Tournaments: 1995/96: Results | Diary

Embassy World Championship

Tour: Main Tour; Type: Ranking
Date: 20 Apr - 6 May 1996; Venue: Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, England ; Previous champion: Stephen Hendry Notes: O'Sullivan received a two-year suspended ban and a 20,000£ fine, plus a donation of 10,000£ to charity, for an alleged assault on an official.

See also: Results (127)
played on 5-6 May
Scotland Stephen Hendry (a) 18-12 England Peter Ebdon (a) Head to head
Stephen Hendry won his sixth World Championship by defeating Peter Ebdon 18-12, equalling the modern-day record of Steve Davis and Ray Reardon. This was Hendry's fifth consecutive title, another record for the modern era.

The final is the only time in Crucible history that the world champion did not take the last shot of the championship. Needing snookers, Peter Ebdon missed a shot and left Stephen Hendry a simple pot, but decided to concede the match rather than let Hendry continue.

Legendary BBC commentator Ted Lowe retired after the conclusion of the final.

2-121 (79); 75-42; 34-78 (59); 34-61; 65-51; 18-57; 103 (83)-4; 74-39;
60-58; 125 (125)-0; 22-81 (68); 70 (60)-31; 70 (70)-77 (51); 134 (55,79)-0; 75-0;
82-0; 85 (55)-14; 1-75 (61); 86 (56)-21; 83 (83)-23; 34-89; 0-77 (77); 60-66 (51);
96 (57)-0; 54-27; 78-23; 77-25; 1-71; 39-83 (52); 73 (73)-16

Referee: John Williams

played on 2-4 May
Scotland Stephen Hendry (a) 16-7 England Nigel Bond (a) Head to head
England Peter Ebdon (a) 16-14 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (a) Head to head
played on 30 April - 1 May
Scotland Stephen Hendry (a) 13-5 Wales Darren Morgan (a) Head to head
England Nigel Bond (a) 13-7 England Dave Harold (a) Head to head
England Ronnie O'Sullivan (a) 13-12 Scotland John Higgins (a) Head to head
England Peter Ebdon (a) 13-10 England Steve Davis (a) Head to head
Round 2
(Last 16)
played on 25-29 April
1 Scotland Stephen Hendry (a) 13-7 England Gary Wilkinson (a) Head to head
2 Wales Darren Morgan (a) 13-5 Ireland Ken Doherty (a) Head to head
3 England Nigel Bond (a) 13-4 Thailand James Wattana (a) Head to head
4 England Dave Harold (a) 13-6 England Rod Lawler (a) Head to head
5 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (a) 13-4 Malta Tony Drago (a) Head to head
record for the fastest best-of-25-frames match in a professional tournament at just 167 minutes and 33 seconds
6 Scotland John Higgins (a) 13-5 Scotland Alan McManus (a) Head to head
7 England Peter Ebdon (a) 13-12 England Jimmy White (a) Head to head
8 England Steve Davis (a) 13-8 Wales Terry Griffiths (a) Head to head
Griffiths seventh loss in seven matches against Davis at the Crucible
Round 1
(Last 32)
played on 20-25 April
1 Scotland Stephen Hendry (a) 10-8 England Jason Ferguson (a)  
2 England Gary Wilkinson (a) 10-9 England David Roe (a) Head to head
3 Ireland Ken Doherty (a) 10-5 England Nick Terry (a)  
4 Wales Darren Morgan (a) 10-8 Scotland Drew Henry (a)  
5 Thailand James Wattana (a) 10-8 England Jimmy Michie (a) Head to head
6 England Nigel Bond (a) 10-9 England Anthony Hamilton (a) Head to head
7 England Dave Harold (a) 10-4 England Neal Foulds (a)  
8 England Rod Lawler (a) 10-6 England John Parrott (a)  
9 England Ronnie O'Sullivan (a) 10-3 Canada Alain Robidoux (a) Head to head
Robidoux accused O'Sullivan of showing him disrespect by playing left-handed for most of one frame of their match, and refused to shake hands with O'Sullivan when the match ended. O'Sullivan's reaction to this was to claim that "I'm better with my left hand than he was with his right."
10 Malta Tony Drago (a) 10-2 England Steve James (a)  
11 Scotland John Higgins (a) 10-5 England Martin Clark (a) Head to head
12 Scotland Alan McManus (a) 10-5 Ireland Mick Price (a) Head to head
13 England Jimmy White (a) 10-9 Scotland Euan Henderson (a)  
14 England Peter Ebdon (a) 10-1 New Zealand Dene O'Kane (a) Head to head
15 Wales Terry Griffiths (a) 10-9 Scotland Jamie Burnett (a)  
Griffiths won his first round match for the 14th time in a row (the first being in 1983), a record that was beaten in 2018 by Ronnie O'Sullivan.
16 England Steve Davis (a) 10-8 England Willie Thorne (a) Head to head

