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The World Cup began in 1979 when television could not get enough snooker and new events began to blossom. With sponsorship from British American Tobacco the event started life as the State Express World Challenge Cup. Six teams, England, Northern Ireland, Wales, Canada, Australia and a combined Rest of the World side were split into two round robin groups. Each team had three players and matches were of 15 frames. Each player played five, three against one of the opposing team and one each against the others. The top team from
each group met in the semi final. The first event, played in Birmingham in October was won by the Welsh trio of Ray Reardon, Terry Griffiths and Doug Mountjoy who beat England, represented by Fred Davis, John Spencer and Graham Miles in the final.
 
In 1980 it moved to the New London Theatre and this time the top two teams from each group of three went into semi fianls. An all Ireland team replaced the one from Northern Ireland but the same Welsh team triumphed in the final this time beating Canada who had a very strong line-up of Cliff Thorburn, Bill Werbeniuk and Kirk Stevens, all in the top 16.
 
A new home was found at the Hexagon in Reading for 1981 and the name was changed the State Express World Team Classic. The matches were reduced to best of seven there were now seven teams. Scotland entered for the first time instead of the Rest of the World and both Northern Ireland and the Republic fielded teams. Scotland and the Republic played a preliminary match for the right to go into one of the groups and it was Scotland who were eliminated. England won for the first time, Steve Davis, John Spencer and David Taylor just edging past the familiar Welsh trio. The same seven teams competed in 1982 when the strong Canadian team took the title. After England won for the second time in 1983, State Express ended their backing of the event and the slot in the calendar was taken by a new ranking event, the Grand Prix, which also took over the Reading venue.
 
The event the moved to the spring in 1985, Guinness provided sponsorship and a new venue was found, the International Centre at Bournemouth which would be its home for six years and the title became simply the World Cup. This time there were eight teams in a straight knock out format. Ireland fielded a combined team, the Rest of the World were back, and England, as holders, had two teams. The Irish team of Alex Higgins, Dennis Taylor and Eugene Hughes beat England in the final.  Guinness pulled out after just one year and there were four different sponsors in the next five years. Ireland were allowed two entries in 1986 and they won again and made it a hat trick in 1987. After England gained two further wins, Canada won the final event in the series in 1990.
 
With the huge intake of new professionals in the early 1990s, the idea of reviving the World Cup with many more countries began to take shape. Finally it was set for the autumn of 1996 in Thailand. There was a huge entry and qualifying groups were held with 20 teams of three going to the final stages. The teams were divided into four round robin groups with the top two in each moving forward to the quarter finals. Scotland were hot favourites with their team of Hendry, Higgins and McManus and they duly obliged beating the Republic of Ireland 10-7. It was to me may years before that event was held again although a Nations Cup involving the home countries began in 1999 with some other teams joining in 2001.

The World Cup itself returned to the calendar in 2011. A field of 20 teams comprising eight seeded teams, eight qualifiers, two wild cards invitations and 2 from the host country, Thailand, were split into four groups with the top two in each going into the knockout stage.

Roll Of Honour             

Season Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
1979/80 Haden Hill Leisure C., Birmingham State Express Wales England 14-3 £7,500
1980/81 New London Theatre State Express Wales Canada 8-5 £9,000
1981/82 The Hexagon, Reading State Express England Wales 4-3 £16,000
1982/83 The Hexagon, Reading State Express Canada England 4-2 £16,500
1983/84 The Hexagon, Reading State Express England Wales 4-2 £20,000
1984/85 Bournemouth International Centre Guinness All Ireland England A 9-7 £40,000
1985/86 Bournemouth International Centre Car Care Plan All Ireland A Canada 9-7 £33,000
1986/87 Bournemouth International Centre Tuborg All Ireland A Canada 9-2 £32,000
1987/88 Bournemouth International Centre Fersina Windows England Australia 9-7 £40,000
1988/89 Bournemouth International Centre Fersina Windows England Rest of the World 9-8 £43,200
1989/90 Bournemouth International Centre British Car Rentals Canada Northern Ireland 9-5 £48,000
1991-95 not held n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
1996/97 Amari Watergate Hotel, Bangkok Castrol / Honda Scotland Rep. Ireland 10-7 £105,000
2011/12 Bangkok Convention Centre PTT-EGAT China Northern Ireland 4-2 $200.000

