Ray Reardon

Welsh Snooker Player
Born Oct 8, 1932

Ray Reardon, MBE is a Welsh retired snooker player who dominated the sport in the 1970s, winning six World Championships. Despite being a genial figure, his dark widow's peak and sharp-toothed grin earned him the nickname "Dracula".

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Ray Reardon.


1932 Birth Reardon was born on 8 October 1932, in the coal mining community of Tredegar in Monmouthshire. … Read More


1950 17 Years Old Having won the Welsh amateur title from 1950–1955, Reardon failed to win the English title when he entered the event in 1956 and 1957.


1964 31 Years Old Finally upon re-entering the 1964 event, he won the English Amateur title, defeating John Spencer 11–8 in the final. … Read More
1967 34 Years Old On the back of this, Reardon resigned as a policeman and duly turned professional in 1967.
1969 36 Years Old 1 More Event
Reardon's first appearance at the World Championship was in 1969, and he won his first title the following year, beating John Pulman 37–33 in London. … Read More


1973 - 1976 3 More Events
1977 44 Years Old 1 More Event
Reardon would never win the event again but defeated Rex Williams 4–1 and Graham Miles 5–2 in the 1977 event only to lose 7–6 to Doug Mountjoy in the final.
1978 45 Years Old 1 More Event
Reardon regained the title in 1978 winning it for the sixth and final time by beating Doug Mountjoy 13–9 (after trailing 7–2), Bill Werbeniuk 13–6, Eddie Charlton 18–14 and finally Perrie Mans 25–18 in the final. … Read More
1979 46 Years Old 1 More Event
1979 saw Reardon regain his Pot Black title by defeating Doug Mountjoy 2–1 in the final. … Read More
1980 47 Years Old 1 More Event
It was the rise of Steve Davis in 1980–81 that saw Reardon and his generation lose their grip on the game.
1981 48 Years Old …  He also won the Welsh Professional Championship in 1981 and 1983. … Read More
At 49, he reached the World final in 1982, losing to Alex Higgins 15–18.


1985 52 Years Old Reardon reached the semi-finals of the World Championships once more, in 1985 (losing 16-5 to Davis).
1987 54 Years Old He went out of the top 16 in 1987 but surprisingly whitewashed Steve Davis 5–0 in the third round of the 1988 British Open. … Read More
1991 58 Years Old Reardon played his last competitive ranking match in the 1991 World Championship qualifying second round. … Read More


2000 67 Years Old Reardon's last formal appearance in an event came in the 2000 Senior's event where he lost his opening 'match' (actually a single frame) 69–46 to Graham Miles.
2004 71 Years Old Reardon maintains an active interest in the game. He also advised Ronnie O'Sullivan on his way to his 2004 World Championship victory, giving him psychological and technical help.
2010 77 Years Old Reardon now resides in Brixham, Devon. He is currently the president of the golf club in Churston, Devon. Reardon made a playing appearance at a Snooker Legends evening in Plymouth in July 2010.
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