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Tolly Cobbold Classic
Invitation Event 

Brief History of the Tolly Cobbold Classic
 
Suffolk brewers, Tolly Cobbold began a four man snooker tournament at the Ipswich Corn Exchange in 1978 and then, with local television coverage by Anglia TV, they began the Classic in 1979. The event continued in February each year until 1984.
 
The original format was for eight of the top professionals to play in two round robin groups with the two group winners contesting a best-of-nine final. Alex Higgins beat Ray Reardon in the first event which carried a prize of £600 to the winner.
 
Higgins retained his title in 1980 when there were just four players but the first prize had jumped to £1,500. The top two from the round robin went into the final. It was back to an eight-man two-group format in 1981 when Graham Miles was the surprise winner, collecting a cheque for £2,000/
 
For 1982, still with eight players, a straight knockout system was adopted and there began a sequence of three successive wins for Steve Davis with Dennis Taylor, Terry Griffiths and Tony Knowles respectively taking the runner-up prize. By that 1984 final, the winner’s cheque had risen to £7,000 but that was to be the last running of the event. The sponsors in stead gave their backing to the revived English Professional Championship which was also staged at the Corn Exchange.

 

Roll Of Honour 

Year Venue Sponsor Winner
Runner Up Score 1st Prize
1979 Corn Exchange, Ipswich Tolly Cobbold Alex Higgins Ray Reardon 5-4 £600
1980 Corn Exchange, Ipswich Tolly Cobbold Alex Higgins Dennis Taylor 5-4 £1,500
1981 Corn Exchange, Ipswich Tolly Cobbold Graham Miles Cliff Thorburn 5-1 £2,000
1982 Corn Exchange, Ipswich Tolly Cobbold Steve Davis Dennis Taylor 8-3 £2,000
1983 Corn Exchange, Ipswich Tolly Cobbold Steve Davis Terry Griffiths 7-5 £5,000
1984 Corn Exchange, Ipswich Tolly Cobbold Steve Davis Tony Knowles 8-28 £7,000

   




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