1984 Pot Black

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Pot Black 84
Tournament information
Dates December 1983 (broadcast 4 January-11 April 1984)
Venue Pebble Mill Studios
City Birmingham
Country England
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Non-Ranking event
Total prize fund £40,750
Winner's share £5,000[1]
Highest break Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (81)
Champion Wales Terry Griffiths
Runner-up England John Spencer
Score 2–1

The 1984 Pot Black was the sixteenth edition of the professional invitational snooker tournament, which took place in December 1983 but was broadcast in the summer of 1984. The tournament was held at Pebble Mill Studios in Birmingham. For the first time since the inaugural tournament in 1969. The championship was reverted to a knockout format and players risen from 8 to 16. All matches until the final were one-frame shoot-outs, the final being contested over the best of three frames.

Broadcasts were on BBC2 and started at 21:00 on Wednesday 4 January 1984 [2] Alan Weeks presented the programme with Ted Lowe as commentator and John Williams as referee.

With the tournament now risen to 16 players, there were Pot Black debuts for Tony Meo, Silvino Francisco and Mark Wildman and original player John Spencer played for the first time since 1980. Terry Griffiths who also last played in 1980 won the event, his ninth professional title, beating Spencer 2–1 in the final.[3][4]

Main draw

Last 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
Best of 3 frames
England John Spencer 1
Northern Ireland Alex Higgins 0
England John Spencer 1
Australia Eddie Charlton 0
Australia Eddie Charlton 1
England Tony Meo 0
England John Spencer 1
England Jimmy White 0
England Jimmy White 1
England David Taylor 0
England Jimmy White 1
England Steve Davis 0
England Steve Davis 1
England Mark Wildman 0
England John Spencer 1
Wales Terry Griffiths 2
England Willie Thorne 1
England Tony Knowles 0
England Willie Thorne 1
Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor 0
Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor 1
Canada Kirk Stevens 0
England Willie Thorne 0
Wales Terry Griffiths 1
South Africa Silvino Francisco 1
Wales Ray Reardon 0
South Africa Silvino Francisco 0
Wales Terry Griffiths 1
Wales Terry Griffiths 1
Wales Doug Mountjoy 0


Final: Best of 3 frames.
Pebble Mill Studios, Birmingham, England, 30 December 1983 (Broadcast 11 April 1984).
Terry Griffiths
2–1 John Spencer


  1. ^ http://www.cuetracker.net/Players/Terry-Griffiths/Prize-Money/1983-1984
  2. ^ "BBC Television – 4 January 1984 – Pot Black". BBC Genome Project. BBC. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  3. ^ "BBC Television – 11 April 1984 – Pot Black: BBC2 Knockout Snooker Competition". BBC Genome Project. BBC. Retrieved 25 February 2017.
  4. ^ http://www.cuetracker.net/Tournaments/Pot-Black/1984/723
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