|Born||11 May 1941|
|Died||12 October 2014 73)(aged|
|Highest ranking||5 (1976/77)|
|Highest||139: 1978 UK Championship|
|Best ranking finish||Runner-up(1974 World Championship)|
Graham Miles (11 May 1941 – 12 October 2014) was an English snooker player.
Miles turned professional in 1971. He first gained recognition in 1974, when he reached the final of the World Championship. Although he lost 12–22 to Ray Reardon, this turned out to be the highlight of his career.
Despite his modest success in major tournaments, Miles became one of the best known players in Britain, in an era when there was little televised snooker other than the Pot Black series, because he won the event in consecutive years, in 1974 (after entering as a late replacement for Fred Davis, who withdrew because of illness) and again in 1975. Other notable moments in Miles's career included reaching the final of the 1976 Masters, where he again lost to Reardon.
The 1978/79 season saw something of a purple patch for Miles. At the 1978 UK Championship he defeated Rex Williams 9–8 and then hammered Willie Thorne 9–1, which included what was then a championship record break of 139 in the last frame. However, he was then dispatched 1–9 by eventual winner Doug Mountjoy.
This form continued in January 1979, when he reached the final of the Holsten Lager International by defeating John Pulman, Dennis Taylor and Alex Higgins. He led John Spencer 7–6 in the final, having made a break of 107, but eventually lost 7–11 to take £2000 as runner-up.
Miles led defending champion Ray Reardon 3–0 and 5–3 in the first round of the 1979 World Championship, but he came down with flu and lost 8–13.Straight after this, Miles defeated Doug Mountjoy 4–3 and Perrie Mans 5–2 in the group stages of the Pontins Professional Event. Miles then beat Steve Davis 4–0 in the semi-final, but lost 4–8 in the final to Doug Mountjoy.
At the inaugural World Team Cup, Miles represented England along with John Spencer and Fred Davis, where they reached the final only to be beaten 3–14 by Wales.His last major title was the 1981 Tolly Cobbold Classic, when he beat Cliff Thorburn 5–1 in Ipswich. During the 1980s he slid down the rankings, and 1984 saw his last appearance at the World Championship.
Following a period of poor form Miles developed an idiosyncratic sighting style when using his cuewas left-eyed and had a large chin. This style became more pronounced over time, to the point where the cue ran beneath his left ear.
After retiring from the game in 1992, he ran two snooker clubs at Sandwell, West Midlands,and one in Crewe, Cheshire. He came out of retirement to play at the Seniors Pot Black competition in 1997.
Miles died on 12 October 2014, aged 73.
|Ranking||No ranking system||5||8||9||9||16||16||18||22||32||36||52||68||65||78||94||101||254|
|Dubai Classic||Tournament Not Held||NR||1R||LQ||A||A|
|Grand Prix||Tournament Not Held||1R||2R||2R||2R||1R||1R||LQ||LQ||1R||LQ||LQ|
|UK Championship||Tournament Not Held||Non-Ranking Event||LQ||1R||1R||2R||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ|
|European Open||Tournament Not Held||LQ||LQ||LQ||A||A|
|Welsh Open||Tournament Not Held||LQ||LQ|
|International Open||Tournament Not Held||NR||LQ||1R||LQ||1R||1R||LQ||1R||LQ||Not Held||LQ|
|Thailand Open||Tournament Not Held||Non-Ranking Event||Not Held||1R||LQ||A||A|
|British Open||Tournament Not Held||Non-Ranking Event||3R||1R||LQ||1R||LQ||1R||LQ||LQ||LQ|
|The Masters||Not Held||QF||F||SF||QF||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||LQ||A||A|
|Pontins Professional||Not Held||A||QF||SF||SF||RR||F||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A|
|Former ranking tournaments|
