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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

Live Reporting

By Shamoon Hafez

All times stated are UK

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  1. The champ

    Dennis Taylor

    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.

  2. 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."

  3. Post update

    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.

  4. Post update

    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.

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    Steve Davis 17-18 Dennis Taylor

    Davis and Taylor

    "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."

  6. 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."

  7. Post update

    Steve Davis 17-18 Dennis Taylor

    Davis after losing final

    It is a tough moment, asks David Vine.

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

  8. Post update

    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."

  9. Post update

    Steve Davis 17-18 Dennis Taylor

    Dennis Taylor
  10. DENNIS TAYLOR WINS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

    Steve Davis 17-18 Dennis Taylor

    Taylor is World Champion

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

  11. Post update

    Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

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

  12. Post update

    Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

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

  13. Post update

    Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

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

  14. 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."

  15. Post update

    Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

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

  16. Post update

    Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

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

  17. Post update

    Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

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

  18. Post update

    Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

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

  19. Post update

    Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

    Black ball
    Image caption: "The final frame the final ball"

    Taylor tries the double on the black..

  20. Post update

    Ted Lowe

    BBC Snooker Commentator

    "The final frame, the final black.."

  21. Post update

    Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

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

  22. Post update

    Ted Lowe

    BBC Snooker Commentator

    "The Crucible now erupting.."

  23. Post update

    Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

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

  24. Post update

    Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

    Taylor pots brown

    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?

  25. #bbcsnooker

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

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  26. Post update

    Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

    Steve Davis

    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...

  27. Post update

    Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

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

  28. All about the flux capacitor

    Marty McFly

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

    Delorean

    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.

  29. Post update

    Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

    Snooker '85 final

    Approaching the hour mark for the final frame..

  30. Post update

    Ted Lowe

    BBC Snooker Commentator

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

  31. Post update

    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..

  32. #bbcsnooker

    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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  33. Post update

    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.

  34. Post update

    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..

  35. Post update

    Ted Lowe

    BBC Snooker Commentator

    Taylor misses yellow

    "That miss is very sad for Dennis Taylor."

  36. Post update

    Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

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

  37. 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."

  38. Post update

    Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

    How will Taylor hit the brown

    How will Taylor hit the brown?

  39. Eastenders; it will never last

    Ian Beale

    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.

  40. Post update

    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.

  41. Post update

    Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

    Has Taylor played his last shot of the match? Just the colours remaining now. Davis can win it here..

  42. Post update

    Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

    Davis on a break and goes a point in front of Taylor at 45-44. Two reds remaining on the table..

  43. #bbcsnooker

    Sam Juggins: Would be interesting to have Davis and Taylor commentating on their '85 final frame!

    Andrew Dixon: @BBCSnooker Can't see Dennis winning this. Davis will get his 4th and last title then Jimmy White will dominate for 10 years

    Hazel Allen: BBC now showing repeat of Taylor/Davis 1985 Final. Still gripping stuff 30 years on.

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  44. Post update

    Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

    Taylor attempts a fine one, but misses the red completely. Davis is in, and pots a lovely plant. The clock ticks midnight...

  45. Top tune

    Debarge

    By the way, I can't believe Rhythm of the Night isn't top of the charts yet, surely it will get there soon? It must! I've been playing and rewinding that tune on my Walkman for ages.

  46. Post update

    Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

    Plenty of containing safeties from the two players. Difficult to do anything else as all the colours are on the cushions and the cueball has nowhere to hide.

  47. 1985 memories

    John Virgo

    BBC Sport snooker commentator

    "When he went 7-0 up, everyone thought it was certain to be another trophy on the Steve Davis mantelpiece, but that was turned completely around when Dennis Taylor fought his way back into it.

    "As we say, the closer it gets, the longer it goes, the favourite - Davis - was going to feel the pressure. It was an iconic moment and it proved snooker could attract the viewing figures."

  48. Post update

    Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

    Davis fouls so four points to Taylor. 24-40 to the Northern Irishman. Another bout of safety play ensues.

  49. Post update

    Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

    Davis fouls
  50. The lad Lineker

    Gary Lineker

    Who do we think is going to win the Football League then? Everton are going brilliantly at the top, I reckon they'll win it comfortably ahead of their rivals Liverpool. That will hurt the Reds.

