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Embassy World Championship

Tour: Main Tour; Date: 19 Apr - 5 May 1986; Venue: Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, England; Type: Ranking; Defending champion: Dennis Taylor (a); Notes: See also results (31)
Final
England Joe Johnson (a) 18-12 England Steve Davis (a) Head to head
The two players had never previously played a professional match against each other.
This was Johnson's only ranking event win in his career and he had never previously won a match at the Crucible.

24-85, 60-49, 0-108 (108); 14-111 (107); 70-0; 68-36; 74-14 (52); 13-66; 4-108 (84); 1-76 (53); 27-64; 72-20 (72); 95-22; 63-37; 76-8 (75); 0-137 (81); 85-26; 57-44; 66-11; 86-36 (61); 35-84 (52); 31-73; 70-40; 7-100 (100); 69-9; 52-63 (JJ 51); 49-32; 64-38 (54); 83-40; 86-27 (64)

Referee: John Street

Semifinals
England Joe Johnson (a) 16-8 England Tony Knowles (a)  
England Steve Davis (a) 16-12 Canada Cliff Thorburn (a) Head to head
Thorburn missed the 9th black in a maximum attempt in frame 6.
11-11 at the opening of session 4.
Quarterfinals
England Joe Johnson (a) 13-12 Wales Terry Griffiths (a)  
England Tony Knowles (a) 13-9 Canada Kirk Stevens (a)  
Canada Cliff Thorburn (a) 13-6 England Willie Thorne (a) Head to head
During the match, Thorburn's second child was born in his native Canada.
England Steve Davis (a) 13-5 England Jimmy White Head to head
Davis' 134 in frame was the highest break of the tournament.
Round 2
(Last 16)
1 England Joe Johnson (a) 13-6 England Mike Hallett (a) Head to head
2 Wales Terry Griffiths (a) 13-12 Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (a) Head to head
Alex Higgins missed a black ball from its spot that would have put him 6´┐Ż2 ahead of Terry Griffiths at the end of their first session.
3 Canada Kirk Stevens (a) 13-12 Australia Eddie Charlton (a) Head to head
4 England Tony Knowles (a) 13-10 South Africa Silvino Francisco (a) Head to head
5 Canada Cliff Thorburn (a) 13-6 Ireland Eugene Hughes (a)  
6 England Willie Thorne (a) 13-9 Australia John Campbell (a)  
7 England Jimmy White 13-8 England John Parrott (a) Head to head
8 England Steve Davis (a) 13-5 Wales Doug Mountjoy (a) Head to head
Round 1
(Last 32)
1 England Mike Hallett (a) 10-6 Northern Ireland Dennis Taylor (a) Head to head
2 England Joe Johnson (a) 10-3 England Dave Martin (a)  
3 Northern Ireland Alex Higgins (a) 10-7 England John Spencer (a)  
4 Wales Terry Griffiths (a) 10-2 England Danny Fowler (a)  
5 Canada Kirk Stevens (a) 10-6 England Dean Reynolds (a)  
6 Australia Eddie Charlton (a) 10-6 Wales Cliff Wilson (a) Head to head
7 South Africa Silvino Francisco (a) 10-4 England Rex Williams (a)  
8 England Tony Knowles (a) 10-9 England Neal Foulds (a)  
9 Canada Cliff Thorburn (a) 10-5 Canada Bill Werbeniuk (a)  
10 Ireland Eugene Hughes (a) 10-7 England David Taylor (a)  
11 England Willie Thorne (a) 10-8 Scotland Stephen Hendry Head to head
12 Australia John Campbell (a) 10-8 Wales Ray Reardon (a)  
13 England Jimmy White 10-7 England John Virgo (a) Head to head
14 England John Parrott (a) 10-4 England Tony Meo (a) Head to head
15 Wales Doug Mountjoy (a) 10-3 South Africa Perrie Mans (a)  
16 England Steve Davis (a) 10-4 England Ray Edmonds (a) Head to head