Doug Mountjoy and Graham Miles played in June 1978 and again the following year with thesame four players.

Year Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
1978 Newtownards, Co. Down McEwans Doug Mountjoy Ray Reardon 4-2 £750
1979 Newtownards, Co. Down McEwans Ray Reardon Graham Miles 4-2 £750
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Men of the Midlands
A round robin event palyed at various venues in the spring of 1972 and 1973. In 1972 there were eight players in two groups each playing the otheronce with thetop two in each group progessing to the semi finals. In 1973 there were just four players who played each other twice. The top two met in the final.

Year Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
1972 Various M & B Alex Higgins John Spencer 4-2 £300
1973 Various M & B Alex Higgins Ray Reardon 5-3 £500




Norwich Union Open
This was an invitation event open to both amateurs and professionals. It was only held twice, on both occasions at London’s Piccadilly Hotel. There were 24 competitors the first year but this was reduced to 16 for the second running.

Year Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
1973 Piccadilly Hotel, London Norwich Union John Spencer John Pulman 8-7 £1,000
1974 Piccadilly Hotel, London Norwich Union John Spencer Ray Reardon 10-9 £1,500
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Park Drive 2000
This was a four-man invitation event where the players played each other three times in a round robin format at venues all over the country. The top two played each other in a final. The events were held twice a year, in the spring and autumn of both 1971 and 1972 before the sponsors transferred their support to the world championship. In one of the round robin matches in October 1972, Ray Reardon made a break of 146 against John Pulman which was the highest in professional competition at the time.

Year Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score
1971 - Spring Park Drive John Spencer Rex Williams 4-1
1971- Autumn Park Drive Ray Reardon John Spencer 4-3
1972 - Spring Park Drive John Spencer Alex Higgins 4-3
1972 - Autumn Park Drive John Spencer Alex Higgins 5-3
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Sunday Empire News Tournament
A season-long event which was only held once, in 1948/49. A sealed handicap system was used which were not opened until after the match. The final game between Joe and Fred Davis was effectively the final as the situation was such that whoever won would top the points standings. Fred beat Joe for the first time on level terms 36-35. However when the handicaps were opened Joe surprisingly was given a two frame advantage giving him the match 37-37, and the title.

Final Table
Winner Joe Davis 8 points
Runner Up John Pulman 6 points
Third Fred Davis 6 points
Fourth Walter Donaldson 6 points
Fifth Sidney Smith 6 points
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Watney Open

This event involved sixteen players, including one or two amateurs. It was played on a knockout basis with one match each weekend from 7 September to 22 December 1974. Matches up to and including the semi final were over the best of 25 frames and were played over three sessions. All matches were played at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds and there was a total prize fund of £3,000.


Year Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
1974 Northern Snooker Centre, Leeds Watneys Alex Higgins Fred Davis 17-11 £1,000
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