On this Week: British success for the Whirlwind
Chris Turner looks back on this week in snooker history, a week which includes two British Open titles for Jimmy White.
February 28, 1980 – ALEX WINS GOLD CUP
The British Gold Cup, at Derby Assembly Rooms, was won by Alex Higgins who beat Ray Reardon 5-1 in the final. This event was held only once under that title but the following season it became the Yamaha Organs International Masters and later, the British Open.
February 28, 1982 – SECOND WELSH TITLE FOR DOUG
At the Ebbw Vale Leisure Centre, Doug Mountjoy won the Woodpecker Welsh Professional Championship for the second time in three years with a 9-8 victory over Terry Griffiths.
February 28, 1999 – HIGGINS RETAINS CHARITY CHALLENGE
For the second year running, John Higgins won the Liverpool Victoria Charity Challenge title. As in the previous year, he defeated Ronnie O’Sullivan in the final at the Derby Assembly Rooms, this time 9-4. This was the last time this event was held.
February 29, 1992 – SECOND BRITISH OPEN FOR JIMMY
At Derby Assembly Rooms, Jimmy White beat James Wattana 10-7 to regain the Pearl Assurance British Open title five years after his previous victory in this event.
March 1, 1987 – JIMMY TRIUMPHS IN BRITISH OPEN
At Derby Assembly Rooms, Jimmy White beat Neal Foulds 13-9 to claim the Dulux British Open title for the first time
March 1, 1998 – HIGGINS WINS CHARITY CHALLENGE
John Higgins won the Liverpool Victoria Charity Challenge title at the Derby Assembly Rooms beating Ronnie O’Sullivan 9-8 in the final. It was the second year running that Ronnie had lost in the final in the deciding frame.
March 2, 1986 – DAVIS CLINCHES BRITISH OPEN
Having three times won its predecessor, the Yamaha International Masters, Steve Davis won the Dulux British Open title for the first time beating Willie Thorne 12-7 in the final at Derby Assembly Rooms.
March 2, 1991 – HENDRY DENIES WILKINSON A FIRST ‘MAJOR’
Gary Wilkinson put in a superb effort attempting to win his first ranking title at Derby but Stephen Hendry just managed to win in the deciding frame to claim the Pearl Assurance British Open for the second time with a 10-9 victory.
March 2, 1997 – EUROPEAN OPEN FOR JOHN HIGGINS
At the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta, Malta, John Higgins beat the defending and three times former champion, John Parrott, 9-5 to win the European Open title.
March 2, 2003 – FISHER IS BEATEN AT LAST
A world record unbeaten run by Kelly Fisher of 69 matches in Ladies ranking events covering 15 tournaments, came to an end when she lost 1-3 to Maria Catalano in the East Anglian Championship in Cambridge.
March 2, 2006 – 14-YEAR OLD MICHAEL WINS WORLD GRAND PRIX
The IBSF World Grand Prix at Prestatyn, which replaced the cancelled World Amateur Championship, was won by 14-year-old Welsh schoolboy, Michael White who became the youngest ever winner of a major international event. In the final he beat Scotland’s Mark Boyle 10-5.
March 3, 1985 – FIRST MAJOR FOR SILVINO
South Africa’s Silvino Francisco won his first major title when he beat Kirk Stevens 12-9 at Derby Assembly Rooms to win the inaugural Dulux British Open title.
March 3, 1996 – THIRD EUROPEAN OPEN FOR PARROTT
At the Republic Hall in Valletta, Malta, John Parrott beat Peter Ebdon 9-7 in the final to claim the European Open title for a record third time.
March 3, 2002 – HAMILTON THROWS AWAY TITLE CHANCE
In the final of the China Open at the International Gymnastics Centre in Shanghai, Anthony Hamilton looked all set to claim his first ranking title as he built up an 8-5 lead. However he then seemed to freeze and only scored 35 points in the next three frames as Mark Williams pulled back to level the match and he had good chances in the decider but Mark clinched a 9-8 victory with a run of 63.
March 3, 2004 – TWO AUSTRALIANS MAKE LAST EIGHT
For the first time ever in a ranking event, two Australians reached the quarter finals. Both Quinten Hann and Neil Robertson made the last eight in the European Open at Portomaso in Malta.
March 4, 1984 – THIRD YAMAHA TITLE FOR STEVE DAVIS
For the third time in four years, Steve Davis won the Yamaha Organs International Masters at Derby Assembly Rooms. On this occasion the final was played as a three-man round robin with Dave Martin and John Dunning coming second and third. At 56 years and 320 days, John became the oldest player ever to appear in a major professional snooker final.
March 4, 1990 – CHAPERON IS SURPRISE BRITISH OPEN CHAMPION
Canada’s Bob Chaperon, the world number 29, was the surprise winner of the Pearl Assurance British Open at Derby. In the final he defeated Alex Higgins 10-8 in what proved to be The Hurricane’s last appearance in a final.
March 4, 1982 – DAVIS WINS TOLLY COBBOLD CLASSIC
The fourth running of the Tolly Cobbold Classic at the Corn Exchange in Ipswich resulted in a first win for Steve Davis who beat Dennis Taylor 8-3 in the final.
March 5, 1989 – RANKING TITLE FOR MEO AT LAST
In his tenth season as a professional, Tony Meo finally won a world ranking title. At Derby Assembly Rooms he beat Dean Reynolds 13-6 to win the Anglian Windows British Open.
March 5, 2006 – LEE WINS FOURTH RANKING TITLE
After three seasons without a trophy, Stephen Lee captured his fourth ranking title. He won the Welsh Open at the Newport Centre beating Shaun Murphy 9-4 in the final.
March 6, 1983 – REARDON’S LAST TITLE
Six-times world champion, Ray Reardon, won his last major title when he defeated Jimmy White, nearly 30 years his junior, 9-6 to win the Yamaha Organs International Masters at Derby Assembly Rooms.
March 6, 1988 – FIRST BRITISH OPEN FOR HENDRY
Stephen Hendry won the first of his four British Open titles when he defeated Mike Hallett 13-2 in the final of the MIM Britannia sponsored event at Derby.
March 6, 1993 – DAVIS REGAINS BRITISH OPEN
Seven years after he last won the title, Steve Davis regained the Wickes Home Improvements British Open title. In the final, at Derby Assembly Rooms, he had a 10-2 victory over James Wattana who was runner up for the second year running.
March 6, 1994 – WILD CARD BEATS HENDRY
World Amateur champion, Tai Pichit, playing as a wild card, caused a major upset in the Thailand Open when he beat Stephen Hendry 5-2 to reach the last sixteen.
March 6, 2004 – FIRST RANKING TITLE FOR MAGUIRE
Stephen Maguire won his first ranking title beating Jimmy White 9-3 in the final of the European Open at the Hilton Conference Centre in Portomaso, Malta.