1952/1953 News of the World Snooker Tournament

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News of the World Tournament
Tournament information
Dates 8 September 1952–17 January 1953
Venue Leicester Square Hall
City London
Country United Kingdom
Format Non-Ranking event
Total prize fund £1500
Winner's share £500
Final
Champion England Joe Davis
Runner-up Northern Ireland Jackie Rea
1951/52
1953/54

The 1952/1953 News of the World Snooker Tournament was a professional snooker tournament sponsored by the News of the World. The tournament was won by Joe Davis who won all of 8 matches. He finished ahead of Jackie Rea who won 5 matches. The News of the World Snooker Tournament ran from 1949/50 to 1959.

Format[edit]

The 1952/53 event was a round-robin snooker tournament and was played from 8 September 1952 to 17 January 1953. All matches were played at Leicester Square Hall in London. There were 9 competitors and a total of 36 matches. The competitors were Joe Davis, Fred Davis, Walter Donaldson, John Barrie, Albert Brown, Alec Brown, John Pulman, Jackie Rea and Sidney Smith. Jackie Read had won the qualifying event. Each match lasted three days and was the best of 37 frames.[1]

Each match was separately handicapped. Joe Davis played level with Fred Davis and gave Walter Donaldson 10, Albert Brown and John Pulman 14, Sidney Smith 17, John Barrie and Alec Brown 18 and Jackie Rea 21. Fred Davis gave Walter Donaldson, Albert Brown and Sidney Smith 7, Alec Brown 12, John Pulman 14, John Barrie 18 and Jackie Rea 21. Walter Donaldson played level with Sidney Smith and gave Albert Brown 7, Alec Brown and John Pulman 10, John Barrie 12 and Jackie Rea 18. Sidney Smith played level with Albert Brown and John Pulman and gave Alec Brown 10, John Barrie 14 and Jackie Rea 18. Albert Brown gave John Pulman 5, Alec Brown 7, John Barrie 10 and Jackie Rea 16. John Pulman gave John Barrie and Alec Brown 7 and Jackie Rea 14. John Barrie played level with Alec Brown 7 and gave Jackie Rea 12. Alec Brown gave Jackie Rea 14.[1]

Results[edit]

Despite giving between 10 and 21 points each frame, Joe Davis won his first seven matches comfortably. Playing level with brother Fred in the last match Joe won 26–11 to finished undefeated. Jackie Rea, who received between 12 and 21 points in all his matches, finished second.

Joe Davis made a break of 122 on 5 December, in his match against John Pulman.[2]

Winner Score Loser Date
Alec Brown 24–13 John Pulman 8–10 September
Albert Brown 19–18 John Pulman 11–13 September
John Barrie 20–17 Albert Brown 15–17 September
Walter Donaldson 21–16 John Barrie 18–20 September
Joe Davis 22–15 Jackie Rea 22–24 September
Jackie Rea 32–5 Sidney Smith 25–27 September
Fred Davis 22–15 Alec Brown 29 September–1 October
Fred Davis 20–17 Walter Donaldson 2–4 October
Joe Davis 24–13 Walter Donaldson 6–8 October
Joe Davis 21–16 Sidney Smith 9–11 October
Jackie Rea w/o–w/d Albert Brown 13–15 October
Fred Davis w/o–w/d Albert Brown 16–18 October
Jackie Rea 25–12 Alec Brown 20–22 October
John Pulman 19–18 John Barrie 23–25 October
John Pulman 22–15 Sidney Smith 27–29 October
Fred Davis 21–16 Sidney Smith 30 October–1 November
Joe Davis 22–15 Alec Brown 3–5 November
John Barrie 20–17 Alec Brown 6–8 November
Walter Donaldson 20–17 Jackie Rea 10–12 November
Walter Donaldson 21–16 John Pulman 13–15 November
Albert Brown 22–15 Sidney Smith 17–19 November
Joe Davis 21–16 John Barrie 20–22 November
John Barrie 25–12 Fred Davis 24–26 November
Jackie Rea 22–15 Fred Davis 27–29 November
Alec Brown 20–17 Sidney Smith 1–3 December
Joe Davis 23–14 John Pulman 4–6 December
Joe Davis 27–10 Albert Brown 8–10 December
Alec Brown 20–17 Walter Donaldson 11–13 December
Jackie Rea 25–12 John Barrie 15–17 December
John Pulman 19–18 Jackie Rea 18–20 December
John Barrie 25–12 Sidney Smith 29–31 December
Albert Brown 19–18 Walter Donaldson 1–3 January
John Pulman 20–17 Fred Davis 5–7 January
Alec Brown 21–16 Albert Brown 8–10 January
Walter Donaldson 27–10 Sidney Smith 12–14 January
Joe Davis 26–11 Fred Davis 15–17 January

Table [3]

Pos Player Pld MW FW Prize
1 England Joe Davis 8 8 186 £500
2 Northern Ireland Jackie Rea 8 5 173 £300
3 Scotland Walter Donaldson 8 4 154 £200
4 England John Barrie 8 4 152 ?
5 England Alec Brown 8 4 144 ?
6 England John Pulman 8 4 141 ?
7 England Fred Davis 8 4 137 ?
8 England Albert Brown 8 3 139 ?
9 England Sidney Smith 8 0 106 ?

The positions were determined firstly by the number of matches won (MW) and, in the event of a tie, the number of frames won (FW). Albert Brown conceded his two matches scheduled for the week of 13 to 18 October. He played the first day of his match against Jackie Rea, trailing 10–2 but was then ill.[4] Rea played a two-day exhibition match against John Pulman,[5] while Fred Davis played a three-day exhibition match against Rex Williams,[6] In the final table the matches were scored as 19–18 wins.[3]

Qualifying[edit]

The qualifying tournament was played from 5 May to 7 June 1952. These matches were also played at Leicester Square Hall in London. As in the main event, each match lasted three days and was the best of 37 frames. There were 5 competitors: Kingsley Kennerley, Jim Lees, Jackie Rea, Willie Smith and Rex Williams. The qualifying was won by Jackie Rea who advanced to the main event.[7]

Broadcasting[edit]

On 6 December the BBC showed two short, 30 minute, TV programmes of the final day of the match between Joe Davis and John Pulman. The commentators were Raymond Glendenning and Sidney Smith.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Snooker". The Times. 25 August 1952. p. 7. 
  2. ^ "Snooker". The Glasgow Herald. 6 December 1952. p. 2. 
  3. ^ a b "Professional Snooker". The Times. 19 January 1953. p. 9. 
  4. ^ "Snooker & Billiards". The Glasgow Herald. 15 October 1952. p. 9. 
  5. ^ "Snooker". The Glasgow Herald. 16 October 1952. p. 2. 
  6. ^ "Snooker". The Glasgow Herald. 20 October 1952. p. 9. 
  7. ^ "Snooker". The Times. 9 June 1952. p. 3. 
  8. ^ "BBC Television – 6 December 1952 – Snooker : News of the World Professional Tournament". BBC Genome Project. BBC. Retrieved 4 January 2016.