Davis v Taylor, The ’85 Black Ball Final

Published on 25th May 2017 by

The 1985 World Snooker Championship final was played at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield between defending World Champion Steve Davis and the older Dennis Taylor, who was appearing in his second final. The match achieved legendary status when Taylor produced a stunning comeback to win the game on the final ball of the final frame, snatching the title from the heavy favourite Davis who had won three of the four previous World Championships. The match is commonly known as the ‘black ball final’, and is also noted for achieving a record post-midnight audience for any channel in the United Kingdom, a viewing figure record which still stands today.

Davis v Taylor: The ’85 Black Ball Final is a one hour long BBC documentary presented by Colin Murray and aired in 2010 which looks back at the match as well as the careers and personalities of the two men who took part in it. There are contributions people involved in Snooker including promoter Barry Hearn and player Stephen Hendry, as well as from Barry McGuigan, Ted Lowe, and the conspiracy theorist David Icke who presented the BBC programming on the day – Icke was a BBC sports broadcaster before he started talking about shape shifting lizard people!

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