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This article is a list of world snooker champions, from 1927 to the present, including BA&CC/WPBSA, World Matchplay and challenge matches.

BA&CC/WPBSA world championshipsEdit

Winners of and runners-up in the World Snooker Championships sanctioned by the Billiards Association and Control Council / World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association

Year Winner Runner-up Final score Season
1927 Flag of England Joe Davis Flag of England Tom Dennis 20–11 n/a
1928 Flag of England Joe Davis Flag of England Fred Lawrence 16–13 n/a
1929 Flag of England Joe Davis Flag of England Tom Dennis 19–14 n/a
1930 Flag of England Joe Davis Flag of England Tom Dennis 25–12 n/a
1931 Flag of England Joe Davis Flag of England Tom Dennis 25–21 n/a
1932 Flag of England Joe Davis Flag of New Zealand Clark McConachy 30–19 n/a
1933 Flag of England Joe Davis Flag of England Willie Smith 25–18 n/a
1934 Flag of England Joe Davis Flag of England Tom Newman 25–23 n/a
1935 Flag of England Joe Davis Flag of England Willie Smith 25–20 n/a
1936 Flag of England Joe Davis Flag of Australia Horace Lindrum 34–27 n/a
1937 Flag of England Joe Davis Flag of Australia Horace Lindrum 32–29 n/a
1938 Flag of England Joe Davis Flag of England Sidney Smith 37–24 n/a
1939 Flag of England Joe Davis Flag of England Sidney Smith 43–30 n/a
1940 Flag of England Joe Davis Flag of England Fred Davis 37–36 n/a
1941–1945 no tournament held
1946 Flag of England Joe Davis Flag of Australia Horace Lindrum 78–67 n/a
1947 Flag of Scotland Walter Donaldson Flag of England Fred Davis 82–63 n/a
1948 Flag of England Fred Davis Flag of Scotland Walter Donaldson 84–61 n/a
1949 Flag of England Fred Davis Flag of Scotland Walter Donaldson 80–65 n/a
1950 Flag of Scotland Walter Donaldson Flag of England Fred Davis 51–46 n/a
1951 Flag of England Fred Davis Flag of Scotland Walter Donaldson 58–39 n/a
1952 Flag of Australia Horace Lindrum Flag of New Zealand Clark McConachy 94–49 n/a
Challenge Matches
1964 Flag of England John Pulman Flag of England Fred Davis 19–16 n/a
1964 Flag of England John Pulman Flag of England Rex Williams 40–33 n/a
1965 Flag of England John Pulman Flag of England Fred Davis 37–36 n/a
1965 Flag of England John Pulman Flag of England Rex Williams 25–22 (matches) n/a
1965 Flag of England John Pulman Flag of South Africa Fred Van Rensburg 39–12 n/a
1966 Flag of England John Pulman Flag of England Fred Davis 5–2 (matches) n/a
1968 Flag of England John Pulman Flag of Australia Eddie Charlton 39–34 n/a
Knockout tournaments
1969 Flag of England John Spencer Flag of Wales Gary Owen 37–24 n/a
1970 Flag of Wales Ray Reardon Flag of England John Pulman 37–33 n/a
1971 Flag of England John Spencer Flag of Australia Warren Simpson 37–29 n/a
1972 Flag of Northern Ireland Alex Higgins Flag of England John Spencer 37–32 n/a
1973 Flag of Wales Ray Reardon Flag of Australia Eddie Charlton 38–32 n/a
