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Doug Mountjoy
Doug Mountjoy
Born (1942-06-08) 8 June 1942 (age 78)
Tir-y-Berth, Glamorgan[1]
Died(2021-02-14)February 14, 2021
Sport country Wales
Professional1976–1997
Highest ranking5 (1990/91)
Career winnings£759,659
Highest break145: 1981 World Championship
Century breaks49
Tournament wins
Ranking2
Non-ranking15
Doug Mountjoy (8 June 1942 - 14 February 2021) was a Welsh snooker player. He was a mainstay of the professional snooker circuit during the late 1970s and 1980s, and remained within the top 16 of the world rankings for eleven consecutive years. He began his professional snooker career by clinching the title at the 1977 Masters tournament, which he had entered as a late replacement. He won both the 1978 UK Championship and the 1979 Irish Masters, and reached the final of the 1981 World Championship where he lost to Steve Davis. He also finished in second place at the 1985 Masters, but by 1988 he had dropped out of the top 16.
Mountjoy enjoyed a resurgence in his 40s, and at the age of 46 he defeated future seven-time world champion Stephen Hendry in the final of the 1988 UK Championship. He followed this up with the 1989 Classic title, and by the end of the 1988–89 season he was back in the top 16, where he remained until 1992. His world ranking peaked at #5 in 1990/1991. He also won five Welsh Professional titles during his career.
Diagnosed with lung cancer in 1993, Mountjoy qualified for the World Championship at the age of 50, just weeks before having one of his lungs surgically removed. He continued to play professionally until 1997, and he was coach to the United Arab Emirates snooker association between 1997 and 1999.
Contents
1 Early life
2 Career
3 Performance and rankings timeline
4 Career finals
4.1 Ranking finals: 4 (2 titles, 2 runners-up)
4.2 Non-ranking finals: 28 (15 titles, 13 runners-up)
4.3 Pro-am finals: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)
4.4 Team finals: 5 (2 titles, 3 runners-up)
4.5 Amateur finals: 4 (3 titles, 1 runner-up)
5 Death
6 References
7 External links
Early life
Mountjoy was born on 8 June 1942. He was brought up just outside Ebbw Vale and worked for some years as a coal miner, playing snooker in his spare time. A well-known player in the valleys as a youth and young man, he won many amateur tournaments including two Welsh Amateur titles and the World Amateur title in 1976, for which he beat Paul Mifsud 11–1. After the World Amateur victory he turned professional, at the age of 34.
Career
Mountjoy's first success was as a late replacement in the 1977 Masters at the New London Theatre, his first professional tournament. He beat former world champions John Pulman, Fred Davis and Alex Higgins, and in the final defeated the then world champion (and defending Masters titleholder) Ray Reardon 7–6 to win the title.
At the World Championship a couple of months later, he beat Higgins again in the first round but lost to Dennis Taylor in the quarter-final 11–13. At the end of 1977 he reached the final of the first-ever UK Snooker Championship, losing to Patsy Fagan 9–12. He won the title a year later beating David Taylor 15–9, and in the same season he beat Ray Reardon to win the Irish Masters 6–5.
In 1980 he won the Champion of Champions, beating John Virgo 10–8 in the final.
After being part of the winning Wales team in the first two snooker World Cups, in 1979 and 1980, he had an attack of Bell's palsy which partially paralysed his face. With the problem cleared, he reached the final of the 1981 World Snooker Championship, where he beat Eddie Charlton, Dennis Taylor and, in the semi-final, Ray Reardon (against whom he made a 145 break, a championship record at the time). He then played Steve Davis in the final. Davis was favourite to win his first world title, and appeared to be racing to an easy victory when he won the first six frames of the match. However Mountjoy recovered, and on several occasions came close to drawing level. Trailing 11–13, and with the score at 60–63 in the 25th frame, he looked certain to cut Davis's lead to one frame but missed a simple blue from its spot. Davis went on to clear the colours, fluking the final black, and Mountjoy would win only one more frame as Davis eased to an 18–12 victory.
After that run at the World Championship, he had only a short run of titles; he won the Welsh Professional Championship in 1982 and 1984 to go with his 1980 title. He was back in the final of a major again in the 1985 Masters tournament, losing to Cliff Thorburn. Mountjoy also reclaimed the Pot Black title in March that year, having previously won it in 1978.
