The United Kingdom Championship is the second biggest ranking event on the snooker calendar and is one of the prestigious ‘Triple Crown’ events.
First held in 1977 and won by Patsy Fagan, the event was only granted ranking status in 1984.
In 2011 after a five-year absence, the event headed back to its’ spiritual home – the revamped York Barbican Centre – where it witnessed bumper crowds and high quality matches throughout the week.
Memorable moments from the tournament include the 1983 final, in which Alex ‘Hurricane’ Higgins beat Steve Davis 16–15 after having trailed 7–0 at the end of the first session.
Whilst in 1988, Doug Mountjoy produced a wonderful display to beat rising star Stephen Hendry 16–12, becoming the second-oldest ever winner of a ranking event in the process.
Ronnie O’Sullivan was the youngest-ever winner of the tournament in 1993 at just 17 years of age.
The UK Championship is a Triple Crown event, an unofficial term used for professional snooker players who have won the World Championship, the Masters and the UK Championship.
Stephen Hendry, Steve Davis and Mark Williams have won all three Triple Crown events in a single season.
UK Championship Snooker roll of honour
|1977||Patsy Fagan 12-9 Doug Mountjoy|
|1978||Doug Mountjoy 15-9 David Taylor|
|1979||John Virgo 14-13 Terry Griffiths|
|1980||Steve Davis 16-6 Alex Higgins|
|1981||Steve Davis 16-3 Terry Griffiths|
|1982||Terry Griffiths 16-15 Alex Higgins|
|1983||Alex Higgins 16-15 Steve Davis|
|1984||Steve Davis 16-8 Alex Higgins|
|1985||Steve Davis 16-14 Willie Thorne|
|1986||Steve Davis 16-7 Neal Foulds|
|1987||Steve Davis 16-14 Jimmy White|
|1988||Doug Mountjoy 16-12 Stephen Hendry|
|1989||Stephen Hendry 16-12 Steve Davis|
|1990||Stephen Hendry 16-15 Steve Davis|
|1991||John Parrott 16-13 Jimmy White|
|1992||Jimmy White 16-9 John Parrott|
|1993||Ronnie O’Sullivan 10-6 Stephen Hendry|
|1994||Stephen Hendry 10-5 Ken Doherty|
|1995||Stephen Hendry 10-3 Peter Ebdon|
|1996||Stephen Hendry 10-9 John Higgins|
|1997||Ronnie O’Sullivan 10-6 Stephen Hendry|
|1998||John Higgins 10-6 Matthew Stevens|
|1999||Mark Williams 10-8 Matthew Stevens|
|2000||John Higgins 10-4 Mark Williams|
|2001||Ronnie O’Sullivan 10-1 Ken Doherty|
|2002||Mark Williams 10-9 Ken Doherty|
|2003||Matthew Stevens 10-8 Stephen Hendry|
|2004||Stephen Maguire 10-1 David Gray|
|2005||Ding Junhui 10-6 Steve Davis|
|2006||Peter Ebdon 10-6 Stephen Hendry|
|2007||Ronnie O’Sullivan 10-2 Stephen Maguire|
|2008||Shaun Murphy 10-9 Marco Fu|
|2009||Ding Junhui 10-8 John Higgins|
|2010||John Higgins 10-9 Mark Williams|
|2011||Judd Trump 10-8 Mark Allen|
|2012||Mark Selby 10-6 Shaun Murphy|
|2013||Neil Robertson 10-7 Mark Selby|
|2014||Ronnie O’Sullivan 10-9 Judd Trump|
|2015||Neil Robertson 10-5 Liang Wenbo|
|2016||Mark Selby 10-7 Ronnie O’Sullivan|
|2017||Ronnie O’Sullivan 10-5 Shaun Murphy|