    What about the striker for Leicester, Gary Lineker? The lad can't stop scoring. Got his first goal for England in March. Can he beat Bobby Charlton's record?

    If they become champions, I think Everton should make a bid for him in the summer.

  51. #bbcsnooker

    Christophe Talbotski: Whatever happens here, this final is one of the best ever, sure to be talked about in 30 years time. All the way to the black?

    Andrew Purcell: #bbcsnooker broadcasting and live text commentating on the 85 World final. As surreal as it is brilliant

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  52. Post update

    Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

    Davis misses blue

    Watch again as Steve Davis misses an easy blue. How did he not pot it??

  53. Post update

    Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

    We've been going for half an hour now. Still very tight between the two players.

  54. Post update

    Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

    Amazing! A straightforward blue and Davis misses it. Nerves of the Crucible, that is the only answer to that shocking miss.

  55. Post update

    Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

    Cue ball drops

    "WHERE'S THE CUEBALL GOING?" Taylor goes in-off into the middle pocket. Davis follows it up with a long red and his opponent shakes his head. He can't believe what happened.

  56. Post update

    Ted Lowe

    BBC Snooker Commentator

    "My word, what has Davis done?"

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    Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

    Davis aims for Pink

    Oh dear, terrible error from Davis, who tried to clip a red but instead, hits it so badly he has scattered all the reds around the table. Lucky not to leave anything easy on for Taylor.

  58. BBC Sport Facebook page

    Phillip Cook: Best match of all time.

    Adrian Lewis: I watched this one. Was 12 so not much of a life, snooker was always interesting.

    Michael Jewells: I was still unknown.

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  59. Post update

    Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

    Taylor elects to play safe, but not good enough as Davis strokes in a beautiful, long red. A nice kiss and he is on the blue in baulk. It's in, but hampered on the red. 19-29 to Taylor.

  60. 1985 memories

    John Virgo

    BBC Sport snooker commentator

    "I was in the player's lounge at the Crucible and then walked down to the backstage for the final frame. As you could imagine, the atmosphere in the arena was electric. I was delighted for Dennis but Steve was inconsolable after the match, he just could not believe he lost."

  61. Post update

    Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

    Referee John Williams has patrolled this match with authority. He places the pink on the blue spot at reds cover its own position. 23-13 to Taylor.

  62. Post update

    Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

    Taylor has a very pronounced action, mouth open while cueing, before jumping up after striking the white. Davis on the other hand, is more rigid, staying still on the shot and following the white with his eyes.

    A big round of applause inside the Crucible Theatre as Taylor knocks in a long red. Can he make a big one? The black is on.

  63. #bbcsnooker

    Ben Chung: Only just realised how jerky Dennis Taylor's cue action is.

    Paul Jarvis: Watching the rerun on the red button. of the last frame in the 1985 Blackball final. Davis vs Taylor. Still gripping even now!!!

    Robert Stanier: Catching some of the 85 final on 'replay'. Incredible how many pots both Davis and Taylor turn down. No wonder it took till 2am.

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  64. Post update

    Ted Lowe

    BBC Snooker Commentator

    "Concentration written all over his face."

    "Concentration written all over Taylor's face, looking for his first world title."

  65. Post update

    Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

    Great eye from Taylor, clipping a red finely to get the cueball back to the baulk cushion. I guess he does have an advantage with those huge spectacles on.

  66. 1985 memories

    Willie Thorne

    BBC Sport snooker commentator

    "My memories of the final are great. I was unwell and lying in bed at the St George Hotel in Sheffield and when it looked like getting to the final frame, I got out and walked down to the Crucible.

    "I watched the conclusion from behind the famous black curtain where the players disappear behind in-between frames. Apart from the two players and the referee, I was closest to the action."

  67. Post update

    Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

    Seven reds close to the black cushion, all tied up. Green and blue also out of commission. This frame could go on for a while...

  68. Post update

    Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

    11 reds remaining on the table. Low scoring so far, Steve Davis 13-7 Dennis Taylor.