He won another Welsh title in 1987 but otherwise he struggled, including a 1–9 defeat to Steve Longworth in the 1986 UK Championship. By 1988 he was out of the top 16 in the World Rankings. It was at this time that he turned to the snooker coach Frank Callan, who had a reputation for being a valuable teacher to the professionals. In his book Frank Callan's Snooker Clinic, he relates the rebuilding of Mountjoy's game. Callan identified a particular fault in his technique, where he would play shots that required side spin by cueing across the ball, rather than moving his bridge hand over and striking in a straight line. This was how Mountjoy had always played a shot with sidespin, which was a testament to just how talented he was. Callan instructed Mountjoy to use a 'drill' when preparing to strike the ball, rather than spending varying amounts of time and care on a shot dependent upon its difficulty. With a blanket approach to every stroke, Mountjoy found his game returning.
In the 1988/89 season, with Mountjoy noticeably using his new drill, he reached the final of the 1988 UK Championship. At the age of 46 he was meeting the young pretender Stephen Hendry in the final. He won 16–12 and gained his first ranking tournament victory, having at one stage scored centuries in three consecutive frames, and after the match praised Hendry as a future talent: "I can see him getting into the Top 300 at some point. Tee hee." In January 1989 he won the Classic, beating fellow Welshman Wayne Jones in the final, to win consecutive ranking titles. That gave Mountjoy his second ranking title during his twelve years as a professional, both of them won within two months. He then won his fifth Welsh Professional title the following month. He was back in the top 16 the next season, and by 1990 he was number 5 in the world. He stayed in the Top 16 until 1992.
In 1993, not long after dropping out of the top 16, Mountjoy was diagnosed with lung cancer after being a smoker for many years. That year, in his final World Championship finals appearance, at the age of 50, he beat Alain Robidoux 10–6 in the first round only weeks before an operation to remove his left lung. For fifteen years he was the last player aged over 50 to appear in the final stages. He survived the cancer and continued to play snooker until 1997.
After 1997 he concentrated on snooker coaching but did compete in the World Championship again in 2002.
Performance and rankings timeline
Tournament
1976/77
1977/78
1978/79
1979/80
1980/81
1981/82
1982/83
1983/84
1984/85
1985/86
1986/87
1987/88
1988/89
1989/90
1990/91
1991/92
1992/93
1993/94
1994/95
1995/96
1996/97
Ranking
14
14
13
14
6
7
12
15
15
14
14
24
10
5
10
26
30
26
36
59
Ranking tournaments
Asian Classic
Tournament Not Held
NR
F
QF
1R
2R
WD
LQ
LQ
LQ
Grand Prix
Tournament Not Held
1R
1R
QF
2R
3R
1R
3R
QF
1R
2R
1R
1R
2R
1R
LQ
UK Championship
NH
Non-Ranking Event
2R
2R
2R
1R
W
1R
2R
1R
2R
2R
1R
1R
LQ
German Open
Tournament Not Held
LQ
LQ
Welsh Open
Tournament Not Held
1R
2R
1R
1R
LQ
1R
International Open
Tournament Not Held
NR
1R
QF
1R
2R
2R
1R
2R
1R
Not Held
1R
1R
1R
LQ
LQ
European Open
Tournament Not Held
3R
QF
QF
2R
3R
LQ
1R
LQ
LQ
Thailand Open
Tournament Not Held
Non-Ranking Event
Not Held
3R
3R
1R
1R
LQ
1R
LQ
LQ
British Open
Not Held
Non-Ranking Event
1R
1R
3R
1R
3R
3R
2R
QF
1R
QF
1R
LQ
LQ
World Championship
QF
2R
2R
2R
F
2R
2R
QF
2R
2R
2R
2R
1R
2R
1R
1R
2R
LQ
LQ
LQ
LQ
Non-ranking tournaments
Scottish Masters
Tournament Not Held
QF
A
A
A
A
A
A
NH
A
QF
A
A
A
A
A
A
The Masters
W
QF
SF
A
QF
QF
SF
1R
F
1R
QF
1R
A
QF
1R
1R
LQ
LQ
A
A
A
Seniors Pot Black
Tournament Not Held
QF
Irish Masters
A
F
W
F
QF
QF
QF
A
A
A
A
A
A
1R
1R
A
A
A
A
A
A
Pontins Professional
RR
RR
W
A
SF
SF
W
QF
A
A
A
A
QF
A
SF
SF
A
A
A
A
A
European League
Tournament Not Held
RR
Not Held
A
A
A
RR
RR
A
A
A
A
A
A
Former ranking tournaments
Canadian Masters
Non-Ranking Event
Tournament Not Held
Non-Ranking
2R
Tournament Not Held
Hong Kong Open
Not Held
Non-Ranking Event
