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Embassy World Championship

Tour: Main Tour; Date: 17-29 Apr 1978; Venue: Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, England; Type: Ranking; Defending champion: John Spencer (a); Notes: See also results (16)
Final
Wales Ray Reardon (a) 25-18 South Africa Perrie Mans (a) Head to head
In between, Reardon led only 18-17. He became the oldest ever World Champion at the age of 45 years and 203 days, a record that lasted until 2022 when Ronnie O'Sullivan won the title aged 46 years and 148 days.

74-49 (62), 32-80, 58-17, 62-68, 106-8, 80-60, 112-14 (71), 34-83 (67), 32-96, 9-54, 71-24, 122-6 (87), 15-85 (65), 94-14, 34-84, 8-75, 51-74, 68-56, 50-70 (65), 78-29, 67-40, 87-26, 16-83, 96-28 (64), 75-33, 67-33 (66), 71-76 (RR 62), 76-48, 82-28, 44-60, 42-68, 84-39, 54-80 (RR 54), 42-64, 31-82, 107-12 (100), 86-26, 89-15, 16-64, 92-50 (53), 82-43 (81), 75-44, 60-49

Referee: John Williams

3rd/4th Playoff
Australia Eddie Charlton (a) 7-3 England Fred Davis (a) Head to head
Semifinals
South Africa Perrie Mans (a) 18-16 England Fred Davis (a)  
Fred Davis' brother and formerly World Champion Joe Davis was watching in the audience and taken ill during the match. According to snooker historian Clive Everton, Joe had been "swinging in his seat this way and that as he mentally played each shot for his brother". Joe collapsed two days later and required surgery; he died several weeks after from a chest infection.
Wales Ray Reardon (a) 18-14 Australia Eddie Charlton (a) Head to head
Charlton led 12-9. Reardon won all seven frames in the fourth session.
Quarterfinals
South Africa Perrie Mans (a) 13-7 England Graham Miles (a)  
England Fred Davis (a) 13-10 Ireland Patsy Fagan (a)  
Australia Eddie Charlton (a) 13-12 Canada Cliff Thorburn (a) Head to head
Thorburn led 12-8.
Wales Ray Reardon (a) 13-6 Canada Bill Werbeniuk (a) Head to head
Round 1
(Last 16)
1 South Africa Perrie Mans (a) 13-8 England John Spencer (a)  
2 England Graham Miles (a) 13-10 England David Taylor (a)  
3 Ireland Patsy Fagan (a) 13-12 Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (a)  
Fagan was 10´┐Ż12 behind Alex Higgins but won three close frames ´┐Ż on a re-spotted black, then the final black ball and, in the deciding frame, on the final pink ball
4 England Fred Davis (a) 13-9 Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (a)  
5 Australia Eddie Charlton (a) 13-12 England Willie Thorne (a)  
Clive Everton made his BBC commentary debut.
6 Canada Cliff Thorburn (a) 13-8 England Pat Houlihan (a)  
Houlihan made his only appearance in the World Championship at the Crucible, aged 48.
7 Canada Bill Werbeniuk (a) 13-4 England John Pulman (a)  
8 Wales Ray Reardon (a) 13-9 Wales Doug Mountjoy (a) Head to head
Mountjoy led 7-2.