  69. The numbers

    Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

    As the tight battle continues, here is how the two compare..

    Davis v Taylor
  70. #bbcsnooker

    Joel Goldman: Dennis Taylor's glasses are still the greatest piece of equipment ever to grace the sporting stage

    Lee Wellings: BBC Sport website doing 'live' text commentary as if 85 world snooker final frame just started, daft enough to be endearing :)

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  71. 1985 memories

    Ken Doherty

    Former world champion

    "I was 15 and was at my mate's house, I couldn't stay there all night so had to run all the way home for the last frame, which was about two miles away. When I got home, the whole family was watching, everyone in the town was watching it.

    "There were no cars on the road, everyone was at home, Ireland had come to a standstill. It was one of those iconic moments in sport which no-one forgets. Dennis Taylor certainly won't forget it because he keeps mentioning it to us."

  72. Post update

    Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

    Taylor attempts a long red, but with a swish of his cue, is able to screw the cueball back to relative safety in the baulk area. Getting a bit of a logjam of reds on the black cushion.

  73. Post update

    Ted Lowe

    BBC Snooker Commentator

    Steve Davis pots first ball

    "The black is becoming surrounded by reds..."

  74. Get involved #bbcsnooker

    As ever, we want to hear from you. How do you think the final frame is going to pan out? Will we still be talking about it in 30 years' time?

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  75. Post update

    Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

    Cagey from both players, giving nothing away...

  76. Post update

    Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

    Just five from Davis, elects to play safe off the yellow. Superb long pot from Taylor follows. He looks determined as he strides around the table, assessing his next move.

  77. Post update

    Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

    The first pot from Steve Davis. A chance to get in amongst the reds and compile a sizeable break. How many can he score?

  78. Recap

    Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

    Dennis Taylor

    Excellent safety play from both players in the final frame so far.

    A quick recap of how we got here. Davis started the final in blistering fashion, surging 8-0 ahead, and the contest looked to be all over. Taylor was not going to lie down though, and launched a stunning comeback, clinching the ninth frame and going on to take six of the next seven.

    Leading just 9-7 overnight, Davis seemed to be edging to victory, going 13-11 and 17-15 in front, but Northern Irishman Taylor pegged him back to 17-17 for a final frame decider...

  79. Post update

    Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

    Mistake from Taylor as he misses the red and gives away a foul. The tension inside the arena is palpable. Pin-drop silence.

  80. Post update

    Steve Davis 17-17 Dennis Taylor

    1985 World Snooker final

    Here we go then, the final frame. Taylor is the first back to his seat and takes a sip of his water. The players shake hands and Davis breaks off. £60,000 to the winner.

  81. Post update

    Steve Davis v Dennis Taylor

    As well as following the live text, you can now watch the final frame on the BBC Red Button or by clicking the link at the top of this page. It's going to be an emotional one.

  82. Road to the final

    Steve Davis v Dennis Taylor

    Neither player has really been tested on their route to the final, with both players easing their way through to the Sheffield showpiece.

    Steve Davis, who has already lifted the crown three previous times, defeated Neal Foulds, David Taylor and former champions Cliff 'The Grinder' Thorburn and 'Dracula' Ray Reardon.

    Dennis Taylor, appearing in his second final, made his way past Silvino Francisco, Steady Eddie Charlton, Terry Griffiths and Tony Knowles.

    Some stellar names there.

  83. Going back in time

    Steve Davis v Dennis Taylor

    Davis and Taylor

    Welcome to Snooker Rewind as we go back in time and re-live the classic World Championship final of 1985 between Steve Davis and Dennis Taylor.

    Thankfully, we won't be doing a re-run of the whole match that took place 30 years ago, but instead, pick up the action in the final frame.

    Will 27-year-old Davis pick up his fourth world title, or can 36-year-old Taylor, against all the odds, produce a shock and claim his first victory at the Crucible Theatre?

  84. 1985 - what a year

    Rocky Balboa takes down Ivan Drago...

    Rocky Balboa

    A 17-year-old Boris Becker wins Wimbledon...

    Boris Becker

    And everyone dreams of owning a Sinclair C5

    Sinclair C5