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The World Matchplay tournament was established in the 1950s as an alternative to the Billiards Association and Control Council/World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association professional snooker world championship by some of the professional players following a dispute with the governing body. Following a decline in the popularity of snooker the event was discontinued after 1957.

A one-off event was staged in 1976, this time sanctioned by the WPBSA. Held in Melbourne, the uninformed media had the public believing Eddie Charlton had won the World Professional Championship after he beat Ray Reardon 31–24 in the final.

In 1988 Barry Hearn resurrected the event as an invitational tournament for the provisional top 12 players, and it ran for five years. The event was held in Brentwood between 1988 and 1990, before moving to Doncaster for the last two years. The 1988 event was the first snooker tournament to offer a top prize of £100,000.

It was sponsored by Everest in 1988 and 1989, and Coalite from 1990–1992. It was televised between 1988 and 1992 by ITV as a replacement for the World Doubles Championship.


WinnersEdit

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
1976 Flag of Australia Eddie Charlton Flag of Wales Ray Reardon 31–24 n/a
1988 Flag of England Steve Davis Flag of England John Parrott 9–5 1988/89
1989 Flag of England Jimmy White Flag of England John Parrott 18–9 1989/90
1990 Flag of England Jimmy White Flag of Scotland Stephen Hendry 18–9 1990/91
1991 Flag of England Gary Wilkinson Flag of England Steve Davis 18–11 1991/92
1992 Flag of Thailand James Wattana Flag of England Steve Davis 9–4 1992/93

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