|Canadian Masters||Not Held||Non-Ranking||Tournament Not Held||Non-Ranking||LQ||Tournament Not Held|
|Hong Kong Open||Tournament Not Held||Non-Ranking Event||NH||LQ||Not Held|
|Classic||Tournament Not Held||Non-Ranking Event||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||1R||LQ||LQ||LQ||NH|
|Strachan Open||Tournament Not Held||LQ||MR|
|Former non-ranking tournaments|
|Men of the Midlands||SF||A||Tournament Not Held|
|World Championship||LQ||QF||Ranking Event|
|Norwich Union Open||Not Held||QF||QF||Tournament Not Held|
|Watney Open||Not Held||QF||Tournament Not Held|
|Canadian Masters||Not Held||SF||SF||A||A||A||A||A||Tournament Not Held||A||A||A||R||Tournament Not Held|
|Canadian Club Masters||Tournament Not Held||QF||Tournament Not Held|
|World Matchplay Championship||Tournament Not Held||SF||Tournament Not Held|
|Benson & Hedges Ireland Tournament||Not Held||A||SF||RR||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A|
|Holsten Lager International||Tournament Not Held||F||Tournament Not Held|
|Bombay International||Tournament Not Held||RR||Tournament Not Held|
|Golden Masters||Tournament Not Held||SF||F||Tournament Not Held|
|Limosin International||Tournament Not Held||QF||Tournament Not Held|
|Pot Black||A||A||W||W||RR||RR||F||SF||RR||A||A||A||A||A||A||Tournament Not Held||A||A||NH|
|Padmore Super Crystalate||Tournament Not Held||QF||Tournament Not Held|
|Pontins Camber Sands||Tournament Not Held||SF||Tournament Not Held|
|Champion of Champions||Tournament Not Held||A||NH||RR||Tournament Not Held|
|Classic||Tournament Not Held||A||QF||A||A||Ranking Event||Not Held|
|International Open||Tournament Not Held||QF||Ranking Event||Tournament Not Held|
|Tolly Cobbold Classic||Tournament Not Held||A||A||W||SF||A||A||Tournament Not Held|
|UK Championship||Tournament Not Held||QF||SF||2R||1R||2R||1R||1R||Ranking Event|
|British Open||Tournament Not Held||RR||RR||2R||LQ||LQ||Ranking Event|
|English Professional Championship||Tournament Not Held||QF||Not Held||1R||1R||1R||LQ||1R||Tournament Not Held|
|Shoot-Out||Tournament Not Held||1R||Not Held|
|Performance Table Legend|
|LQ||lost in the qualifying draw||#R||lost in the early rounds of the tournament|
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
|QF||lost in the quarter-finals|
|SF||lost in the semi-finals||F||lost in the final||W||won the tournament|
|DNQ||did not qualify for the tournament||A||did not participate in the tournament||WD||withdrew from the tournament|
|NH / Not Held||means an event was not held.|
|NR / Non-Ranking Event||means an event is/was no longer a ranking event.|
|R / Ranking Event||means an event is/was a ranking event.|
|World Championship (0–1)|
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||Score|
|Runner-up||1.||1974||World Snooker Championship||Ray Reardon||12–22|
|The Masters (0–1)|
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||Score|
|Winner||1.||1974||Pot Black||John Spencer||Aggregate Score|
|Winner||2.||1975||Pot Black (2)||Dennis Taylor||1–0|
|Runner-up||1.||1976||The Masters||Ray Reardon||3–7|
|Runner-up||2.||1978||Pot Black||Doug Mountjoy||1–2|
|Runner-up||3.||1979||Holsten Lager International||John Spencer||7–11|
|Runner-up||4.||1979||Pontins Professional||Doug Mountjoy||4–8|
|Runner-up||5.||1979||Golden Masters||Ray Reardon||2–4|
|Winner||3.||1981||Tolly Cobbold Classic||Cliff Thorburn||5–1|
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Team/partner||Opponent(s) in the final||Score|
|Runner-up||1.||1975||Ladbroke International||England||Rest of the World||Cumulative score|
|Runner-up||2.||1979||World Challenge Cup||England||Wales||3–14|
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