World Championship Qualifiers

Tour: Main Tour; View on separate page;
Date: 1 Jan - 22 Mar 1996; Venue: Unknown

See also: Results (96)
Qual Round 4
(Last 48)
1 Scotland Jamie Burnett (a) 10-7 England Brian Morgan (a)  
2 England Martin Clark (a) 10-5 England Mark King (a)  
3 England Jason Ferguson (a) 10-8 Northern Ireland Gerard Greene (a)  
4 England Neal Foulds (a) 10-9 Scotland Chris Small (a)  
5 England Anthony Hamilton (a) 10-3 England Nick Walker (a) Head to head
6 Scotland Euan Henderson (a) 10-9 Northern Ireland Joe Swail (a)  
7 Scotland Drew Henry (a) 10-8 England Tony Knowles (a)  
8 England Steve James (a) 10-7 England Mark Davis (a)  
9 England Rod Lawler (a) 10-5 Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (a)  
10 England Jimmy Michie (a) 10-6 England Andy Hicks (a)  
11 New Zealand Dene O'Kane (a) 10-7 Wales Paul Davies (a)  
12 Ireland Mick Price (a) 10-6 England Ian McCulloch (a)  
13 Canada Alain Robidoux (a) 10-8 England Mike Hallett (a)  
14 England Nick Terry (a) 10-7 England Dean Reynolds (a)  
15 England Willie Thorne (a) 10-4 England Danny Fowler (a)  
16 England Gary Wilkinson (a) 10-4 Northern Ireland Terry Murphy (a)  
Qual Round 3
(Last 64)
1 Scotland Jamie Burnett (a) 10-1 Scotland Craig MacGillivray (a)  
2 England Mark King (a) 10-5 Wales Wayne Jones (a)  
3 Northern Ireland Gerard Greene (a) 10-9 Wales Dominic Dale (a) Head to head
4 Scotland Chris Small (a) 10-8 England Stephen Lee (a) Head to head
5 England Nick Walker (a) 10-8 Wales Tony Chappel (a)  
6 Scotland Euan Henderson (a) 10-6 England Anthony Bolsover (a)  
7 Scotland Drew Henry (a) 10-9 England Nick Dyson (a)  
8 England Mark Davis (a) 10-5 England Mark Flowerdew (a)  
9 England Rod Lawler (a) 10-6 England Wayne Brown (a)  
10 England Jimmy Michie (a) 10-5 England David Finbow (a)  
11 Wales Paul Davies (a) 10-9 Northern Ireland Jason Prince (a)  
12 England Ian McCulloch (a) 10-6 Ireland Fergal O'Brien (a) Head to head
13 England Mike Hallett (a) 10-8 England Jonathan Birch (a)  
14 England Nick Terry (a) 10-1 Ireland Stephen Murphy (a)  
15 England Danny Fowler (a) 10-7 England Surinder Gill (a)  
16 Northern Ireland Terry Murphy (a) 10-6 Wales Anthony Davies (a)  
Qual Round 2
(Last 96)
1 Scotland Jamie Burnett (a) 10-8 Wales Mark J Williams (a) Head to head
2 Scotland Craig MacGillivray (a) 10-9 England Mark Bennett (a)  
3 England Mark King (a) 10-9 England John Read (a)  
4 Wales Wayne Jones (a) 10-7 England Andrew Cairns (a)  
5 Northern Ireland Gerard Greene (a) 10-4 Wales Doug Mountjoy (a)  
6 Wales Dominic Dale (a) 10-7 England Joe Johnson (a) Head to head
7 Scotland Chris Small (a) 10-7 England Peter Lines (a)  
8 England Stephen Lee (a) 10-7 Northern Ireland Martin O'Neill (a)  
9 England Nick Walker (a) 10-9 Scotland Billy Snaddon (a)  
10 Wales Tony Chappel (a) 10-8 Ireland Stephen O'Connor (a)  
11 Scotland Euan Henderson (a) 10-5 Scotland Paul McPhillips (a)  
12 England Anthony Bolsover (a) 10-6 England Les Dodd (a)  
13 Scotland Drew Henry (a) 10-6 Thailand Noppadon Noppachorn (a)  
14 England Nick Dyson (a) 10-4 England Mark Johnston-Allen (a)  