1974 Flag of Wales Ray Reardon Flag of England Graham Miles 22–12 1973/74
1975 Flag of Wales Ray Reardon Flag of Australia Eddie Charlton 31–30 1974/75
1976 Flag of Wales Ray Reardon Flag of Northern Ireland Alex Higgins 27–16 1975/76
The Crucible
1977 Flag of England John Spencer Flag of Canada Cliff Thorburn 25–12 1976/77
1978 Flag of Wales Ray Reardon Flag of South Africa Perrie Mans 25–18 1977/78
1979 Flag of Wales Terry Griffiths Flag of Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor 24–16 1978/79
1980 Flag of Canada Cliff Thorburn Flag of Northern Ireland Alex Higgins 18–16 1979/80
1981 Flag of England Steve Davis Flag of Wales Doug Mountjoy 18–12 1980/81
1982 Flag of Northern Ireland Alex Higgins Flag of Wales Ray Reardon 18–15 1981/82
1983 Flag of England Steve Davis Flag of Canada Cliff Thorburn 18–6 1982/83
1984 Flag of England Steve Davis Flag of England Jimmy White 18–16 1983/84
1985 Flag of Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor Flag of England Steve Davis 18–17 1984/85
1986 Flag of England Joe Johnson Flag of England Steve Davis 18–12 1985/86
1987 Flag of England Steve Davis Flag of England Joe Johnson 18–14 1986/87
1988 Flag of England Steve Davis Flag of Wales Terry Griffiths 18–11 1987/88
1989 Flag of England Steve Davis Flag of England John Parrott 18–3 1988/89
1990 Flag of Scotland Stephen Hendry Flag of England Jimmy White 18–12 1989/90
1991 Flag of England John Parrott Flag of England Jimmy White 18–11 1990/91
1992 Flag of Scotland Stephen Hendry Flag of England Jimmy White 18–14 1991/92
1993 Flag of Scotland Stephen Hendry Flag of England Jimmy White 18–5 1992/93
1994 Flag of Scotland Stephen Hendry Flag of England Jimmy White 18–17 1993/94
1995 Flag of Scotland Stephen Hendry Flag of England Nigel Bond 18–9 1994/95
1996 Flag of Scotland Stephen Hendry Flag of England Peter Ebdon 18–12 1995/96
1997 Flag of Ireland Ken Doherty Flag of Scotland Stephen Hendry 18–12 1996/97
1998 Flag of Scotland John Higgins Flag of Ireland Ken Doherty 18–12 1997/98
1999 Flag of Scotland Stephen Hendry Flag of Wales Mark Williams 18–11 1998/99
2000 Flag of Wales Mark Williams Flag of Wales Matthew Stevens 18–16 1999/00
2001 Flag of England Ronnie O'Sullivan Flag of Scotland John Higgins 18–14 2000/01
2002 Flag of England Peter Ebdon Flag of Scotland Stephen Hendry 18–17 2001/02
2003 Flag of Wales Mark Williams Flag of Ireland Ken Doherty 18–16 2002/03
2004 Flag of England Ronnie O'Sullivan Flag of Scotland Graeme Dott 18–8 2003/04
2005 Flag of England Shaun Murphy Flag of Wales Matthew Stevens 18–16 2004/05
2006 Flag of Scotland Graeme Dott Flag of England Peter Ebdon 18–14 2005/06
2007 Flag of Scotland John Higgins Flag of England Mark Selby 18–13 2006/07
2008 Flag of England Ronnie O'Sullivan Flag of England Ali Carter 18–8 2007/08
2009 Flag of Scotland John Higgins Flag of England Shaun Murphy 18–9 2008/09
2010 Flag of Australia Neil Robertson Flag of Scotland Graeme Dott 18–13 2009/10

