Graham Miles

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Graham Miles
Born(1941-05-11)11 May 1941
Birmingham, England
Died12 October 2014(2014-10-12) (aged 73)
Sport countryFlag of England.svg  England
Highest ranking 5 (1976/77)
Career winnings£80,645 [1]
Highest break 139: 1978 UK Championship
Century breaks 16 [1]
Best ranking finishRunner-up(1974 World Championship)
Tournament wins

Graham Miles (11 May 1941 – 12 October 2014) was an English snooker player. [2]



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. [3]

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. [4]

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. [5] 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. [6]

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. [7] 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. [8]

Personal life

After retiring from the game in 1992, he ran two snooker clubs at Sandwell, West Midlands, [9] 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. [8]

Performance and rankings timeline

Tournament 1971/
Ranking [10] No ranking system 5 8 9 9 16 16 18 22 32 36 52 68 65 78 94 101 254
Ranking tournaments
Dubai Classic [nb 1] Tournament Not HeldNR 1R LQAA
Grand Prix [nb 2] Tournament Not Held 1R 2R 2R 2R 1R 1R LQLQ 1R LQLQ
UK Championship Tournament Not HeldNon-Ranking EventLQ 1R 1R 2R LQLQLQLQLQ
European Open Tournament Not HeldLQLQLQAA
Welsh Open Tournament Not HeldLQLQ
International Open [nb 3] Tournament Not HeldNRLQ 1R LQ 1R 1R LQ 1R LQNot HeldLQ
Thailand Open [nb 4] Tournament Not HeldNon-Ranking EventNot Held 1R LQAA
British Open [nb 5] Tournament Not HeldNon-Ranking Event 3R 1R LQ 1R LQ 1R LQLQLQ
World Championship Non-Ranking F 2R 1R QF QF 1R 1R 2R 2R 1R 1R LQLQLQLQLQLQLQLQA
Non-ranking tournaments
Pontins Professional Not HeldA QF SF SF RR F AAAAAAAAAAAAAA
Former ranking tournaments
Canadian Masters [nb 6] Not HeldNon-RankingTournament Not HeldNon-RankingLQTournament Not Held
Hong Kong Open [nb 7] Tournament Not HeldNon-Ranking EventNHLQNot Held
Classic Tournament Not HeldNon-Ranking EventLQLQLQLQLQ 1R LQLQLQNH
Strachan Open Tournament Not HeldLQMR
Former non-ranking tournaments
Men of the Midlands SF ATournament 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 [nb 8] Not Held SF SF AAAAATournament Not HeldAAARTournament 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 HeldA SF RR AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
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 AA W W RR RR F SF RR AAAAAATournament Not HeldAANH
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 HeldANH RR Tournament Not Held
Classic Tournament Not HeldA QF AARanking EventNot Held
International Open [nb 9] Tournament Not Held QF Ranking EventTournament Not Held
Tolly Cobbold Classic Tournament Not HeldAA W SF AATournament Not Held
UK Championship Tournament Not Held QF SF 2R 1R 2R 1R 1R Ranking Event
British Open [nb 10] Tournament Not Held RR RR 2R LQLQRanking 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
LQlost in the qualifying draw#Rlost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
QFlost in the quarter-finals
SFlost in the semi-finalsFlost in the finalWwon the tournament
DNQdid not qualify for the tournamentAdid not participate in the tournamentWDwithdrew from the tournament
NH / Not Heldmeans an event was not held.
NR / Non-Ranking Eventmeans an event is/was no longer a ranking event.
R / Ranking Eventmeans an event is/was a ranking event.
  1. The event was also called the Dubai Masters (1988/1989)
  2. The event was also called the Professional Players Tournament (1982/93–1983/1984)
  3. The event was also called the Matchroom Trophy (1985/1986)
  4. The event was also called the Thailand Masters (1983/1984–1986/1987) and the Asian Open (1989/1990–1993/1994)
  5. The event was also called the British Gold Cup (1979/1980), Yamaha Organs Trophy (1980/1981) and International Masters (1981/1982–1983/1984)
  6. The event was also called the Canadian Open (1978/1979–1980/1981)
  7. The event ran under different names as Australian Masters (1979/1980 to 1987/1988) and the Hong Kong Open (1989/1990).
  8. The event was also called the Canadian Open (1978/1979–1980/1981)
  9. The event was also called the Goya Matchroom Trophy (1985/1986)
  10. The event was also called the British Gold Cup (1979/1980), Yamaha Organs Trophy (1980/1981) and International Masters (1981/1982–1983/1984)

Career finals

Ranking finals: 1 (1 runner-up)

World Championship (0–1)
Other (0–0)
OutcomeNo.YearChampionshipOpponent in the finalScore
Runner-up1. 1974 World Snooker Championship Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Ray Reardon 12–22

Non-ranking finals: 6 (3 titles, 5 runners-up)

The Masters (0–1)
Other (3–4)
OutcomeNo.YearChampionshipOpponent in the finalScore
Winner1. 1974 Pot Black Flag of England.svg John Spencer Aggregate Score
Winner2. 1975 Pot Black (2) Ulster Banner.svg Dennis Taylor 1–0
Runner-up1. 1976 The Masters Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Ray Reardon 3–7
Runner-up2. 1978 Pot Black Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Doug Mountjoy 1–2
Runner-up3.1979 Holsten Lager International Flag of England.svg John Spencer 7–11
Runner-up4. 1979 Pontins Professional Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Doug Mountjoy 4–8
Runner-up5. 1979 Golden Masters Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Ray Reardon 2–4
Winner3. 1981 Tolly Cobbold Classic Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Cliff Thorburn 5–1

Team finals: 2 (2 runners-up)

OutcomeNo.YearChampionshipTeam/partnerOpponent(s) in the finalScore
Runner-up1. 1975 Ladbroke International Flag of England.svg  England Rest of the WorldCumulative score
Runner-up2. 1979 World Challenge Cup Flag of England.svg  England Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 3–14

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