NH
3R
Tournament Not Held
NR
NH
Classic
Not Held
Non-Ranking Event
1R
1R
SF
1R
2R
W
1R
2R
1R
Tournament Not Held
Strachan Open
Tournament Not Held
1R
MR
NR
Not Held
Former non-ranking tournaments
Canadian Masters
A
1R
A
A
A
Tournament Not Held
A
A
A
R
Tournament Not Held
Holsten Lager International
Not Held
1R
Tournament Not Held
Forward Chemicals Tournament
Not Held
RR
Tournament Not Held
Golden Masters
NH
W
SF
Tournament Not Held
Padmore Super Crystalate
Not Held
QF
Tournament Not Held
Bombay International
Not Held
A
RR
Tournament Not Held
Pontins Camber Sands
Not Held
SF
Tournament Not Held
Champion of Champions
Not Held
SF
NH
W
Tournament Not Held
International Open
Tournament Not Held
2R
Ranking Event
Not Held
Ranking Event
Northern Ireland Classic
Tournament Not Held
SF
Tournament Not Held
Classic
Not Held
QF
A
A
QF
Ranking Event
Tournament Not Held
Tolly Cobbold Classic
Not Held
RR
A
A
A
QF
A
Tournament Not Held
Thailand Masters
Tournament Not Held
SF
A
A
A
Not Held
Ranking Event
UK Championship
NH
F
W
2R
1R
2R
2R
2R
Ranking Event
British Open
Not Held
RR
RR
RR
2R
RR
Ranking Event
New Zealand Masters
Tournament Not Held
F
QF
Not Held
A
A
Tournament Not Held
Australian Masters
Not Held
A
A
A
A
1R
1R
A
A
A
NH
R
Tournament Not Held
A
A
NH
Norwich Union Grand Prix
Tournament Not Held
QF
Tournament Not Held
Welsh Professional Championship
F
Not Held
W
SF
W
F
W
F
F
W
SF
W
F
A
Tournament Not Held
Hong Kong Challenge
Tournament Not Held
W
F
A
A
A
A
NH
QF
A
Tournament Not Held
Belgian Masters
Tournament Not Held
QF
A
A
Not Held
A
NH
Shoot-Out
Tournament Not Held
1R
Tournament Not Held
World Matchplay
Tournament Not Held
A
QF
1R
A
A
Tournament Not Held
World Masters
Tournament Not Held
1R
Tournament Not Held
Pot Black
F
W
F
SF
A
SF
A
1R
W
1R
Tournament Not Held
SF
A
A
Not Held
World Seniors Championship
Tournament Not Held
QF
Tournament Not Held
Performance Table Legend
LQ
lost in the qualifying draw
#R
lost in the early rounds of the tournament(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
QF
lost in the quarter-finals
SF
lost in the semi-finals
F
lost in the final
W
won the tournament
DNQ
did not qualify for the tournament
A
did not participate in the tournament
WD
withdrew from the tournament
NH / Not Held
means an event was not held.
NR / Non-Ranking Event
means an event is/was no longer a ranking event.
R / Ranking Event
means an event is/was a ranking event.
^ New players on the Main Tour do not have a ranking.
^ The event was also called the Dubai Masters (1988/1989), Dubai Classic (1989/90–1994/1995) and Thailand Classic (1995/1996)
^ The event was also called the Professional Players Tournament (1982/83–1983/1984)
^ The event was also called the Goya Matchroom Trophy (1985/1986)
^ The event was also called the Thailand Masters (1983/1984–1986/1987 & 1991/1992) and the Asian Open (1989/1990–1992/1993)
^ The event was also called the British Gold Cup (1979/1980), Yamaha Organs Trophy (1980/1981) and International Masters (1981/1982–1983/1984)
^ The event was also called the Benson & Hedges Ireland Tournament (1974/1975–1976/1977)
^ The event was also called the Professional Snooker League (1983/1984) and the Matchroom League (1986/1987 to 1991/1992)
^ The event was also called the Canadian Open (1978/1979–1980/1981)
^ The event was also called the Australian Masters (1979/1980–1987/1988 & 1995/1996) and Australian Open (1994/1995)
^ The event was also called the Canadian Open (1978/1979–1980/1981)
^ The event was also called the Goya Matchroom Trophy (1985/1986)
^ The event was also called the British Gold Cup (1979/1980), Yamaha Organs Trophy (1980/1981) and International Masters (1981/1982–1983/1984)
^ The event was also called the Hong Kong Open (1989/1990) and Australian Open (1994/1995)
^ The event was also called the Hong Kong Masters (1983/1984–1988/1989)
Career finals
Ranking finals: 4 (2 titles, 2 runners-up)
Legend
World Championship (0–1)
UK Championship (1–0)
Other (1–1)
Outcome
No.
