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"Did You Know"

  • Ronnie O'Sullivan turned professional as world under 21 snooker champion and won 70 of his first 72 professional matches.
  • Alex Higgins was the first player to take 15 reds with 15 blacks in the World Snooker Championships, although the 147 clearance eluded him.
  • At 16 years and 11 months, Jimmy White became the youngest ever World Amateur Snooker champion in 1979.
  • The 69 clearance from Alex Higgins against Jimmy White in the 1982 world championship semi-finals is widely regarded as the greatest match saving clearance of all time.
  • In the 1982 World Championships, defending champion Steve Davis was beaten 10 - 1 in the first round by Tony Knowles.
  • Joe Davis made the game's first official maximum beak in 1955.
  • Steve Davis made the first televised 147 break at the Lada Classic in 1982.
  • In 1983 - 84, Alex Higgins defeated Steve Davis 16 - 15 at the Coral UK, after trailing 7 - 0.
  • Due to a medical condition, Bill Werbenuik used to drink a pint a frame during matches and sometimes up 40 pints of lager a day.
  • Ronnie O'Sullivan made a record 30 centuries in his rookie season.
  • Ray Reardon won his sixth and last world title in 1975.
  • Stephen Hendry won the 1987 Rothmans Grand Prix aged 18, becoming the youngest ever winner of a World ranking title.
  • Cliff Thorburn made the first 147 break in the history of the World Championships.
  • In 1983 - 84 Steve Davis won his third world title in four years, becoming the first champion to make a successful title defence.
  • A 3 minute frame between Tony Drago and Danny Fowler is the fastest recorded in a world ranking tournament.
  • Joe Davis was beaten only four times on level terms throughout the duration of his career.
  • A minutes silence was held at the Crucible on the middle Saturday of the 1989 World Championships, in remembrance of the Hillsborough disaster.
  • John Spencer beat Cliff Thorburn in 1977 to become the Crucibles first world champion. He was the first player to win the title with a two piece cue.
  • Ronnie O'Sullivan is the youngest player to record a 147 maximum break in recognised amateur competition, aged 15 years and 97 days.
  • In 1992, Alison Fisher recorded the highest break by a woman in professional competition with a 133 against Joe Swail in the Dubai Classic.
  • At 6 hours and 25 minutes, the final session of Thorburn v Griffiths in 1983 is a record. The match finished at 3.51am!
  • In the 1993 season Ronnie O'Sullivan became the youngest player ever to qualify for the World Championships.
  • Murt O'Donoghue was the first player to make a witnessed 147 break in 1934.
  • Dennis Taylor won his first major title - the 1984 Rothman's Grand Prix three weeks after his mother passed away.
  • The final of the 1985 Dulux British Open between Kirk Stevens and Silvino Francisco was the first major final contested by non-british players.
  • In 1993 James Wattana became the first Thai player to reach the World Championship semi-finals.
  • In 1927 Joe Davis picked up 6.10s for winning the World Snooker Championship.
  • There were 542 entries for the World Championships in 1993, compared to just 2 who entered the 1931 tournament.
  • John Spencer completed the first 147 break in professional competition versus Cliff Thorburn at the Holstein Classic in 1979.
  • In season 1992 - 93, Doug Mountjoy won a match at the Crucible whilst requiring surgery for a malignant tumour.
  • Ken Doherty in 1997 and Cliff Thorburn in 1980 remain the only Non-British World Snooker Champions.
  • The final of the 1985 World Championships between Steve Davis and Dennis Taylor was watched by 18.5 million television viewers.
  • In 1978 the BBC decided to cover every day's play in the snooker World Championships.
  • Snooker balls were originally made from ivory.
  • In 1981 and at 18 years of age Jimmy White became the youngest winner of a professional tournament.
  • The actual size of the cue ball is 2 1/16 inches in diameter.
  • Patsy Fagan's problems with the rest became so acute that he could not push the cue through to strike the cue ball.
  • Alex Higgins became world snooker champion at his first attempt in 1972. He received 480 for winning the 1972 final, compared to 25,000 in 1982.
  • Terry Griffiths became world snooker champion at his first attempt when he defeated Dennis Taylor 24 - 16 in 1979.
  • In 1979, Alex Higgins became the first player to record consecutive 130 + breaks in tournament play.
  • John Virgo had to forfeit 2 frames in the 1979 Coral UK final after turning up 30 minutes late for the concluding session.
  • When television coverage of the 1980 World Final was interrupted to show the SAS at the Iranian Embassy, many viewers telephoned demanding that snooker be returned to their screens.
  • In 1990, Stephen Hendry became the youngest ever World Snooker Champion after defeating Jimmy White 18 - 12.

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