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Embassy World Championship

Tour: Main Tour; Date: 22-5 May 1980; Venue: Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, England; Type: Ranking; Defending champion: Terry Griffiths (a); Notes: See also results (23)
Final
Canada Cliff Thorburn (a) 18-16 Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (a) Head to head

Session 1:
52-40, 46-55, 5-69, 47-61, 26-82, 13-98 (93), 74-31 (68), 0-81 (81), 62-9 (62)

Session 2:
49-61, 62-58 (AH 54, RR 53), 86-27 (76), 36-75, 45-63, 75-17, 67-45, 78-38 (57), 95-38 (64)

Session 3:
86-14, 60-21, 18-70, 27-93, 73-43, 51-74, 115-25 (58), 61-73

Session 4:
21-67, 58-47, 100-55 (RR 53), 53-55, 73-41, 57-63, 119-7 (119), 96-9 (51)

Referee: John Street

Semifinals
Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (a) 16-13 Canada Kirk Stevens (a) Head to head
Stevens was the youngest-ever world championship semi-finalist, aged 21.
Canada Cliff Thorburn (a) 16-7 England David Taylor (a) Head to head
Quarterfinals
Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (a) 13-9 England Steve Davis (a) Head to head
In the eighth frame, Higgins was on course to achieve a maximum break, when he became the first player in the history of the world championship to pot black balls after each of the fifteen red balls during a break. After running out of position on the fifteenth black, he managed to pot the yellow ball, but failed in an attempt to then double the green ball. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNst9pPfMWY
Canada Kirk Stevens (a) 13-7 Australia Eddie Charlton (a) Head to head
Canada Cliff Thorburn (a) 13-6 Canada Jim Wych (a)  
England David Taylor (a) 13-11 Wales Ray Reardon (a) Head to head
Round 2
(Last 16)
1 England Steve Davis (a) 13-10 Wales Terry Griffiths (a) Head to head
2 Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (a) 13-6 South Africa Perrie Mans (a) Head to head
3 Canada Kirk Stevens (a) 13-8 England John Spencer (a)  
4 Australia Eddie Charlton (a) 13-12 England John Virgo (a)  
5 Canada Cliff Thorburn (a) 13-10 Wales Doug Mountjoy (a) Head to head
6 Canada Jim Wych (a) 13-10 Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (a)  
7 England David Taylor (a) 13-5 England Fred Davis (a) Head to head
re-spotted black in frame 7
8 Wales Ray Reardon (a) 13-6 Canada Bill Werbeniuk (a) Head to head
Round 1
(Last 24)
1 England Steve Davis (a) 10-6 Ireland Patsy Fagan (a)  
2 Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (a) 10-9 England Tony Meo (a) Head to head
3 Canada Kirk Stevens (a) 10-3 England Graham Miles (a)  
4 England John Virgo (a) 10-2 England Jim Meadowcroft (a)  
5 Wales Doug Mountjoy (a) 10-6 Wales Cliff Wilson (a) Head to head
6 Canada Jim Wych (a) 10-5 England John Pulman (a)  
7 England David Taylor (a) 10-3 England Ray Edmonds (a)  
8 Canada Bill Werbeniuk (a) 10-9 England Willie Thorne (a)