1980 Pot Black

The 1980 Pot Black event was a professional invitational snooker tournament, which was held at the Pebble Mill Studios in Birmingham. The tournament began with eight players competing in two groups of four using a round-robin format. The matches were one-frame shoot-outs in the group stages, two-frame aggregate scores in the semi-finals, and best-of-three-frames in the final.

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1980 Pot Black
Tournament information
Dates Recorded late December 1979 (broadcast 4 January – 18 April 1980 (1980-01-04 1980-04-18))
Venue Pebble Mill Studios
City Birmingham
Country England
Format Non-ranking event
Winner’s share £2000
Highest break Dennis Taylor (87)
Champion Eddie Charlton
Runner-up Ray Reardon
Score 2–1
Snooker tournament

Broadcast on BBC2, the programmes started at 21:00 on Friday 4 January 1980.[1]Alan Weeks presented the programme with Ted Lowe as commentator and Sydney Lee as referee.

The first programme of the series featured reigning Pot Black champion Ray Reardon playing against the then world champion Terry Griffiths making his Pot Black debut. Reardon reached the final where he lost 1–2 to Eddie Charlton who himself won his third title equalling the record set by John Spencer.[2][3]

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Player 1 Score Player 2 Broadcast Date
Ray Reardon 1–0 Terry Griffiths 4 January 1980
John Spencer 0–1 Dennis Taylor 18 January 1980
Ray Reardon 1–0 John Spencer 1 February 1980
Terry Griffiths 0–1 Dennis Taylor 22 February 1980
Terry Griffiths 0–1 John Spencer 29 February 1980
Ray Reardon 0–1 Dennis Taylor 14 March 1980

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