Snooker legends to face off in Northampton in re-run of 1985 World Championship final

Snooker legend Steve Davis is to take on Dennis Taylor for a rematch of the players' 1985 final.
Snooker legend Steve Davis is to take on Dennis Taylor for a rematch of the players' 1985 final.
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Sporting giants Steve Davis and Dennis Taylor are set for a re-match of their tense 1985 “black ball final” when they meet in Northampton on Friday.

This year’s annual Snooker Club Dinner at the Cheyne Walk members’ club on Friday (May 13) will see the two titans of game do battle again for a special exhibition match.

Davis and Taylor’s 1985 World Championship final - won by Taylor when he potted the final black ball of the match - is considered one of the best in snooker history.

The famous encounter was watched by 18.5 million viewers and it remains the UK’s largest post-midnight audience for any programme on any channel.

Club chairman Adam Finch, said he was thrilled to have booked the two title winners come to Northampton for a rematch.

He said: “Steve (Davis) has been coming to The Cheyne Walk Club since the 1990s, but this will the first time we will have seen him play a re-run match with Dennis Taylor in our snooker room.

“I can sense that tensions will be high until the last ball is potted.”

Tickets for the night are being reserved for club members at £55 for the main room and £45 and £35 for the smaller dining room.

The entry price will include a three course meal and the two players are also expected to hold a talk about their experiences in the game.

Six time World Championship winner Mr Davis, said, “I am really looking forward seeing old friends at the club and chatting to them over dinner, I always feel comfortable

playing here, I’ve been coming here so long, it’s like coming home.”