Team Players - winner & runners up.
Year Team Players
1979/80 Wales Ray Reardon, Terry Griffiths, Doug Mountjoy
England Fred Davis, John Spencer, Graham Miles
1980/81 Wales Ray Reardon, Terry Griffiths, Doug Mountjoy
Canada Cliff Thorburn, Kirk Stevens, Bill Werbeniuk
1981/82 England Steve Davis, John Spencer, David Taylor
Wales Ray Reardon, Terry Griffiths, Doug Mountjoy
1982/83 Canada Cliff Thorburn, Kirk Stevens, Bill Werbeniuk
England Steve Davis, Tony Knowles, Jimmy White
1983/84 England Steve Davis, Tony Knowles, Tony Meo
Wales Ray Reardon, Terry Griffiths, Doug Mountjoy
1984/85 All Ireland Alex Higgins, Dennis Taylor, Eugene Hughes
England A Steve Davis, Tony Knowles, Tony Meo
1985/86 All Ireland A Alex Higgins, Dennis Taylor, Eugene Hughes
Canada Cliff Thorburn, Kirk Stevens, Bill Werbeniuk
1986/87 All Ireland A Alex Higgins, Dennis Taylor, Eugene Hughes
Canada Cliff Thorburn, Kirk Stevens, Bill Werbeniuk
1987/88 England Steve Davis, Jimmy White, Neal Foulds
Australia Eddie Charlton, John Campbell, Warren King
1988/89 England Steve Davis, Jimmy White, Neal Foulds
Rest of the World Silvino Francisco, Dene O'Kane, Tony Drago
1989/90 Canada Cliff Thorburn, Alain Robidoux, Bob Chaperon
Northern Ireland Alex Higgins, Dennis Taylor, Tommy Murphy
1996/97 Scotland Stephen Hendry, John Higgins, Alan McManus
Rep. of Ireland Ken Doherty, Fergal O'Brien, Stephen Murphy
2011/12 China Ding Junhui & Liang Wenbo
Northern Ireland Mark Allen & Gerared Greene



Nations Cup
 
There were no team competitions in 1997/98 but the following season, ITV returned to snooker coverage and a five team Nations Cup was established involving the home countries. Distinctive coloured backing to waistcoats identified the teams and it was played on a round robin basis with the top two meeting in the final. Matches were of eleven single frame encounters. Each team had four players and all had to play at least one singles and not more than three. There were also two doubles pairings. Matthew Stevens, Mark Williams, Darren Morgan and Dominic Dale took Wales to victory. A similar format was used in 2000 except that each match consisted of only ten single frame meetings and with no doubles. John Parrott led his England colleagues, Ronnie O’Sullivan, Stephen Lee and Jimmy White to victory over the holders, Wales.
 
For the third event sponsorship was obtained from Coalite and the field was extended to eight teams with Thailand, Malta and China joining in. Each team had only three players who each played twice with one doubles as well. There were two groups and two from each went into semi finals. Scotland this time were victorious fielding the same team that had won the World Cup in 1996; Stephen Hendry, John Higgins and Alan McManus.
 
Now that the event had been enlarged it was planned to rename it the World Cup in 2002 but then ITV pulled the plug on their snooker coverage and without television the event was discontinued.


Roll Of Honour 
Season Venue sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
1998/99 Telewest Arena, Newcastle-upon-Tyne none Wales Scotland 6-4 £70,000
1999/00 The Hexagon, Reading none England Wales 6-4 £70,000
2000/01 The Hexagon, Reading Coalite Scotland Rep. Ireland 6-2 £46,950

Team Players - winner & runners up.
Year Team Players
1998/99 Wales Darren Morgan, Mark J. Williams, Matthew Stevens, Dominic Dale
Scotland Stephen Hendry, John Higgins, Alan McManus, Chris Small
1999/00 England John Parrott, Ronnie O'Sullivan, Stephen Lee, Jimmy White
Wales Darren Morgan, Mark J. Williams, Matthew Stevens, Dominic Dale
2000/01 Scotland Stephen Hendry, John Higgins, Alan McManus
Rep. Ireland Ken Doherty, Fergal O'Brien, Michael Judge

Maximum Breaks
John Higgins 1999/00 v. Dennis Taylor (SCO v.NIR)


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