Year
Championship
Opponent in the final
Score
Runner-up
1.
1981
World Snooker Championship
Steve Davis
12–18
Winner
1.
1988
UK Championship (2)
Stephen Hendry
16–12
Winner
2.
1989
The Classic
Wayne Jones
13–11
Runner-up
2.
1989
Dubai Classic
Stephen Hendry
2–9
Non-ranking finals: 28 (15 titles, 13 runners-up)
Legend
UK Championship (1–1)
The Masters (1–1)
Other (13–11)
Outcome
No.
Year
Championship
Opponent in the final
Score
Runner-up
1.
1977
Pot Black
Perrie Mans
0–1
Winner
1.
1977
The Masters
Ray Reardon
7–6
Runner-up
2.
1977
Welsh Professional Championship
Ray Reardon
8–12
Runner-up
3.
1977
UK Championship
Patsy Fagan
9–12
Runner-up
4.
1978
Irish Masters
John Spencer
3–5
Winner
2.
1978
Pot Black
Graham Miles
2–1
Winner
3.
1978
Golden Masters
Ray Reardon
4–2
Winner
4.
1978
UK Championship
David Taylor
15–9
Runner-up
5.
1979
Pot Black (2)
Ray Reardon
1–2
Winner
5.
1979
Irish Masters
Ray Reardon
6–5
Winner
6.
1979
Pontins Professional
Graham Miles
8–4
Winner
7.
1980
Welsh Professional Championship
Ray Reardon
9–6
Runner-up
6.
1980
Irish Masters
Terry Griffiths
9–10
Winner
8.
1980
Champion of Champions
John Virgo
10–8
Winner
9.
1982
Welsh Professional Championship (2)
Terry Griffiths
9–8
Runner-up
7.
1983
Welsh Professional Championship (2)
Ray Reardon
1–9
Winner
10.
1983
Pontins Professional (2)
Ray Reardon
9–7
Runner-up
8.
1983
New Zealand Masters
Bill Werbeniuk
0–1
Winner
11.
1983
Hong Kong Masters
Terry Griffiths
4–3
Winner
12.
1984
Welsh Professional Championship (3)
Cliff Wilson
9–3
Runner-up
9.
1984
Hong Kong Masters
Steve Davis
2–4
Runner-up
10.
1985
The Masters
Cliff Thorburn
6–9
Runner-up
11.
1985
Welsh Professional Championship (3)
Terry Griffiths
4–9
Winner
13.
1985
Pot Black (2)
Jimmy White
2–0
Runner-up
12.
1986
Welsh Professional Championship (4)
Terry Griffiths
3–9
Winner
14.
1987
Welsh Professional Championship (4)
Steve Newbury
9–7
Winner
15.
1989
Welsh Professional Championship (5)
Terry Griffiths
9–6
Runner-up
13.
1990
Welsh Professional Championship (5)
Darren Morgan
7–9
Pro-am finals: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)
Outcome
No.
Year
Championship
Opponent in the final
Score
Winner
1.
1974
Pontins Spring Open
John Spencer
7–4
Winner
2.
1976
Pontins Spring Open (2)
Lance Pibworth
7–1
Runner-up
1.
1984
Pontins Spring Open
Neal Foulds
4–7
Team finals: 5 (2 titles, 3 runners-up)
Outcome
No.
Year
Championship
Team/partner
Opponent(s) in the final
Score
Winner
1.
1979
World Challenge Cup
 Wales
 England
14–3
Winner
1.
1980
World Challenge Cup (2)
 Wales
 Canada
8–5
Runner-up
1.
1981
World Team Classic
 Wales
 England
3–4
Runner-up
2.
1982
World Doubles Championship
Terry Griffiths
Steve Davis Tony Meo
3–4
Runner-up
3.
1983
World Team Classic (2)
 Wales
 England
2–4
Amateur finals: 4 (3 titles, 1 runner-up)
Outcome
No.
Year
Championship
Opponent in the final
Score
Runner-up
1.
1966
Welsh Amateur Championship
Lynn O'Neill
5–9
Winner
1.
1968
Welsh Amateur Championship
John Terry
6–5
Winner
2.
1976
Welsh Amateur Championship (2)
Alwyn Lloyd
8–6
Winner
3.
1976
IBSF World Amateur Championship
Paul Mifsud
11–1
Death
On 14th February 2021, Doug Mountjoy died at the age of 78.
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