15 England Mark Davis (a) 10-7 England Karl Burrows (a)  
16 England Mark Flowerdew (a) 10-4 England Garry Baldrey (a)  
17 England Rod Lawler (a) 10-8 England Darren Clarke (a)  
18 England Wayne Brown (a) 10-9 Wales Steve Newbury (a)  
19 England Jimmy Michie (a) 10-4 England Tony Jones (a)  
20 England David Finbow (a) 10-9 England Karl Payne (a)  
21 Wales Paul Davies (a) 10-3 Canada Cliff Thorburn (a)  
22 Northern Ireland Jason Prince (a) 10-4 England Chris Scanlon (a)  
23 England Ian McCulloch (a) 10-8 England Nigel Gilbert (a)  
24 Ireland Fergal O'Brien (a) 10-7 England Jamie Woodman (a)  
25 England Mike Hallett (a) 10-5 England Ian Brumby (a)  
26 England Jonathan Birch (a) 10-9 Unknown Chris Shade (a)  
27 England Nick Terry (a) 10-9 England Steve Judd (a)  
28 Ireland Stephen Murphy (a) 10-8 Scotland David McLellan (a)  
29 England Danny Fowler (a) 10-7 Ireland Michael Judge (a)  
30 England Surinder Gill (a) 10-7 Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (a)  
31 Northern Ireland Terry Murphy (a) 10-8 Scotland Graeme Dott (a)  
32 Wales Anthony Davies (a) 10-7 Scotland Martin Dziewialtowski (a)  
Qual Round 1
(Last 128)
1 Scotland Jamie Burnett (a) 10-1 Scotland Geoff Dunn (a)  
2 Scotland Craig MacGillivray (a) 10-3 England Ian Hurdman (a)  
3 England John Read (a) 10-2 England Jim Chambers (a)  
4 England Andrew Cairns (a) 10-9 England Lee Richardson (a)  
5 Northern Ireland Gerard Greene (a) 10-5 England Robert Foxall (a)  
6 Wales Dominic Dale (a) 10-7 England Mark Rowing (a)  
7 England Peter Lines (a) 10-4 England Paul Davison (1973) (a)  
8 Northern Ireland Martin O'Neill (a) 10-8 England Oliver King (a)  
9 England Nick Walker (a) 10-4 England Paul Hunter (a)  
10 Ireland Stephen O'Connor (a) 10-8 England Tony Meo (a)  
11 Scotland Euan Henderson (a) 10-8 England Sean Storey (a)  
12 England Anthony Bolsover (a) 10-9 England Jason Wallace (a)  
13 Thailand Noppadon Noppachorn (a) 10-0 England Steve Archer (a)  
14 England Nick Dyson (a) 10-9 Malta Joe Grech (a)  
15 England Karl Burrows (a) 10-7 England Robert Milkins (a) Head to head
16 England Garry Baldrey (a) 10-9 Pakistan Shokat Ali (a)  
17 England Darren Clarke (a) 10-6 England Colin Morton (a)  
18 England Wayne Brown (a) 10-3 England David Wilson (a)  
19 England Jimmy Michie (a) 10-7 India Yasin Merchant (a)  
20 England Karl Payne (a) 10-7 England Barry Pinches (a)  
21 Wales Paul Davies (a) 10-8 Scotland Marcus Campbell (a)  
22 England Chris Scanlon (a) 10-8 England Stefan Mazrocis (a)  
23 England Ian McCulloch (a) 10-5 Scotland Richy McDonald (a)  
24 England Jamie Woodman (a) 10-5 England Matt Wilson (a)  
25 England Ian Brumby (a) 10-5 England John Giles (a)  
26 Unknown Chris Shade (a) 10-6 England Stuart Pettman (a)  
27 England Steve Judd (a) 10-7 England Adrian Rosa (a)  
28 Scotland David McLellan (a) 10-5 Norway Bjørn L'Orange (a)  
29 Ireland Michael Judge (a) 10-9 England Gary Ponting (a)  
30 England Surinder Gill (a) 10-6 England David Taylor (a)  
31 Scotland Graeme Dott (a) 10-2 England John Bayliss (a)  
32 Scotland Martin Dziewialtowski (a) 10-3 England Troy Shaw (a)