World Matchplay championshipsEdit

Main article: World Matchplay
Year Winner Runner-up Final score Season
1952 Flag of England Fred Davis Flag of Scotland Walter Donaldson 38–35 n/a
1953 Flag of England Fred Davis Flag of Scotland Walter Donaldson 37–34 n/a
1954 Flag of England Fred Davis Flag of Scotland Walter Donaldson 39–21 n/a
1955 Flag of England Fred Davis Flag of England John Pulman 37–34 n/a
1956 Flag of England Fred Davis Flag of England John Pulman 38–35 n/a
1957 Flag of England John Pulman Flag of Northern Ireland Jackie Rea 39–34 n/a

By playerEdit

Player Total Years
Notes
Flag of England Joe Davis 15 1927–1940, 1946
The "grandfather of modern snooker"; dominated the World Championship during its pre-television era, winning every consecutive world title over a 20 year period. Has never lost in a final.
Flag of England Fred Davis 8 1948, 1949, 1951, 1952–1956 (World Matchplay)
Dominated the 1940s–50s, once his elder brother Joe had retired. Runner-up in 1940, 1947, 1950, 1964–1966.
Flag of England John Pulman 1957 (World Matchplay) 1964 (twice), 1965 (three times), 1966, 1968
Dominated the 1960s, especially the challenge-match phase. Runner-up in 1970.
Flag of Scotland Stephen Hendry 7 1990, 1992–1996, 1999
Dominated the 1990s, much as S. Davis dominated the 1980s. His 7 world titles are regarded as the "modern day" record (counting from 1969 when the World Championship reverted to annual knock-out format). Runner-up in 1997 and 2002. The only player of the modern era to reach 9 finals.
Flag of Wales Ray Reardon 6 1970, 1973–1976, 1978
His World Championship career straddled the pre-televised and televised eras. Runner-up in 1982.
Flag of England Steve Davis 1981, 1983, 1984, 1987–1989
Dominated the 1980s, the first player in the televised era to win consecutive titles. Until the rise of Hendry, Davis held the vast majority of snooker records and still holds the record for most professional titles won (73). (Not related to F. & J. Davis.) Runner-up in 1985 and 1986.
Flag of England John Spencer 3 1969, 1971, 1977
Like Reardon, his World Championship career bridged the pre-televised and televised eras. Runner-up in 1972.
Flag of England Ronnie O'Sullivan 2001, 2004, 2008
Compiled the two fastest maximum breaks (5:20 in 1997 and 6:30 in 2003) so far recorded during World Championships, making him the first player to compile more than one career maximum at the Crucible. Has never lost in a world championship final.
Flag of Scotland John Higgins 1998, 2007, 2009
Achieved the 1000th century break at the Crucible. Runner-up in 2001.
Flag of Scotland Walter Donaldson 2 1947, 1950. Runner-up in 1948 and 1949.
Flag of Northern Ireland Alex Higgins 1972, 1982. Runner-up in 1976 and 1980.
Flag of Wales Mark Williams 2000, 2003
In the 2002/2003 season, held all three other BBC-televised titles simultaneously with the World Championship. Runner-up in 1999.
Flag of Australia Horace Lindrum 1 1952. Runner-up in 1936, 1937 and 1946.
Flag of Wales Terry Griffiths 1979
Remains the only player in the televised era to win the World Championship on his first attempt. Runner-up in 1988.
Flag of Canada Cliff Thorburn 1980. First Canadian to become World Snooker Champion. Runner-up in 1977 and 1983, he made the first maximum break at the Crucible that year.
Flag of Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor 1985
Won the famous 1985 final on the black ball in the deciding frame. Runner-up in 1979
Flag of England Joe Johnson 1986. Runner-up in 1987.
Flag of England John Parrott 1991
A noted amateur in the early 1980s, Parrott first reached the World Championship final in 1989.
Flag of Ireland Ken Doherty 1997
To date the only player to win all three World Championships: Under 21 (1989), Amateur (1989) and Professional (1997). Runner-up in 1998 and 2003.
Flag of England Peter Ebdon 2002
Runner-up in 1996 and 2006.
Flag of England Shaun Murphy 2005
The first qualifier to win the World Championship since Griffiths.
Runner-up in 2009.
Flag of Scotland Graeme Dott 2006
First reached the World Championship final in 2004. His 2006 title was his first professional tournament victory. Lost his third final in 2010.
Flag of Australia Neil Robertson 2010
Australia's first World Snooker Champion since 1952 and their first winner at the Crucible.

By nationalityEdit

Country Players Total
Flag of England England 10 47
Flag of Scotland Scotland 4 13
Flag of Wales Wales 3 9
Flag of Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 2 3
Flag of Australia Australia 2 2
Flag of Canada Canada 1 1
Flag of Ireland Republic of Ireland 1 1


ReferencesEdit

See alsoEdit

World Snooker Champions
The early years
1927–1940 Joe Davis
Post-War to decline
1946 Joe Davis • 1947 Walter Donaldson • 1948–49 Fred Davis • 1950 Walter Donaldson • 1951 Fred Davis • 1952 Horace Lindrum
World Matchplay
1952–56 Fred Davis • 1957 John Pulman
Challenge matches
1964–68 John Pulman
The modern era (pre-Crucible)
1969 John Spencer • 1970 Ray Reardon • 1971 John Spencer • 1972 Alex Higgins • 1973–76 Ray Reardon
The Crucible Theatre
1977 John Spencer • 1978 Ray Reardon • 1979 Terry Griffiths • 1980 Cliff Thorburn • 1981 Steve Davis • 1982 Alex Higgins • 1983–84 Steve Davis • 1985 Dennis Taylor • 1986 Joe Johnson • 1987–89 Steve Davis • 1990 Stephen Hendry • 1991 John Parrott • 1992–96 Stephen Hendry • 1997 Ken Doherty • 1998 John Higgins • 1999 Stephen Hendry • 2000 Mark Williams • 2001 Ronnie O'Sullivan • 2002 Peter Ebdon • 2003 Mark Williams • 2004 Ronnie O'Sullivan • 2005 Shaun Murphy • 2006 Graeme Dott • 2007 John Higgins • 2008 Ronnie O'Sullivan • 2009 John Higgins
World Snooker Championship
The early years
19271928192919301931193219331934193519361937193819391940
Post-War to decline
1946194719481949195019511952
World Matchplay
195219531954195519561957
Challenge matches
1964196519661968
The modern era (pre-Crucible)
19691970197119721973197419751976
The Crucible Theatre
19771978197919801981198219831984198519861987198819891990199119921993
199419951996199719981999200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014
Winners and statistics
List of winners from 1927 to present

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