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Summary

  1. Dennis Taylor wins first world title
  2. Steve Davis 17-18 Dennis Taylor
  3. Taylor pots final black in final frame
  4. GET INVOLVED: #bbcsnooker

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By Shamoon Hafez

All times stated are UK

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The champ

Dennis Taylor
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And there we have it. What a dramatic ending to a tremendous encounter. Dennis Taylor pots the final black in the final frame to claim the 1985 world title, his first victory at the Crucible.

We'll still be talking about this match in 30 years' time, just you wait and see.

Thanks for joining us.

1985 memories

Ken Doherty

Former world champion

"It was fantastic and the winning moment was one of inspiration for me. Watching those pictures on TV of someone from Northern Ireland winning the World Championship was great.

"It is one of the reasons why I wanted to be a snooker player. I was at school the next day and everyone was talking about it. We just loved it and families didn't mind that young kids were staying up late to watch it. Everybody got caught up in it. The emotional scenes that came at the end, no-one will forget that."

Steve Davis 17-18 Dennis Taylor

I am hearing 18.5m of you in Britain have stayed up to watch this match. Wow, great stuff.

Steve Davis 17-18 Dennis Taylor

£30,000 goes to Davis for being runner-up, while Taylor gets £60,000 for his efforts. He gratefully accepts the cheque and swiftly puts it in his pocket.

Steve Davis 17-18 Dennis Taylor

Davis and Taylor
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"To beat Cliff Thorburn - who I think is the toughest player in the world - and Steve Davis - who is the best player in the world - it is wonderful. But I am the best this year!" says Taylor."

1985 memories

John Virgo

BBC Sport snooker commentator

"The match caught everyone's imagination. It had record viewing figures. The last frame was the most exciting ever because of the circumstances, it was memorable because everyone regarded Davis as being unbeatable. There was even talk of doing a handicap system as he was so good. But for somebody to come back after such a bad start and actually beat him, it put to rest that no-one is invincible."

Steve Davis 17-18 Dennis Taylor

Davis after losing final
BBC

It is a tough moment, asks David Vine.

"Yes," replies Davis. He is gutted, teary eyed.

Steve Davis 17-18 Dennis Taylor

David Vine comes on the arena floor to speak to the new champion..

"It is a good job the black was over the pocket," says Taylor. "That is the greatest match I have been involved in in my life."

Steve Davis 17-18 Dennis Taylor

Dennis Taylor
BBC

DENNIS TAYLOR WINS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Steve Davis 17-18 Dennis Taylor

Taylor is World Champion
Ben Reese

Up steps Taylor with the easiest of pots, and he nails it. He has done it. DENNIS TAYLOR IS THE WORLD CHAMPION OF 1985!

Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

OH MY WORD! He's missed it!! Unbelievable stuff.

Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

Davis with an easy pot to take the title...

Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

Chance for Taylor on a long black into the green pocket, nowhere near it...

1985 memories

Willie Thorne

BBC Sport snooker commentator

"It was the most exciting thing ever. OK, it wasn't the greatest frame, the standard was not very good but the tension was unbelievable. The drama was like nothing else.

"Dennis was trying to double every ball into the pocket, and was going for every pot. The match made snooker, there were only four TV channels so we were household names. The sport really rose after that. It was such a special match."

Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

A double attempt again from Taylor, but it's safe...

Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

The tension is unbearable now. Taylor has to dry his sweaty palms...

Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

NO! Off the jaw and out. Davis still alive in this match. A superb safety from him..

Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

The black is heading in to the middle pocket...

Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

Black ball
BBC
"The final frame the final ball"

Taylor tries the double on the black..

Ted Lowe

BBC Snooker Commentator

"The final frame, the final black.."

Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

The pink is in!! Taylor looks at the trophy. He can almost touch it..

Ted Lowe

BBC Snooker Commentator

"The Crucible now erupting.."

Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

In goes the blue too, it's a difficult pink though..

Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

Taylor pots brown
BBC

Oof! What a shot. Taylor with a terrific brown and the crowd come alive. There is a real buzz inside the Crucible Theatre. Can the spectacled man make a monumental comeback?

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doc brown: I still expect Dennis Taylor to lose watching that old final against Steve Davis

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Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

Steve Davis
BBC

Davis sits in his chair doing some breathing exercises. He is close to the winning line now and can claim his fourth world title victory...

Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

This is now the longest frame of the championship. Who is going to take the title?

All about the flux capacitor

Marty McFly
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Just seen the trailer for a new film being released in July called Back to the Future. Looks good.

Delorean
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They've got an awesome flying car featuring in the movie, wish I could have a ride in it.

Anyway, wondering how we have gone back to 1985 for this Snooker Rewind? We've used a device called the flux capacitor. It's what makes time travelling possible.

Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

Snooker '85 final
BBC

Approaching the hour mark for the final frame..

Ted Lowe

BBC Snooker Commentator

"Very tense moments now here are the Crucible Theatre.."

Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

Taylor looks a resigned man, Davis can afford a smile, he leads by 18 points with 22 remaining. He won't lose from this position..

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Tony Southern: Watching this and the ref was only 47 John Williams he looked at least 65

Ben Chung: When did these superfine cloths come into play?

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Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

A young woman in the crowd screams "yaaay" as Davis flukes the green. Ted Lowe on commentary describes it as a "cocked-hat" shot. 62-44 to Davis.

Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

Davis downs the yellow, but is straight on the green which is tight on the baulk cushion. Can do little apart from dropping it in, but he tries to punch it in. Makes a mess of it, but gets lucky with a snooker behind the pink. Taylor smiles knowing he's had some misfortune there..

Ted Lowe

BBC Snooker Commentator

Taylor misses yellow
BBC

"That miss is very sad for Dennis Taylor."

Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

Davis in control, leading 57-44. Colours remaining. Taylor tries a cross-double on the yellow...but misses

1985 memories

Ken Doherty

Former world champion

"There such drama and tension in the match, it went on for so long. Dennis was 8-0 down and to come back from that was amazing. You couldn't believe he did that against the greatest player at the time who was winning everything. He overcame a David and Goliath situation."

Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

How will Taylor hit the brown
BBC

How will Taylor hit the brown?

Eastenders; it will never last

Ian Beale
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Who has been watching the new TV series on BBC One called Eastenders? The wife can't get enough of it but I'm not impressed!

Family problems being aired on telly, crying, bickering. It won't last, they'll soon pull it off air. Just you watch.

That Ian Beale character, very annoying.

Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

But no!! Davis is distraught as he can't get through to the pink. A big error, he didn't come far enough. Nine points in front at 53-44 after a good break.